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buying e elections. >> mr. vice president, i have to cut you off because we come up again, 9:00 o'clock, the witching hour for this show. i cut it off. my boss and the onlier of this network, and michael waldeman. appreciate your insights mr. vice president, a joy to have you on the show. stay right here to enter the war room with jennifer granholm. thanks for watching. >> thanks elliott. i am jennifer granholm. tonight, polls close in wisconsin. >> an historic recall election comes down to the wire. voters in wisconsin turn out in record numbers. the final word in a race that has become a national bellweather. >> i think it's great people are excited about the process. obviously, there is a lot of passion out there. >> scott walker wanted to make this a national race because i think he has a desire to be on the national stage. >> they look at wisconsin and see america's battleground. >> tonight in the war room let's count them up.
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after all of the time, money, volunteers and contacts, it all comes down to this: who got more people to the polls? by all accounts, turnout for today's wisconsin recall election was huge. it's expected to be. you cannot believe this. 96% in dane county where madison is. unbelievable. in milwaukee, there are reports that some precincts are even running out of forms, ballots. one only had 10 paper ballots left at 6:00 p.m. there are no there are no final numbers yet. here are some clues as to how this election is going to go tonight. first of all, labor came out strong, about a third of voters in preliminary exit poll results say they belong to a labor household. >> that's an increase from 26% in 2010 and 2008. voters were not happy with their
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personal financial situation. only about two in ten said things had improved since two years ago when governor scott walker was elected nearly four in 10 said their own financial situation had worsened. about half said that they approved of walker's record and half did not. and 93% of voters sud that they had made up their mind before may 1st, which means that all of that money that got dumped into the race probably didn't even change votes. but it might have played a role. the polls have closed. we are going to go to the man on the ground david shuster, man on the ground. welcome back inside the war room. >> good to be here. thank you. >>. >> we are hearing about potential turnout. what's the scene on the ground. >> indications of a strong turn out but for tom barrett, he has
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cleared the first couple of hurdles. >> here in dane county the strongest for him in the state, you have 150,000 votes here in madison, dane county back in 2010. apparently by 5:00 o'clock local time, three hours before the polls closed they had already exceeded the total vote total for 2010. so in other words, everything in the final three hours, that is gravy for tom barrett. secondly, lots of indications that incredibly heavy turnout in milwaukee county. milwaukee county is going to be the last to report tonight, largest county in the state. again, that's another tom barrett stronghold. there was such a heavy turnout that they were running out of forms, running out of ballots and in several locations, they had to essentially have voters cast provisional ballots that will be counted up by hand. at least from the democratic side, he has cleared the hurmthsz of more turnout for his counties than he did in 20s 10 and by a significant margin. however republicans are saying they had record turn out on their side and that they are doing very well in counties to
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the western part of the state and northern part of the state that are the strong hold for scott walker. so every education as you know that negative ads which tend to suppression turnout, that had no impact at least in this race. >> so david, the way that the vote comes in, in wisconsin i assume that those urban areas like milwaukee, like madison, will come in late so the early results that we hear will probably be pro-walker? >> absolutely. you will see walker ahead by perhaps tens of thousands of votes throughout most of the night. the question is milwaukee county which will come in last. keep in mind that back in 2010, barrett got 210,000 votes there, 60% of all of the votes cast in milwaukee county. he will be he will be able to make up perhaps the difference of 120, 120,000 votes that he could be behind, he could make up that entire being behind in one county at the end. >> that's how big the swing could be later tonight and why
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it's going to be such a dramatic finish. >> four state senators were recalled as well. on the ballot. republicans need to win all four. democrats need to win one in order to get the majority. what are you hearing about those races? >> hearing that the democrats will tickpick up at least one based on their own sort of surveys that they did in key precincts they will get at least one. come some are talk. as you mentioned, it looks pretty good for the democrats going to pick up 1 and the other race that has been so intriguing, that is lieutenant governor. this may help explain, governor granholm while the african-american turnout is so huge, the head of the firefighters union is giving rebecca clefish the race of her life. that is close. you have a lot of african-americans energized by the lieutenant governor's race who will likely support tom
