tv The O Reilly Factor FOX News September 6, 2012 5:00pm-6:00pm PDT
[ cheers and applause ] >> hi, i'm bill o'reilly reporting from charlotte, north carolina tonight. thanks for watching us. we're awaiting caroline kennedy's speech, which should pop up any time. obviously we're not at the convention center because it's simply too noisy there and the security situation with the president speaking later this evening, a nightmare. so we are at the nascar hall of fame here in charlotte. a very, very nice place. you see miss kennedy walking out. we'll begin the evening by going to her speech.
>> join you tonight for the most important reason i can imagine, to make sure that barak obama is reelected president of the united states. [ cheers and applause ] four years ago, i was inspired by the way senator obama had lived his life, fighting for jobs, giving hope to the hopeless, and working day in and day out for the america he believes in. i was inspired by barak obama's vision for america, an america where we look out for one another, where we take responsibility for our sisters and brothers, and most of all, for our children. back then i was inspired by the promise of barak obama's presidency. today i'm inspired by his record. [ cheers and applause ] over the past four years, we've had a president who committed himself examine his administration to the values
that made america great. economic fairness, equal opportunity, and the belief that if each of us gives back to this country we love and all of us work together, there is no challenge we can not overcome. [ cheers and applause ] those are the ideals that my father and my uncle fought for. those are the ideals i believe in and this election is about whether we will advance those ideals or let them be swept away. like my father's election in 1960, this is one of those elections where the future of our country is at stake. [ cheers and applause ] and women and children have the most on the line. the president has been a champion for women's rights. the first bill he signed was to make sure women can fight for equal pay, for equal work.
[ cheers and applause ] his commitment to women is about even more than economic rights. it's about health care, reproductive rights and our ability to make our own decisions about ourselves, our families, and our future. when it comes to what's best for women, there is only one candidate in this race who is on our side, barak obama. [ cheers and applause ] as a catholic woman, i take reproductive health seriously. and today it is under attack. this year alone, more than a dozen states have passed more than 40 restrictions on women's access to reproductive health care. that's not the kind of future i want for my daughters or your daughters. now isn't the time to roll back the rights we were winning when my father was president. now is the time to move this country forward.
[ cheers and applause ] president obama has shown the same commitment when it comes to our children. he has put our ideals into action for the next generation. he has inspired them to get involved. he has listened to their ideas and he has committed us all to building a better future for them. he's challenged states to raise standards for teaching and learning and almost all of them have. he has fought for early childhood education, putting out standing teachers in every classroom and making college accessible to all young dream dreamers. [ cheers and applause ] i know barak obama will fight for women and children and all americans because he has proven it. he has the quality my father most admired in public life. courage. [ cheers and applause ] despite critics who said it
wasn't good politics, president obama listened to my uncle teddy and staked his presidency on making healthcare accessible to all americans. [ cheers and applause ] despite an opponent who wanted to let detroit go bankrupt, this president saved the auto industry and now it's coming back strong. he not only demonstrated the courage to oppose the war in iraq, as president, he showed the determination to bring our troops back home. barak obama is the kind of leader my father wrote about in "profiles in courage." he doesn't just do what's easy. he does what's hard. he does what's right. [ cheers and applause ]
my father couldn't run for a second term. it was left to his brothers, our family, and the generation they inspired to fight for the america he believed in. now it's up to a new generation, our children's generation to carry america forward. so let me say to the young and the young at heart, barak obama is only president because you worked for him, because you believed in him, because you convinced your parents to vote for him. [ cheers and applause ] young people have always led america toward the brighter future. it happened in 1960. it happened in 2008. and if you show the same spirit in this election as you did in the last, i know that we'll make history again on november 6. thank you. [ cheers and applause ] >> all right. that was caroline kennedy.
