tv Greta Van Susteren FOX News September 6, 2012 2:30am-4:00am EDT
and and then, he did what i thought he's going to do. praise and thank both bush president and things they've done with him on projects and things like that. and in that, remember this... quadruple the debt in the year four years before i was president, doubled it again in two years, in the term after i was president. and then, gave barack obama the inherited problem. i mean he really was really saying don't go back to the policies. >> fact checker will go through this thing. he got as megan mentioned pretty wonky on specifics when it came to welfare reform and the actions that have happened in recent weeks and also, in fighting deficit and debt. what republicans have said about that. >> and he had gotten into a
lot of numbers i suspect fact check qler -- checkers will be busy with this speech. for a guy that didn't speak to president obama three months after the inauguration this was a warm speech and a spirited defense of the first obama term. and if you want to go back to one of bill clinton's most famous lines era of big government is over this, was sort of a second version of that. it could be the era of fake government was over, just kidding. it's not. it's a defense of big government and aggressive liberalism. waits defensive speech. he went back and answered challenges made by paul ryan, and by others in tampa last week. and it wasn't very forward looking. if you look at what president clinton said about barack obama's plans on the debt, just take one example saying he cuts debt and brightens future for our children. i don't know how this will
play, clearly people here liked this speech. it was long and detailed and felt rambling to me. and i trust brit's instincts on this, he covered bill clinton so long and knows what will sell. i think people might have turned off a channel because it was so long, so wonky. >> one of the parts that was the most notable, brit was the part he looks at everyone and said no president could have gotten this economy turned around in three and a half years. i'm telling you. no one could do it. and he vouched for him and said i believe that with all of my heart. you know, bret points out barack obama said if i can't get it done in three and a half years, one term proposition. you tell me. will people hold that against barack obama? or believe this president? >> well, what they're asking to do is there are those index fingers and remember, that is
the same finger said dinot -- listen to me on this. and this is to this are people, it's forgeful and may be convincing but in the job this is a job for this president to do, so, after all, president clinton said we're not where we need to be. and this was a defense of a record and you heard it also in elizabeth warrant's speech. waits a catalog of how terrible things are. the system is rigged and people not getting a fair chance and all of that. that was a kind of a speech you'd make in favor of someone challenging the person in office. there is some of that in president clinton as well. and now, saying he couldn't have done better and he did a lot of things very well, indeed. he may help with some people but people are going to make their own judgments about what they expected from this president. i'm not sure the speech at this length changed people's
perceptions of that. >> and in dwramp we heard republicans talking about how democrats and their view demonize success. president obama demonizes debt. they came out and said that is not what we're about. we're just about shared opportunity for everybody. leveling the playing field. your thoughts on that? >> i think they have. i think they're starting to. and i think again, one thing i saw in tampa one speech doesn't make the convention. you have to build through and we've got to see what the president does himself, tomorrow, i think what happened, though is that president clinton made a more spirited defense and able offense than the obama people have been able to do. but part that have comes from his credibility. he's the last person in office when we had a strong, vibrant economy. people like him now. when he said i believe in my heart no president, not me, i
couldn't have done this, i think it does help. and then, to make the case against the policies and on the facts, again, they'll be fact checker was plenty to check. but you know that can't -- that case he made as long as it was, i think needed to be made. >> but the whole thing about are you better off than you were four years ago is really a feeling about how the station in live where optimism is and do you believe this guy can improve your situation? so tonight... president clinton is not barack obama. he's not the same president. are people going to link that and say do you know what? barack obama can make my life more optimistic and better? >> i think that is suddenly the key question. will this be effective? the answer is that this was a backwards looking speech.
