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welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm paul pig got. issues of national security dominating as the nation commemorates the 1th anniversary of the september 11th attacks. hillary clinton and donald trump participate in a commander in chief forum wednesday night before an audience of vet raps and active duty military personnel. and both candidates raisesed some eyebrows with their answers. with donald trump doubling down on his praise for russian president vladimir putin and hillary clinton promising not to put ground troops in syria and iraq. >> if he says great things about
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me i'm going to say great things about him me is a leader. you can say isn't that a terrible thing? very strong control over a country. now it's a very different season and i don't know to like the system but certainly in that system he's been a leader. for more than our president has been a leader. >> they are not going to get ground troops. we are not putting ground troops into iraq ever again. and we're not putting ground troops into syria. we're going to defeat isis without committing american ground troops. >> joining the panel this week "wall street journal" columnist and deputy editor dan henkinger, columnist mario grady and big mcgern and mary, host of "opinion journal" on wsj live. dan, it seems to me the core argument that hillary clinton is trying to make here is that donald trump is unfit to be commander in chief, leading military forces, making life and death decisions. how did trump meet that
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challenge? >> well, i thought he did pretty well by and large in that confrontation with her and matt lauer, though he has this propensity to shoot himself in the foot and in f. that doesn't work he shoots himself in the other foot with remarks like putin has 82% approval rating and russia making you wonder what's the other 18% or even where they are. and seizing the oil. i mean, we didn't seize the oil. ye we're not going to seize the oil. why keep bringing it up. that said, paul, the fact is that in the cnn poll hillary clinton's rate for commander in chief, people who want her to be commander in chief, is 50%. "washington post" it's 46%. why isn't a person who has been secretary of state for four years, a u.s. senator, the most famous public woman in the world, get more support than that to become commander in chief? hillary clinton has some sort of difficult ceiling that has fallen over her on these issues.
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i think there's room for donald trump to grow if he will stop shooting himself in the foot. >> mary? >> i think dan hits on the right point but just to go a little bit further with it. the problem for donald trump is not that hillary clinton would be a disaster as commander in chief, but that he us then't take advantage of the fact that the real problem in iraq is that the obama administration gave iraq back after we had done the surge and we had a victory. and once they gave iraq back the whole thing fell apart. what does trump do instead? talk about we should never go to walk. which, a, is not true. and b, is not a very strong argument for national security. >> a real debate whether or not he was opposed to the war at the start. >> he came out and said, yeah, that he was mildly in favor of going? >> bill, this putin bromance by trump. you know, putin is somebody who
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is -- working against american interests in europe and he's working against american interests in the middle east. >> right. >> why would you say such favorable things about this authoritarian. i don't get it. >> very simple reason, paul. he's not irish. if you're irish you recognize enemy, my enemy can also be my enemy. and it's amazing given, you know, a stand on iran because syria is crucial to iran and so forth. he just seems to have a binary track that because the russians might kill some isis leaders then near they're on our side. we ignore ukraine. ignore europe. we ignore the rest of the syrian problem. so it just -- i think it's binary track. >> he's playing into hillary clinton's hands with this, mary. >> he certainly is. he certainly is. it's a shame because there's so much about hillary clinton's record that you could critique, you could look, for example, her support of the iran deal. you could look at the reset with
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putin in russia that went so wrong. you can look at her handling of libya. you can look at chinese aggression in the south china sea and what she said about that. and as mary said, he just misses all of these opportunities. >> on that russia point, hillary clinton and a lot of democrats including president obama are now suddenly very hawkish about vladimir putin. that wasn't the case for six or seven years. and hillary clinton was the architect of the reset. suddenly she thinks it's back to the cold war here. and some of that might be artificial. >> right now these two candidates are fighting for independent and undecided voters. i think most of those voters are not expecting some kind of mapped out plan about how they're going to, you know, defeat vladimir putin. but they want instincts, they w want the right gut reaction. in the case of russia, both mrs. clinton and trump have treated the human rights violations inside the country as something that's totally unimportant. that is not what the united