i have to tell you, i am stunned. i am stunned right now at what she just said as a catholic woman, and then she went on to object to 40 states implementing restrictions on abortion like a 24 hour waiting period. she's evoking her catholic faith which clearly condemns abortion and using that as some kind of spring board into criticizing the restrictions on abortion that many states have pass pasted. the restrictions aren't you can't have one. it's wait a couple of days and think it overment maybe i'm wrong on this, but that made my head snap back. here to help us analyze fox news analyst, karl rove who joins us from richmond, virginia. did you pick that up when she said that? i'm still flabbergasted. >> i think it was a direct response, direct attack on the church. it's going out of her way to say i disagree with the values of my
church. remember, this year, no one seriously is talking about ending abortion. what we're talking about is the administration's effort to expand the realm of choice by, for example, requiring churches to provide could not septembertive coverage to their employees regardless of the fact that it violates the deeply most held tenets of that faith. we have attack on religious liberty that's masquerading as choice and miss kennedy tonight sort of threw herself on the side of those who would advocate such an attack on religious liberty. >> not only that, i mean, she cited her catholicism when she didn't have to. this is what -- i don't object it her opinion. she has her opinion and she wants unfettered abortion, that's her opinion. supreme court has ruled abortion is legal in the united states. nobody is denying anybody's rights to anything. but she -- that's a gratuitous comment. she didn't have to inject she's a catholic woman and then go and say she wants no restrictions on
abortion. she opposes that. that's offensive, i believe, and i'm frankly shocked that she would do that. i don't know whether she wants to attack her own faith or not -- i'd like to ask her about it. but i'm taken aback. >> are you surprised? nancy pelosi -- nancy pelosi does it routinely. >> shep: wait, wait. >> now the former speaker, soaping she can step in and declare what the theology of the catholic church is. >> carl, let me be clear on this, nancy pelosi is a political animal. all right? whatever she says doesn't surprise me. this woman comes out under the heading of the kennedy name and the kennedy legacy and directly besmirches her church. that's stunning. >> she may not be a politician in the way that nancy pelosi is,
but she comes from a very political family. her presence there tonight was on behalf of that family. she's been a political figure. she was a key endorsement for barak obama in 2008. there is a reason why they asked her to take a role tonight on the night that the president is speaking. >> she didn't have to do that, though. >> you're right. neither does nancy pelosi. i agree with you. it's gratuitous when people of any faith go out of their way to basically say i'm a catholic and i'm telling you that i disagree deeply with the catholic church's opinions and i'm going to do so in a political sphere in order to make it easier for people who share my particular faith to disregard the teachings of our church. >> just so all the noncatholics out there understand, this isn't like birth control. it's not that. this is a deeply held belief in the roman catholic church. all right. we're going to hold karl rove over and talk about bill clinton's speech last night. and then what the president is
>> you know, presentation, energy, pretty good. the fascination that everybody has watching him walk on the high wires, see what would happen. i'd say pretty good. but substance, mixed. he did what obama wanted him to do by saying okay, it's going to take longer. nobody has ever gotten this done quickly. but the reflection of the difference between obama's record on the economy and clinton's record on the economy make it difficult for democrats to say, you know what? this guy is doing the best he can, after all, clinton did a heck of a lot better. there is a tension there that was evident just simply by bringing him onto the stage. >> bill: yeah, but they claim that the former president framed it in a way that he had a lot worse than i did and if he hadn't spent all this money and did what he did, we would have been in a depression, not a recession. so he framed it in a way that the catastrophe was much deeper
than anybody thought and nobody could have done it in 3 1/2 years, turn the economy around. so i think it was effective in that message, if you buy the message, obviously. but i thought the mental was effective. >> i'm not certain a lot of people buy that mental. people's patience is wearing thin. they want to know why aren't you getting better at it? the other interesting thing, you may have noticed it, was the one major speech of the convention for which there was no advance copy and if you saw the speech and particularly if you saw the shots from behind clinton and you could see the teleprompter, it would go down and stop, clinton would rif on his own for ten, 15 seconds, and then pick back up on the text and stop again later and rif on his own. the reason they didn't give advance copies is he was making it up as he went along. >> bill: yeah, i do that. i'm not saying that facetiously. i often go off the teleprompter if i have a thought. but overall, i thought bill clinton's speech was too long. you saw the television ratings,