it was a defense of barack obama and explanation, a justification of his inability to take us further to do the things president obama said woe do when running for president. and when he was inaugurated. in a sense this is bill clinton explaining barack obama's failure. there was not much about what he will do in the second term. i think that will come tomorrow into speeches from joe bride biden and barack obama. if you're talking about this right direction wrong direction question we've been talking about this week, bill clinton didn't do much to say he's going to put you on the right direction. he said this is the direction we've been on. it's sloier than we thought. we wanted to it work better than it did. he didn't say much about what is coming. >> it's almost a -- it's okay he doesn't get it fast enough. the economy, it's okay. i couldn't have done it. he can't do it but give him another shot? >> it is cracking up what president obama said and what
i thought were a statement, he got an incomplete. this is a man made an incomplete on the job he was elected to do. i think there is reason to argue he never understood that was job one and above all, main job of his presidency. but be that as it may he did his best to, this past president did his best to make it look this president couldn't have done any better. i think he made that argument about as well as it could be made. it's not a great argument to have to be making. >> speak to the length of the speech. it's 11:30. he was speaking from 10:30 to almost 11:30 and going on and going into some detail on welfare, medicare and doughnut home. you tell me whether folks at home were just taking in this event on their couches are going to receive that? >> they're not going to retain details. what the policy details he acted in this speech may have done is give it some weight and credibility. he speaks of such thing was
command and comfort. you sense he know what's he's talking b you always have about him. very comfortable with policy details. when he packs a speech it adds weight and also adds length and complexity f you're trying to follow along you get lost in details it seems to me a lot of the arguments are going to fall away. because people can't remember them. >> final word here, joe. the speech was now moved from bank of america stadium into this arena. it's loud and packed but not the stadium they're hoping for. >> no. i've talked to delegates. there are a lot of delegates that wanted to have the big thing in the stadium. but look. this is we know we can barely hear when the crowd last few nights. not tomorrow night, they're going pack a lot more people in here. goitsing to be a -- going to be fired up and ready to go. >> panel, thank you very much. >> and now there will be a
balloon drop because they were not able to get that in order in 24 hours, they're going get 100 thousand balloons blown up. now, chris wallace is live on the floor. chris? >> you know, bill clinton's nickname in the democratic party is the big dog. he was certainly the big dog tonight. he commanded this arena for almost an hour, 50 minutes. i will say he began to wear them out at the end. you can see energy level in the last maybe 15 minutes beginning to diminish here in the crowd but there was a tremendous amount of excite. the question of length and detail. we in the media, i remember when bill clinton gave his state of the union speeches i would say he went too long. they'd find out they did polls people loved detail and loved length and didn't get turned off by the length. seemed to me the reason that he's such an effective political speaker is because
he's such an effective political thinker and he is able, as brit said to frame a political argument more effectively than anyone i have seen in politics and part of that, they're telling us he was asking his researcher more facts more detail, more wonkery, if you will is because he wants to make this kind of an argument. he thinks people, voters want to hear it and will understand it as he makes the case. the key and i think we agree is that he has to explain why hope rg change and expectations of the last four years have not been realized and that if we're in an economy with $60 trillion in debt, and look what he came up with. it was pretty good and effective to this crowd. when he said i went through the exactly the same thing in 94 and 95. the economy was growing but you couldn't feel it yet. and then, fortunately for me
it turned around in 96 and came roaring back. he gave the good house keeping seal of approval it will come roaring back for this guy. his final words, we're coming back. basically saying you've got to hope for the hope. one other point is this. there are sharp differences between the obama record and the clinton record. clinton balanced the budget had a surplus by the end. obama has added $5 trillion in debt to the deficit. and obama has had this question as to what he's done on welfare, bill clinton signed republican plan welfare turning into work into law. so there are sharp differences no question that after his defeat in 1994, bill clinton moved to the center, hard to make the argument barack obama has done that. whether or not the voters are going to notice that or whether they're going say bill clinton vouches for barack obama we'll have to wait and
welcome back to charlotte. you can see official roll call to place barack obama's name in for the presidency is underway. we watched delegates just moments ago. now they're moving onto the state of florida. and after this weaver going coo keep one eye on this continuing with charles. >> charles krauthammer joins
joins us live from washington, d.c.. your thoughts on the speech? >> when i think i'm going respect said from the past i think it was a giant swing ask a miss. mighty casey and bill clinton is a natural. a struck out on this, i don't think it moved a needle whatsoever. it had classic elements, it was engaging and humorous. in cases it was generous and there are more mention of the bushes than three days in tampa but it was vintage clinton? in that it was sprawling, undisciplined and self indull jent this, is one of the strangest nomination speeches i think ever given kind of between a state of the union address and a policy seminar and what sounded to me like a campaign speech for clinton term. obama was sort of insy dental.
he was shown every once in a while in the speech. megyn raised a point about clinton saying i believe no other president could have done this or done any better than this, remember, the slogan of obama in 2008 was yes, we can. as mentioned earlier you heard elizabeth lawrence speech it was miserable conditions in america today that, is the kind of speech you would have affected four years ago. running against republicans there is no recognition whatsoever that the current conditions are the result and they're on the watch of, the obama administration. and one last point is that he is sort of the rebutler in chief. but paul ryan can handle that in 0 minutes in his debate.