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barrett. so it all benefits barrett to have malan mitchell. >> david, stick around. i know we will be talking to you later on this evening david shuster in madison and over 200 students today in wisconsin reported confusion at the polls. many of them left without voting according to the milwaukee journal sentence natural se /* sentinel. voters have to be registered for 28 days at their polling location. but here is the kick: many students just graduated and they were home for summer break. youth voters were thought to be a very major voting block, but early exit polls showed 18 to 29-year-olds in this particular race tonight are just 13% of the electorate. if you compare that to 2008 when the president was on the ballot, they were 22% of the votes. so a big drop, lots of concern there. joining us for more is jason ray, former chairman of the
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college democrats of wisconsin. it's joining us from miscellaneous via skype. jason, thank you for joining us inside the war room. >> thank you for having me, governor. >> you bet. talk about that. what are you hearing from young voters? are they having trouble voting today? >> you know, i heard from a few young people they did get turned away today at the polls. there was lots of confusion early on in the day about registration and unfortunately, wisconsin passed a very restrictive photo id law a few months ago. restricted. struck down the voter id but the 28 day residency requirement was in place. we have had some confusion. but the party and other groups on the ground have done a great job of making sure young people stay at the polls and getthe information they need to clear up any confusion they have. >> let me ask you a couple of questions. first of all, there was early voting and there was absentee voting. did a lot vote by absentee? could they have missed in
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today's exit polls in other words? >> i think so. i saw a report that 10% at least of the wisconsin electorate is voting absentee. if you look at the exit poll you are missing a huge segment of the population. on the ground? >> we made it a concerted effort to give young people the absentee ballots ahead of time. during the primary, the recall primary, college democrats, other young people out there in force making sure young people filled out their ballot requests before they headed home for the summer. >> today, if somebody showed up at a polling place and i know you guys have same-day voter registration as well could somebody change their registration, you know, address today as they showed up through same day voter registration? >> it depends upon how long they lived at that location. if you voted in the spring recall primary on may 8th, on campus and then you moved home,
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you were not able to vote at home any more. you actually would need to go back to your campus if you didn't vote absentee. if you never changed your residence from your parents' address, then you are able to vote at home without a problem. >> yeah. so in the 2008 presidential election, young people voted 64 to 35 for democrats, but in 2010, when governor walker was elected, young people voted, 5530 to 45. >> i hope you would expect we would see greater participation on the democratic side 20. >> we would have great participation today. i think the young people have come out in force. i was voting myself this morning in a very young progressive part of milwaukee. at 8:00 o'clock, i was the 170th voter. and in line were four who never voted before and wanted to support tom barrett. young people see what scott walker has done to this state.
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particularly, he has cut public education and for the uw system. he cut it by $250 million. i think young people see that. >> that's not something they want in a governor. >> right, jason, awesome. thank you for bringing us the news from the youth front. we will certainly be watching that. >> that's jason rae joining us via skype. as we just discussed republicans did their best today to keep democrats from the polls. it really did get pretty nasty because some voters reported receiving phony robo calls saying that if they had signed a petition to recall walker, they just didn't need to vote in today's election. there were poll watchers trained by a texas-based tea party group called, "true the vote." they were working and deepkeeping this eye out for voter fraud, so-called voter fraud. that group, by the way has a history of intimidating voters. and get this. this is unbelievable. republicans even paid people $125, bribed them essentially to put walker signs on their lawn.
