tv Special Report With Bret Baier FOX News September 3, 2012 9:00pm-10:00pm EDT
website. that is all for us tonight. thank you so much for watching. i'm in for bill o'reilly and please remember t spin stops here because we are definitely looking out for you. watching. >> neil: the presidential race could come down to one simple question. the democrats here in charlotte have the answer. live from theteamic national convention. this is special edition of "special report." >> bret: this is a special edition of special report >> neil: good evening. i'm bret baier. we're in north carolina where the democratic convention gets underway tomorrow. on this holiday to celebrate america's workers president obama finds himself in a
struck to convince laborers that he deserves a second term. it seems some in his own party need convincing on one important question. chief white house correspondent ed henry is travelling with the president in new orleans. [ applause ] >> reporter: president obama top allies are damned if they say yes and damned if they say no to this fundamental question hanging over the democratic national conventio convention. >> can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago? >> no, but that is not the question of this election. the question without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before george bush brought us the bush job losses, the bush recession, the bush deficit. >> reporter: after republican mitt romney campaign pounced on that, today, governor martin o'malley did a 180. >> we are clearly better off as country because we're now creating jobs rather than losing them. we have not recovered all that we lost. >> reporter: the problem compounded by the fact two top advisors to the president
would not say yes or no. >> it took us a long time to get in the hole and will take us a long time to get out of it. >> there are plenty of people in our economy who have been impacted by the positive way by decisions the president made >> reporter: seeking to further clean it up, a top campaign official added by any measurement the country is better off, which drew cackles from the romney camp. other officials try to change the question altogether. >> the question that americans are asking is how do we restore economic security for the middle class. governor romney ultimately failed to answer that question last week. bolstered by fact that the unemployment is lower than the national average and the president previewed his convention speech with attack on romney. >> it was a rerun. you might as well watched it in black and white tv with rabbit ears on there. >> reporter: he fired back on romney's claim it was time
for a new coach, saying the nation has already seen the republican play book. >> there is a flag on the play. i've got one piece of advice for you about romney ryan game plan, ohio. punt it away. >> reporter: the president landed in new orleans to tour storm damage and get briefed on the situation, three days after republican mitt romney was here. white house spokesman jay carney says the visit is not political and charged that paul ryan wants to cut disaster funding. romney camp denies that and told me in a statement they believe the white house team will politicize anything. bret? >> neil: ed henry traveling with the president tonight in new orleans. the top of the republican ticket is taking this labor day off, but vice presidential candidate paul ryan had one event earlier. not too far from here. chief political correspondent carl cameron continues tonight's reporting on the big question of this campaign. >> in greenville, north carolina, more than 200-miles from the democratic national convention in charlotte, paul ryan led the g.o.p. attempt to
counter program against the democrats. >> there is a little gathering going on in charlotte. you heard about this? the president will say a lot of things and he will but he can't tell you that you are better off. >> reporter: they had an attack video with the president recycling the pledges he made four years ago. >> americans are out of work. we have friends out there, family looking for work. >> reporter: in michigan, vice president used labor day to rip in republicans as disinterested in working class. >> they blame you as the problem. >> reporter: the claim that americans are better off four years ago has republicans crowing how out of touch the democrats are. the latest "associated press" poll indicates by more than two to one people say the financial situation has not improved or is worse than four years ago. 36% say worse. 36% say same. 28% say better. >> every president since the great depression who asked americans to send them in to a second term could say that you
were better off today than four years ago, except for jimmy carter and for president barack obama. >> rerporter: a new "charlotte observer" poll shows tie where it's higher than the national average. 15 electoral college votes are at stake. independents, the president trails by six points. >> you will hear alibis and scapegoat to cover up the presidency. >> he and his wife ann rented a jet ski. romney has three debates with the president in october and plans to accelerate rehearsal and preparation tuesday through thursday at the redding, vermont, home of the lieutenant governor of massachusetts when romney was governor of the bay state. romney aides are already downplaying his debate performance expectations.
in large measure by hyping president obama's prowess, noting that he did a fine job in their view against john mccain in particular, they say, proved himself stellar against hillary clinton. bret? >> neil: carl cameron down the road in greenville, north carolina. carl, thank you. we will talk about the magic number. 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. we get information from karl rove and joe trippi. red states are obama. blue is romney. pinkish is lean romney. light blue is lean obama. yellow states are tossup states in the margin of error. this all based on polls within the last 30 days. okay, gentlemen. karl, what has changed? >> minor change to barack obama advantage.