soy think it was a wasted opportunity of what could have been a great, stirring rousing endorsement of obama. >> charles we often don't talk about how president clinton is very different from president ob yaum and about the moderation and the so called working with the republican congress but the real acceleration in that kplint oneconomy happened with a republican senate and republican house. and some spending restraints and capitol gains cuts as well. >> that is right. and it's the one thing clinton could not admit. that when he lost the house, in this gingrich revolution, he changed course, first two years he was a sort of left wing trying to take over health care, raising taxes and all of that as obama was. but he made a very decisive shift for obama was natural
because he is by instinct a centristz obama is a far more left democrat. and it's because of that shift to the center that clinton succeeded, that he passed welfare and ended up with a balanced budget and because he did not shift that obama is where he is with little support and just hanging on in a race that i could lose. >> how much does it help this democrats, however, just to see one of their most-loved democrat, a 69% approval rating for president clints ontoday get up and there and say i'm on team obama, you should be, too? >> i think there is a value in the hall and among the believers that this was an important event. it's laying on of the grandz of the grand old man. clinton is to democrats what
reagan presidency was to republicans. you know? an icon and i think there is a kind of symbolism in clintonon saying in particular because he was centrist, obama is not, he's okay, support him, etc.. i don't think it has any res onance beyond the hall that. is why i think it was a missed opportunity. i could have been a tight speech and obama oriented speech. think about how long obama was hiding behind the curtain waiting for clinton to finish. in some way the clinton revenge for 2008. i'm sure he was sort of having him watch the whole time in disbelief about how long goitsing on and in a way a clinton keeping people waiting as he always does except this time it was a man he was supposedly endorsing and promoting. >> charles, i have 10 seconds,
change from bank of america stadium to here in the arena? >> it wasn't the weather. they knew what the weather was going to be months ago. this is clearly a response to the fear of a sea of empty seats. that is why this is being done. >> charles krauthammer thank you very much. >> want to get down to details on how people on twitter are responding to speeches this evening. chris? >> thanks. of the 140 million twitter users around the world, our partners at twitter have been measuring how much they're talking and what they're saying and... for bill clinton tonight, a pretty big night. normally bill clinton a week ago getting about three tweets per minute about him. tonight looks different. when he rolled out his defense of democrats job records, versus republican, he blew up.
16115 tweets when he made his closing to vote for barack obama, he racked up 15,266. they loved it when he said that everybody was in this together with more than 15,000 tweets. and not surprising when he talked about his wife that, did very well. more than 14,000, they loved it, too, when paul ryan came under attack when it took brass for paul ryan to attack someone for doing the same thing. it's big and former president numbers look tonight when you compare it to the speaker last night, maybe not so big. not nearly as big as michelle obama. back to you. >> thank you. we're getting reaction in from the romney team at this hour saying president clinton drew a stark contrast between himself and president obama tonight talking about how president clinton worked with republicans and balanced the budget saying clinton's speech brought disappointment and failure of obama's time in office clearly into focus. getting early reaction.
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this is on the record live from democratic national convention in charlotte, north carolina you're looking at roll call. delegates from states announcing votes for the presidential nom nee. now it's night two of the democratic national convention. today, after weather delayed an air force one take off president obama arrived here in charlotte. tonight perhaps the biggest star of the democratic party was here, former president bill clinton nominating president obama for a second term then a sig surprise, president obama joined president clinton on stage.
and joining us now our political panel. byron york, and amy stod yard and rick klein. all right. byron, you're first, big night tonight. president clinton coming out to, you can't stop thinking about tomorrow. >> it's a big speech. i said it last night. bill clinton makes the case for barack obama's reelection better than barack obama does. clinton is the best simplifier and best explainer in the business. and he just knocked down republican policy points from a democratic perspective. and he built the case for barack obama. he said... look. no president, not me, no other president could have gotten us out of this hole in just four years. and i thought waits very effective, kind of long
speech. >> kind of long but that is always a little bit kind of long. amy? >> well, he said no president, none of-none of my predecessor koz have undid damage in just four years. he said he believed witness all of his heart. a agree if barack obama had sat down to write the speech he wanted bill clinton to deliver to endors him, he wouldn't have written a better one. he went over every republican tack rebutting nem detail. he also told these democrats in this hall and kept referring to people watching at home that these where the same economic policies he governed with just in a different set of circumstances. he said i remember when they didn't, voters didn't feel whit the economy was turbing around and he said you're going feel it and this is a good as it can get.
