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congratulations. that is how fox reports this sunday, september 9. i am jon scott, thank you for joining us. fox news sunday is coming up next. >> i am chris wallace. president trump calls on the justice department to investigate who wrote that essay in the new york times describing resistance inside his administration. >> for the sake of our national security, the new york times should publish his name at once the one we will discuss the one-two punch of the anonymous call him. >> should all top officials take a lie detector test and would you agree to take one? and reports of white house disarray in bob woodward's new book.what does it mean for
the trump administration? we will ask the vice president of the united states, mike pence. brett kavanaugh showdown with democrats at his supreme court nominee hearing. >> you are asking for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. >>chris: we will ask chris coons if his party can block kavanaugh. barack obama steps back into the political arena and unloads on president trump. >> it did not start with donald trump it is a symptom. not the cause.he's capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years. >> i watched it but i fell asleep. >>chris: we will ask our sunday panel how areva trump-obama face-off will shape the midterm election. hello again from fox news in washington.
any concerns president trump has had aboutleaks and disloyal inside his administration one were confirmed by the anonymous column in the new york times in bob woodward's new book. top officials openly admit they work against presidential directives they consider dangerous.add to that barack obama back in the political spotlight. hammering president trump in the run-up to the midterm elections. on saturday, vice president pence invited us to his residence on embassy grow in washington to push back against stories of an administration in disarray. mr. vice president, welcome back to "fox news sunday". >> thank you chris. >>chris: let's start with barack obama's return to the campaign trail accusing president trump a practice in the politics of fear and resentment. your reaction. >> it was very disappointing to see president obama break with tradition of former presidents and become so political, but
allowed the same tired arguments that he and liberals have made over the last eight years. the truth is, the american people in 2016 rejected the policy and direction of barack obama when they elected president trump. we inherited an economy that is growing a little bit more than one percent. in the last quarter, our economy is growing at 4.2 percent. unemployment at a 50 year low. to have president obama come out and tell his policies that resulted in less than two percent growth and saw tax increases, obamacare, regulation and the doubling of the national debts. i think actions like the
president calling on the attorney general, jeff sessions, to investigate who wrote that anonymous article in the new york times. >> it cannot be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the fbi to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents . >>chris: what are the national security grounds to investigate that article? what law did the writer break? >> we will find out if there was criminalactivity involved . >>chris: there was no classified information. >> we will see. i think the president's concern is that this individual may have responsibilities in the area of national security. if they've now published an anonymous editorial think they are misrepresenting themselves and trying to frustrate and subvert the agenda the president was elected to advance, that's an important issue. >>chris: political disloyalty is troubling, it's not illegal.
>> there's another part of it though. every senior official in any administration takes an oath to the constitution. the constitution of the united states, and that's all the power and the president united states. to have an individual who took that oath literally say they work every day to frustrate the president advancing the agenda he was elected to advance, is undemocratic but it's not just deceitful, but it's really an assault on our democracy. that person to do the honorable thing. step forward and resign. >>chris: want to get into the question whether they're trying to thwart the will of the president in a moment. president obama mentioned this as well. the tweet earlier this week basically chastising, rebuking, attorney general sessions for bringing the prosecution on
charges of corruption against two gop house members. the president tweeted, to very popular republican congressmen were brought to a well-publicized charge, just ahead of the midterms but the jeff sessions justice department, two easy wins now in doubt because there's not enough time. good job, jeff. the president is saying play politics. protect members of congress, even if they've committed acts of corruption before the election. >> i don't think that's what the president was sang at all. the department of justice has long-standing guidelines through successive administrations that says whenever possible, the justice department should avoid taking actions that may impact an election. the president was referring to that. >>chris: these are two people, one supposedly committing insider trading and another one
living off of campaign funds. are you saying they should be protected because we are close to them midterm? >> they are serious allegations and they ought to be pursued. the president was referring to the long-standing tradition to avoid unnecessarily impacting election outcomes and perhaps, preventing other men and women from stepping forward and filling those slots in the future. but to look, i think one of the virtues of this president, one of the reasons we've been so successful over the last 18 months is because he speaks directly to the american people. you don't have to wonder what he's thinking on any given morning because he tells the american people what's on his mind. >>chris: just because he can doesn't mean it's not troubling. he says two easy wins in doubt because there's not enough time, good job jeff. should the attorney general be worried about that? >> this is a president that was elected by speaking directly to the american people. being candid with the american people. and expressing what he's enthusiastic about, what he's