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you wonder where the billionaire dollars went? went to put walker lawn signs on. talk about grassroots organizing. what were democrats doing to fight back and was it enough? for an inside view, joining us again from madison is christian crowell. she was with us last night. she is fantastic the executive director of "we are wisconsin." thank you for joining us inside the war room. >> well, thank you for having me back, governor. >> all right. so what did it look like on the ground today? >> today was just an absolutely exciting day from very early this morning, we just saw tons of people lining up, new voters registering at the poll did, tons of enthusiasm. you couldn't go anywhere without seeing signs and hearing cars honking. most importantly it was the peats on the ground that we believe will be the difference on the ground tonight. >> i heard wild numbers out of dane county that it was like 96%
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turnout. how could that possibly be? >> dane county has had a special place in this movement from day one with the capitol here in madison. the folks have been tremendous in supporting the sustainment of this mobilization from day one. so, you know, i don't know exactly what the final number in turns of turnout here tonight will be, but the folks have owned this thing and were exited to driving up the score and making sure they cast their vote here tonight for tom barrett. >> what areas of the state, as we watched these results come in, should we be most concerned about? what are you looking for? >> well, for us, the key areas obviously are dane county and milwaukee county and milwaukee will come in late as it always does. but we will also be watching lacrosse 0 claire, racine where we have a targeted state senate race. we also targeted state senate race in 0 claire. so obviously those will be very
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important. but another part of the state where we believe we are going to be very competitive tonight is in the fox valley and that includes appleton and green bay andoshkosh. in 2011, we picked up a democratic state senator, jess king in oshkosh. we are very excited to see how that has impacted turnout here tonight. >> we just talked with jason ray about the youth vote. are you concerned that the republican voter suppression tactic may have worked with a group that would be supporting barrett, you know, two to, you know two to one or more over walker? >> well, what we saw today, you know, i think i am very encouraged by the number of new voter regstrays that happened statewide. here in wisconsin, universities have let up for the summer and so, students are voting at their home address and if they are first time voters, we saw tons of excitement in the high schools, so i am very encouraged by the number of new voter registration that happened here
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today. >> did you hear anecdotally that people were being turned away or were there any instances of either voter intimidation or voter suppression that you got back in headquarters? >> well, we definitely knew that robo-calls were going out with misinformation about the petition signers targeting those who had signed the raulspection stating that if you signed the petition, you, in fact, did not have to cast a vote. of course, that's absolutely face, and we got the word out to our field offices and volunteers to make sure that, you know, everyone knew that this was about making sure they cast their vote tonight. >> kristin, you should be proud of the work you guys are doing. wisconsin is an example for the nation. >> that's kristin crowell, executive direct offer of "we are wisconsin." now, to my point, way to go, wisconsin. we don't know who won the vote yet between walker and barrett but we know it was very high
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turnout. as i mentioned predicted to be almost 96% in madison's dane county. we know the real winners are the people of wisconsin and the future of american democracy. wisconsin does participatory democracy better than any other state in the nation. it's not just today. wisconsinite did almost always vote more than the average american, average state. it's not just politics either, by the way. they are the beloved packers are the only publically owned nfl term. it is a company. it really is a beautiful thing. it's also a thing that should shame the rest of us. and then inspire and motivate us to get off of our rear ends and vote emerging democracies around the world people say threats and persecution to dip their fingers in purple inc. and in america, the cradle of modern
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democracy, we sometimes can't even be bothered to fight traffic on tuesday afternoon, but not in wisconsin. they still vote as if it were a right that they themselves have fought and died for. why is there such high turnout in wisconsin today? maybe they really hate scott walker. maybe the koch brothers really pay well. maybe, just maybe, the people of wisconsin really cherish the rights their founding fathers demanded. first and foremost, the right to vote. maybe despite the cynicism and hypocracy we expose on this show every night, maybe the people of wisconsin really really love their country. that makes me really happy and proud and really hopeful regardless of the outcome and regardless of the money and regardless of theets to keep your vote down wisconsin, your
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[ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> so on other campaign news the obama campaign is actually opening up a new line of attack on romney's jobs record. take a license to their new web record from ed gilles psi e. >> when the governor took office, they are averaging out over the four years. they are bringing down the gain of his fourth year in office which shows the impact of his policies and diluting it with the first year of office when he came into office and it was 50th in job creation. >> in other words, they are saying don't hold mitt romney accountable for the first three years he was in. >> but there is more on the romney hypocracy, e-mails of
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governor romney defending and promoting the individual mandate in that state's healthcare reform and bloomberg reports that a clean energy company his administration supported with taxpayer loans has now, of course, filed for liquidation. back with us on another big political night is donnie fowler, democratic strategist who has worked on the last four democratic campaigns and cas an draw pie and was governor schwarzenegger deputy chief status staff. we love election nights. >> thank you. >> totally fun. >> let's talk about the presidential politics, though. campaign, the obama campaign put out that video with ed gilles pi and instead of me cutter saying so if you are not going to give romney credit for the first three years in massachusetts, is it a bit hypocritical for them to attack him for the mess that