most people were watching the football game. not bill clinton. but he did what he had to do. he made president obama sympathetic. that's what i thought president clinton -- he didn't make him authoritative, interestingly enough. president clinton did not make president obama authoritative. this is a leader, he's got it under control. he didn't do that. he made him sympathetic. why are you beating him up? nobody could have done better. that's my -- that's my main take away. >> maybe you're right, but i think it made him look weaker which he didn't understand how bad it was and once he got in there, he has been -- he hasn't been capable of resolving it and so you need to give this guy longer. frankly, when you have high unemployment like we have, 8.3% above 8% now for a record period since the great depression, when you got family household incomes, median household income dropped from $55,000 to $51,000, that's never happened before in a recovery. when you got anemic growth, 2.2%
for three years, after a while the excuses wear thin. when you say, it was worse than he thought, remember, he was saying it was worse since the great depression during the campaign and warning that unless action was taken, the economy was going over the chef and then when he got into office, he said we passed the stimulus bill, unemployment will top out at 8% at the end of summer of 2009 and would be roughly 5.2% today. he made all these explicit promises that have not come to pass. so to excuse him by saying, you know what? he really didn't know what's getting into and didn't know how ineffective his proposals would be in resolving the problem, not exactly the strongest expression of support. >> bill: no. and that's right. but he did, he set the table to feel sorry for barak obama for people who inherently like him, they go, maybe that's right. we'll give him another chance. nobody is mentioning gas prices, which i think is going to be big. i think people are really getting hammered. and not even the republicans are going there. i don't know why. if i were romney and ryan, i'd
be going all over the place on the gas price. >> in the battle ground states, there are a bunch of twiss ads by outside groups, including full disclosure, american cross roads, which are drawing attention to this. i think it is part of the republican message. it's why mitt romney talks about affordable supplies of energy and -- >> bill: it's big and it's directly -- it's not theoretical. you're suffering. and the president has no idea, no idea how to deal with it. he doesn't even talk about it. i don't think he's going to talk about it tonight. let's get on it his speech. i think he'll do what mitt romney did. obviously different philosophies, but not going to get very specific. he's going to make all the promises he always makes. we're going to do this, we're going to do that, but not tell what you he's going to cut, where he's going to cut it. just like romney didn't say that. i think that's smart because they don't want to get hammered this early two months before the vote. they want to leave a little wiggle room. >> you could make that argument that it's fine just to lay out the broad parameters tonight and
flesh it in later. what i'm taken by in the excerpts is how many of these promises we've heard before and how he has down sizing his promises. for example, four years ago he said, i'm going to cut the deficit in half in my first term in office. promising that roughly the deficit would be $580 billion a year by the end of his first term in office. it's above a trillion dollars. so what does he promise? he promises that he's going to save $4 trillion over the next decade, but his own budget forecast within four years, it's still going to be over a trillion dollars. i was going to cut it down to $500 billion, now i'm giving awe promise it sounds better, i hope -- in reality, is i'm going to cut it to a trillion and basically where it is he said, i'm going to cut oil imports. tonight he's going to say i'm going to cut them in half by 2020. lasanum he said i'm going to end middle eastern oil within ten years. we're not going to have any middle eastern oil in ten years. >> we have to go to the glamour
here. they don't want to look at you and me. we're not going to take the whole thing. let's take a little bit of eva longoria. >> co-chair of president obama's reelection campaign. [ cheers and applause ] i felt fortunate to be standing on this stage tonight and i never could have imagined it growing up. i was born in corpus christi, texas. [ cheers and applause ] i'm the youngest of four girls, including my older sister, lisa, who has special needs. my mom was a special education teacher and my dad worked on the army base. we weren't wealthy, but we were determine to succeed because in my family, there was one cardinal priority, education. [ cheers and applause ] you see, for me college was not an option. it was mandatory. so even though we didn't have a lot of money, we made it work. i signed up for financial aid, pell grants, work study,
anything i could. justmñ?ñ? you start. as i travel the country for the president, i see americans of every background fighting to succeed. they're optimistic. they're ambitious, they're hard working. but they also want to know that their hard work will pay off. and we're lucky that our president understands the value