frustrated about and the american people understand that. >>chris: this gets to the theme of both the anonymous article and also bob woodward's book that some officials would then, this administration within this white house feel they have to act in effect as guardrails to protect against some of the president's more impulsive actions. case in point, first story in woodward's book. september 2017, gary cohn walks into the oval office and sees a letter on the president's desk that would blow up the korean, south korean free-trade deal and jeopardize one of our most important alliances. he takes it away so the president will sign it. you have any doubt that happened?>> i have every doubt that that happened. i really do. >>chris: why? >> the president renegotiated the agreement in a way that put
american workers first. >>chris: if i may just - - if i may stay on this point. bob woodward didn't just quote somebody. he has the document. this is the letter he took off the president's desk, marked september 2017. in which the president would have terminated the south korean trade deal. this isn't just talk, he's got the goods here. >> this is a president up with people around the table and around the desk in the oval office that bring him all of the options. that put on the table everything he could be doing. he invites a vigorous debate. around the desk and then he makes the decision. that's how it really does work. i have to tell you, this entire narrative i get from what i've read about the book that came out and the narrative and the editorial is totally foreign to me. >>chris: but it did happen sir.
>> i spend four hours a day with the president when i'm in washington d.c. every day. what i see is a tough leader, a demanding leader. someone that gets all the options on the table but he makes the decisions. and that's why we've made the progress we've made. >>chris: here's what anonymous sees. he writes, that is why many trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while forwarding president trump's misguided impulses until he is out of office. woodward describes what he called a nervous breakdown inside the trump administration. >> absolutely absurd. i have to be honest with you, sometimes i watch a little tv in the morning. and then i go to the white house and i feel like i'm in a parallel universe i walked into a white house where there is a president behind the desk.
he's in command. is constantly driving forward on delivering on the promises we made to the american people. and then i go home and see cable tv talking about disarray in the white house. it's just not my experience. i tell people, look at the results. look at the passage of historic tax cuts for businesses and individuals in the way jobs are coming back and investment is coming back. the renegotiation of trade deals. our allies contributing to our common defense. all of that is happening because we have a president of almost boundless energy who comes in every day, regardless of what's happening in the washington media culture and says, what are we doing today to deliver for the american people?i think that's why i see such enthusiasm as i travel across the country. and that's why i believe the american people will vote to reelect the public majorities in the house and senate this fall. >>chris: do you think you know
who anonymous is? >> i don't know but i do know they should resign.and leave this administration. >>chris: should all top officials take a lie detector test and would you agree to take one? >> i would agree to take in a heartbeat. and would submit to any review the administration wanted to do. >>chris: do you think the administration should do that? >> that would be a decision for thepresident . the honorable thing to do here is for this individual to recognize that they are, they are literally violating an old. if they are that senior administration official, they are violating an oath. not to the president, but to the constitution. >>chris: treason? >> it's un-american. i think that's why you've seen republicans and democrats condemn this. the american people vote for president. they fully expect the president to be able to surround himself
with men and women who will work with them in advancing their agenda. to have someone who literally celebrates coming in every day to frustrate the agenda that the president and i were elected to advance, it really is an assault on our democracy and it should be universally condemned. >>chris: one of the more unusual words in the essay is lodestar. which it turns out people have looked, is a word you have used many times. >> sure. >> must again be our lodestar. with vigilance and - - as our lodestar. >>chris: do you think someone purposely put that in the essay to set you up? >> i wouldn't know. i wouldn't know. i really do believe that whether it's the book, the anonymous editorial, president obama's speech this week. it's on effort to distract attention to reelect this
republican congress so we can continue to build on the momentum that's putting americans back to work. >>chris: what did you think of the confirmation hearings for judge brett kavanaugh? what did you think of some democrats who decided to break rules and release what were committee confidential documents and how confident are you that kavanaugh will be on the supreme court? >> judge brett kavanaugh distinguished himself. many democrats embarrassed themselves. that's the truth of it. what the american people saw in judge brett kavanaugh is a