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he inherited, that obama inherited? >> i thought it was a very brilliant move. okay? ? >> good. >> she looks great on camera. she is articulate. >> she has a good point. >> however unemployment is still over 8% and people are still hurting. so i think it's a little bit disingenuous to meet at the line and say, well, you know, things didn't go well with your first three years. >> it does take away his argument, though. it certainly, his argument is mooted muted by his own campaign's efforts. >> unemployment were a little bit. >> do you not count my first year. but let's remember that we went from president clinton to speaker pelosi to speaker obama. there was no george bush who created any of this mess says the republican party. >> that's right. it was a blip on the screen. so in an interview with the detroit free press romney this to say about the auto bail-out my favorite subject, donnie,
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quote, if they needed help coming out of bankruptcy and government support, that was fine. this is a new position. but i was not in favor of the government writing billions of dollars in checks prior to them going into bankruptcy. >> quit talking, mitt romney. just quit talking about it. michigan at this point is not even a battleground state. you are just digging a hole deeper. >> so many statements, he has made statements, contorting himself into a pretzel. >> up and downer -- pander bear. >> his views were evolving. >> but romney is up and down, back and forth. all over. >> but all right. so let's go back to this issue on romney i am going to put you in the position of defending him again today. "the wall street journal" uncovered e-mails of his when he was governor of massachusetts where he strongly did i have fended and pushed for the individual mandate which is now
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hairacy within republican -- heresy. >> massachusetts is a single state. we are talking about a federal mandate. you knew i was going to say that. >> massachusetts is not going to be good for the country. >> he really literally as the president had to make his way through the gay marriage debate i think governor romney is going to have to come up with a very good narrative on healthcare reform. the fact is there are people who were uninsured. we have to figure out a way to deal with that. it was an issue in massachusetts that was revolved. >> the republican push because the democrats were pushing for a version of medicare for all or single pair system? >> this was a conservative. >> i don't know. >> a more evolved position from the governor. >> donnie, very quickly on just the last minute that we have here. you are a big clean energy guy. he, romney inverted in a solar company in massachusetts and lo and behold it had trouble.
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does itthat not undercut. >> he was a democrat and a republican, then he was a democrat and a republican. let's not judge the health of the clean energy in the country based upon what mitt romney did or didn't do. we are going to move this country to a more clean energy economy. it's what the american people want, and a lot of republican governors and democratic governors, including republican governor in your state in michigan who support a clean energy future, it's because the big oil owns the republican party in washington and because the republican political operatives think they are going to rile up the crazy right-wing tea party about talking about hippie environmentalists, not because the country is headed in the direction they want. >> donnie cassandra, we will be back later, but up next, a man who has been around a few little extra nights. dan rather enters the war room and he is bringing all 60 years of his experience as a
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wait a minute. walter, as you can see, i don't know what's going on, but this these are security people apparently around, dan. obviously getting rusted up. >> legendary cbs news man getting roughed up a bit at the democratic convention in chicago. it is one of the many times when dan has gone to the mat to get the story. dan rather became anchor of the cbs evening news in 1981, which is a position he held for 24 years and if anyone thought he would go quietly after his dismissal in 2005, they would be wrong. dan is still at it, hosting dan rather reports on hvnet and now he is out with a new book "rather out spoken: my life in the news" it is aptly titled. it is our privilege to welcome dan rather into the war room. great to have you on the show. >> thank you very much
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governor. i am delighted to be here. >> we just showed that clip of you getting roughed up at the '68 democratic convention. can you imagine anything like that happening today? >> no. i can't, governor. for one thing, in 1968, things were actually decided, nominations for president and vice president, actually decided at the conventions. as you know pretty much sense then and certainly in more recent years, nothing is decided at the convention, itself. it's all pre-scripted, mostly an infomercial for the parties. but i doubt it could happen again. in politics, we have to be prepared for the unexpected. so who knows? >> does it make you wistful, though, for a true con vehicle where news is actually made? >> well, of course, as a reporter, the answer is, yes. but the politicians in both parties decided a long time ago that it's too dangerous, using the 1968 convention in chicago and the republican convention that year in miami bees which is
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also very contential. political party said we can't have this on national television. they decided another way to do it. they used time to put forward the party not to decide who the nominees are going to be or for that matter, even what the platform is going to be. >> well, you obviously have a huge boat-load of stories in this great book. your cbs report on then president bush's record during vietnam led to your dismissal. if cbs news had been its own company and not part of a media behemoth? do you think that would have had the same result? >> no. we will never no. i don't think so. it's one of the threads. rather outspoken it and i appreciate you mentioned aking it. most people don't understand the fact -- and it is a fact, that the media consolidation, a few, very now, possibly as many as
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six. my count is four, huge international conglomerates are now, forgive my reporter's french if you must, they are now in bed with big government in washington. whether that government be led by democrats or republicans, and this alliance between huge corporations and their campaign contributions and friends in washington affirmatives a great deal of what americans read, hear and see and whether one is a democrat or liberal conservative or mugwhump, it's something for all of us to be concerned about. >> given that, what are your thoughts about, for example, new media where you don't have that ownership? some argue that your departure from cbs news was actually directly from bloggers who arguably are funded by those same interests. >> that's true. one of the -- that's part of the negative of the internet world we are in now, the internet era.
