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tougher one, because he was paid a lot of money and banking on the money to sustain his existence and therefore he entered into it voluntary and not to say they can't prevail, but it is going to be tougher. >> and thank you joey jackson as always. thank you, everyone for watching today. i want to pass the baton to my colleague suzanne malveaux who starts right now with "newsroom international." we heard the republicans and now the democrats get their turn. i'm suzanne malveaux from the cnn grill where the democratic national convention gets under way tomorrow. already they are setting the stage for the democrats to try to convince voters to re-elect president obama. and we will be here throughout the convention to highlight the speeches and the events and take a closer look at what is at stake for the democrats. and focusing on the key issues, jobs and the economy, and we
will preview the speeches leading up to president obama's acceptance speech on thursday night. first, we will also bring you some of the sights and sounds here from charlotte. carolina fest is going on right now. organizers say it is a chance to celebrate and honor american workers, and it is going to be lots of music and food and we will see all of that. per f performances including james taylor and janelle monet and others. if you have seen "the big la w lebowski" you know that jeff bridges is the dude. and he is promoting a couple of causes, but first the democrats are kicking off the convention with a qstion that is lingering from the republican convention last week and that is are americans better off than they were four years ago, and in a cbs interview, maryland governor martin o'malley said no, but he blamed president bush. listen. >> 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 and the bush recession and the bush deficits and the series of desert wars charged for the first time to the national credit card. yeah, but -- i want to bring in democratic strategist and political correspondent james carville, and we have done a lot of grills, but we will get into the menu here, because it is quite the menu, but let's start off, because the party is having a hard time here seeming to identify are we better off or not better off here? it does not seem like they really have a very clear message. how does the president going into the next couple of days tell the american people what they need to believe that another four years is going to be better for them? >> well, we don't know that they don't have a clear message. we haven't started the convention yet. well, so far the surrogates have not done a good job and one governor saying one thing -- >> well, the question, and
people will have their own conclusion. i certainly no one wants to go back to losing 750,000 jobs a month. and that is what we were doing four years ago. this month in january, when the president took office, we lost 750,000 jobs, and the stock market was collapsing and the auto industry was about to go under. and now, those are demonstrative facts that we can make. has, i i think the better question, and i think that the question that the president talked about is what are we going to do for the next four years to make it bet ter? i think that is really where it is. you could go back anforth are we better four years ago, but clearly i don't want to be losing 750,000 jobs a month and i don't want the stock market at 6700 or 6900. >> james, the facts here, ground zero of north carolina and the bible belt and the latest poll from elan university saying that romney is up four points and you have more than 9% unemployment in this state, and what does that mean when people here are starting to sway romney's way? >> well, first of all, north
carolina is a traditionally a red state. >> okay, but yeah, 2008, he made history here. >> and 2008 we won by 7.5 points and we don't have to win that mu much. 300 and whatever electoral votes, and to win the election, you don't have to carry the state and it is remarkable he is only four points down. north carolina in my definition is not really a swing state. in order to be a swing state, it has to be a state that you have a chance to win, but you could choose it and still win the elections and the republicans can't lose north carolina and still win the election. this is a must win state for them and not a must-win state for president obama. he could easily lose north carolina and still win the election. >> talk about one of the things that the president and the surrogates are saying in sort f of, look, there's a lot of republican obstructionism here and people have been fighting me and we have heard it from speaker boehner and newt gingrich from the beginning, but he had two years, and two years where the democrats were in
charge in both the house and the senate and could there have been more that he could have done in that two years to argue to the voters to say, look, i'm an effective leader. >> well, he passed a historic bill in the time that i recall the auto industry is up and running that was collapsing. as i recall the banking system hasn't collapsed, and you -- >> but you still haven't answered the question. and james, the question is -- go ahead. >> i am answering the question and talking about the things that he did and i'm saying to you that if we think that we are better off losing 7 50,000 jobs a month and the stock market maybe half of what it is today, and a little under half, i mean, you know, we just can't say accept the fact that somebody says that and not answer the question. and the question is if you want the look at it hence the