judge just like president trump promised to appoint. someone with profound intellect, judicial philosophy, to interpret the laws as written and the constitution as written.but they also saw and what at times was a circus. people shouting behind him. histrionics among democratic members. you saw a judge with the temperament to make it through those 12 hour hearings with such dignity. we have every confidence that before the supreme court convenes in october, judge brett kavanaugh will be justice brett kavanaugh. >>chris: finally, syria. the u.s. has warned syria, russia and iran not to launch a final assault on more than 3 million people. they indicate they intend to go ahead. will the u.s. intervene militarily to preventasian humanitarian catastrophe there? >> we're watching it closely and we've made it clear to the
regime in syria, to russia and iran that the united states and our allies will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons against civilians. >>chris: let's say it's conventional weapons. are we going to let hundreds of thousands of people to die there? >> we all know what happened in aleppo. we're watching it very closely. what's different with president trump from president obama, this president drew a red line and enforced it on chemical weapons. president obama drew a red line and said you can't use chemical weapons and then allowed assad to go forward and victimize countless civilians. >>chris: but sir, dead is dead. i take your point about chemical weapons. >> want to make it very clear. united states of america and our allies will take swift and decisive action against any use of chemical weapons in the
province. beyond that, i will tell you we're watching very carefully as resources are being marshaled. along the border of the id- - providence and i'm confident, it will be a decision by the president but i'm confident we will billy monitoring that carefully to ensure we don't see another humanitarian catastrophe like we did before. >>chris: mr. vice president, thank you sir. >> thank you chris. >>chris: even as the vice president and i were speaking, syrian and russian warplanes bombed the southern edge of the providence. when we come back, we will hear from democratic senator chris coons. what about administration officials working to undercut their own president? will barack obama help or hurt democrats in november? and do democrats do anything to and do democrats do anything to slow down brett kavanaugh's you wouldn't accept an incomplete job from any one else. why accept it from your allergy pills? flonase sensimist relieves all your worst symptoms,
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nominee to the supreme court, judge brett kavanaugh faced two days of grilling on the senate judiciary committee. but the democrats do anything to slow down his confirmation before it starts its new session in october? joining us now, senator chris coons. senator, i will get to that in a moment. but you just heard my interview with vice president pence, your reaction to his defense of president trump against some of those critics inside his own administration. >> what i heard the vice president say was that he was deeply disappointed that he
thought the critic within the administration who wrote the anonymous op-ed should resign. i agree with that position. i think the honorable thing is to resign and go public with the authors concerns about the president's fitness to serve. >>chris: what about just the fact that between the anonymous essay and the woodward book, you have so many top officials saying they feel they have to act as a kind of guardrail again some of president trump's impulsive actions? >> that does raise a concern i have also made the focus of my questioning of judge kavanaugh bid i focus on ways in which judge kavanaugh has written and spoken and issued decisions that suggest is a very broad view of presidential power. given our current context, that could lead to a shield for president trump from accountability by the special counsel's investigation.
that something i try to make the focus of my questioning of judge kavanaugh. i think that all to be a concern for everybody watching. because whether it's this administration or a future one, all of us have an interest in the rule of law and in a president who is not above the law. >>chris: i want to double down on that because i want to ask you about some comments by the president this week and i'm asking you as member as the senate judiciary committee. the president as i pointed out to vice president pence, chastise attorney general sessions for the prosecution of two republican congressmen so close to the midterm election. and then there also was this comment from the president about investigating who wrote the anonymous article. >> i would think jeff should be investigating the author of that piece. i really believe it's national security. >>chris: question senator, is there any legal basis on the
question of national security for criminal investigation of who wrote that op-ed in the new york times. >> not that i'm aware of that i think you asked the vice president, what's the basis in law for investigating who wrote this editorial? the real issue across all of these concerns is that we have a president who in his tweets and in his statements and speeches suggests he thinks the department of justice should act more like the and health lawyer department or legal department to the trump organization. rather than what they are. the independent agency charged with defending our constitution. the independence of the department of justice and its prosecutorial decisions from presidential or political interference is one of the bedrock of our democracy. the ways in which president trump continues to harass and tweet against attorney general sessions as you just cited, this last week, criticizing him for the investigation and the indictment of two close allies of the president should be very troubling to all of us.
