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b i'm bob schieffer, today on "face the nation," it's down to the wire on campaign 2014. this weekend the politicians are racing around the country making last minute campaign stops. what will the obama affect be. >> this election is too important to stay home. don't let somebody else choose your future for you. >> schieffer: we'll talk most in demand surrogate, rand paul. >> if you're freedom loving, leave me the hell alone voters, i urge you to vote for scott brown. >> schieffer: and amy klobuchar. u.n. ambassador samantha power just back from a visit to ebola-ravaged west africa. we'll get her first assessment of the situation there. plus we'll hear from all-star panel of analysts.
peg knee noonan and kimberly toss sell of the "wall street journal," tavil smiley and mark halperin of bloomberg politics. 60 years of news because this is "face the nation." captioning sponsored by cbs good morning again on this last weekend before the election that will determine which party controls the house and senate. it is looking like republicans will continue their hold on the house but polls suggest at least ten senate races or so close that they're within the polling margin of error. and six of those are within just a point or two. most of the analysis is that democrats will lose their majority in the senate and for the first time during the obama administration, republicans will control both houses of congress. we're going to begin this morning with one of the republican candidates most popular surrogates, kentucky
senator rand paul, who has campaigned i'm told senator in more than 30 states. been racking up frequent flier miles. you had a somewhat surprising comment the other day, you said, this is your quote, the republican brand sucks. pretty unusual rallying cry in an election year, what do you mean by that? >> you know what i meant by that is that if i were to go in to a college campus today and talk to a young person say, you want to be part of the republican party, or young african male, the initial perception of our brand is, for example, i had meeting with conservative african americans recently i said, let's try to get something moving nationally and they said, yeah, may not want to put the word republican in it. that means our brand is broken. i don't think what we stand for is bad, i believe in what the republican party values. but we have a wall or barrier
between us and african american voters, i've spent last year trying to break down some of that wall say, look, maybe what the democrats have been doing for you or maybe you're being taken for granted, maybe it's not working. maybe we can look at some of the republican pre pose alls for long term unemployment. >> schieffer: you say that, yet when you look at the state after state that's trying to tighten these voter laws, say people have to show i.d. all that kind of stuff. it's generally republicans who are pushing that. what can you really offer african american voters? >> well, what i've said i want more people to vote not less. harry reid and i have a law. number one impediment to voting is having a previous felony conviction. so i have good friend of mine, his brother 30 years ago grew marijuana plants, still can't vote in kentucky and when he applies for a job has to check a box sayingers convicted felon. i think nonviolent felonies from
your youth, you ought to get your right to vote back. i spent a lot of time talking about with a bill to restore voting. >> schieffer: what about tightening up the voter i.d. laws. >> i think -- >> schieffer: should they be tighter? have to show all this -- >> i have mixed feelings. when i go in government building or meet eric holder i have to show my driver's license. i am not opposed to it. but for campaign theme if you want to get out they think that this is suppression somehow it's a terrible thing. but i think if you can get beyond that say, i also really think that we should restore the voting rights of those who had previous conviction, that that's where the real voting problem is. i'm not against early voting, i grew in texas we voted early for a month or two before elections for probably 20 years in texas still republican state. its perception. republicans have to get beyond this perception that they don't want african americans to vote. i don't think it's true. i'm not saying it's true. it reinforces stereotype that we
need to break down. >> schieffer: is this election a referendum on barack obama. >> without question. even he admitted that his policies will be on the ballot even though he isn't. such a referendum on him, in my state. democrat candidate won't admit she voted for tim. i think really it is. i think ultimately the wind is blowing against people are unhappy with his leadership or lack of leadership in the country. you're going to see the ten seats that you said are close you can see all ten go republican. you can see wave here at the end, i think people are sensing this, those who don't want to admit. >> schieffer: let's say republicans do take control of the senate, is it enough for them toe say, we're not barack obama or they have to come up with some sort of agenda? >> we immediately should stop passing bills. of the 400 bills they passed about 50 are democrat bills. i have a bill with harry reid i'd like to pass. number one thing i want to pass