recovery, and we know that historically the countries after a financial crisis take a long time and that is what the president is doing now. >> how important is medicare and that debate? >> well w it is hugely important. think of not just the people on medicare who depend on medicare, but they have families who depend on medicare who wouldn't be able to afford what the illness is. think of all of those things. i think that it is important, and so important that romney is trying to somehow preempt the issue, and it makes sense to him, but i don't think he will do it and you will hear some stuff this week about it, but it is a critical issue in the campaign obviously. >> james, we want to keep you here and go to the vice president joe biden who is talking about that very issue out of detroit. let's listen. >> thank you. j. >> james, he just wrapped up. he was talking about medicare
and i want to talk about a couple of things, because everyone, and you and i being from new orleans and our families there and hurricane isaac that hit, and people were talking about hurricane bill here as in hurricane bill clinton and what are we expecting to hear from him? >> we are expecting to hear a very good speech. that is what i am expecting. he has been working on it. he is very fired up. he wants to help the president, and get elected again. i'm amused at the sort of republican puffery around bill clinton and it seem ts to me th they actually tried to impeach him, and maybe i'm the only one who tryied to impeach him. the republicans are going to be very, very disappointed in president clinton's speech wednesday night. >> well, back in the election in 2008 and when i covered them campaign clearly a case and certainly in south carolina where there was bad blood between president clinton and the candidate barack obama.
we have since seen the emergence of these two together on the same stage and same page and people say, well sh, he could upstage the president, but how did that come about and talk about how that emerged? >> well, there was a -- well, the reality is when you are in a primary, it is tough, and it takes a while to get these wounds to heal sometimes, and it has been an evolution here. i think that they have reconciled a lot of things, and you know, after all the president did hire his wife to be the top diplomat in the united states. i think that their relationship has evolved to be a very good relationship and you will see it manifest by the remarks wednesday night. and one of the dangers of saying, oh, there's all of the trouble between bill clinton and barack obama and what have you, you see, i think that when we leave charlotte, i expect and hopefully the people saying bill really went to bat for barack obama wednesday night. >> and how is it after thursday that the president accepts the
nominations that you have the friday jobs morning and chairman fed ben bernanke to talk about whether or not they will inject more stimulus into the economy and are people going to essentially take a look at those numbers and those speeches looking forward in the next two months? >> well, obviously, that is going to matter and you preferring to have a good jobs number and not a bad jobs number, of course, you do. but we have come into the convention with 8.3% unemployment and they have just finished their convention and the race is tight. knock me over with a feather, that is not a bad position to be in, and we haven't made our c e case. they have had a chance to make their case. they had a bounce of a one point or two points, congratulations. >> well, we may not knock you over with a feather. what are you ordering known y i
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it actually really has more to do with us being parents. when we are in up to here in washington in the evening, 6:30 we want to be at the dinner table with our kids. >> jessica yellin also spoke with the president's closest advisers and friends and tonight, check out "obama revealed" tonight at 8:00 eastern on cnn. and there is no doubt that the biggest challenges of the campaign, mitt romney trying to give new life to a slogan made famous by ronald reagan back in the '80s. >> this president can ask us to be patient. this president can tell us it was someone else's fault. this president can tell us that the next four years, he will get it right, but this president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office. >> it does be beg the question, however, if whether or not americans really are better off than they were four years ago. when you look at it by the
numbers, it says that there is a mixed picture. i want to bring in alison kosik from new york to talk about this a little bit. alison, talk about the reaction to this question that people are saying are we better off than we were four years ago. >> yes, and when you hear the question, suzanne, a lot of ways to look at it and the real answer really depends upon a lot of individualtors and in the end, it may be how people feel about their own individual situation compared to the last election. so we had producers go out across the country and ask that very question and here are some of the answers they heard. >> reporter: are you making more money now than you were four years ago? >> yes. >> i make about one-third of what i made four years ago. >> no. >> no. >> i'm making less money and the sad part is that i have a master's degree. and a rp corporate job does noty what it did four or five years ago. >> and making the same money and
able to save a little bit, but same as before. >> four years ago struggle and today, even more struggle. >> so there you go. a lot of no's suzanne if people are better off today than four years ago today and a lot of people saying, nope, we're not. >> and alison, break down the numbers of unemployment, because that is one thing that voters are looking at whether that favors or hurts the president. >> so unemployment is actually higher than it was when presidential obama took office in january of 2009, and of course, we are hearing othis on romney's campaign trail and what he is focused on. the obama campaign is focusing on the fact that the unemployment rate is lower compared to the peak of more than 10% and the unemployment rate hit 10% in october of 2009. the obama campaign is focusing on the fact that the economy has added jobs in the last 22 months in a row compared to losing 800,000 jobs in the month that president obama took office. so it can go both ways depending