and there have been comments from senators, this is a troubling and inappropriate break with traditional norms by president trump. >>chris: but senator, let's look at the larger picture of this question we saw this week from the book, from the essay, about resistance to the president inside his own administration. donald trump is the duly elected president of the united states. no one voted for gary cohn. no one voted for defense secretary matus and yet there are stories that both of them ignoring, or in the case of gary cohn, taking a letter of the present could have signed off his desk. who are they to thwart the will of the duly elected president? >> that's right. it does raise serious concerns. every presidential administration has vigorous debates, disagreements on
policy, priorities. but this is a different sort of thing. these are folks that take direct action and to prevent the president from carrying out his worst instincts or decisions. that should raise concerns particularly given the anonymous editorial in the new york times. i will remind you the writer of that editorial makes it clear he supports the president's policy agenda. he supports tax cuts and deregulation building the military and he self describes as not part of the deep state but the steady-state. someone who is trying to keep this president on course and delivering on his policy agenda. but it does as you say, raise troubling concerns if we have a president so material, so unable to stick to a decision within one day the his own senior aides thinkthey're calle upon as folks web sworn to uphold the constitution to prevent the president from carrying out some of his worst decisions.
this really does concern me. >>chris: i want to move to another development is and that is that former president obama returned to the campaign trail and took the opportunity to blister president trump. here's just one example. >> it did not start with donald trump.he is a symptom, not the cause. [applause] is just capitalizing on resentments that politicians have been fanning for years. >>chris: senator, is that smart politics for the november election, there is no question that barack obama is popular with and will fire up the democratic base. but isn't there a risk he will fire up the republican base? >> my hope is that this election will be about the real needs and concerns of average americans in the districts and states across the country that will determine the future of our country. i think president obama respected long-standing norms and how he handled the
transition of power. i think he conducted himself graciously in the inauguration of president trump and he has stayed on the sidelines for 18 months. from what i heard of president obama's speech, his core message was that we need to do a better job of listening to each other. respecting each other and honoring our institutions and traditions. i think former president obama, because of the ways in which president trump over the last 18 months has challenged or broken some of our long-standing traditions about respect for the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary, the independent media, he felt compelled to speak out at this point. >>chris: let's turn to your day job to the kavanaugh hearings. some of your democratic colleagues on the judiciary committee released documents that the committee deemed confidential and no one was more dramatic about it then your democratic colleague,
senator cory booker. take a look. >> i did willingly violate the chairs rule on the committee confidential process. i take full possibility for violating that, sir. this is the closest i will probably have in my life too, i am spartacus moment. >>chris: but cory booker new and you knew when he made such a big fuss about releasing those documents in fact, the judiciary committee had already cleared those documents for release. wasn't this just ablatant start? stunt? >> have to be careful what i say because i'm the vice-chairman of the ethics committee. i can't in that role, and on anything that may come before the committee. this is the dispute we had about documents. i do think this was unprecedented process in which significant amount, an overwhelming majority of documents relevant to judge kavanaugh's service were
blocked from review by the committee. there was a strong disagreement between the majority andthe minority . overall i agree with that concern. >>chris: it's not up to individual senators, otherwise it's chaos. can individual senators say i'm not playing by those rules? >> i really can't comment to whether or not this was a break of the rules of the committee. >>chris: ijust have to ask you because you brought this up, is this a matter the ethics committee is considering? cory booker's behavior? >> i can't comment on that chris . >>chris: why not? >> the rules of the ethics committee prevent any member from commenting on whether a matter is before the committee or not. >>chris: so you cannot deny this issue of what he did in releasing these documents is not before the company? >> i can't comment on that.