connecticut with seven electoral vote goesrom lean obama to solid obama but the good news ends there. two states, nevada with six and michigan with 16 shift from lean obama to tossup. we now have nine states with 122 electoral votes now tossup. this is the largest number of tossup states that we have had since we began tracking in april. largest number of electoral college votes as well. >> bret: of the change what is is most important, joe? >> those two mean suddenly there is a lot of different ways for mitt romney to make it. we have been talking for weeks about the 3-2-19 strategy. now you can lose a state like virginia, one of the three, indiana, north carolina and virginia that he has to win or we thought he had to win to have a shot. you can lose one of those states, because now so many states are in tossup, nevada, michigan, wisconsin, those three states if you win them you can start to lose some of the 3-2-1 states which is something the obama campaign could not have possibly been
thinking about this late in the game. >> bret: karl, as we point out, this is over 30 days. you moved texas in to the dark red, because you just said it is. but georgia is the same way, right? tennessee, kentucky? >> we have 35 electoral college votes called lean romney, georgia, tennessee, kentucky. they are called that because the last poll we have is some time ago. but i personally think those 35 electoral college votes are in romney's column. if you do that, think about that for a minute. solid obama states 14 of them represent 184 electoral college votes. if you add kentucky, tennessee, georgia, to the 1 states that romney has. you add those states with bah and 184 to 181 in solid states for each candidate. the rest of is it up for gra grabs. >> bret: joe, talk about a convention bounce. we have don't see one of yet. tough. holiday weekend. you have the democratic convention this week.
>> the non-incumbency point gets five points. it expect fa for romney. but we won't be able to see it not completely because as you said, we are at the democratic convention. that is going to start, the pendulum swinging the other way. you know, i think later on we have to see how big the gap is. but i think the bounce itself might be masked how close the conventions are together >> in the modern rare is only the second time conventions were back to back. we're likely to see the effect of the bounce mitigated by. that we ought to look at gallup polls and others cup weeks before the republican convention and see how the respective party bounces settle out. >> bret: in north carolina, it's tied on this map. recent polls are really tight here. shouldn't romney lead in north carolina this >> romney, if you look at the
recent poll, a new poll out today from the elan university and "charlotte observer" where he is up by four. this is the strength and weaknesses of averaging the polls together. we'll drop off this week, the earliest poll in the last month, which is incidentally the best poll for president obama. this state is going to end the next couple of weeks trend -- i wouldn't surprised to see in a couple of weeks north carolina be a lean romney state on the basis of dropping out the older polls. >> bret: we talk about the ipad app that people can download. they are downloading it, making their own maps, comparing the maps that you and karl had done. you have one that you picked out from a guy who put together his choices. >> yeah. ryan collins, put this up. used the app and put it up. what i found interesting the reason i want to share it is it shows why it's so important that nevada and michigan went in tossup this week. he has, barack obama winning virginia, which is something i
think is likely to happen. or could happen. with the 3-2-1 strategy, virginia being a must-win, how do you win without it? and now that nevada, he has nevada going for romney. and wisconsin. you had wisconsin and nevada together. it makes up for virginia and romney gets to 275. that scares me. so, but keep these coming in. i think there has been very interesting ones. >> bret: you have different equations to get you there. >> yes. for example the "new york times" had a story if romney were to lose ohio, if you look at the battleground states there are 11 other ways by which he can replace those 18 electoral college votes. here in this map from ryan we have virginia with 13 electoral college votes going to obama. he replaces it by combination of nevada and wisconsin. you can also get it by wisconsin and new hampshire. for example, or by michigan in and of itself. without the others. >> bret: does the president have the same option stringing the states together?
>> you know, the guy who is on offense always has a better shot to string together a different set of states. guy on the defense is playing defense. >> obama could still -- the one thing that is consistent. if he could stop romney in ohio and virginia, very tough -- it's still possible for romney to get there, but very difficult to do. >> bret: on this map, missouri is lean romney. karl, i have to ask you about this comment that was from a private get together of fundraiser, i guess, a meeting. in which you said about the senate candidate there. we should sink todd akin if he is found mysteriously murdered don't look for my whereabouts. >> not exactly the close but close enough. >> bret: the one they put out. >> this is a comment made in, a remark made if private conversation. when it became public, started dialing up the numbers i had for todd akin, congressman akin, called him. apologized for the intemprent remark. he could haven't been more gracious and kind accepting my apology.