upon how you spip n it, but if u are out of work, it does not feel better. >> alison, one of the things that people are looking at is whether or not they can a afford the own their own homes and how does that play in the bigger economic picture? >> well, suzanne, housing is a bright spot. you look at the median home price is higher than four years ago and sales have been going up and the home builder confidence is rising and the housing market, you have to remember had the deepest hole to climb out of it and it is what got us into the situation, and the economy meaning the situation that we are in. record low mortgage rates are helping to get the housing market back on its feet, but you have to also remember that jobs and housing, they go hand in hand and a housing can't fully recover without having to have a strong recovery in the labor market. suzanne? >> and alison, tell us this week is very important and important for the president and mitt romney, because they are looking for a very strong economic indicator and talking about the
friday's jobs report that is come out, and what do we expect? >> well, to put it in context the government jobs report comes out friday and this is the last jobs report coming out before the fed heads into the policy meeting happen iing on septembe 12th and 13th and the expectation is that the employers added 130,000 jobs in august which is good especially since it is the second triple-digit gain in a row, and that is considered good in a normal economy, but it is not a normal economy. we really need more, and more jobs added because the recovery has been bumpy, and the momentum in job creation has not kept up. you look at the second quarter and how it did between april through june and those job additions stalled out. so you are not seeing the momentum of jobs keeping up. even the fed chief ben bernanke said that the labor market is a grave concern to the feds. so even if friday's jobs report show shows that 130,000 jobs were added in august, there is a huge hole to fill, because at least 12 million people, suzanne, are still out of work.
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end two wars -- before the convention officially kicks off, there is the carolina fest, and it is labor day and a chance to celebrate and honor american workers and there is a parade and lots of music and live performances from janelle monae and james taylor and many others and of course, jeff bridges will be performing at the carolina fest later today and you may know him as the academy-award winning actor for his work in "crazy heart" but he is also an accomplished artist. he is the campaign's national spokesperson for hunger. i want to bring you in. >> nice to the see you. and bill shore is also the president of the organization. you are now with the d.n.c. and
what is the campaign about? >> well, no kid hungry is about feeding the kids in america, and, you know, the bad news is that we've got so many kids who are in need from nearly 60 million, 1 in 5 kids are struggling with hunger in our country. and the good news is that it is a bipartisan issue, and historically it has been going over to the republican convention and just coming from there a couple of days ago. it was great to see that that, you know, the governor mcdonald from virginia who is the chairman of the republican governors association is on board. and we have other republican governors who are on board. you are not taking a position either way if it is a republican or d democratic? >> no, it is about the issue. one thank is exciting about the campaign is that i have been wo working on alleviating hunger for close to 30 years now, and this campaign is a little bit different in that we are going state to state and working with
the governors and calling upon powerful people in those states to make ending childhood hunger in their state a priority and to deal with the unique aspects of nit their state. what do you think of michelle obama and her drive to bring the issue of childhood obesity to the attention of people. >> well, she is a real anti-hunger champion. and her organization is -- >> it is called "let's move" and we have been real allies together and she asked us to bring 200 chefs to the white house lawn to kick it off and we did. it started with president obama as a candidate saying to make a commitment to end childhood hunger and we have had incredible results since then, but it is an issue that is not talked about. 46 million americans are living in poverty and 46 million americans living on food stamps a and it is an opportunity to give voice to the issue. >> and jeff, you played the voice of the president in "the contender" and what did you learn from the role and the bare knuckle politics from both sides? >> it is a tough gig i will tell
you. >> and what is your feeling coming from the rnc? >> well, it is tough. it is the only game we got. i have to applaud the politicians for even doing what they do, because, you know, i am a big admirer of james, you know, carville. >> we had him on. >> and i was saying, what an example. he is married to mary matalin who is a conservative. >> republican. >> and that is a great example of for our country, you know, we are married to each other. we are in on this, and how do we have a good marriage? how do we work on what we need to work on. >> that is something that everybody wants to know, how do we have a good marriage. i have to ask you about this, because you co-starred with thunder bolt and lightfoot with clint eastwood and what did you think of the chair performance? >> i did not see thunder bolt's performance, but i heard about it. i haven't seen it yet. i will look at it before i go to play today i want to go check out clint's performance.
