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i'm krystal ball. the nfl refs are back. it's a field of dreams for millions of football fans and political fans, too. >> on the campaignrail today a field screams. pren o a mitt romney both fighting to be heard today. >> i'm s.e. cupp. fo years ago it was about the financial crisis. >> i'm toure, andneli esme y l hav a frank talk about vulnerability. i feel scared already. >> all that plus talk about putting yourself out there. i' show you the precise moment when mitt romney lost the presidential camcampaign, and i not what youk. re in "the cycle" for thursday, september 27th.
>> for all you political and baseball fans out there who knkow the game is played eve ur h on "the cycle," i have news for you. it's raining. so we're in a delay until next thursday. the incumbent is leading into october in the debates. they're both in battleground virginia, my home state today. we'll have more later. r presidential football.'s te >> personal foul, number 93, red. >> the officls lost control of the philadelphia/baltimore game among others. >> yes, unless you areurie r ouwhefl has kicked the replacement refs to the curb. >> the packers playing at the goal line. as wilson scrambles t keep it alive. the game's final play is to the end neic fed
tate with jennings simultaneous. who has it? who do they give it to? touchdown! one guy goes on touchdown, and the other said no. >> that play is why the regular akthld starting tonight in baltimore. what does that have to do with the presidential race you ask? for nfl teams like the packers, the new regular refs can begin a reset for their season for mitt romn it's time for another campaign set. thebn new season for mitt and bring him closer to the end zone? our pal ed rendell joins us. governorcan rom knney do anythig to turn this race around? >> number one, governor romney has to do a terrific debate performance, especially in the first debate. number two, he needs help. the obama campaign has to stumble or a current event that
reflects badly on the president. i think the first is possibly. governor romney is a vy good wlm all of the republican debates except south carolina. he's adept at debating and sciplined du disciplin disciplined debates and sounds like a president. he'll do well in theirst ppg,t's not likely. the obama campaign is doing a good job of staying safe of running out the clock. >> romney's fate is not totally in his hands at this point? >> i think so. the margin has widened enough so he can't makell that ground with a good debate rfornce. theantes have duelling straig straight-to-camera ads out. >> president obama and i care about poor and middle class families. the difference is my policies will make things better for them. if c sn wyo in your living room or around
the kitchen table, here's what i would say. today i believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. we have much more to do. >> so governor romney trying to convince voterse really does ca abo the mdl c a poe h solutions for them. the president reiterating his message from the dnc laying out awe four-point plan for the country. what do you make for the two ads? >> the problem for governor romney is people are always skeptical o promises pociman amn trail, myself included, everyone. they got a glimpse of governor romney in private, and their more likely to believe that was the true feelings of the governor than anything he says on the campaign trail. i think the polls have widened so much that they refle disenchantment by americans about what governor romney said about the 47%. the president playing it safe, making the argument that things are better by comparing it to where we were, and there's no
question that's correct. it may not be the case for untr t's qio milies, but for the that's correct. the stock market has more than doubled, manufacturing jobs are increasing higher. therare many indications that the country is doing better. doesn't mean every individual is. >> governor, i want to pick up he iue bht abwh t rl romney in the last few days. we've heard as lot of of these words from him. empathy, care, compassion. let me show you apot where he's talking about health care. >> don't forget, i gotverybody in our state insured. 100%f th ks heeah care in my state. i don't think there's anything that shows elm pat yi and care about people with that record. >> when he uses those words, he's trying to atoneor what happened in boca and the 47% telling half of america i don't care about you, what you're goin tdo iss s t swim against the grain like this, or is it too transparent?