i wish i hadn't said it in private. when it became public the right thing to do is call him. i did. >> bret: you regret it? >> yeah, look. again, exasperateed comment in private. i wish i hadn't said it. when it's public, the best thing to do is call and apologize. it never did. >> i never made an intemprent remarks. ever. >> bret: leave it there. as always, thank you. see you next week. coming up, what is bracketing and why is it so important around these conventions? keep it here. ♪
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>> dana: they assembled a war room driving it's talking points on twitter and facebook with ads that say four years nothing has changed the days of laying low during your opponent's convention are long gone. >> you need to on this scene providing immediate feedback in realtime as it is happening or the story has gone by 30 minutes later in tampa they had big plans. invitation president biden was the tour of the state while the dnc helped local rallies. most of that was lost to the tropical storm.
democrats got a few licks in up and coming republican stars. >> you can't just trot out a brown face or a spanish sur name and expect people are going to vote for your party. >> many of tampa's biggest draws are back. senator marco rubio may come later. rnc nascar building complete with television studio and requisite with nascar window dressing and there is appreciation from some democrats. >> i think both parties have good rapid response. i think the obama steam a little better because they have been doing it longer. but i think the republicans are getting strong there. they are instant and quick. >> with undecided voters now just beginning to pay attention. neither party can miss an opportunity remembering all too well what happened in 2004 when the kerry campaign went wind
surfing while george bush was on the attack. >> they waited and it didn't work out. so we're going to make sure we take advantage of every minute. >> reporter: republicans may have two other opportunities to drive home powerful messages as brackets the as early as tomorrow the national debt is expected to top $16 trillion. then there is all important jobs report for the month of august. that comes up just at the convention ends on friday morning. >> bret: john, thank you. we're getting mixed signals about american troops in afghanistan. jay carney says the president has said that not all the troops would be out by 2014 but that isn't what the president said earlier in colorado. >> we are bringing our troops home from afghanistan and i set a timetable we will have them all out of there by 2014. >> carney accused reporters
playing goch kha, they understand the afghanistan policy. they have criticized governor romney for failing to mention afghanistan in his acceptance speech. >> a suicide bomber in company rammed his car. two pakistanis were killed and 19 people were injured including two americans. targeted vehicle was leaving the u.s. consulate. authorities in india have arrested more than a dozen people accused of targeting the nuclear power plants. suspects shall believed to be from the same group that launched a terror attacks in mumbai that left 164 people dead. >> activists in syria say government warplanes bombed a town near turkish border today killing 18 people. violence was reported in and around damascus. the envoy to syria ending the civil war there will be a difficult task. >> bret: still ahead, does it
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>>. >> bret: convention hall and big screen putting different pictures around the country. let's talk about what we can expect and get some context. let's welcome brit hume and fox news sunday host chris wallace. what about the democrats, what does the president has to do in char slot lot? >> he has to get a full endorsement from bill clinton. that will be one of the most anticipated elements of this convention is to hear the man
who headed the wing of the democratic party which has become defunct under barack obama. i'm talking about the democratic leadership council, the centrist part of the democratic party is basically gone. bill clinton led that. you know in his heart and in his mind he has major disagreements in the way the president has responded in 1994. he will suppress all that and do his best as he did four years ago to deliver a ringing endorsement that will make a convincing case against mitt romney but with bill clinton you can't be sure. >> two things, i think. first of all. they've had trouble with this, they have to answer the question that mitt romney raised, are you better off than four years ago? they are struggling with that. its hard question to answer because a lot of statistics on unemployment and debt and growth
aren't very good. the second thing i think is not the comparison to mitt romney the comparison to barack obama in 2008. it was such a magic convention. i re-read obama's speech when he accepted it and big football stadium with the greek columns. it was impressive speech but it was all hope and change and fresh face on the political scene. he is not there anymore and it will be much harder. >> bret: we talked about conventions in the past. you've covered some 35 together. can you bring us back to some other interesting moments. >> one of the things in conventions or a moment will occur and at that time or perhaps the rest of the campaign the speech will be remembered in a certain way. later, it will come to take on entirely different meaning. with george h.w. bush in 1998 in new orleans, there were a lot of doubts about him. he gotten behind in the polling
after the democratic convention. there was a longer delay between the two conventions and he came out that came to be known later on as the read my lips speech. at the time in that hall before those delegates, some of those that had doubts about him, he delivered the line about himself readiness for the president, i am that man with great emphasis and force. i remember michael barone turned to me, have you ever heard him that good or that strong, i never had. that line has been lost to history in favor of read my lips which was considered an applause line and punch line, but it wasn't considered the key line of the speech and now it is. >> i was thinking about this today. 1964 the democratic convention was held in atlantic city, less
than a year after assassination of john f. kennedy and johnson was concerned that the delegates who obviously were tremendous supporters of john kennedy were going to stampede and put him on the ticket, maybe to replace johnson but replace hubert humphrey. so they scheduled a convention, kennedy came on the last night and before he got to speak there was 22 minute crying standing ovation. then he gave a beautiful speech quoting shakespeare about his dead brother. it was reported later after this tremendous outpouring and great emotion of his he went out to the fire escape and wept. >> bret: clint eastwood was unscripted and got a lot of attention. do you expect anything unscripted here in charlotte? >> you doubt it. you certainly hope so.