bill maher gave it a rave i here. >> and do you think it is appropriate to pretend, because it is a -- >> i didn't see it. i didn't see it. >> i had a vision of obama doing a ventriloquist thing of a puppet with clint and doing a rebuttal and i don't know if that will happen, but maybe that is where my mind went. >> i don't know if they will do that, but would you consider politics yourself as a contender. >> no, i'm an issues man. there are political aspects to it, and i'm an obama supportes s and i will vote that way. but, as the, you know, as the dude says, everybody's got their opinion, you know. that's my opinion. obama's the man. >>ll right. okay. well, we have heard it here the endorsement and we will see how far that goes. thank you very much, bill, and great to see you as always.
and some of the biggest stars in the dnc and in 20 minuteser or so, we will talk to the governor of massachusetts, deval patrick who took the governor's office after romney in 2007 and then at 1:30 p.m. eastern sandra fluke is going to join whous who is t law graduate from georgetown who rush limbaugh called a slut, and she is expected to speak to the dnc about women issues. and also, we will hear from the mayor julian castro, mayor of san antonio, texas. and also, the chairman of the convention mayor antonio villaraigosa who will gavel this the proceedings. president obama spending his labor day talking to union workers out in ohio. we will bring that to you as soon as we can. drive our naty
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northarolina, one of a handful of states that could decide who wins the presidential election in november. and democrats are descending on the state for the convention and hoping to swing it in president obama's favor. i want to bring in dana bash and the message they are hoping to convey. nice to see you. >> you, too. >> and the food in the grill. >> it is great and the amazing and the place to be. i have been here since 3:00 a.m. >> i know, you are fresh as a daisy. they are serving food now. and what is the sense of the folks here talking about the message here, because it seems that the republicans are doing a pretty good job of asking the question and hammering the question and framing the debate are you better off than you were four years ago? >> what is amazing to me and you know the obama campaign advisers very well, because you have covered them four years ago that they didn't have an answer for it yesterday. david axelrod and david plouffe and it is kind of in the incumbent it is rudimentary question and has been since ronald reagan and they danced around it. in fairness, it is a difficult
question to answer politically, because you want to say things are great, but not too far to make people think they are out of touch. that is problem one. also is the normally very good communiqcator martin o'malley wo said no, and then he came here and started to go to clean it up and so did brad woodhouse and others fanning out saying that the answer is absolutely we are better off. so it is difficult for them, but you know what, get it out of the way for them and they feel like, and they will start for real tomorrow and that is going to be forgotten. >> and let's talk about four years ago, because i remember walk into the huge stadium and the field and you had the greek columns and we were all talking about them, and -- >> and still talking about it. >> little over the top, but clearly a lot of symbolism, and a lot of hope and optimism, and this is a convention that there is a lot of money and millions of dollars on this convention and with we know who the nominee is, and this is one of the times to downplay and be more modest this the prez sentation in that
nomination effort. >> well, exactly. one thing i do know and you do, too, there won't be greekle columns this time. we can take that to the bank, but it is a difficult dance just like messaging is difficult in terms of how far to go when things are good or not good, the same with the symbolism and how grand the scope of this is given where we are right now and give ten reputation that the president has fair or unfair that the republicans have built since john mccain ran against him that he is a rock star, celebrity and just like mitt romney said last week in his speech that he promised the moon and the stars and the seas and whatever. >> fixing the planet. >> and he said, i want to help your family, so they have to balance the expectations and the sort of imagery of grandeur versus the reality of the people facing now. >> i asked james carville this question, and really, there was a notion of like, you had to sort of rnc hurricane isaac and here potentially hurricane bill, as in bill clinton.