>>chris: okay. final question and that is a general one about the kavanaugh nomination. does the president deserve difference from the senate when he appoints someone to the supreme court who is clearly within the judicial mainstream. here are the four current justices appointed by democratic presidents. ginsburg got 96 votes. breyer 87. sotomayor, 68. kagan, 63. all were clearly qualified and you went to law school with brett kavanaugh and you both clerked in the same courthouse in delaware. i can understand you don't like some of his opinions but isn't he clearly qualified and within the judicial mainstream? >> well chris, as i said in the hearing. i've known judge kavanaugh for
30 years and i know him to be an intelligent, decent and thoughtful person. good father and neighbor. we've heard about what a good high school basketball coaching is and how he volunteers at a homeless shelter with his parish. all of those are admirable qualities. i am concerned that he is well outside the main judicial mainstream. a decision he rendered just this year, he refused to follow settled precedent and made it clear his views on executive power would lead to a dangerous rewriting of the core policies, the core constitutional traditions and decisions of the cord around presidential power. i will take advantage of the opportunity today to send questions for the record to judge kavanaugh. i will look over his writings, his speeches. in the time i was able to spend over four days with judge kavanaugh and other witnesses in front of the committee, i remain gravely concerned that he's not inside the mainstream on several really important precedents.
that would have a real impact on individual rights and liberties of americans and on presidential power. i think americans of all parties, particularly given our current context, should be concerned about judge kavanaugh's decisions on presidential power. >>chris: senator, thank you and thank you for your time and we will follow your committee's vote on the nomination scheduled for 11 days from now. up next, we will bring in our when my hot water heater failed,
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>>chris: president trump at a campaign rally criticizing the anonymous senior official that wrote that new york times op-ed as a danger to the nation's security. it's time for our sunday group. [reporter question inaudible] from townhall.com. columnist for the hill, juan williams. liz maralantes and josh holmes. katie, where do you come down on the revelations both from the anonymous essay and bob woodward's book that there's resistance inside the administration, people acting to prevent the presidentsmost i actions. >> clearly, the tickets damaging at all. people have looked at the story and said it's more intrigue.
if someone's not willing to put their name on it, we won't be concerned with what they have to say. inside the white house, it is a huge distraction. when it comes to what this new york times op-ed said, they said they were trying to thwart the presidents worst instincts. define what that is. based on my conversations with white house officials and president trump himself, he likes to listen and invites debates from advisors and tends to make his own decision. are his worst instincts something that these advisers disagree with? define what that actually means. when it comes to the damage that's been done, politically, i don't think it will have an impact but inside the one house, certainly all of the suspicion. looking over their shoulder. officers and agencies coming out with their own our beds thing it wasn't me certainly creates a hostile working environment that is not contingent to moving the president's agenda forward. >>chris: juan, is bob woodward right? is this administration suffering a nervous breakdown? >> a nervous breakdown but i'm a journalist like woodward so here's what i see. i see a white house that cancels meetings in a flailing
manner and then convenes to try to find this anonymous source within the white house. aca president the issues a totally inappropriate call to the department of justice to somehow go after finding this anonymous person and i guess prosecuting them on the bases, and this is even stranger, a national security violation simply for criticizing the president. that's totally inappropriate and wrong. i don't know what's going on in the presidents head. >>chris: what about what katie was talking about, you have in the book, a senior official, gary cohn taking a document off the presidents desk. the president tells secretary james matters, let's assassinate assad after a chemical weapons attack. gets off the call, secretary mattis says were not doing any of that bit is that supporting itinsubordinate or - -
>> the person feels they have to do it maybe they should come forward. they mentioned the 25th amendment. but woodward's book fits with what we heard frommichael wolf, what we've heard from the anonymous columnist, omarosa . it all fits with the white house that there's an unstable president and a white house that's easily pushed off target. so at that point you start to wonder, what is going on in their? there remark. >>chris: josh. >> the american people are far ahead of where the pundit class is where this administration is. does not let people sitting around suffering under the delusion that somehow the president is up all hours over his briefings. that's not why they love him. love him because he goes with his gut. you either love him or hate him.