>> part of it is show biz. we know the party faithful is here but it's february, 2009. i think with matt lauer president obama said he's going to do this in three years. now, president clinton saying i couldn't have done it in this term z an issue for president ob yaum why? or not? does president clinton lift him out that have problem? >> i think he's recasting terms of the debate trying to set the obama economy aside saying this is the clinton economy. and that is very telling. the first image we saw is with the man who built the bridge to the 21 century 16 years ago. he needed to reach back given personal history and complicated history but doi think it was very effective talking about this dream economy. a lot of policy. bill clinton draws the crowd into it. >> clinton's job was to bring voters down from this
expectation level they had in 2008 i twont a provide focus group a couple days ago. after listening to these dispatted people who had voted for obama in 2008 he said ob yaum is not being judge bid what he's done by what he promised he would do. and this is flip side, if you zront a job, you still don't have a job. >> and that is drk -- you can't be dazzled into feeling good about it. >> you can't talk up a economy when people feel it is not moving. >> do you buy they're embracing and it's been 30 seconds but it's been a frosty relationship. >> right. everyone know that's but it looked good. it was a symbolic picture of unity and team spirit. crowd loved it and went nuts. >> on the record live coverage of the democratic national
convention continues. >> reelect congressman johnarmouth, connecticut one of the -- kentucky one of the highest ranking states for job grow year and home of a reinvigorated and hijuvenated... this is a fox news alert. we are monitoring the role call vote of the democratic national convention and you are lookingon live at the convention floor right here in charlotte, north carolina. delegates from all of the states areom now announcing their votes for the presidential nominee.fo let's listen in. it's 72 votes for the next president of the united states, president barack obama. >> thank you, kentucky. kentucky cast 72 votes for barack obama.
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isaac and tonight former president bill clinton making the speech for president obama. >> i nominate him to be the standard bearer of the democratic party. i like the argument for president obama's reelection a lot better. here it is. he inherited a damaged economy. he put a floor under the crash. he began a long, hard road to recover and laid a foundation for a modern economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrantnew businesses and lots of new wealth for innovateors. now... are we where we want to be today? no. and is the president satisfied? of course not. but are we better off than we were when he took office? >> no president, no president,
not me, and not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all of the damage that he found in just four years. >> and more big news tonight, president obama personally intervened to change his party platt form. the democrat voting to amendment or clarify. now, it mentions god and declares jerusalem the capitol of israel. >> a motion has been made. is there a second? is there any further disstux? the matter requires a two thirds vote. all delegates in favor say i. all of those delegates opposed say no. and in the opinion of the, let me do that again. all of those delegates in favor, say aye.
aye. all those opposed say no. no. i... um... i guess... i'll do that one more time. all of those delegates in favor say aye. >> aye. >> all of those delegates opposed say no. >> no. >> opinion of the chair two thirds voted in affirmative. motion is adopted and the platform has been amendmented as shown on the screen. thank you very much. thank you. >> obama campaign national secretary nice to see you. >> and what is with mother
nature? i've seen the rain. i do believe rain threatened the speech tomorrow night and this is smart to bring it inside. >> a moment we had to start building at the stadium. looking at several forecasts local and national. and there is a prediction of severe weather. we weren't going to put 65,000 people in that position. the president going to hold a conference call with supporter who's volunteered to get a ticket tomorrow in advance of the speech. we'll try to find a time to catch up with them. >> and no balloon? you're not gofg any balloons tomorrow night? >> this is enthusiasm all week. you'll see that enthusiasm tomorrow night. >> everybody knows it's been a frosty relationship between the two presidents. and when does this campaign get a copy of the speech? and as he did always?
and well, we've been working with president clinton in his team throughout the process. in 2008 we went through a primary. there is no secret about that. relationships take time to build. but president obama has spoken with president clinton over the years we've worked with his team and just look at the administration. 20 officials helped us shape policy. obviously our secretary of state helped us restore alicenses around the world. and president clibt clinton is fund raising and tonight you saw him accomplish we wanted an honest conversation about where we are in 2008 and what more we need to do. >> you know, it's interesting about this convention. republicans share a reved up convention. and there is a question is
undecided. and the numbers for your campaign. >> and you know, it's los and competitive in key states and has been for a year and a half. there is not a huge number of undecided out there. for those who tuned in, think think wanted answers to question about who would restore economic security to the middle class. republicans recycled same false tacks against the president. you heard the president debunk some of those tonight. and i think. >> it's different. president obama is in a position having to spend this, his administration he made promises in 2009 he's going to have this done by three years or whatever. those campaigns goring to take shots. what i'm curious is what is going to judge the undecided? i'm wondering if have you a sense of how many are out there? and your party going to watch this tonight. >> how, how big is this undecided? how do you get it?