clinton is obviously one of the things you wonder about. my guess he'll rewrite his speech today. he had a lot more reasons to dislike barack obama in 2008 than he does now. >> i don't think we'll see much unscripted. it doesn't happen very much anymore. >> bret: next up, a sequel to east wooding and some skeptical runners say not so fast to paul ryan. [ male announcer ] it's simple physics... a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis sympto. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult. prescription celebrex can help relieve arthritis pain so your body can stay in motion. because just one 200mg celebrex a day can provide 24 hour relief for many with arthritis pain and inflammation. plus, in clinical studies, celebrex is proven to improve daily physical function
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>> >>. >> bret: fresh picking from the political grapevine. paul ryan has walked back a comment about his produce es at marathon running. he said he run a marathon under three hours. a two-hour and 50 something. the claim raised eyebrows over runners world magazine, he ran a single marathon in 1990 finishing in four hours, one minute and 25 seconds. he issued a statement even family members teased him about the claim, quote the race was more than 20 years ago, but my brother told them who ran boston last year reminds me that he is the owner of the fastest mere than in a in the family and has never himself ran a sub three. in two days, president clinton
will ask america to re-elect president obama. in an effort to secure an endorsement from hillary clinton, he allegedly said of senator obama, a few years ago this guy would have been carrying our bags. new yorker's line he got the bag carrying story from tim russert who died in 2008. so far no comment from presidents clinton or obama. photo i.d.s required to get in the dnc prompting an have a large of irony tweets today. one says, other hypocrisy they require photo i.d., unions require i.d. to vote at halls on union contracts but voter i.d.s bad. another, if i need an i.d. to buy cold medicine or use a check to get in the convention, why shouldn't i need an i.d. to vote? and finally clint eastwood's dialogue with an empty chair
inspire eastwooding, people posing with an empty chair. now national empty chair day. conservative blogs have posted their chairs, empty chairs, pictures all over the country. part of the business of this week's democratic convention will be the approval of the party platform. chief correspondent james rosen tells what is in it and what the president is running on and whether it all matters. >> americans may be still evolving when it comes to marriage equality. >> reporter: when president obama accepts the renomination he will do in south carolina where voters this year approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. he believed each state should be allowed to decide the matter for itself. >> this concludes the convention platform committee you are hereby adjourned. >> but the platform will call for the repeal of the law that
permits states to reject same-sex marriage licenses issued in other states. >> if you wanted to know where the candidates are headed it's a worth to take a look at the documents to see the road map. whether you agree or disagree the position that romney has taken is an extreme one. >> reporter: the dnc platform is also expected to call for an increase in the minimum wage, for tax relief for clean energy manufacturers and increased fuel efficiency rates. >> we need to pass the dream acted. >> and on immigration policy, the dnc platform will issue a call for comprehensive reform that implies support for but does not endorse the dream act. a strong pro-choice plank will appear despite recent polls fully half of americans call them pro-life compared to four in ten calling themselves
pro-choice. susan managed the debate in 1980. >> i think the platform matters less as a predictor of what the nominee or the candidate will do in office and more as a political document. i think the democratic platform this time around isn't going to matter. it's mr. obama's record. >> reporter: one plank from 2008 unlikely to be repeated this year, their vow to close the detention facility at guantanamo bay. >> bret: thank you. if you are road this holiday you are paying more than during any other labor day weekend ever at the pump. national average is $3.83 a gallon. that is up 17 cents from labor day 2011. a top official at customs enforcement has resigned after being accused of instilling a frat house work environment. she denies the allegations but
does no not want to distract from the agency's mission. republican lawmakers have the culture about ice and homeland security. we will continue to investigate. >> it will be a theme right up until election day, are you better off than you were four years ago? we'll ask the fox all-stars when we come back. [ male announcer ] how do you trade? with scottrader streaming quotes, any way you want. fully customize it for your trading process -- from thought to trade, on every screen.