of american opportunity because he's lived it. [ cheers and applause ] and he's fighting to help others achieve it. he's fighting to make college more affordable. he's cut taxes for every working american. he's helping small businesses get loans and cut their tax 18 times. 18 times. [ cheers and applause ] that's important. i'll tell you why, because small businesses create two out of every three new jobs in america. it's the suburban dad who realizes his neighborhood needs a dry cleaner. it's the latina nurse whose block needs a health clinic and she's going to open it. or it's the high school sophomore who is building fate book's competitor. they are the entrepreneurs driving the american economy. not mitt romney's outsourcing pioneers. [ cheers and applause ] mitt romney will raise taxes to
cut his own and mine. and that's not who we are as a nation. let me tell you why. because eva longoria who worked at wendy's flipping burgers, she needed a tax break. but the eva longoria who works on movie sets does not. [ cheers and applause ] president obama, he is fighting for changes that grow the economy from the middle out and help all americans succeed. jobs, education, health reform, the dream act, equal pay for women. president obama is moving usrwa, for prosperity tomorrow. mitt romney wants to take us back to yesterday and that's not going to work because america was built by optimists. optimists like my friend, amanda, who recently started a small business and she went to
buy her web site address, her first and last name and she found out somebody already owned it but wasn't using it. so my friend e-mailed the owner of the site and asked if she could buy it. the owner wrote back. she's a 13-year-old girl who shares amanda's name and she politely explained she could not give up the web site. why? because the younger amanda plans to be president of the united states one day. >> bill: okay, so eva longoria, very rabid campaigner for the president. now, mr. rove, i have only one question, i'm a simple man. she's very articulate. she reads the teleprompter and delivers a speech. she's very good. does that matter? does this celebrity stuff matter? the eastwood thing for the republicans and this for the democrats? does it matter? >> well, it depends on how big the celebrity is. back in the 1960s --
>> bill: let's talk about her. >> well, okay. great. look, i'm the last guy to ask about popular culture. if you had me on your popular culture segment, i'd be looing every time. she's a texan. she's popular. she's in a lot of movies. i wonder if she's been doing any movies where they've been shooting on foreign locations and outsourcing u.s. jobs to foreign countries. how many of these movies did she have that had a nonu.s. location? i don't know. it's an interesting question. >> bill: but if you were advising barak obama, would you say a prime time, six minute exposition by eva longoria -- >> yes. >> bill: yes, you would. >> here is why. i wrote about this actually if a way today in my "wall street journal" column. he's worried about declining support among young voters. they turned out in record numbers last time around. 18% of the electorate was from essentially 18 to 29. they gave him 7 million plus votes. he won by 9.6 million.
they gave him a 7 million vote margin. they gave him a 34% margin. 66-32. this time around the enthusiasm is way down. they're likely to turn out as a smaller share of the electorate, maybe smaller number of votes, and the race is much tighter. the race between them at 49-48. that would be terrible for the president. getting all these people out there like eva longoria and others, i think he thinks it will help. >> bill: all right. we'll have more of our live coverage of the democratic national convention when "the factor" returns from charlotte, north carolina this country was built by working people.
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choose what? who is threatening it? go. >> they're talking about reproductive rights and a woman's right to choose what she wants for her own body. they view that as including the right to an abortion without government interference, the right to access to contraception, that's the term they use as their talking about it. >> bill: let me stop you. let me stop you. the supreme court has said abortion is legal in the united states. supreme court, that's what they said. politicians can't override that. number one. number two, every pharmacy, planned parenthood, everywhere is birth control. it's not expensive. it's available if you're over 18 to everybody. okay? so -- >> it's not true that politicians can't override roe versus wade. we could potentially have a constitutional amendment -- >> bill: nobody is talking about
that. not in play. all right? so the supreme court has said law of the land. birth control, devices of all kinds, including the morning after pill, legal everywhere, relatively inexpensive. what's threatened? i don't understand what's threatened. >> look, there are two -- when it comes to the issue of abortion, there are -- obviously to camps in the country and pro-life camp examine pro choice camp. the pro-lifers don't like roe versus wade or abortion on demand of the most want to see it illegal. most of them say a couple of exceptions might be acceptable. obviously life of the mother, rape and incest. but then there is another faction that says if we can't have that, then we want more limitations on abortion. if we can't -- >> bill: that's what caroline kennedy was objecting to. >> requiring women to have an abortion submit to an ultrasound where they are shown the beating heart of the baby. i mean, which is a deterrent