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on the other hand, i had high hopes for the intent if something -- international. nobody has figured out a way to finance deep-digging investigative reporting and first-class international reporting which we need so desperately on the internet, i think it will be a big plus. but up to and including now, no one has figured out a way figured out a bids model to be successful in the news business on the internet. >> i want to play another clip which is something you talked about in your book. take a license. i will get your reaction after it. >> thank you, mr. president. dan rather with cbs news. are you running for something? >> no, mr. president. are you? >> you were a little sassy there. do you think that interaction with president next on was what led some people to actually label you as a liberal? >> i do, as unfair as i think that is. let's see clearly what was
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happening there. president nexton the only president in our history to resign and he resigned as a quote unindicted co-conspirat or in a widespread criminal conspiracy that was led in part by the president and out of the oval. that news conference happened against that backdrop. president nixon didn't want tough questions. he was trying to throw any questioner he thought might press him on tough questions a little off balance. you never met anybody who had more respect for the presidency the office of the presidency of the united states but thank god we live in the united states of america and presidents are not dis descendants of son gods but individual citizens who have been honored with the highest honor. i wanted to ask a touch question which i did but in the scheme of things, nobody remembers what the question: they just remember that bi-play. >> you are somebody who has a reputation with gravitas. and i am wondering whether you
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think some cable news channels do the public a disservice because they may spend too much time covering trivial matters. i won't limit it to cable. even the network might do a bit of that. you describe some of that in your book. do you think that we are doing the public a disservice? >> well, i do in the sense that wetive y'all eyes the news to a very large extent. many, quote, news programs are not really news programs but entertainment programs, designed to be entertainment programs. >> that's number 1. no. 2, what i call the corporatization and politicalization of news has led to the trivialization of the news that in many cases is so much cheaper to put pour people in a room shouting at one another than to establish a bureau in kabal or yemen. it's just much cheaper. the dynamics of the business of change which hez the bids but doesn't help individual consumers of news, i.e. citizens, to be better informed which is vital to us all.
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>> well, i appreciate that perspective. believe me. we are going to ask you to stay right there and after the break, we are going to talk about presidential e elections with dan rather, the man who anchored them for nearly a quarter of a sent re. this is the war room and it's only on current tv. the overwhelming majority of the country says"tax the rich, don't go to war." >>just wanted to clarify that. and who doesn't want 50% more cash? ugh, the baby. huh! and then the baby bear said "i want 50% more cash in my bed!" phhht!
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>> right now, we can say if this situation in ohio would give an aspirin a headache because it has so many possibilities of which way it could go. his lead is as thin as turnip soup. george bush is sweeping through like a big wheel through a delta colton field. >> rather isms he anklechored six presidential election and mixed deep political knowledge with his quick texas wit. he lex nights haven't been the same since dan rather's
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departure from cbs news in 2005. the anchor of dan rather reports on ht net and author of "rather out spoken: my life in the news." dan, thanks for sticking around. >> glad to do it, governor. >> so do you miss being in the thick of it on election night? >> of course, i do. we cover election night on hg net but it's not the same as a big network. i spent a lifetime as boy and man covering political campaigns. i loved covering campaigns, love election night. i tell you what i missed the most though is the camaraderie in the newsroom governor. there is such a camaraderie particularly in a place where cbs news used to be and i hope they will be again sometime and it comes together on an election night. i love the people i work with. >> that's what i miss the most. >> in fact >> i have three of your cbs. you have interviewed the president and the candidates. i am wondering if you were to
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interview governor romney today what one question would you want to know? >> well, that's a very good question, governor. i would want to think about that. right off of the top of my head i would want to ask a question if it wasn't put directly: how do you deal with what i, as one person, see as your major weakness. you have tremendous strengths. and that is the idea that seems to be about that you are not authentic, that i think this is a major weakness. he does have great strengths. i would want to ask a question directly to him. listen, a lot of people like you, have this feeling you are not authentic. you are inauthentic. tell me something that would put that to rest or let's talk about that question. >> well, since i am here in the war room and we have a definite banter, it would be difficult for him to answer that. this isn't the first presidential election since the introduction of super p.a.c.s.