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position four years ago in the economy, when this president took office we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. >> we have made a lot of progress in the depths of recession. >> we are better off. we have a ways to go and president obama will lay it on how we can continue to move our economy forward. >> can you honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago? >> that is not the question of this election. the question without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before george bush brought us the bush job losses and bush recession. >> we are clearly better off as a country because we are now creating jobs rather than losing them. >> bret: governor o'malley from maryland, last sound bite and the other one just 24 hours before. democrats answering the question are you better off than four years ago? what about this as a theme? as you take a look at the polls. two tracking polls, rasmussen of likely voters. this has mitt romney up 48% to
44% over the president. gallup poll, has the president with a one-point lead both of those within the margin of error. tucker carlson. carry-on sentence powers, fred barnes and jeff. >> as these democratic officials were going on sunday shows, you would think that would be one of is questions they would have prepped for to begin with? >> it's not an original question. we've heard it every election, every interview. the reason here, they don't want to give the sense that they think things are okay. if they would have answered in the affirmative, yes, they are. it would have given romney campaign an opening.
but despite how they and i it. this is going to be soundtrack and guide for the next 60 days of this election. voters will be asking that question. i think that despite what governor o'malley said both times and we're going to see that replayed. that is core problem for the obama campaign going forward. it's how people feel about that question. it's a challenge for them. >> i'll say it's a challenge for them. this is why they have been trying to raise every other issue, war on women, the dog on romney's car. we're not as well off. that is obvious. any numbers, the obama people cite 4.5 million jobs created but that didn't keep up with population growth. so that certainly isn't good. 5% drop in household income. all the numbers don't look good
for obama. then i just looked over the fox news poll of a couple weeks ago and found a question -- do you believe that american civilization is rising or falling? is it rise organize declining, by two to one they say it's declining. independent voters say three to one say it's declining. the voters don't think we're better off. >> bret: when the talking points went out the answer became the president was handed the bad economy from george w. bush. the president is on the right track. is that sellable? >> they are in a difficult situation. i think they would like to avoid this question which is why they have dodged it out of the box. you remember with the first george bush got into a lot of trouble when he started to say the economy is turning around people said, no, it doesn't feel like it's turning around.
they don't want to look disconnected from the voters. the reality, we are better off by many measures. they are connect to talk about that. is it better to be losing jobs? as they were when obama came into office or better to be academy jobs? of course it's better to add jobs. is it better to have saved the auto industry? is it better with the stimulus that help avoid a collapse? of course, it's better. there are a lot of things they can be talking about. they don't want to feel like they are telling people, your life is great because that is not the truth. >> first lesson is that water boarding works. all the people wondered, governor o'malley you can force people to change. the beauty of america is we measure everything. there is no metric that goes unreport. obvious numbers have been talked about, the debt and deficit but you go down the list, markers of
american society, and it's almost uniformly bad. things down to s.a.t. scoring, food stamps -- 14 million people on food stamps. number of americans uninsured is up two full percentage points. pointed is this. for 104 consecutive months americans have said we think americans are on the wrong track. that is bad. that is the key number. in a dramatically wrong direction for obama. >> bret: and you this entire convention is not bracketed by republicans but by two things, the threat hit $16 trillion probably at some time when the convention gets underway. the jobs report comes out friday. it's predicted to be not that great. for republicans if you are going to live by this good/bad feeling, if the jobs report is before the election is better, let's say it is, does that show you are heading in the right
direction? >> i don't think there will be time. there will be a jobs report friday before election day. by that time, millions of americans will have voted in this country because of early voting. i think at that point things are baked in. the jobs report on friday is going to immediately change the subject from the president's speech on thursday evening. that is not good timing at all. the friday one before the election, by that point i haven't run in a voter that is watching that final jobs report either up or down. by then that point the chile will be cooked or baked. >> bret: cooking is going on. >> the voter might want to hear the plan, it's more of the same. he wants the huge tax increases that the congressional budget office will cause another recession. this has been a lousy recovery. it's been somewhat of a recovery
but a lousy one. the president was elected to fix the economy. the economy is unfixed. >> i think you may even understate it. now, they are pushing the federal reserve. i don't think the average person the u.s. dollar is devalued, but they have been doing a lot behind the scenes. >> bret: does the president have to be specific? he was charging mitt romney was not specific in his acceptance speech. does the president have to listed specifically how he is going to turn the economy around? >> he does. his campaign says h h is going to. i think that the republicans to a certain extent are overplaying this how terrible thing is including s.a.t. scores. actually the stock market is better. there was an a.p. poll, 28% say they are better off.