>> it's a little transparent. it's locking the barn hordoor ar the horses have escaped. i don't know if i did that well. ice'sroy br it's a little too transparent. the interesting thing is governor romney should have been talking like this from the beginning. as soon as he won the primaries, he should have moved to the middle, talked about his health care plan. he's right about his health care plan. it's a terrific thing that eve vebyltinsurance.s i tried very hard and came close in pennsylvania. that's a terrific thing, and it does show empathy for children and people too poor to afford health care. he should have pivots and gone that way in june. it'soo l now andoo spt. all those words you used, how many would have been in ads in the romney cap pampaign if the tape hadn't come out. >> the basic question is did the republicansominate therong
guy? i'm not askg about gingrich, saorumnd a t ot ra t primaries. i think clearly romney is a cut above them. we have some new polling evidence this week about the particular struggles that romney is having with middle class and working class votersn basically the question of can he entify with struggs, do y the intifies with struggles? in ohio only 38% thought he could. the number for obama is 20 pointshigher. romney is basically running a platform you could call a top 1% at.tfo ink of chris christie running the on the same platform but exude something completely dirch the. do you think a guy like chris christie would have more luck selling the republican message and might be closer in the race right now? >> it's possible, but y can ner do a hothetical race. no one knows how he would have worn through a long, drawn-out campaign. i like governor christie and
support him on some initiatives. his overall persona, the bullying and tough guy, i'm not ngio tit wrsellr i'm sure how america reacts to that and how the average nonnew jersey it reacts to him on the boardwalk. you can't say things in a vacu. i think the republicansnomina nominated the wrongguy. d not the mitt romney who trying to become an extreme right-winger. he's not comfortable with it. you can see the wheels turning when he's asked questions, guys. what do i say tha doesn't offend the base goodrd, goor base was voting genz president obama no matter who is on the ballot. the compete for the rest of us. >> let me ask you about president obama. "the washington st" gave the ai wbu's fault.inoosth
is romney missing opportunity to go after obama on his record and misstatements, stories i hear out of politico for one is he focused more on mistruths in the debates and the campaign. is that a good strategy? >> it's really one of the few arroe hft uen about it. he won't win in election by attacking president obama. he has to give the american people a clear and cojent plan why he's better and a bter bet . aays a risk when you turn away from an incumbent president. americans have shown their willingness to do so. the carter election and the first george bush election when bill clinton got elected, but they have to have a reason. they have to have a reason. as isn't obama' record a good ing more about that record? >> he should, but he also has to couple that with why he would be different. what would he do? on the issue of debt that you
just talked about, on the issue of debt, romney we saw softened his position on how big a tax t heou gnd the romney/ryan budget because they added up the numbers. you can't give a $5 trillion tax cut and do anything meangful about the debt. as bill clinton said, they finally did the math. owt up more than anything president obama could do. so you can't just attack. you have to say, this is what my opponent has done wrong. this is how i'llhange it. and he has done a fair job. he could do a better job on what my opponent has donewrong, but heascop with this is how i'll change it. it's important. >> thanks so much. >> help me out with that iche. send me an e mal-mail. all right. >> all right. ssou candidate, tom akin,
aka mr. legitimate rape, looks like he's in it to win it and makes no friends. he said that claire mccass kel was more ladylike in 2006. >> that's never a good ea. don't editorializ oom a their demeanor. i'm talking to you arlen specter and todd akin. it's a bad idea. i'm shocked. when this first happened about a month ago, i thought thisuy is toast. he's done. there's no way we stand for it this. i wa to take the senatack uc as the next republican, but i want to do it the right way. he's not the right way. it's not because of his position on abortion. he's not founded in reality. he's not the person to lead that state. >> let meee if i could just gnngaid they'll the nrsc is continue to monitor the race and he's the far more preferable candidate. they oginally said they wouldn't spend any money in the race. should they get back in or no?