in january there's $2 trillion worth of american profit overseas i want to invite that, encourage that money to come home to great american jobs, we can have stimulus in january, this is a bipartisan bill, people on right and left invite that corporate money, google, apple, caterpillar, all these great companies have money overseas they can bring it home estimate knew late our economy we can have a boom like we haven't seen in years just have to vet on the issue. i say vote on it in january as one of our first things. >> schieffer: do you think that the gridlock will end because what i keep hearing people say, it doesn't make any difference if republicans control the senate by one or two votes. nothing is going to change. the gridlock will still be in place. >> i take senator mcconnell at his word. he's going to allow democrat amendments and going to vote on things and we will put on the president's desk a bill. i'd like to put every appropriation bill. have 12 different appropriation bills like we did, put everyone on his desk see if he'll sign
them. it's up to him. >> schieffer: tell me couple of things that republicans and democrats could work together on. >> one of the things i've talked to the president about is criminal justice reform. that means extending back the right to vote for people who made youthful, nonviolent mistakes, expunging their records, trying to make it easier to find employment. shortening like -- put somebody in jail for ten years for possession of marijuana or sale of marijuana is ridiculous. some people are in jail for life, i've called the president, i agree with commuting some of these sentences, treating it more as health issue. i think people's opinions on criminal justice for nonviolent drug crimes has changed. that something we could do together. >> schieffer: one of the things hanging over this election is ebola outbreak. is the government following the right policies here? >> i think the president's biggest mistake was like saying, it's no big deal, you can't catch fit you're sitting on the bus with somebody. apparently you can be intensive
care unit gloved, gowned and marked. i think it's a mistake to say you can be riding on a bus. we're not going to stop any travel. american public sees people getting it who are fully masked and gowned saying, my goodness, i don't think anybody should be riding on a bus or coming from liberia to visit where they could be contagious. i think a temporary stop of travel or elective travel, couldn't that wait for a few months? >> schieffer: you're a doctor. samantha power who was the u.n -- is the u.n. ambassador will be talking to us later in the broadcast she is just back, she went to all three of those countries, you're a doctor. would you feel safe going to one of those countries to administer. >> the doctors without borders and nurses are doing it, i think are heroes. i think some someone said i'm going to be perfectly safe they wouldn't be being honest. i have a great deal of admiration they do take their life in their own hands doing
something at their own peril. i think we have to -- almost same way we treat people who do service for our country in the military. people who do that kind of service in the medical profession deserve a great deal of respect and admiration. >> schieffer: do you think we ought to tighten the restrictions on who can come to this country, canada has just said, can't come in to canada. >> interesting thing, from the beginning off you are country we had restrictions on infectious disease, that was one of the primary things we did at our border was to stop. we have in most recent years stopped drug resistant tuberculosis patients from coming in. when we we had polio, restrictions on things with polio. i don't think it's out of the ordinary for government to be involved in that. what i'm looking at is not a stopping of sending humanitarian aid or workers to them, what i'm saying, elective travel, commercial travel for people who just want to visit the united states, that really isn't a necessity, we can wait few
months on it. it would make our problem a lot less if we were only thinking about health care workers coming back. then need consistent program for that and they need to not be -- i think it was unsettling when they blamed nurse for getting ebola. i'm in the medical profession, i would never blame a nurse for getting an infectious disease. i've hood friends who had needle sticks taking compare of aids patients. i understand what it's like to have accidents happen all the time even trying to do the best you can. >> schieffer: you're obviously thinking about running for president in 2016, someone else who is thinking is chris christie. governor of new jersey, he was out on the campaign trail last week, here is the little cult of what he said. >> there's been 23 months since then when all you've been doing is flapping your mouth not doing anything. so listen, you want to have the conversation later i'm happy to have it, buddy. but until that time sit down and shut up. >> schieffer: is that the
right meter for somebody -- >> this may go over well in certain places. but i can't imagine, i grew up in the south we're yes, ma'am, no, sir, a little bit more polite. i think people want somebody to be bold. there was a time when i thought, when he stands up and says things boldly that's goodies not taking any flack. but there can be do much of that. we live in a world where we have so much cacophony of voices on tv sometimes, of yelling back and forth. i think there's resurgence of people who want a little more civility. >> schieffer: when are you going to run? >> maybe, i don't know. we're thinking about it. some time in the next six months i'll make a final decision, some time in the spring. >> schieffer: hope you'll come right here and tell us. >> thanks, bob. >> schieffer: thank you, senator now from the other side of the aisle minnesota amy klobuchar who is also been campaigning in a lot of key states she's in minneapolis this morning.