that is 64% saying same or the better. this is not are a me get done and basically what the republicans was painting this as. >> i would say i'm not holding the president responsible but on the republican side that things are falling apart. true or not, that is the perception of every republican voter i talked to in the last two weeks. >> bret: next up, bill clinton the good, the bad, the ugly -- stay tuned. [ mother ] you can't leave the table till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8... vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. why let constipation stry miralax.? mirlax worksdifferently than other laxatives. it dws water into your colon
>> bill clinton is the type of economic policies that led to the greatest expansion in a century. >> during the clinton era we had a technology boom. we had a balanced budget. we had a very accommodated i have fed easing rates. right now we have no new tech boom and balanced budget and fed can't cut rates so the situation is not comparable. >> bret: time to get ready for clinton endorsing president obama on wednesday. quick look at the two presidencies. president clinton average jobless rate 5.2%. you see 9% for president obama on the g.d.p., average is 3.9% and then the total deficit. $1.5 trillion average. the total, i'm sorry.
for president clinton and $5.3 trillion for president obama. we're back with the panel. what about this, tucker, and the effort by the obama campaign to really link on to the clinton economy? >> it makes sense. there are many republicans that would vote for bill clinton based on economic performance in the 1990s. but there are clinton people that foremost loyal to president clinton who aren't avid supporters of obama. closer they are to the former president personally the less they support obama. i know a number of people close to the president who i don't believe are going to vote for president obama and the new yorker, has a claim in there that doug band, i don't think anybody closer to president clinton, he is not voting for obama. he is voting for mitt romney. that is amazing.
>> bret: speaking of the new yorker piece, about the relationship. bill clinton in an effort to secure any an endorsement from hillary clinton. this guy would have been carrying our bags. it rattled obama. he said clinton has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that is troubling. clearly the relationship has been bumpy along the way? >> it was bumpy in 2008. during that campaign. look a lot of has happened and a lot has changed since then. it's probably, it was a humbling moment or a moment of humility for this president to say that he needed some help from president clinton. if the economy was going better, if things were fine, i don't think we would see president clinton on this stage on bed night. look, he wants to win. i think that he decided on his
own that he needed to recruit the strongest star in the party. that is bill clinton. so we've seen advertisements playing in battleground states from president clinton. that is snapshot what i'm told we're going to hear on wednesday night. he is trying to inspire some of those people who long for the days of clinton but he is also trying to amplify this message that president obama hats struggled with, if you elect mitt romney you will be reversing things. the odd thing, person making the argument, it's backward looking convention. >> i haven't thought of it that way but maybe i should have looked at it that way. i love bill clinton. its concession as a speaker. think of all the times he has been off message, saying that bain capital, and romney was sterling and how much he thought the bush tax cuts should be
extended and he said an awful lot of nice things about romney. clinton doesn't like obama that is obvious. i think some of us here, at least two of us have heard from people who know bill clinton very well that he will not be distressed if barack obama is not re-elected. it will be quite fine with him. here is how he can help. he does one thing better than anybody else in the democratic party and that is attack republicans. he can persecute them in ways that i enjoy. >> look. there is no question, there is no love lost. they don't like each other. what president clinton is going to do he is going to help people who want to vote for obama but aren't totally happy with him. they are democrats or maybe independents who voted for bill
clinton and they want him to basically say, it's okay, voted for him. i trust him. i think that he is going to do a good job. they don't have the behind scenes stuff. they don't know about the personal animosity that exists between them or bill clinton didn't think bill clinton was qualified to be president. there is no question that it is true. >> bret: critics would say barack obama is not bill clinton? >> critics would be right in that regard. there are many ways to think of it. but i think one of key ways that unions haven't showed up. they boycotted. he lacks the personal warmth. you don't know 20 people that i know him and love i am. they don't exist. >> bret: we'll wrap up things from charlotte in just a minute. [ female announcer ] to get a professional cleansing system
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