>> there is polls shift back and forth. they're looking for a plan to restore security for middle class slipping before the economic crisis was getting harder to send your kids to college. the question is... do you believe we should continue to make investments in thinks like education and research and development? infrom a structure? reduce deficit in a responsible way? or build from the top down? extend $5 trillion tax cuts to the wealthyest parts of the middle class and seniors for them. and assume the market will take care of the rest? we've trif that had before. led to the slowest pace of job creation since world war i i. this is people having a difficult time but leadership, leader supposed owe to be a magical wizard to get parties together to get someone done. i give republicans a hard time. this tax cuts not going to be
debated until december. the economy is on stall. what is the president doing now to try to get everyone back to get process gres? >> the president has called for immediate reaction and the hold of it is that republicans are refusing to pass the wealthyest for a dime. >> this is ohio. >> there is ohio casting votes for the president and next president of the united states, barack obama. >> thank you mr. chairman. and there is ohio cast 188 votes. for barack obama.
>> ohio, that is saying you want to win and and there are organizers on the ground. >> and there is next question. >> listen, i think one decision that will matter a lot in the state of ohio fact that more pundits know and the president granted rescue loans to auto industry. one in eight jobs in ohio linked to the auto industry. a mill gin yin jobs on the line. the president took action. gm has been reborn. that will matter a lot. we've made invest manies to spur both at the manufacturing sector. there is 5,000 jobs have been created. there is to continue the growth, you can see pro guess there.
we can't stop there. >> and if my recollection serves me correctly ohio unemployment is lower than the national average. there is a republican governor there. do you howe do you convince it's not the republican governor that did this for you it's the democratic president? >> i think what is interesting is that many republican sounded a different tune on the economy. and there is when they know rescue was essential there in virginia. and said that it was essential to economic recovery in the state of virginia so i think that few would doubt in the state of ohio there is a resurgence in the auto industry that has provided a boost to the state. we can't cut back in areas like worker training and community colleges.
>> this president's favoribility are grim. there are better numbers but why do you think they're where they are? >> if you can look at favor yikt ratings person with the high historic high is governor romney n 1980 ronald reagan's favor yigt were above water. president obamas have been above water z governor romney's underwater that is because in states like ohio they're not going vote for someone who is an outsourcer in chief. and. >> this is going to be a fascinating campaign. >> it's official. president obama has just received the democratic party nomination for president. the state of ohio putting the president over the top and president obama will give his
speech right here, and president clinton is back and dazzling the crowd getting top billing and here are some of the height lights. >> these past four years mitt rom zmeeney and tee party allies cared more about tearing down the president than building up america. they're hoping we'll forget that. they're also hoping that we'll forget their role in piling ape mountain of debt being left to our children, and to our grandchildren. >> if being a democrat means i can find about seniors in the sunset of life, color me democrat. color me. after all all, we're the ones protecting social security and medicare, medicaid who fought for fair
wages and ended don't ask, don't tell. we're democrats. and don't you forget it. >> we cannot afford to give the reigns of government to someone who will double down on trickle down. >> if you want... a winner take all, you shutd support the republican ticket. and if you want a country of shared opportunities and shared responsibility, we're all in this together society you should vote for barack obama and joe biden. >> fox news senior political analyst brit human joins us. nice to see you. and president clinton talked about president obama wanting to work with others and that is one of the first things i happened to get is bob woodward talks about the president obama's alienating
people with his arrogance saying they vote them early on saying elections have consequence and i won. if this and that is what what we've heard from terms of cooperation. >> that will be an important question in this election. president obama has low ratings on the big issue. the economy. he's blaming a lot of it on republicans. it's part of the article of faith among democrats that this president was obstructed at every turn by republican who's made up their minds in the beginning of quoting mitch mcconnell and they weren't going work with them. and going to try to block everything he did. there is another side of the argument to get the comments that bob wood ward that he didn't offer them very much. in other words when you look at the stimulus bill or health care reform bill there weren't a lot of ideas in there atracking republican vos so they felt free to vote against
those. >> there is something different about being president. of course opposing party is an obstruction. you have presidents like lbj constantly working the ill and relationships so overcome those long shots and you can get things done. it's not just a game of on the other side blocked me or so and so is arrogant. there is a leader has got to overcome it. >> i think it's true and it's been one of the challenges these presidents face. they have opposition. democrat president foremost of the past century and into this century most of the time had conroll of both houses of the congress. or control of one. and this president had control of both. which makes argument it seems to me that he was obstructed by republicans when he had could -- pretty lame. >> i went back and did research. going back to january, 23, 2009 about three days into his