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states -- tradition of the united states has been since the cold war. >> dan, what do you make of the ground troop assertion by mrs. clinton? no ground troops ever in syria and iraq. >> i'll tell you what i make of that, paul. what i make of that is that hillary clinton does not believe that hillary clinton said that because that's what her party wants her to say. this is not the party of bill clinton or the party of harry truman. it is now the democratic party of elizabeth warren, bernie sanders, barack obama, and nancy pelosi. and they do not want to commit the military anywhere in the world because that would require increases in military spending, which donald trump is proposing. hillary clinton is con sdrstrai by her party. it isn't just this one person. it's an entire democratic party mindset that will govern her national security policy. that is not true on the republican side with donald trump. >> briefly, bill, by the way, there are troops, ground troops. >> there are troops in syria and
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iraq. >> and americans don't realize what we have. dan is right. the only thing the party cares about is her vote authorizing force in iraq, they don't care -- the worst vote was her opposition to the surge. and so forth which was political. but that party doesn't want us involved anywhere. and that's what she's going to be constrained by the she's elected president. >> she may regret that because she may have to deploy ground troops to defeat isis. up next, the race for the white house continues to tighten with a new batch of polls showing donald trump closing in on hillary clinton nationally and key ball ground states. pollster doug shown breaks it down next.
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. more evidence this week that the race for president is tightening. with the latest real clear politics polling average giving hillary clinton a narrow 2.7 point lead over donald trump. down from 4 1/2 points last week. and in a four-way raise with
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libertarian gary johnson and jill stein that lead shrinks further to 2.1 point. trump is chipping away at clinton's lead in battleground states as well with polls showing the race neck and neck in florida, north carolina, and ohio. doug schoen is a democratic pollster and former adviser to president bill clinton. >> thanks, paul. >> when you were here i gave you a hard time because the brace had widened with clinton and you had said this is a really a pick em race. now it's back to where you said, so i congratulations. >> thank you. >> now, why is it tightening again? >> a couple of reasons. first, the convention bounce that secretary clinton had has largely eroded. second, the continuing e-mail scandal she has has shown no signs of ebaiting with the release of the fbi notes and additional e-mails. and third, paul, i don't think fundamentally the american people or a no yomajority of th
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want to elect secretary clinton and they have two choices they have doubts about, secretary clinton and donald trump. >> what are the doubts about clinton? the fact they're relukt tant to vote for somebody in the public eye for 25 years and so controversial and they want to move on to something new? is it that basic? >> and there is a lack of trust and credibility in the secretary of state with negative ratings in those areas, around 60. sometimes as high as 65%. it's very hard, not impossible, i underscore, but very hard to get elected president when a majority, substantial majority of the american people don't really think that you can be trusted, to be honest and credible. >> the flip side of that, okay, as i look at the polls here head to head, it looks like her support has fallen. >> it has. >> okay. but trump's has not necessarily risen. so that's why they're now more or less even. >> right. >> so what does trump have -- first of all, do you agree with
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that analysis? >> i do very much agree with that. >> what has to happen for us to break out of that tie? >> people have different doubts about trump. they wonder about his temperament. they wonder about his qualifications. and his positions in some of the issues that we've been talking about. both you and i on our panel earlier about russian, putin, and foreign policy. the question is is donald trump up to the job which is why the first debate, i think, is so important. what i took away from the town hall with matt lauer was that trump is in the hunt, is credible, but he's by no means closed the samp. >> is trump now getting the support of enough republicans to win? i mean, my sense is he's got to get above 90% or so and he was down in the low to mid 70s before. >> he's gotten in the low to mid 80s now. so it's going in the right direction. the problem he has is getting the rest of the republicans back so that the 90% number is hit
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and then expanding his constituency with women and minorities to get at least a traditional republican vote because right now he's polling below norm in those two or three groups. >> i talked to a republican this week who said that as he was following a race in august in pennsylvania, for example, a state that donald trump says he can win and hopes to win. >> and needs to win. >> okay. needs to win. all right. he said that if you looked at what happened in the philadelphia suburb, the suburbs where there are a lot of republicans, not the core philly, trump, the bottom fell out of his support in august. who are those voters and what does he need to do to get them back? >> they are suburban, educated, moderate conservatives, certainly not extreme conservatives -- >> college educates? >> absolutely college educated. and people who see themselves as refined, civilized people who don't like the clintons. they're not democrats. but they pride themselves on their independence and their rationality and much about the