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are you as scares as i am about the crossive influence of this unrestrained money in politics? >> yes, i am, governor. i think every american should be. again, whatever the party affiliation, ideological commitment. in the wisconsin race, this was a recall election in which more than $60 million was spent. we are looking at the presidential election in 2012. it will be a $3 billion presidential campaign, and one reason, $3 billion will be spent is so much of it can be hidden if you will, without very much of any transparency see. and, you know, i am a believer that you follow the dollar in reporting. so the biggest question of this campaign to me is who is giving all of this money, to whom expecting to get what for it when the election is over? >> absolutely completed. on your show now dan rather
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reports, do you reports, you cover many of the same issues including that one but do you find it liberating to work for an organization that isn't tied to big media? >> well it is such a relief for me that, you know, i am lucky and blessed. i left cbs news six years ago. it's well behind me now. i am at peace with what i do. i have never been more enthusiastic and had more passion with what i do. the difference between working in a place such as ac net and working at a large traditional organization such as cbs news is that mark cuban out of dallas owns the next work. he has given me total complete absolute editorial and complete control. >> that's been liberating and wonderful. >> i can only appreciate that. i feel the same way here at current even though i never worked anywhere else in media before this but i want to play a clip of you anchoring on 9 loan. you have indicated in your book that that was the most moving
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experience for you. and, also, a gruelling one. when this clip is done i would love for you to tell us in your own words, what it was like being in the chair for 14 hours. take a license. >> good evening again. this is cbs news continuing coverage of the attack on america. a series of coordinated terror strikes today left this country it's people our freedom. >> you had some amazing story about that. tell people what that was like. >> well, you know, when you are the anchor of a major network particularly on something such as 9-11 happens which isnique, television networks and the anchor people become the national hearth, if you will where people tune in. they want so badly to know what's going on. the only thing going through my mind first was i had to put my own emotions on. it was such a hammer to the heart of the whole thing.
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i was angry and thought about first responders, thought about the people in the building, but i need to push my own emotions down and, you know i had been ankleing for a long time. i remember studying up for the anchor chair before i took over and went on saying to myself, in some ways, you are a very small part of this you prepared yourself all of your life for this moment. you have to do it the best you can. >> well, it's an amazing thing that you end up being sort of the father of the country in expressing the grief of americans during moments like that. thank you so much for writing this book, and thank you for being with us inside the war room. room. >> that's dan rather. >> thank you very much for having me on, governor. >> you bet. >> good luck to you. thank you. >> thank you. author of the "rather out spoken." you can catch this week's episode, divided we stand tonight at 11:00. up next, you don't need a signal
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flare to let you know when bill clinton is out on the campaign trail. but does he soak up too much of the sun? we will take he will that one right after the break. this is the war room and it's om on current tv.
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not quite what the obama team had in mind. some caused angst for president obama reelection term. here to cuss the obama-clinton dynamic, donnie fowler and cas andra pi. cas andra, do you think bill clinton is an asset or a liability when that kind of thing happens? >> generally speaking, i think he is an asset looking a little more statesman-like these day. trying to be a team player. >> they are together? >> yeah. bill clinton is supporting barack obama for president. he is not supporting mitt romney. they agree on 90% of the issues. didn't mitt romney say that about him and donald trump? they agree on 90% of the issues? >> yes. >> 10%. >> mitt romney said it this is not a big divide. >> let me ask you another
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clinton question. he endorsed hillary clinton and she has 66% approval ratings in a poll that was done i want to say last week or maybe a week and a half ago. >> she has been off of the radar. secretary clinton has, so that's to allow her to shine. hillary clinton is ready to be president on day 1 if she chooses to go there. >> yes or no? should she? >> clinton brand is improving. looks good. >> looks good. >> from cassandra pye, the republican. love that. a quick break. final thoughts on what a busy day it was on the campaign front. you are watching the war room. it's only on current tv.
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