senator klobuchar you heard rand paul make case for republicans, what is your best case? >> well, i think first of all, i respect the work senator paul has done on criminal justice, these are major policy differences. when you have most of the candidates in their party are actually supporting budgets that as you know are called for tax decreases for the most wealthy when we have a budget problem in this country and put more burden on the middle class for things like student loans. i don't think that's a branding issue. i think that's a policy difference. or immigration reform, yeah, few brave republicans in the senate like marco rubio willing to work with democrats or comprehensive immigration plan. but you see it just stopped in its tracks on the house side. or you look at the issue of the fact that most of these people are running for president on republican side are in fact not pro choice. these are legitimate policy
issues. you can debate them. i'm glad senator paul has called for civility. this isn't just in his words about a brand sucking this is also about major policy differences. and i do think that there should be more of a focus in how democrats talk about issues going forward on the economy. i think our candidates have done that. candidates like michelle nunn, candidates like kay hagan, mark warner who have talked about issues that matter to their states when it comes to the economy. >> schieffer: do you agree with senator paul that barack obama is an issue in this campaign, i guess the second part of that question is, why in your view is he so unpopular in so many parts of this country? >> well, i think first of all we have to acknowledge the president has helped these candidates in terms of fundraising for the senate campaign committee, he's been out there. he's done a lot of work. but it's clear state by state where people agree or disagree
with the president on different issues. in fact, bob, in 2012 in those red states that he lost, we won, the democratic san at candidates won nearly half of those senate races. i think a lot of that has to do with the fact that we have candidates that are independent of whatever the administration's policies are. you certainly see them disagreeing with him on number of policy issues these are moderate democrats for the most part who have shown that kind of civility that we want in washington. shown that ability to work across the aisle. understand that courage isn't just standing by yourself giving speech on green eggs and ham, courage is whether or not you're willing to stand next to someone you don't always agree with. that's what so many of our candidates are about. >> schieffer: you know, i must say, senator, then i take your point, last night the president campaigned for the first democratic senate candidate, that's the only
senate race that he as appeared on the stage with a senate democratic candidate. let me ask you this, what would you advise the president to do after this election? is it time to revisit working with republicans, is it time for a new strategy, does he need to make some changes at the white house. what would you think would be his first priority after this election? >> well, i believe that the congress has to get back to the business of governing. there is a group much us, lamar alexander, chuck schumer, working on 20 democrats and republicans meeting, talking how we can move forward stop having people throw sand in the government. we have so much opportunity right now. the economy is stabilized, gas prices are lowest in four years, we have this opportunity to compete even better on the international stage. this is an opportunity we must take.