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trump message and presentation so far has been -- >> the judge attacks, the kahn attack that would have rubbed them very much the wrong way. >> absolutely the wrong way. what they do respond to is a message of change because they don't like president obama. they don't like secretary clinton. they want alternative politics and policies. so far, trump has begun but hasn't qudeveloped a coherent narrative. >> we also have two third-party candidates. gary johnson, libertarian. i see him in the polls 7% to 12%. that's higher than a libertarian has looked in a long time in a presidential race. and jill stein, 3% or 4 hrs. how do you explain their staying power and would you anticipate that that goes down over time? >> i think their staying power is a reflection of rejection of trump and clinton. >> it's about those two. >> it's about those two. one interesting thing with gary johnson, his voters on the down
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ballot votes are about 2-1 republican but yet they are people who hereto it is for look like they're foreinclined toward secretary clinton in a two-way race than donald trump. so who they are and how they vote is going to be a key question going forward. >> why would they be republicans and then be more inclined to vote for mrs. clinton? >> disaffection from donald trump. >> with trump. is it better for trump or clinton to have johnson in the debates? >> i think it is probably better for clinton to have him -- johnson and stein -- johnson, to just deflect from the one-on-one confrontation. but so far i think the aleppo comment, not knowing where it was, that will freeze his vote. >> all right. thank you, doug schoen, for being here. when we come back, with scandals continuing to dog hillary clinton, her campaign turns the tables on donald trump, accusing the gop nominee of some pay to play of his own. ♪
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mr. trump called my foundation a criminal enterprise. that was pretty funny considering. he made a political contribution to the attorney general of florida who at the time had an office investigating trump university. and mysteriously the investigation vanished. >> former president bill clinton this week attempting to turn the tables on donald trumps a the fallout continues over hillary clinton's use of a private e-mail server and accusations of pay to play at the clinton foundation. at issue is a $25,000 donation. trump's foundation made to
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florida attorney general pam bondy in 2013 at the same time her office was considering joining the an investigation into trump university. bondy decided against joining the multistate fraud probe and trump was recently forced to pay a $2500 fine to the irs for making a political contribution through a tax exempt charitable group. back with jack, bill, and mary kiss kissle. mary, donald trump said during the primaries when i give a donation to politicians i do it because i know i can buy them. is this an illustration of that? >> i think it is. i think frankly it stichks but to hear bill clinton accuse donald trump of pay to play is really a joke, isn't it? this is the guy who took how many millions of dollars from authoritarian third world regimes for his own pocket? i mean, give me a break here. >> so the bondy episode is troubling to you, ethically.
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>> i think so. >> is that fair if. >> absolutely. >> but it's a question of proportion? is that the issue, bill? >> paul, i think two things. one is the real scandal here is what's legal. if donald trump had made this a regular contribution it would all be legal. it's because he did it through his charity. >> that's why he paid the fine. >> that's why he paid the fine. if he did it just as a regular contribution it would have been fine. still smelly. i think it stinks. the interest thing about it the bill clinton defense is this is the classic clinton defense. they're as sleazy as we are. everybody does it, right, dan? >> well, yeah, i suppose everybody does do it, paul. but we're talking about politics. and you know, on a scale of one to ten the clinton foundation is about 100. and this bondy thing is about a two. i mean, you're just not going to be able to sustain this contribution to pam over the next two months. on the other hand, democrats all across the country have been pleading with the clintons to separate themselves from the clinton foundation before the
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roof collapses on them. it's just one problem after another. and the democrats are worried that there's going to be a land mine out there related to the clinton foundation that is going to blow up on them before the election. but they will not give it up. they say all we do is good things with this chity, end of story. that's not the end of the story. >> all right. but on the fbi notes released last week before the labor day holiday, conveniently by the fbi, what did you learn from them, from that -- those documents that you think are significant? >> well, i think, first of all, it confirmed the sense that people had about jim comey when he decided not to go after hillary clinton. i mean, he -- first of all, by releasing them on that friday before a long weekend there was a real sense that he was just trying to get it out there but at a time when it wouldn't get much press. and then inside of those notes you find that, you know, all of her denials about never having,
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you know, used her private server to do anything related to classified information are just out and out lies. and the fbi knew that. they did not bother to interview her at the beginning of the investigation but rather waited until the very end which is very unusual for the way that these kinds of investigations go. >> it happens but not regular practice. >> it doesn't make sense really. but there's a whole string of strange things that happened in this so-called investigation that really don't add up. and leave the electorate feeling like jim comey really did not do a full fledged investigation of her because she is the democratic nominee for the election in november and he didn't want to blow that up. >> jim comey issued a statement that leaked this week to former fbi officials, mary saying, look, i didn't do it. we only did it on that friday. not for political reasons.