presidency he says to his opponent, i won. that is a fact. but you've got to work the political enemy it's not a very good start. three days into the presidency. >> a agree. that is matter of personality and style. some presidents, bill clinton being a good example are kind of natural charming and know how to scmooze the other side thchl president doesn't particularly like to do that. and look. i don't blame him for that. >> greta: can you get something done in washington unless you've got this swallow your pride and work with the opposition? and you know, even things you don't like? >> there is what i think is not sf you shut someone off by saying i won. critical question is whether
in doing business with the other party you're going to compromise to give them something attracting their votes. it doesn't matter as much whether the president is a good scmoozer or socializer. if he gives members of the other party pieces of the legislation that they like it makes it harder for them to move against the unfinished product. a fair argument could be made on major pieces of legislation, stimulus bill which is a principal effort on the economy and interest there is health care reform bill as well he gave them very little to attract them. >> and for the health care and for student loans he didn't need them. >> well, well, there is a condition they're in now. if you pass a major piece of social legislation that changes everything and you do it with your party alone it
will be vulnerable this, is vulnerable. >> thank you. >> you bet. >> straight ahead is president obama happy with president bill clinton? joe trippi here to talk about that, next and republican senator is here. what is he doing in charlotte? he's going to tell you himself. our live kumpbl from the democratic national convention continues. president obama just receiving his party's official nomination for president. and the roll call behind us continues on the cone vengs floor. stay with us. >> in ampa republican argument was simple, snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough. fire him, put us back in. there [ pilot ] now when you build an aircraft,
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>> how did he do? did he make the case for president obama's reelection? joe trippi joins us. how did he do? >> it was long but i thought he did really well. mostly because of his credibility. he's got the credibility as president most americans remember as having, you know, had a big jobs growth economy. >> so when he says hey in my heart, i know i couldn't have done it, no other president could have fixed this economy in four years that is how big a mess this guy got handed and i think that matters. he has a credibility to do that. >> and he dazzled the whole arena. and president obama going out and does a bow and it's, i mean it's the problem is that i think what is he seeking to
achieve? because i keep fixating on these undecideds. not the arena. what -- what is he achieving with the undecides? are they watching? paying attention to early? >> i know one, i don't think that that many were watching by the time he was finish at 11:30, whatever time it was. if it was a long speech, most people weren't regulars but i do think that there aren't that many undecided out there. and there is just these campaigns talking to obama people. they think there are 90,000 undecided voters they can get to in the owe confined swing states that matter. it's down to that number. >> and if you're running the
campaign you're thinking okay. i can use this successful convention for what? as a strategy? >> rev up the base. make sure you get people fired up and organized. and energized to get out the vote. one thing they're using this convention for is same thing they did no n.colorado. there are 25,000 coloradans sign up to volunteer to help get out the vote. by text messages and e mail. >> greta: i thought they're going do that the stadium tomorrow night and mother nature change that had plan. >> there are,000 people signing -- who have joined north carolina so they're trying to do the same thing. it's about charging up the base. i don't know it's been a lot about change gs minds and about changing undecides out there there is so few of them. they'll do with tv ads and things like that. >> did republican tries to get e mails and dresses? were they doing the same thing? >> i don't know.
they didn't make a big deal out of it. >> if i get this right what this is is a developing the ground game? not to change opinions but this is organizational. get the ground game started for the election? >> right. i think that is what it is mostly about the mart yi sans and reving them up. and i think you look, you want to get all of the undecides watching. there aren't that many out there. i think the other thing clinton is doing was laying down factual base for arguments. okay? they said ob yumma did this to medicare. let me explain exactly with facts what happened. not so much, i mean, one to help with undecided but also that the table for press for pundits and other people out there. bill clinton says these are the facts. so i think it's about trying to win the argument. >> joe, thank you. >> and coming up, buzz of the
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proud of the job she and national security team have done for america. and i am grateful that they have worked together to make us safer and stronger to build the world with more partners and fewer enemies. i'm grateful for the relationship of respect and partnership she and the president have enjoyed and the signals that sends to the rest of the world that democracy did not have to be a blood sport. it can be an honorable enterprise for the public interest. >> former president bill little ongoing to bat for president obama tonight. the two democrats did not always see eye to eye putting it mild flismt 2008 president clinton criticized then candidate obama during his primary for with hillary clinton. so how did they get to allies?
so is it all love between them at this point? >> it seemed like president clinton livered what the obama team needed from him tonight. he did his thing. he did go off script at times. i'm sure there are obama aides going oh, here he goes, what is he going to say? he connects with a lot of people that president obama needs him to contact with and this is a lot of white males. he was doing his thing. >> but did he do it because he's a good party man? or is it -- have these two, we did -- look, it's no secret there were hurt feelings in 2008. >> sure. >> greta: both ways. is there anyway we know, is it doing it for the party or because he believes in the man? and wants the man to be elected?. >> looked like he didn't want to leave. i think some of him enjoys these moms like no other politician out there.