>> i'm surprised at that, too. you said watch the nrcc will changets tu. i did not agree. you're absolutely right. they have, and i'm disappointed. >> i agree with you that i'm shocked he's still in the race. a guy would say that junk sciency sort of thing would have other weird ideas, liki should y in this race. >>kscnce. >> wo separate crazy from being religious and feelly religiously called. when you have a guy saying god told me to run this race. if he's throwing hurdles in h way, he should ctinue with it. i must catet you have won our bet. i bet that he would get out. he would stay in from dpa one. >> i was on team steve let the record show. >> it's n crazy for him to stay in the race. he has a good chance of losin but he could win this race. if hd peout, he was a nobody, nothing. republicans would have said nice
things about him being a team player and would have forgotten about him. there's a broader issue here. this is the momen when x happened. we may look back and say this was theee that the e te majority.e >> it's agree. todd akin will have played a huge role in this loss if romney loses. >> ts was one because it was the easiest pick up with missouri. claire mccaski was ne. >> ialna i'm talking presidential. >> consider the other things that happened this week on the senate side. in wisconsin this was going to be a pickufor the republicans. they had tommy thompson and thet got their canada the moderate republican to win the republican nomination this year. he would to appl to the tea rt wand tdbo going to end medicare and medicaid, on tape, came out this week and toomey thompson is nine points behind his democratic opponentn wisconsin. the other one is massachusetts. they thought they could hold is because of scott brown's
personal popularity. this is the weeeo p up about brown staffers taunting warren supporters. it's terrible video. if you lose those three races and you're republicans, you're not taking back the senate you may lose t sate seats. acosts.kin i d'tt tin >> both romney and obama campaigning in my home state of virginia. we have more on that with the chairman of the virginia democratic party coming up. speaking of the south, when you think hunting and nascar, you think gop, ght? u might be surprised as we n fhuy,te . hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. as part of a heart healthy diet. .yst h t to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios
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for mitt romney. flee weeks ago both candidates were tied. obama has pulled four points ahead in the average. this isn't stopping diehard republicans who say the mainstream polls have a liberal bias. look at dickmorse.com. even rick perry is jumping on on the bandwagon. he's plugs unskewed.com. it comles existing polling data and meshes it with the rasmussepoll and voi, bi adrmn ifook at the unskewed.com average it has romney leading by eight points. >> it's going to be a landslide. >> rasmussen has obama ahead by
4. i think quickly there are things to separate two different things here withors th put th on peer con sear see side. there's a plot by the liberal media to undermine romney. >> which would never happen. >> when fox news polls a showing it, i don't know. the other thing is there's seeds of an argument about systec as i polls. they're getting it wrong because there's too few democrats and republicans. i've heard that from democrats in polls in 2004, the other way. i heard it from republicans in 2008, when obama was ahead, 2008 and 2010 midterms. the polls have aoo t ntrely >> the sense i have in states like ohio and virginia and florida and pennsylvania when i talk to folks, obama is ahead. i think that's clear. where i am a little skeptical is the margin by which he is ahead. if you look at 2008 was a banner orthopio of , a
democrats-to-re democrats-to-republicans was 3 points. you had similar numbers in ohio. politics does notove fast enough for you to have a six-int margin in ate orida or ohio which are called swing states for a reason. so i don't think the polls you see today with these nine--point leads and ten--point leads are going to turn out on election day. that isn't as sustainable or possle feat in three ye ar >>e' tontext to add to that. in terms of the overall the margins at 9, 10 points. let's see multiple pols and the next three in florida. we can call these outlrs. on the other issue and what ertony drac s are saying, needs and republican needs, there are too few. what we see is -- this is political science found this. aot of people we traditionally at republicans now self-identify as independen, and a lot of
people who a traditionally mocric w vocc in the pastdentify themselves assist independent to pollsters call themselves democrats again. this is a recent, emerging phenomenon. they are polling the right people, but they get more people entifying themselves as democrats and fewer intifying themselves assist republican you have theight poll. itooifnt n because of develops in politics. >> what you take is unskewed.com seriously. >> this is a conspiracy. th's the conspiracy. >> this is a real conspiracy. it's called pollthism. we depress the gop to suppress them so they won't turn out in november. this is a total alternate reality sort of mind trip. >> speaking of polls, ough. there's another attempt -- we'll make ather attem toisct ofunst misunderstood voting blocs. nascar fans and sportsmen, s.e.