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we just wanted to get it out as soon as possible. you buying that? >> no, nobody buys that. and i thought the memo was frankly bizarre and very defensive in its tone. comey is clearly feeling pressure not just internally from the current agents working for the fbi but also from retired agents and who knows what else. but he, as mary said, has very clearly damaged that agency's reputation. >> i agree, look, the situation we're in now is people not only don't believe mrs. clinton, they don't believe the fbi because when you have to issue a memo like that telling people we don't play games, it's because you're playing games. >> it's not a good look. >> and i think the thing is, i think that within the bureau and former agents, they all recognize this. >> mary, do you think that the bondy example, neutralizes as a political matter and for the rest of the campaign, the clinton problem with the e-mails of the moufoundation? >> i don't but that doesn't surprise you.
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whether the electorate thinks so is a key question, especially these uncommitted voters who they're still trying to get. the reason why bill clinton found it so easy to explain what he thought happened in the case because he knows how it works and he's an expert. i think the magnitude of the clinton problem is so much bigger than what happened with trump it's not going to be a big issue for trump. >> donald trump paid the fine. what happened to hillary clinton, nothing. >> maybe going to the white house. still ahead, u.s. intelligence officials are in investigating what they say the covert russian plan to disrupt the american presidential election. so should the candidates brace for an october surprise? ♪ is depression more than sadness? ♪ it's a tangle of multiple symptoms. ♪
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we know based on our own intelligence analysis that the russians were behind the hack of the dnc and the providing of information for it to be disclosed from the dnc. every american should be concerned about russia doing anything to try to tilt and influence our election. >> that was hillary clinton this week warning that russia may be trying to sabotage the u.s. presidential election. growing evidence in moscow was behind the hack of the democratic national committee earlier this summer as well as
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breach of election systems in illinois and arizona has u.s. intelligence agency on high alert. should the candidates brace for an october surprise? gordon is the information age columnist for the "wall street journal." >> thank you, paul. >> what do we know so far about the evidence that these were russian hacks? >> let's first start with russia's info war strategy generally. stalin had something called special propaganda. vladimir putin is a kgb officer. learned all a it. updated it for the digital age. and what that entails is trying to create disillusionment and distrust in democracies about their own systems, whether it's nsa or government officials or maybe now voters. a >> and he has tried to influence elections in europe. >> absolutely. he hacked or russians hacked the ukrainian election commission. georgia. in the united states we have 9,000 polling places across the
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country. we have many, many systems. we know how vulnerable every computer generated piece of information is. this is why there's so much concern now about what the russians might do next. >> all right. let's take the dnc hacks first. the public officials, american officials are saying they think it's russian hacks -- rugs behind it. but they haven't laid out a trail of evidence yet. the fbi is still investigating. what do you think? do you think it was the russians? >> i think there's no doubt that it was russians and it's not just the dnc. the russians also almost certainly have all 60,000 of hillary clinton's e-mails. half of which you will recall she turned over. another 15,000 the fbi found. >> jim comey and the fbi said there was evidence that people tried to hack her e-mails but there's no evidence that they got in. now, they can reverse trace those things. why would you -- are you so sure that they have her e-mails?