obviously to abortion and the argument is well, you made the decision to have unprotected sex or careless sex or whatever it was. and you made that choice and so you should be -- so it's not forcing you to not have consequences for behavior. that's all we want you to do before you have that abortion. the other side says that's outrageous. that's government interfering in my relationship with my doctor and i shouldn't have the government telling me what i need to do before i choose to have the procedure. that is legal right now in the country. >> bill: so their right to choose without anybody saying anything, unfettered abortion up until ten minutes before the birth as dr. tiller was doing out in kansas, everything is fine. >> the official party platform here is even in favor of so-called partial birth abortion. >> bill: absolutely. they don't want any restrictions at all. >> one of the surprises of this convention, and i've been at both of these. i was in tampa all last week and now in charlotte. is how far to the left the democratic platform has been
presented. not just on paper, the platform they've written, but presented by the speakers here. this is clearly not a convention that's meant to reach out to the moderates. this is a convention meant to reach to the base. that's why we saw sandra fluke given a prime time 10:00 p.m. speaking engagement. >> bill: and spanishing all the way through it. -- >> smirking all wait through it. here is where i depart from you a little bit. i don't see any women's rights under assault at all. i don't see it. if you want to have seven children out of wedlock, nobody is going to stop you. in fact, the government will pay for them. okay? if you want any kind of birth control device, you can get it. you can go to planned parenthood, they'll give it to you. >> but their argument -- don't say you disagree with me because i am not taking a position on this issue or in your segment. i'm just telling you what the arguments are. what they are arguing, the democrats here, is that the republicans do want to encroach on women's rights, for example, they believe that the obama care
contraception mandate that requires coverage of donald essential so that women don't have to pay for it themselves is a women's right issue and they believe that romney ryan want to take it away. >> bill: they have made it such. but choosing what you want to do with your life, it's just not -- it's not in play. there isn't any restriction. they want more stuff, more abortion. that's what they want. all right. i got to take a break. thank you very much. we'll be back with our guys on the floor and we're awaiting john kerry's speech this evening. we'll have more from charlotte after these announcements
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>> yes, i can. how are you? >> bill: all right. good. thanks for helping us out. we really appreciate it. president obama, tell the folks about his week. he's here in town, nobody knows where he is obviously for security reasons. but what can you tell us about hyped the scenes? >> he has been in a hotel here working a lot on his speech i'm told. one of his most senior advisors told me he's a tinkerer. he's somebody who is working on the speech, redrafting it. last night after bill clinton's speech, president obama came down and gave him a bear hug and they sort of made up after some of the previous tensions. i'm told he went back to the hotel and working on it last night, working on it today. not quite as much as bill clinton who is known to rewrite his state of the union address on the way to the capitol. i think it's a big challenge for the president tonight because as you think about four years ago when he delivered that speech in denver, talked about hope and change, he had the greek columns. tonight when you look at the excerpts so far, they're much
smaller in scope. they're basically saying, look, give this more time. the recovery is coming. obviously a lot of voters heard that before. some believe we are turning a corner. they think he's doing the right thing. a lot of others think it's been way too slow. look what bill clinton said last night. he said flatly, look, rehire this man because nobody, bill clinton said, not me not anybody can turn this economy around in just four years. the problem for president obama, you'll remember in february 2009 he gave an interview where he said look, i've got 3 1/2 years to turn this around. if i don't do it, it will be a one-term proposition. >> bill: but he can do that. i mean, i expect an extension of the clinton speech by the president to say, look, we didn't know x. we didn't know y. we had to react on our feet. we had to think fast. so things have not done it. lock what happens in europe. look what's happening in the far east. all of that to try to basically say what you just said. you need to give me a little
more time. it's coming down the pike. we're going to have prosperity for all. but i'm willing to say barak obama himself, and you know him, ed, as well as any journalist in the country. does he get nervous before these speeches? is he going to come out cocky? what do you think his demeanor will be is inn a couple of hours? >> i think more cocky than nervous. when you talk to his most senior advisor, they say in moments like this, he goes behind closed doors and a lot of times, once the speech is written, once he's practiced it, he sits down and meditates, closes his eyes. there are a lot of pictures of where you'll see him thinking to himself. then he comes out and he believes that he's sort of like michael jordan. comes out and he wants the ball. >> bill: he's going to light it up. >> i think he's going to be more cocky than nervous. >> bill: okay. is there any chance he's watching "the factor" right now?