what is the level of concern here that perhaps he might overshadow the president? >> well, you know this, because you have covered both of them for years, president obama and president clinton, i think that it's fascinating to me that the obama campaign has turned to bill clinton after it was so, so tense and raw between the clinton and obama camps because of obviously his wife and in february very, very tough with you covering bill clinton over and over again and listening to the things that he said. he was accused of being racist which is unheard of for the first black president. look, the whole issue is the economy and the barack obama campaign feels that the last best example of the democrat who did very well with the economy was bill clinton, and it is true, so they want to take people back to the time when a democratic president did bring the economy back. >> dana, good to see you as always, and we go directly to the president out of toledo, ohio. >> teachers and factory workers
and construction workers and students and families and small business owners, and i know we have proud auto workers in the house helping to bring toledo back. after all, it is working folks like you who fought for jobs and opportunity for generations of american workers. it is working people like you who helped to lay the cornerstones of middle-class security, things that people now sometimes take for granted, but weren't always there. the 40-hour work week. weekends. paid leave. pensions. the minimum wage. health care. social security. medicare. those things happened, because
working people organized and mobilized. it is unions like yours that helped to forge the basic bargain of this country. the bargain that built the greatest middle class and the most prosperous country and the most prosperous economy that the world has ever known. and you know what that bargain is, because it is a simple one, it is a bargain that says, if wo work, if you work hard, if you work and are responsible, then your work should be rewarded. if you put in enough effort, you should find a job that pays the bills. you should afford a home to call your own. that you'll have health care that you can count on if you get sick. that, you can put away enough to retire and maybe take a vacation once in a while. nothing fancy.
but you can enjoy your friends and your family and most importantly that you can provide your children with an education to make sure that they do even better than you do did. it's an american promise that says no matter who you are and no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, no matter who you love, you can make it here if you try. that's what we are fighting for, toledo, and that is what is at stake in this election, and that is why i'm running as a second term as president of the united states of america. now, last week, the other party
gave their sales pitch at their convention down in florida. don't boo, vote. vote. as i say, it was something to see. despite all of the challenges that we face in this new century, we saw three straight days of an agenda out of the last century. it was a rerun. you might as well have watched it on black and white tv with rabbit ears on there. should have been on nick at night.
you know. now, if you didn't dvr it. let me give you a basic recap of what they said. the economy is bad. it is all obama's fault. and governor romney has the secret to creating jobs and growing the economy. that's a basic summary. they spent the most time on me. they were talking about me. and there was a lot of hard truths and bold choices they said, but nobody ever bothered to tell you what they really were. and when governor romney had his chance to let you in on the secret sauce of job creation, he did not offer you a single new idea. it was just a retread of the
same old policies that have been sticking it the the middle-class for years. and then after the convention and governor romney came here to ohio, and he said he's going to be the coach that leads america to a winning season. the problem is everybody's already seen his economic playbook. we know what's in it. on first down, he hikes taxes on by nearly $2,000 on the average family with kids in order to pay for a massive tax cut on multimillionaires. that is is on first down. sounds like unnecessary roughness to me. political candidate mitt romney once served of course as
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welcome back. live pictures from the carolina fest, and this is janelle monae and she is performing, and a lot of people gathered there to obviously celebrate labor day, but also d dnc with a large crowd there, and taking a look and a listen there, and a lot of people just enjoying the day, and it is a holiday after all. by now, mitt romney's credentials of course everybody knows including the governor of massachusetts, and during his time, he signed the state's health reform bill into law that happened in 2006 and he left the governorship before it was enacted and the next guest is the current governor of massachusetts deval patrick and the first democrat to serve after 16 consecutive years of