is a sportswoman. you have info. i want to hear it. >> there are misconceptions about sportsmen, hters a anglers, blood-thirsty hicks that pull the lever. this is a voting bloc democrats shouldn't take for granted because they're incredibly interested in conservation. an ieresting poll from the nationalilifeedio d g hunters and anglers 47%, almost half value conservation issues as the same level of importance as gun rights. you can believe 13% put gun rights below conservation rts. erand fishers are land conservationists, they want sustainable waterways and populations protected. it's an interesting sort of breakdown if democrats wanted to look at sportsmen. the other group, nascar voters, i wrote a the lot about them in 2008. th're actually not as pol
larized and republican as you think. in 2008 when i was doing research, they positive broke down at 35% republican, 28% democrat, 40% women and 20% minorities. actually, we have some recent data and some good news for democrat obs ed ahead among nascar voters. at's in two weeks. two weeks ago they were tied, and now obama is up 7%. it's interesting. >> i mean, that zogby poll sounds tereing, thele 800 people. it's a little small. usually around 2,000, 3,000 people. one of the things that we see is democrats are always fighting for the white male. the blue collar white malevote. let's show a bunch of people of t those white men either hunting or drinking a beer. there's george bush eating corn with the folks. john kerry out hunting looking a
litt crazy but he's trying to get that working class vote. >> as i said, na,on't underestimate. it's 40% women and 20% minorities. >> s.e., to your point about conservation. i ran in a rural district in virginia, and the land and water very much a part of the culture ther it's a conservative district. we found exaly what you're sof progressive message on environmentalism was very -- it was very well received in the district and even the republican member of congress who is down the line conservative on every other issue has had to temper and be a lit more me rate on environmental issues. >> they're misunderstood voters. there are opportunities on both sides to get them. >> we cleared it up a little bit here. up next from hunters and nascar fans from bureaucra in business suit areaking their
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i know i traveled around aa lot in virginia and across this country. i don't need a lot of victims. i see hard-working virginians. i see students trying to work their way through colle. i have five things i'm going to do to get this economy going, and they're going to create 12 million jobs. i'm not cutting jobs from virginia but adding jobs to virginia. so we're going to -- >> both the president and mitt romney courting voters in virginia today. thout virginia it will be stosene t win in november. in 2008 obama took it down with 53% of the vote with results
that very nearly matched the national tally. the real clear politics average has him leading by 4.5 points. atitne holding a slight lea as recently as two weeks ago. let's bring in brian moran to see if he gives us a preview of december. thks for joining us. >> happy to be with you. we do enjoy ad,f i might continue the football analogies, we need to play the entire 60 minutes. we cannot let up until the clock runs out 7:00 p.m. on november 6th. we're working very hard to make sure we deliver -- deliver o 13ct vhe next president of the united states, barack obama, and the united states senate seat tim kaine. >> i love that you're continuing our football analogy for us there. in virginia, obviously, i'm a native virginian in the northern
virginia are a biltalifntn the st of the state. are the campaigning using different messages to connect with voters in different parts of the state? >> i haven't seen that. i think the president's message of investing in education and an infrastructure to create good jobs and a sinno t future resonates in four corners of commonwealth, whether in northern virginia or hampton road or southwestern virginia. i was pleased the president was in virginia beach today. hampton road is an area where our msage will resonate. itlatro are in hampton road. i think his message resonates. he's putting forward a message and a plan for the future. it's working in virginia. i suspect it will continue to work right up through the election. >> brian, you talk a little bit rg tes it so tionf purple? >> yeah. well, we tend to be center to right in our politics, but we're
not extreme. u have seen recently with this campaign and particularly pig an peel are very concerned about the future of their medicare and social security being privatized. look at th attack on men's rights. we had an attorney general's naktz commonwealth that essentially closes women's health clinics throught osextew and you'll have reported on what the republican general assembly did in richmond this last year with ultrasound legislation, that's extreme and has people alarmed in viinia. that's why bothim kainend idobar enjoying support. >> chairman rand, thanks sop much for your insights on my home state, the commonwealth of virginia. >> welcome. come on back. we'd love to have you in 40 days. it's veryexciting. there's a lot goi on re. >> i'm not missing the nege
ads. that's the one thing. chairman rand, thanks so much. >> romney's focus in virginia seeming to be twofold. military and coal. the state is home to a million servicemen and vet and their families. ea vm in virginia.n ts a >> obama wages war on coal while we lose jobs to china, who is using more coal every day. now your job is in danger. >> if someone wanted to build a coal-powered plant, they can. it wl bankrupt them. >>r.prest, up ou jobs. we can't aafford four more years. >> is it a smart strategy? the demographics have grown so much mountain northern virginia area where thi just not an issue. i think the mitary issue is e tha po aro audience in virginia. in my district we were home to quantico and we had a lot of military in the southern end. you have the northern virginia military folks and southern
military folks. virginia, the president has been pulling away. the 47% comments have bn vainersnth places. >> can you talk about the demographics of virginia? it's urban, southern. there's a lot of hispanics moving in there. it's a dynamic state, right? >> it is. the suburbs have grown quickly, and that's the biggest thi owthn the latino population. the other thing is the senate contest between tim contain and george allen. you've followed that race closely. >> it's extraordinary because it speaks to two things. we talked about the overall balance of power in the senate. here is a seat theyooked at. sd this is a prime only. they basically have to take four or five it to win back the senate. george allen held the seat until 2006. jim webb is retiring. that has moved down for republicans. it's not as lelyo fli campaign isn't going quite as well as they like.