>> bill, you did that interview on the super bowl a couple years ago and did you a fair job, fair and balanced job. i bet you he is watching. >> bill: he sneaks a peek, i know he does. he wants to know what the consensus is. not just the choir. ed henry, everybody. we're going to aa break and bring a few more of our guys on the floor. we're awaiting john kerry's speech this evening as well. thanks for watching us. we'll be right back
p. >> bill: we continue from charlotte, north carolina, john kerry, the senator from massachusetts, former presidential candidate, will be talking soon. we'll go to him when that happens. so let's bring in james rosen and john roberts, our two correspondents on the floor. let's begin with you, the closing prayer tonight is going to be by cardinal dolan who gave the invitation at the republican convention. this sets off a little awkwardness back stage with caroline kennedy earlier this evening saying as a catholic, i want unfettered abortion, which is -- to dolan, sack reledge big time. i'm wondering, i don't think dolan will say anything to her because that's not pastoral. but it's kind of weird, is it not? >> look, it's probably not the first time they've met and it's probably not the first time that the archbishop has become acquainted with caroline kennedy's views on this and
other subjects. it is certain that caroline kennedy, when she addresses these kinds of subjects that have to do with matters of faith and catholicism that, she brings a certain graph taas to it because of her father having been the first catholic elected. >> bill: i'm sorry to interrupt, you about that's why it takes on a big importance because it is that and i wonder if dolan sees a need to correct the record. anyway, you guys stand by. let's go to senator kerry at the podium. >> where we can. will we entrust our place in the world to someone who just hasn't learned the lessons of the last decade? we've all learned mitt romney doesn't know much about foreign policy, but he has all these neocon advisors who know all the wrong things about foreign policy. he would rely on them. after all, he's the great
outsourcer. but i say to you. this is not the time to outsource the job of commander in chief. our opponents like to talk about american exceptionalism, but all they do is talk. they forget that we are exceptional not because we say we are, but because we do exceptional things. we break out of the great depression, win two world wars, save lives fighting aids, pull people out of poverty, defend freedom, go to the moon, and produce exceptional people who even give their lives for civil rights and for human rights. and despite what you heard in tampa, an exceptional country does care about the rise of the oceans and the future of the planet. that is a responsibility that,
is a responsibility from the scriptures and that, too, is a responsibility of the leader of the free world. the only thing exceptional about today's republicans is that almost without exception, they oppose everything that has made america exceptional in the first place. exceptional nation demands exceptional leadership. it demands the leadership of an exceptional president and about my fellow americans, that president is barak obama. [ cheers and applause ] just measure the disaster and disarray that he inherited. a war of choice in iraq had become a war without end and a war of necessity in afghanistan had become a war of neglect. a reliances were shredded, our moral authority was in tatters.
america was isolated in the world. our military was stretched to the breaking point. iran marching towards a nuclear weapon, unchecked and osama bin laden was still plotting. it took president obama to make america lead like america again. it took president obama to restore our moral authority. it took president obama to ban torture. the president understands that our values don't limit our power. they magnify it. he shows that global leadership is a strategic imperative for america. not a favor that we do to other countries. and president obama kept his promises. he promised to end the war in iraq and he has and our heros have come home. he promised to end the war in
afghanistan responsibly and he is and our heros are coming home. he promised to focus like a laser on al-qaeda and he has and our forces have eliminated more of its leadership in the last three years than in all the eight years that came before. and after more than ten years without justice for thousands of americans murdered on 9-11, after mitt romney said it would be naive to go into pakistan to pursue the terrorists, it took president obama against the advice of many, to give that order and finally rid this earth of osama bin laden. [ cheers and applause ]
ask osama bin laden if he is better off now than he was four years ago. [ cheers and applause ] barak obama promised always to stand with israel, to tighten sanctions on iran, and take nothing off the table. again and again, the other side has lied about where this president stands and what this president has done, but prime minister netanyahu set the record straight. he said, our two countries have exactly the same policy. our security cooperation is unprecedented, and when it comes to israel, my friends, i'll take the word israel's prime minister over mitt romney any day. [ cheers and applause ]