you know like he's president again. to a certain keg he was asked to do this for the party so he did the right thing for the party. it's interesting to see whether people bump up president obama polls from this point forward or whether people look at that speech and say, i vote for him again. but i'm not sure about the guy who currently has the job. the economy was better when he was in office. it's interesting to see what polls show incoming days. >> i don't expect the polls are going get a bounce on. there is in part because they have their established numbers someone says i was undecided and now i'm going vote or i've changed my mind that. is what the pump you're talking about. and i can't see where these undecideds are. and if they're watching or this is the point they're going make the decision. >> there is another thoing watch.
monthly job numbers come out. will they forget about this and say we need jobs and don't have jobs? >> that is job thing, you know we have these interesting discussions about jobs. you want a job. >> right. >> greta: and so the numbers come out on thursday, on friday morning. and it's a big night tomorrow inside here because i believe the weather is threatening down here. >> it has been brutal all week. and seemed to clear a little bit today so this is jumping on the fact chems were nervous but hate been a rough week. >> there has been horrible rain looks like going to be good but bad again. there is now latest on a fiery controversy. a third official compared
republicans to nazies. this time, the south carolina democratic party chair compared his type of governor to make the compar compare -- comparison. and the party chair said governor haley was down in the bunker, claim egg was not making a comparison to nazies and this week, they compared the talking points for the strategy z california democratic party chair compared remarks to a nazi prop ganda. back in charlotte tonight house minority whip is taking to the stage. >> there is senator mish mcconnell setd the number win priority was the defeat of president obama.
and not creation of jobs or reduction of our debt and deficit. not ensuring access to health care. not educating our children. not tending to the needs of americans with disabilities but to tee feet our president. >> democrats to the the only ones here in charlotte. many republicans, here, too. are they thaik making sure their messages aren't dropping out by the crowd? nice to see you. >> and just mentioned job numbers out friday. it feels hike a casino in the terms if they're go g.it's going to help the president in his convention. and if bad it puts a damper he
promise fd you passed his so called stimulus bill that there is i think. >> it's probably going to be over 8%. so if this is coming down that is a good trend numbers. >> i don't think any president is going to reelect with number that's badly. in the hall tonight former president clinton yelled at the crowd are you better off now than four years ago? they all yelled yes. i think that shows they're out of touch with what's happening and there is this is why i'm here, vine invited to inform you of the different tweens a mitt romney energy policy
focused on american energy and energy security versus this obama policy with regulations costing us jobs and prices continuing to go up. and there is viewers may remember you're a doctor. what did president clinton talked about the health care and this is seeming he thinks it's a great program. >> i believe he does think it's a good program. and there is average patients believe they aren't going get what they wanted. this is terrible for taxpayer autos if you're healthy and you're not go together doctor you're listening to the two parties say very different things about the same program. >> there is what you need to do is it harder to see a
doctor with changes? with $700 billion this president has taken out of the program. and there is to what he said for his program, and number two, he said that money was being taken from insurance companies. >> that money. >> they're going to lower reimbursement to hospitals and doctor as cross the board making it harder under the obama plan for seniors to get to see a doctor. >> you mean doctors won't want to stay in business or do as many medicare patients? >> this sun of the artels showing it's going to be the new medicaid. reimbursement going to be so low. and ryan plan actually reininvest that's into medicare. president clinton continued to use the word arithmetic. president obama hasn't had the
senate pass a budget in three years. in the health care law there are accounting tricks and double counting and double spending of money. i'd like to get back to fundamental basic arithmetic. >> senator, thank you. nice to see you. >> coming up, they're back. your favorite political panel. tonight democrats counting on star power, will it work? you're going to hear from the panel next. we're going to have more live from charlotte. >> hard fought rights of women are on the ballot. democrats trust the judgment of women. we reject the republican assault on womens reproductive health. it's just plain wrong. when you go to the polls vote for womens' rights. vote for president obama.
live from america's news headquarters. a federal judge ruling arizona can enforce the most controversial part of the immigration law. this section requires officers while enforcing other laws to check the immigration status of those they suspect are in the country illegally. critics call it it is show me your papers provision. civil rights groups argue it could lead to racial profiling and harassment of people in the country legally. firefighterses battling a massive wildfire in southern
california getting some help from the weather. there was light rain and cooler temperatures on wednesday. the fire burning for four days now. flames scorching almost 4200 acres in the san gabriel mountains east of los angeles. firefighters expect to have the fire fully surrounded in a little more than a week. the flames right now said to be almost 50% contained. i'm lauren green. now back to "on the record" with greta. >> your news president could be a man, who stands by one of public figures tries to silence a private citizen. with hateful slurs. a man who won stand for those slurs or negative voices in his own party. we know what this america would like like.