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>> it's much easier to reverse and determine if somebody has been hacked if it actually has any protection against hacking. home basement service had no protection and intelligence officials believe that many, many countries have her e-mails, certainly including the russians. so the russians hacked -- got her e-mails. also evidence of hack the dnc but also the clinton foundation and the state department. so putin has at his fingertips much more information than american voters do about hillary clinton, about the clinton foundation. if there's an october surprise relating to the e-mails, they may come from russia. the russians are able to triangulate all of this information that is not available. >> what it seems to me you've seen a series of public officials/carter defense, secretary, you saw the director of national intelligence, mr. cl clapper, all point to russian
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involvement. you saw secretary clinton in that clip saying that russia is involved. it sounds to me like pre-empt tive saying, look, if something happens in october that's who is at fault and, by the way, it's trump's buddy. >> yeah. >> what do you think of that strategy on their part? >> well, i think they may have stumbled on to what is actually happening. i think it probably is the russians. whether it is because they're trying to support trump, i think is a different question. the russian strategy is to create discord and disillusionment and distrust generally. >> across the board. >> rnc has been hacked as well. so i think the russians are an equal opportunity disrupter in this area. it's a question about whether putin supports trump or not. >> what about this issue of being able to disrupt the actual election? the polling stations that you referred to. if you think about this, we have a close election, like a florida 2000, and the complication, additional complication of the fact that there was some -- the
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accusation of foreign influence. i mean, we could have a real problem here with credibility of the next president. >> yes. the hanging chads of some years ago. >> yeah. this would be much worse. >> much worse. and difficult to detect and may or may not be found. one of the issues that people are concerned about to begin with is vote from overseas, where a lot of those ballots are transmitted digitally. we'll start with that. and then the polling places. >> what can we do to prevent that, the polling place disruption? >> i think it's very difficult. i think we've come to the issues quite late in the process. we don't really have systems in place as you know even the bigger government agencies get hacked. certainly home brew computers get hacked. >> so we don't want a close election. the other thing is, the response that the united states has done to hacking in the past. all right? we know they brought charges
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against a few hackers, in china. we know they did almost nothing the administration did against north korea for the sony hack. has that been a message to the russians that, hey, or anybody else, hey, you know what, you can get away with it? >> you know, if there's no price to be paid, why not? i think that's what the russians have laefearned so far. >> that's a reasonable -- reasonable conclusion. what should obama do? >> i think there has to be some steps taken. let's start with naming names, let's start with obama and officially and on the record and not just unnamed officials. let's start with that. >> but then the united states actually is pretty good at its own hacking and its own cyber activities. why not disclose vladimir putin's bank accounts? why not the bank accounts of his cronies? what about all the visas for the children of the cronies who don't want to live in russia and prefer to live in the united states? there's a lot that an administration can do to discourage this sort of russian
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nominee mitt romney tweeting this week, i hope voters get to see former gop governors gary johnson and bill weld on the debate stages this fall. we're back with dan, mary, mary. noninterventionist. gary johnson, mary. that's probably a good thing 23 you're not going intervene in syria if you don't know where it is or where the cat tall pital . >> first of all, i think we should establishford that he's really not a libertarian. i mean, johnson was a former governor of new mexico. he has many mainstream republican positions. he's in favor of gay marriage which is not a libertarian position. the libertarians say governments should not be involved in marriage. he is in favor -- >> and mary knows libertarians. >> he is in favor of legalizing drugs but largely because he believes that the prohibition on
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drugs is driving crime at the border and driving organizationized crime and that's one of his big issues. having said all that he is not an interventionist and, you know, that's why he got into trouble here. i happen to think that there was something charming about the way that he responded to can question because gary johnson has some -- i would say a motacom of humility. and the other two candidate -- which is one reason why he's doing as well as he is in the polls because people look at the other two candidates and they think they're actually crazy and not suited for the presidency. so they're looking for someone who is sort of low key, understands he doesn't know everything all the time, and can kind of take advice from experts. >> dan, what do you make of gary johnson doing as well as he has in the polls and how much is this going to -- this exchange going to hurt him? he's really desinvestigately trying to get to 15% because if he can get there or close and he gets in the debates, that's what