the changing demographics, i can't think of state in the country have changed as dramatically virginia. this state had not voted for a w e tngbooting twice in a row for democrats. they had jim webb and tim kaine another democrat going to the senate this year. you had two straight democratic governors before . oloent from red to blue in five years. it's blue down the ticket. >> um next it's about the benjamins, former chairman sheila bear rereveals what happs and she tells ushy it could stilhappen a.
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>> our next guess sounded the alarm and her warnings were ignored. she was onl woman in the war room duringhe crisis but said the bailouts were handed out froends. from straight shooting on tim geithner and the president's economic inner circle to real fixes to get us back on track, she has a lot to say in her new book "bull byhehorns." in the guest spot is sheila bair former chairperson of the fdic. sheila, welcome, and thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> assert in this book that t bailouts in 2008 and 2009 were ovlyens and most of these companies were not, in fact, too bigo fail. who gets the blame for that? whose decision was na? >> the underlying philosophy in 20 and 2009 was that you stilize the large financial institutions and make the prablegaha g to benefit the broader economy.
it didn't work out. i think it's important that we not confuse what's in the big financial institution's interests and what's in the nation's interests. i think there was some confusion there. weid what we had to do, d in 08e n asis situation. in 2009 even after the system had stabilized we still continued pretty generous bailout policies, and nobody was ever restructured, closed, forcedo sell bad assets, fid. wetid ie any builtability on some institutions which contributed to the crisis. >> sheila, please tell me we put stop gaps in place to keep another crisis from happening >> i think it's better. i thk ra it pet law,ut it the gave the government and my old agency additional powers we didn't have in 2008 toesolve to close and put through our bankruptcy-like
process any large financial institution. just not an insured baj. ub were either not t insured banks or larger banking organization of which the insured baj was a part. this limitation on authority was an impedement to have morrow bust resolution ocess. we have those pows now, but eyd toesend regulators need to use them and the leadership of our government needs to say too big it to fail is over. if this happens again, bailouts are not a new paradigm and won't happen ymore. i don'tea thaot f erdi in this election i'm sorry to say. >> yeah. >> sheila, that's the common complaint about dodd-frank, it was watered down so much. when you look back at the process that led to the enact of dd-frank, who are theeople and what arehe fors ic blame for that not
being what it should be? >> i think as i say in my book, i think tim did -- he did water down a number of the provisions. we had an ongoing struggle with him the piece of dodd-frank i most cared about, which was to ve t icower to p large institutions into a bankruptcy-like process. i had wanted that resolution mechanism, there's an assessment on large financial institutions based on risk taking, whi we use for working capital ife d to t large institution down. i got a $150 billion fund through the hours and he worked with senate republicans to kill it in the senate even though i had assurances from the white house he woun't oppose it. he wanted flexibility to continue to do bailouts, and we wa strtanesay n bailouts. if you get a stupid institution that made mistakes and failing, it needs to be put in a bankruptcy-type process. there were fundamental, fill sos cal disagreements with him
throughout the crisis. as i've always hastened to say, think tim alwaysid we ghs right, but his world view is very different from mine and i think a lot of other people. we really need to differentiate what's in the interest of our country with what's in the interest for these large financial institutions. >> he was wrong about what he thought was right. >> that's good. can can use th youan heth yoso talked about very personally the extra challenges of being a woman in what is a male-dominated field. talk to me about that. >> it was. a lot of people ask me, was gender -- clearly we were not given the information we needed. we were not always includedn thmeg,rhe i was included it wasn't the real meeting. the decision was made. i was asked to come in and told this was the decision. you never know. is it gender or something else, people don't like you? i think there was not enough respect given my agency. e a the bank regulators.s we took care of the little
people. we dintd understand the big guys. that was a constant struggle to remain in respect for my agency, which was a superb agency. people ask what i'm theos 'she bailout but making sure they're protected as we work through 365 bank failures. they had seamless access to money and didn't have to worry about accomplishments. they deserve for credit for it, which is another reason why i il t birds. i got it. the book is bull by the horns. sheila bair, thanks for being with us. up next, toure gets in touch with vulnerability. he actually has some. theho behd "daring greatly" is right here on "the cycle." mom always got good nutrion to taste great.