those that hate president trump see what bob woodward had written and this new york times op-ed as more evidence of what they suspect in an administration run amok. for those that love him, this is kind of what you voted for. someone that will operate outside the box.we can have arguments about whether or not that's appropriate in this context. taking a member of the presidents desk? some of that just call that staffing. [laughter] >>chris: you may get a call from mitch mcconnell. if it wasn't for that, there were controversies this week that the president send out a tweet i think on monday basically chastising the attorney general for the prosecution of two republican congressman, saying these guys are running. it's the midterm. these are safe seats. don't mess around with that. as one points out at the end of the week, on national security
grounds, he thinks attorney general session should investigate who wrote this. does that help or hurt them to do those kinds of things? >> again, to josh's point, most voters have an opinion. this will either reconfirm the opinion they already have on either side. in terms of having the department of justice investigate the anonymous op-ed, i went back and looked at the report of trump comments and he was asked to that by a reporter. he didn't introduce it. it reports it to you think session should investigate: and he said yes. i'm not one to defend the president in terms of his attacks on the media but i do think sometimes the media plays a role here. they put that idea forward and he said, yes. i think you should. we will see what happens with that. there is asfar as i can tell, no legal basis for it . >>chris: lost in all of this is we have more great economic news this week.20,000 new jobs created - - 200,000 new
jobs. with all the tweets and controversies, that gets lost. >> it may get lost in conversation but when it comes to how people are feeling in middle america and therest of the country, you don't have to tell them when they see more money in their paychecks. you don't have to tell them when a new job becomes available in your town .while there is a lot of noise politically for the president, as we've seen in the past. as these controversies pop up, his approval rating has gone up in a lot of cases because people are seeing results while at the same time there is controversy in washington d.c. >>chris: would the president be wiser to focus on the good news? accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. >> absolutely. it would be great if he could only focus on the economy but
that's something we've been saying since he started running for president in 2015. that's not going to happen. he's going to focus on all of the issues including being involved in these controversies. >> his poll numbers have gone down lately. it's unclear if this is the start of a new trend or just a bad couple weeks. there has actually been, they have been remarkably stable. they haven't been great but remarkably stable. there has been a dip in the last couple weeks that we are watching. >>chris: the manafort-gary cohn >>chris: the manafort-gary cohn week was about a week. copd makes it hard to breathe. so to breathe better, i go with anoro. ♪ go your own way copd tries to say, "go this way." i say, "i'll go my own way, with anoro." ♪ go your own way once-daily anoro contains two medicines called bronchodilators that work together to significantly improve lung function all day and all night. anoro is not for asthma.
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blistering president trump in an attack by a former president against his successor that is also not normal. we are back with the panel. josh, what do you make of former president obama's return to the political spotlight? how effective do you think he was in going after his successor, president trump and how do you think his involvement will play in terms of the november midterms? >> you just knew president obama wouldn't be able to resist the bright lights in the midterms. you watch president bush after his menstruation largely stayed dark outside of the controversy. particularly when it came to campaigns and elections.you knew president obama couldn't do that. democrats have a problem here and that what we know about this election based on the
special elections is democratic enthusiasm is at an all-time high. they don't need any more enthusiasm. they are right where they need to be. the problem is, if republicans are right where they are in the states that matter in the senate, it negates the advantage they may have. there is nobody other than president trump who motivates the conservative electorate quite like president obama. i think there is danger particularly in states like north dakota, indiana, west virginia, missouri, montana. all of those dates of more republicans than democrats and if they show up, democrats have a problem. >>chris: democrats have wanted this to be a referendum on donald trump. do you like arnold trump or are you troubled by donald trump? to the degree that barack obama becomes the face of the democratic party and to the opposition this fall. yes of course he mobilizes a lot of people. especially minorities, young