republican leadership. and we go way back. >> we do. our grandmothers would want to look at us now. >> yes, look at us now. and the cnn poll says, should congress repeal all provisions of the health care law, and this is the obama care, ye 51%, and no, 47%, and so why is it that despite the health care reform in your state that seems to be so successful that people don't believe in the president's health care reform? >> you know, i have a sense of that. i will tell you that we have had a over 98% ensured today in massachusetts and 99.8% of children and no other state can touch that. it has added 1%, the expansion to the state spending, and there are more people getting preventive care today, and so we are healthier, and it is very, very popular and it pulls in the 60% to 70% approval. the national health care reformal pos in massachusetts about 50-50 and they are the
same thing. and i think it has almost everything to do with how poorly the affordable health care act has been marketed. people don't understand it. >> does that help or hurt romney, because he says that i'm behind the plan in massachusetts, but he would repeal obama care. well, i, you know, governor romney has always been a gentleman to me, and he is a fine fellow, but you have a sense that if the affordable care act were polling better nationally, he would wrap his arms around it, because the massachusetts model is the model for national health care reform. >> and it is not suggesting that he is being disingenuous, but political. >> well, i believe he has been political about it frankly. we have a record, i think from governor romney's time in office which is not quite consistent with the national storyline he is selling right now, but the one profoundly important thing that he did, suzanne, was health care reform which helped a lot of people and helped a lot of businesses, and i think that there is really no doubt that if it were polling better and national health care reform were polling better nationally, he
would wrap his arms around it. >> and you know the man personally and professional and has he gotten a bad wrap in terms of the presentation that the democrats are making about who he is. >> in fairness, i don't know him well. i know him as a citizen when he was governor and i know him through the work that we did in transition which was smooth. i think that most people in massachusetts, his home state, will vote for president obama at the end of the day, because we do know mitt romney, and we know that he was a governor who frankly at the time was more interested in having the job than actually doing it. >> that is quite a slam. >> well, that is the record. i mean, again, he is not a bad man. he had the eye on the job he is trying to get right now. >> why do you say that? >> that he is not a bad man? >> no, that he is more interested in -- >> well, at the time that governor romney left office, we were 47th in the nation in job creation in a relatively stronger economy and real wages were declining, and we had seen the largest per pupil cut in education in the whole country
during that time. he left a structural deficit. there are a whole host of reforms that he talked about in state government that he didn't accomplish, but we did in the last six years, but he didn't accomplish and as i say, there was one incredibly important thing that he did do which is health care reform, but he doesn't like to talk about it. >> and four years ago you were prominent on the health care trail and we talked often and really some rising stars. there was yourself and cory booker among others who people are paying a lot of attention to, and the president had a democratic majority in the house and the senate in the first two years he was in office. are you satisfied in what he was able to accomplish, and why was he able to get more done in the two years before he lost the majority in the house. >> well, it is interesting that you say that, because -- >> because you talk about the republicans fighting him, but he had support the first two yeas.s >> so, this is a president who has added 4.5 million jobs in the last 2 1/2 years, private sector jobs which is more jobs
than in the eight years of george w. bush who has brought health care to every single american after 90 years of trying and who brought osama bin laden to justice, and saved the american financial industry and the auto industry -- >> and you are still having people seeing disappointment? >> well, there is an old scripture from the new testament that says that hope does not disappoint, and hope is fuel. there is a concerted effort to taear this president down to hod him back, and it is public. no, that is not a spin, but it is something that the hard right has talked about the leadership of the senate, and excuse me, the minority leader of the senate and there have been meetings to make sure that the president's agenda has been frustrated. i think that the fact that he has accomplished as much as he with the political and the economic headwinds is an e-- en thing, and we know there is more work to be done. >> thank you, deval patrick.
and any other political ambitions? >> well, i will finish my term, the second term and something that massachusetts governors have not done and then i want to go back into the private sector, and i look forward to that. >> we will keep hounding you. >> okay. thank you. >> and one of the main goals of the war, and that is to train afghan forces to essentially fight for themselves, so why are the american troops suddenly shutting down the training program in afghanistan? yeah, we found that wonderful thing. and you smiled. and threw it. and i decided i would never, ever leave it anywhere. because that wonderful, bouncy, roll-around thing... had made you play. and that... had made you smile. [ announcer ] beneful. play. it's good for you.
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