president obama promise to do work with russia to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and sign an historic treaty that does just that. he promised to lock down nuclear materials around the world and he has done just that. he refused to accept the false choice between force without diplomacy and diplomacy without force. when a brutal dictator promised to hunt down and kill his own people like rats, president obama enlisted our allies, built the coalition, shared the burden so that today without a single american casualty, moammar gadhafi is gone and the people of libya are free. [ cheers and applause ] so on one side, so on one side of this campaign, we have a president who has made america lead like america again and what
is there on the other side? an extreme and expedient candidate who lacks the judgment and division so vital to the oval office. the most inexperienced foreign policy twosome to run for president and vice president in decades. you know, it isn't fair to say that mitt romney doesn't have a position on afghanistan. he has every position. he was against setting a date for withdrawal. then he said it was right. then he left the impression that maybe it was wrong to leave this soon. he said it was tragic to leave iraq and then he said it was fine. he said we should have he ran down a hallway to run away from the reporters who were asking questions. then he said the intervention was too aggressive. and then he said the world was a
better place because the intervention succeeded. talk about being for it before you were against it. [ cheers and applause ] mr. romney, mr. romney, mr. romney, here is a little advice, before you debate barak obama on foreign policy, you better finish the debate with yourself. [ cheers and applause ] president mitt romney, three very hypothetical words that mystify and alienated our allies this summer. for mitt romney an overseas trip is what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas.
you know, it wasn't a goodwill mission. it was a blooper reel. but, but, but a romney-ryan foreign policy would be anything but funny. every president of both parties for 60 years has worked for nuclear arms control, but not mitt romney. republican sos of state from kissinger to powell to rice, president bush, 71 united states senators all supported president obama's new start streety. but not mitt romney. he's even blurted out the preposterous notion that russia is our number one political geopolitical foe. sarah palin said she could see russia from alaska. mitt romney talks like he's only seeing russia by watching rocky
4. [ cheers and applause ] so here is the choice, here is the choice in 2012, mitt romney out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad and out of the main stream. barak obama, a president who is getting new life and truth to america's indispensable role in the world. a commander in chief who gives our troops the tools and training they need in war, the honor and help they have earned when they come home. a man, a man, a man who will never ask other men and women to fight a war without a plan to win the peace. let me say something else. let me say something else.
no nominee for president should ever fail in the midst of a war to pay tribute to our troops overseas in his acceptance speech. mitt romney, mitt romney was talking about america. they are on the front lines every day defending america and they deserve our thanks. [ cheers and applause ] some of us, some of us, some of us from a prior war remember coming home was not always easy. president obama has made it his mission that we welcome our troops home with care and concern and the respect they deserve. that is how an exceptional
nation says thank you to its most exceptional men and women. mitt romney says he believes in america and that he will restore american exceptionalism. i have news for him. we already have an. [ cheers and applause ] >> bill: all right senator john kerry auditioning for secretary of state. of course, hillary clinton will leave that post in a few months. we'll take a quick break and be back to wrap things up from charlotte in just a few moments you see us, at the start of the day. on the company phone list that's a few names longer.
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they were on time. they were chaotic last night. but today, it was methodical. in tamp athey ran a tight convention. they got their message out. obviously, the two sides are so far apart, that make its a very fascinating presidential election. it is a huge difference between what the republicans want to do and what the democrats want to do. i think that's very, very clear, that we saw people put forth their visions. we saw the democratic party go further left than it has in my lifetime. all right? we saw the republican party tilt a little further right. all right? a little further right. independent voters, who will decide the election, are going to have to really think about which direction they want to take because... barack obama and mitt romney cannot deviate from
what they are saying in the conventions. what they say now is what they are going to have to do. all right? and if barack obama's re-elected, he doesn't have to run again, so he is going to be very, very... adamant in taking the country into the direction that he wants to take it in. and we all know what direction that is -- he wants a bigger, bigger government. and he wants social justice. mitt romney will undo what the president has done in four years and bring it back to a much more capitalistic free marketplace situation. that's what we have. i like the conventions this year. four days is too much. but i liked them. the tone is pretty clear. that's what we need to do. that's it for us from charlotte. on monday, on monday, the factor will begin at -- its 17th season on the air. we will have a wild program. we'll talk about the conventions. we have great guests. we would like to you go to bill