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vulnerability scares me. i don't want to be weak. being a man means being strong and showing vulnerability is the opposite of that, right? our next guess says no, it can be empowering. it's dr. renee brown, prossor at tvey o hon author of the number one best seller "daring greatly." welcome, dr. brown. how are you? >> good, thank you. that was quite a clip. nt to be vulnerable. i feel vulnerable talking about vulnerability. why do i have to be vulnerable? >> i don't want to be vulnerable. you're not alone. mythology says that to b lnle ibewe the truth is that vulnerability to show up, to be seen, to be all in is probably our most accurate measure of courage. it is what i call daring greatly.
>> you talk also about whole-hearted pantinand y to g uo he pe we want our children to be. can you unpack that for me? >> yeah. i mean, part of my work -- i spent the last 12 years studying the emotions that really define our lives. shame, courage, rthiness, vulnerability. e of the things i've learned thatame up over orse cagi pple at we d't have. so if we want to raise children who have a sense of worthiness, who are willing to take risks, who have some bounce-back, which i think is so important in our culture today, we have to be the adul with t exact same characteristics. we have to believe in ourselves fept kids who believe this themselves. if we want kids willing to dare greatly and take risks where there are no guarantees, we have to be willing to do that. >> is this sort of a modern pou geratns you have the strong, silent man. in other cultures today that's
more the sort of stoic particularly among men. is this more of a modern american phenomenon, or does this persist thrghout the ag >>. i think it persists throughout the ages. what's interesting is in 12 years of data i have not found moral courage, leadership courage, relationship courage, not a single example of courage that was not underpind by deep me vulnerability is simply defined as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. it's putting ourselves out there. it's saying i love you first. it's srting a new business. it's talking -- you know, supporting our child who wants to desperately mak first chair in the bnddi t school saying, good luck and knowing that's probably not going to happen. if we want to be brave, if we want to really put ourselves out there and try things, we have to risk uncertainty and vulnerability.
i think that stoic- t emotional stow simple that you're talking about in the images of men, the john wayne images, i think that plays out great on film, but i think in real life we feel disconnected and alone and to be honest with you ihink insul i thay and a we're really tired of being afraid. you know, we're tired of a cultural conversation centering on who am i supposed to fear and who is to blame. i think we want to be brave. i think we want to take a chance and counterintuitelyt haou csisttly over a decade is that vulnerability is that path to courage. that's how we dare greatly. >> you know, i'm the political cork here, that's my vulnerable admission, so i wl try to bring this back to potics >>ov. >>rethidof a presidentirace. you look at romney, look at obama. do you see one who is using vulnerability better to make an impression on voters?
>> what i -- you know what i see? i like to follow retion to things like the nvens, scoen wh see is that, you know, slick and shiny and overpromising does not play well anymore for us. i think we want people who stand -- i think we want to see ourselves reflected in our leader n, thiss hard.e, there's no easy answers. i wish i could bs you into believing there were, but there are not. here is how i want to move forward, this is what i think is important. i think we're ready for some rely denty se realne, and we want to see leaders whose lives and struggles are reflected, you know. we want to see ourselves reflected in their stories and experiences. i think we're done. i think -- i really think, you sear sixons befe 9/11,
and so it's been a really powerful thing to watch kind of how this -- how we've changed as a culture over time, and i would say probably e word that defines the culture we live in right now the most is scarty. is ideerou yo kno never rich enough, you know, safe enough, and so what i think the way to get around scarcity is believing we're enough and in order to do that we have to dare greatly and put ourselves out there ando some llous dch t >>ome powerful messages there, dr. brown. you gave legendary ted talk. people can find that at ted.com. >> thank you so much. >> straight ahead, krystal explains ey bst chalnge winning the election and she says it's not romney. oh, hey alex. just picking up some, brochures, posters copies of my acceptance speech. great! it's always good to have a backup plan,
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