i see congress as having to come together no matter what happens in this election and then i see the president having to work with both sides and everything to have congress actually come to the president with some ideas and i just haven't seen that as much in the past. >> schieffer: harry reid's political action committee ran ads on black radio in north carolina saying republican tom tillis supported gun laws like the ones that caused the shooting death of trayvon martin. in other races, they are running ads that show black people being shot, some people would even call it race-hating. is that taking it a little far? >> i am not a fan of any of these independent expenditures, i don't care what side of the aisle they are. i would like to overturn that citizens united case for putting constitutional amendment on the ballot. passing disclose. i think it's outside money just keeps sending money that our democracy for sale. i'd like to get rid of that
ruling go back to how things were. but i do think when you come to the race issue, i was listening to senator paul, i hope he will join us in this work that we need to do on stopping voter suppression. >> schieffer: i'm sorry. we have to stop it there. thank you so much. >> it's been wonderful to be on. thank you, bob. tein in jellyfish, impact life expectancy in the u.s., real estate in hong kong, and the optics industry in germany? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 70% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average. t. rowe price. invest with confidence. request a prospectus or summary prospectus with investment information, risks, fees and expenses to read and consider carefully before investing. ♪
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well first, my surprise there really are positive signs in all three countries. in liberia thanks to the presence of the cdc and u.s. military we see the rate of safe burial skyrocketing close to 9-% in the capital. in sierra leone the rate within 24 hours close to 100%. cbc things that around half the 70% of the infections may well come from unsafe burial. you can imagine what a difference that could start to make here just in matter of days or weeks and rate of improvement in safe burial came four or five day period because of the injection of command and control by united states and british in sierra leone. more and more people are getting educated, social mobilization that is stretching out to the countryside. i just got off the phone with the head of the u.n. operation in the region and he has done a
full tour in the countryside, wherever we have ebola treatment unit, a lab and social mobilization infection rates are coming down. when we don't they're not. it's that simple. >> schieffer: you went through screening to get back in to the country, are you monitoring, self monitoring or what are you doing now? >> i am in accordance with new york state guidelines i am reporting my temperature twice a day to the new york state health authorities. >> schieffer: were you in any way apprehensive about embarking on this mission? >> i was not because i had talked to the cdc and very familiar with how this disease is transmitted and we had run our itinerary through the cdc we felt good about the cost benefit, of risk, we felt we had turned the trip in to something that was of almost no risk. my family of course, even though they know the signs, the question loomed in everyone's head you can't help, that's what makes us human.
of course even in my own family where i have educated everybody about what ebola is and what it isn't people have questions. and that's again very understandable. >> schieffer: the canadian government yesterday i think it was barred citizens from most countries from coming in to canada. should the united states think about something like that and i guess the follow-up question, will this increase the traffic of people coming from those countries in to the united states now that they can't go sible to canada. >> well president obama's message on this, has been clear from the start which is that number one priority is keeping american people safe. and best way to keep the american people safe is to deal with this problem aggressively at its source. and that is where our familiar sis has been. i think we have no philosophical objection on the the dealing with travel irk use if we thought it would keep american people safe. the better way is to actually
increase the traffic in to these countries of health professionals and of people who can actually help with the response. >> schieffer: what about the fact that canada's now barring citizens, will that cause more people to try to come to the united states? >> i don't think we see evidence of that. i don't know that the flow in to canada from these three countries was all that high in the first instance. but again, we want to make sure that we don't do anything given the long history, particular three between united states and liberia and friendship and good that we're doing with these countries. we don't want to do anything to impede the response. i'll say this one of the things i heard when i was there was, hugging the nurse who had been infected who is ebola free one of the messages i heard was, we need the whole world to hug us like obama hugged nina and right now it's the united states that's aggressively hugging us but other countries need to step up.