people, but he also may mobilize a lot of conservative voters that don't want to return to the days of higher taxes and more regulation of the past. >> you can anticipate he would energize a conservative base, i think that never got over the election of the first black president. obama is going to illinois, he's going to california. he's doing a lot of fundraising that is basically - - >>chris: but he's also getting national exposure. >> because he's a former president point i would say this, in fact historically in midterms, it's the democrats with a problem with turnout. i think there's the fear among democrats that you don't want to count your eggs before they're hatched. remember what happened with the polls and the 2016 presidential race. they want to major their energizing their baseand
critically, reaching out to white suburbanites, mostly women , and critical congressional districts.this is for the house. which is really the goal the democrats have this time around which is to capture the majority of the house. >>chris: the fact is though, if you look at barack obama's record, is great vote-getter for himselfbut when his name is noton the ballot , it doesn't transfer . >> and the 2016 presidential election. >>chris: in fairness, i think you've got to blame that on hillary, not obama. >> that's a reflection of her but also a reflection of his endorsement falling for.he essentially burned to the democratic party to the ground by losing 1000 seats while he was in office. he didn't do enough with the dnc. the democratic operatives were very disappointed in how he focused only on his operation to get elected for president and let these other seeds go by the wayside. the thing he said was he wasn't
just attacking president trump, he was attacking the republican party. trying to talk about how voters are essentially bigoted and they have all of these fears of people look different than them. barack obama got elected twice by a majority and for him to go out and continue to lecture the country about those issues when we've come so far, really rubs people the wrong way. finally, when it comes to whether he will be able to get back to his community organizing ways and be successful, i'm not so sure barack obama is far left enough for this new democratic party. he talked about the founding fathers of the people we should have followed who did good things for the country. on the far left wing of the party, they're talking about taking down the washington monument did any remembrance of those kinds of principles. we'll see how he fits into this new socialism while at the same time, potentially backing joe biden for 2020. >>chris: liz, does obama help or hurt the democrats for the midterms? >> i think on the whole, he
will probably be a help.i think they will use him strategically. that one speech was the most political of the speeches he gave. he went out the next day and gave a speech that was way more toned down in terms of not attacking president trump by name. i think they will be careful. we have a lot of first-time candidates. one of the downsides potentially is they have a ton of new faces and first-time candidates. some of them might benefit from having the gravitas of the former president standing next to them. >>chris: in a normal week, the big news would have been the confirmation hearing for judge brett kavanaugh to be a new supreme court justice and to swing the court to a solid conservative majority. here is kavanaugh this week. >> i am not a pro plaintiff or pro-defendant judge. i am not a pro prosecution or pro-defense judge. i am a pro law judge.
>>chris: how do you think kavanaugh did and did democrats do anything to derail his nomination? >> no. if you want the bottom line, the final score, it looks like he's on his way to being confirmed as the next supreme court justice and giving conservative is solid 5-4 majority on that court for as long as we can see. the man is in his early 50s. in answer to your question as to whether damage was done, the critical issue for me is the impartiality of the court. trust in the court by the american people. we see that going down. this is not a popular candidate. not popular among democrats or republicans i might add. what you saw the democrats do was say, this guy was a political operative. he worked for can start point hecan starr. i think that hurts the supreme
court. >>chris: josh? >> - - particularly quarrycory with the incredibly odd behavior in the im spartacus moment. >>chris: also when he said, if you want to kick me out of the senate, bring it. >> which is all contrived and completely ridiculous. i think at the end of the day, vice president pence said it best. kavanaugh handled himself well but the democrats set themselves back. the reminded americans what a majority of democratic senators would look like. >>chris: the democrats have moved sofar left with that kind of behavior , would that win support: in what would be a very crowded field, get them out of the chorus mind. >> that's clearly the calculus
that cory booker took and i think kamala harris as well be in the two were trying to climb over each other to get more far to the left. in the end, it'sgoing to be justice kavanaugh but he did everything he needed to do in those hearings to get himself confirmed . >>chris: i've got a little over 30 seconds. let's get to juan's bottom line. you worked for mitch mcconnell, you were a vote counter. they did raise issues of where he is on presidential power. on where he is on abortion.>> gay rights. >>chris: thank you. do you sense for what your sources in the senate that they did anything to shake support of republican moderates, particularly pro-choice moderates? >> it's a good question but i think they set themselves back by mischaracterizing. inone sense, judge kavanaugh
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