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catapulted ross perot, for example, at the end of the race in 1992, 19% he got. what do you make of johnson's chances to get there? >> well, they don't look too good. two minds on this issue. a part of me would like gary johnson to get on this stage because people are talking about him as an alternative. let's find out whether he is a credible candidate or whether, like martin o'malley, the failed democratic presidential candidate, there's just nothing there. now, the cutoff is 15%, paul. the real clear politics average right now, he's at 9%. >> right. >> that's a long way from 15%. and i would not favor just pressing gary johnson into the debate now because that means you would have to bring in the green candidate jill stein as well and it would turn it into a circus. four dancing elephants is more than the american people can handle right now. >> i guess the argument would be, mary, johnson to really have
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a chance would have to start winning some states. and if you don't have a chance to winne states, then the election is going to come down to hillary clinton or donald trump in the electoral college. so should the voters get that to see those two go head to head without the distraction of a third party? >> no, i don't think so. i think rules are rules. he's doing well in utah and new mexico and a place like colorado, of course that's a big libertarian state. a lot of marijuana over there. >> they marry carry boulder, i don't know. >> may cary boulder. the line is set at 15%. set by the commission on presidential debates and i believe in rules. >> any disagreement on that? >> i disagree only in a sense that one of the big issues in this campaign has to do with government spending. and neither one of the candidates has explained how they are going to deal with this huge deficit and rising debt and gary johnson would force them to have to say something about that. >> that's what a debate is for.
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debate is for who is likely to be president of the united states. i think we do have rules. >> don't you want the issues debated though? >> i do want the issues debated but i think we do have rules and not just let -- look, the harder part for gary johnson is the really tough question to ask people is who is gary johnson. probably more people could identify aleppo than a libertarian candidate. >> but isn't that the point then? if -- if the polls show, mary, that the people are so public, the candidate neither in some polls are close to winning. if they're so disenchant we'd the main candidates why not give somebody like johnson a chance on stage. >> because he has no mathematical chance of winning. the commission on presidential debates, that's part of the criteria. you have to have a mathematical grow to victory. and by the way, let's not discount the moderators here. do we really need gary johnson on the stage to have a debate about how to balance the federal budg
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budget? isn't that the job of the moderators? >> right. to drive the questions, you mean. >> ask the hard questions. >> when we come back, the obama administration's war on for-profit colleges claims its latest victim. so is putting bill clinton on your payroll the key to survival for these i'm batted institutions? over time, they get even better. that's why more people stick with humana medicare advantage. we work together with you to find the best plan, however your needs might change. because great things are ahead of you when your health is ready for them. humana medicare advantage. the plan people stick with.
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the obama administration's war on for-profit colleges continues. and the latest victim, itt technical institute which shut its doors this week stranding some 43,000 students at its 137 campuses nationwide. it's a fate that did not befall another for-profit college, laureate international university where former president bill clinton was paid $17.6 million between 2010 and 2015 to serve as its honorary chancellor. "wall street journal" editorial
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writer alisha finley joins us with more. you've been following this story for us. what was the case against itt and was it fair? >> right. so itt is a for-profit, meaning that it has shareholders. what happened is a bunch of regulators, creditor, a creditor as well as the s.e.c., consumer financial protection bureau, lef i haved a bunch of accusations, allegations that were never proven in court. and the department of education used these allegations as a pretext to basically cut off federal aid to students. shutting down the college. >> that would seem to be a violation of due process. i mean, do they get a chance -- >> is that surprising? >> you're saying that because of the obama administration campaign. >> right. >> they did this against corinthian, too. >> this is a pattern. >> was the claim that they're misusing -- abusing students who we lie on loans from the federal government? is that -- was that the nature of the accusation? >> these are all very nebulous.