and in a few short months that is the america we could be. but that is not the america that we should be. and it's not who we are. >> that was the georgetown law school graduate who landed in the middle of the nation's contraceptive debate. and now, the controversy over insurance coverage of birth control. our political panel is here. there is amy stod yard and let's go to amy stod yard. is there a war or women? >> i don't know but democrats have been talking about it six months or more since the primary republican primary in the winter when rick santorum shook the rhetoric off the deep end about contraception and started what was a big broad narrative for democrats
that now extended the definition of classifications of rape and going beyond abortion so they can reach out to try to put women on the democratic party on notice, make them afraid and make them donate money and make them mobilized. >> and there is a dangerous topic of war on women. >> i am going to say there was a surprise tonight because the schedule for the speaker as peer yenss has her appearing bellwell before the 10:00 to 11:00 hour. a magic prime time hour, so you think well is she showing up? no. they moved her into prime time. i think it's an example and shows how important they think is and how much they think her point of view attracts the kind of voters they're trying to get. >> i'm going to ask you about
the platform. asking why the platform changed and no mention of the word god and about jerusalem the capitol of israel. i think the democratic nose is out of joint for raising it. now, today, big news that those words have been put back in under a clarification. your snougts. >> democrats trying to down play this but the president weighed in on this according to white house aides. he didn't like what he saw. he wanted god back in there. i think these things are largely silly. they don't stand for anything and just get parties in trouble. and this is amazing obama folks didn't know this was coming and read the words. >> and joe trippi said i got the feeling that this party platform was done by a bunch
of activists z it probably they left the party actors put the platt form and get hit last night. now, they have to get involved. is that fair? >> there -- this is actually fair. and for people for whom israel is a big, big issue, this is a big thing. and for the voting... >> i think they need to diminish the vote. and there is a huge story. you know, and then it's kind of gone away. but it's a platform by republicans wanted to pursue this romney people wanted to push this because of democrats that had made kind of a stink about republican platform in tampa. >> and are we going to see ads about the platform? >> it's a distraction and it always is just getting in the way of the convention. and you know that mitt romney
supports exclusions and exceptions for a ban on abortions and party platform does not allow for that. the president knew this was a distraction. so they had this awkward moment this afternoon. they had to vote. and it was awkward and a bad distraction. could have happened to republicans but they had to please ron paul and different factions. platform is troubled both party autos we have more live coverage from charlotte coming up. and of course you're looking live at the roll call vote. it's still going on. the president has officially received his party's nomination but there is still more going on. we'll be right back. >> by the way after last night i want a man who has a good sense to ma
so far, every single person has lost money and this is because we always come back. we have gone through every fire stronger and better and we do it because in the end we decide to champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and sacred honor. the cause of forming a more perfect union. my fellow americans... if that is what you want, if that is what you believe, you must vote and you must reelect president barack obama. god bless you. god bless america.
>> and there is our panel. we're now back with our panel. so rick, i want to go first to you. tomorrow night we know in here in charlotte is former congress woman gabby gifford is here. and she's not here for cheap hotel rooms or meal reservations. heavy suspicion is that he's she's here physically in the city of charlotte. so of course there is an emotional high point for democrats in the fall. >> and there is everyone will be in a sense that republican as like if gabby giffords walk add cross that stage. >> if you see her come across and able to walk around, i mean, after what happened? it's inspiring to everybody. and convention organizers love surprises and there is romney
trust people tried to keep the clint eastwood thing under wraps as long as they can. then sh they couldn't. then people started saying there is going to be a surprise, think arizona. >> greta: in the going to be governor jan brewer. all right. ab let's talk about virginia. there is a potential spoiler for republican arty on the virginia ballot. >> well, they're as good as a former congressman and trying to get in the way of a very, very, important race. and in virginia. and as you know, senate former governor cane and former governor allen are facing off in a neck and neck race. in this very key state obama and romney both need to win on their path. this any kind of monkeying around with dividing the republican party hair not on votes to spare and it's not
something that is making anyone more happy. >> tomorrow night, you have 10 seconds. he needs to do what? >> beat bill clinton. and relegate the energy to bill clinton. remind people a taste of what 2008 was all about. >> he needs to just sort of be okay. and... >> okay? >> and if they stopped tonight it would probably be better. >> and this is interesting theater. i don't think it matters. and i'm fixated on undecided. were are they sth. >> we don't know. we'll know after the debate. >> does that mean there are many undecides? >> only 6. >> greta: panel, thank you for being with us and staying up late for us. we'll be back live at our special time, 11:30 to 1:00