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but ironically the cspb involve private student loans. >> sec's claims involved private student loans. >> that students took out to go to the school. >> rate, in which case taxpayers are not on the hook. >> this is part of a broader campaign that the administration has had. what's movitivating it? >> one is that these for-profit colleges provide competition for community colleges, many of which are struggling in enrollment. in many cases these private colleges are better suited for single mothers, veterans, non-traditional students. >> some politicians just don't like that competition for community colleges which are public institutions? >> right. >> and some of them are very good. >> yes. >> but for the for-profits, some of these are online institutions, people who have to work for a living but want an extra degree, can't spend two or four years with mom and dad, paying to go to school.
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right? that's part of the attraction of some of these for-profit institutions. >> right. they serve principally low income, minorities, a lot of veterans, and those students who are in the military. but these schools are also not unionized. so democrats don't like that. >> what about the performance of these schools like itt versus, say, community colleges? is the performance a lot worse or better or what? >> it depends. it's a case-by-case basis. at least we know in the case of itt that its graduation rates were in most cases three to four times higher than a lot of the community colleges in the nearby areas. >> what about their debt levels? >> they did graduate with higher debt levels. but because they earned more ten years after graduating, they are better able to pay off their debt. >> interesting. okay. dan, so let's turn to bill
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clinton and laureate. $17.6 million, that's higher than the minimum wage. what do you make of that arrangement, and what was his relation of laureate to the state department and hillary clinton? >> well, i mean, it's just astonishing that a company like this would be paying $17 million to do what? it was mainly to be kind of a doorman, to introduce them to people at the state department, connect them to institutions overseas. nothing gets made of that. i think the underlying story here, paul, having listened to alicia discuss what happened to itt and corinthian, consider the incredible power of the federal government to literally put private companies like this out of business without any real proof that they've committed a crime at all.
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what country are we living in? i would suggest as well that if hillary clinton becomes president, this sort of thing is going to continue. this is what the democrats think is sort of the ideas elizabeth warren developed when she was head of the consumer financial safety bureau. >> bill, just briefly. >> look, the larger story here is ideological. remember mencken's line on puritans? we have to rewrite it. american progressives are haunted by the idea that somebody somewhere is making a profit. this might have been money well-spent for laureate if it had brought them immunity from president obama's war on private schools. one more break. when we come back, hits and misses of the week.
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time now for hits and misses of the week. dan? >> i'm giving my hit to matt
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lauer, the "today" show host who moderated the commander in chief forum. the day afterwards, i've liberal pundit with access to a quick twitter account carpet bombed matt lauer because he was too hard on hillary clinton so he must have been doing something right. if the next commander in chief has to be protected from matt lauer, she's got a big problem. >> he was just as tough on trump, dan, i thought. all right, mary. >> george tortorelo for telling his players, quote, if they sit on the bench for the national anthem, they will sit there for the rest of the game, end quote. i think this is a good message, paul, it's in response to san francisco 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick refusing to stand because of solidarity with the black lives matter movement. i think it goes to show if you
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can do something, it doesn't necessarily mean you should. >> in the ongoing wars about who gets to bake what for what ceremonies. a woman went to get a cake with a flag with trump 2016 on it. the bakery refused her, she vented on facebook and she went and got her cake elsewhere. she bought and ate her cake too. >> this is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. and i was there on that day. i never would have imagined what lower manhattan looks like today. there are 29 hotels in the neighborhood compared to six on 9/11. there are 60,000 people living in the downtown area. that's three times what lived there in 2000. and last year, there were 14 million visitors to the area. human beings will not be defeated. >> hear hear, mary. thank you.
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remember, if you have your own hit or miss, be sure to tweet it to us. that's it for this week's show. thanks to my panel. thanks to all of you for watching. i'm paul gigot. hope to see you right here next week. where am i? >> where are you, by the way? >> oh, my god, i remember you. four months ago, remember? >> and now you're the proud mommy. >> i have a third child. thank you so much. >> a little baby boy. >> thank you for the feeble attempt at congratulations, yes, i have a harrison now, i have a tribe of three plus a husband, which means like 12 kids. >> and you have me. >> this is like my downtime, for these two hours. hello, everyone,

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