>> schieffer: what more do you want to see coming from other countries? what kind of help is needed, what should be done? >> the number one need i would say is health professionals, nurses, from the world bank came out couple days ago said as many as 5,000 would be needed in the coming months. that's a large number when you think how many people have to take away from their practices, make themselves available for three or four weeks. right now the ebola treatment union that's the united states is helping build in the countries in the region are staffed. most of the ngas we can see the next month getting covered in terms of health care workers, we don't know what we're going to do for the month after that. this is where we need to make sure that we incentivise these extraordinary individuals to go in to the region and we welcome them and treat them with great respect and appreciation when they come home. >> schieffer: madam ambassador, thank you for being with us this morning. i also want to tell you that i admire you for embarking on this
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>> schieffer: welcome back. we begin this half hour with our director of elections, the fount of all wisdom. by the way anthony we'll have final exam for you tuesday. cbs news correspondent nancy score december who is just back from a lot of time out on the campaign trail. take it away. how close are these elections, what is going to happen tuesday. >> close enough going to be pretty late night. we're going to come right out of the gate with a lot of really good races, you see north carolina, see georgia. we can watch georgia for awhile because that one not just who is ahead, but anybody can get to 50% that goes to the run off. then everything is going to converge down on really colorado and iowa which closes at 10:00. by the time we get to 10:00 republicans might be getting close but not there yet, maybe
47, maybe 48 seats. closer to democratic states usually. if the democrats can hold but if republicans are up in those then i think they're on the way to majority. >> schieffer: what do you thinkf the republicans wind up what do you think most is they will wind up with, 51, 52. >> right now the best estimates is at 51 or 52, but that seat number is so important. they turn out their conservative base, they win, get to 51 that is a win m. might even call that a tactical win. but if they can go beyond that, if they can flip some of these democratic states, suppose they get new hampshire, i mentioned iowa and colorado as well. then going to start to look a little bit more, not saying maybe a wave but certainly more like an electorate that has tilted in their direction beyond their usual conservative base. >> schieffer: you've been out there covering a lot of these
races on the ground, what are you finding out, any single issue. >> increasing confidence among republicans in the two key states, washington and colorado. they are very heartened by new polls, register polls that just came out last night that shows the republican in iowa ahead by seven points. so they're feeling good. democrats haven't started the heavy drinking just yet but they are thinking about where they want to drown their sorrows on tuesday night. it's looking like a tougher road. >> schieffer: what is the issue? is it the economy, is it barack obama, any one issue? >> i think it's all of it. the economy may be improving but people don't feel it in their wallet. there is saw glumness out there on the campaign trail, that naturally makes people feel disheartened about the party in power. the president is incredibly unpopular in the battleground states. and even though the democratic
candidate for the most part are more popular than he is, they're distancing themselves from him that makes a lot of their base electorate feel less excited about going to the polls. >> the two groups we've watched in the polls not just democrats and republicans, registered voters, every time we look gussets the likely voters, say they're enthusiastic, going to show up, that electorate gets more conservative, starts to look like republican electorate. that democratic base because they don't feel that this economy working for them are much harder to motivate. to that extent it is a motivation not as much as persuasion election. the democrats have so far had trouble getting them out to vote. >> schieffer: my question is, it goes beyond this election, is anything really going to change. nancy you talked to mitch mcconnell the republican leader in the senate. let's play a little of the interview.
>> your goal over the next two years as locking the president's agenda or showing that republicans can govern in advance of 2016. >> the main goal to see whether we can make progress for the country. obviously the president is the only person who can sign something in to law. whether we can make much progress next two years depends upon him. i'd like to see him move to the middle and address issues that he says he wants to address, like trade agreements. like comprehensive tax reform. my members want to do that, too. >> you said you're going to send him some bills that he doesn't like. >> i'm sure. that's an experience he hasn't had. he's retowed two little bills, he's not been confronted with anything that made him uncomfortable. i don't think there's anything wrong with sending the president a bill that makes him uncomfortable. he doesn't own the place. congress is a factor, too. we are elected by our constituents all across america. we need to have an impact on policy as well.
>> schieffer: nancy, does that mean that mitch mcpossible is going to move to the middle? >> he's calling on the president to move to the middle. big question is whether he will, whether he even can. few times that he has tried to move to the middle over the past six years conservatives in his party yanked him back. they think compromise is a dirty word. but he knows he's looking toward 2016 and presidential election, he's got only two years to show. republicans are not the party. we can get things done that's why you should put a president in the white house. >> schieffer: thank you, both. we'll talk to our panel in just a minute about those very questions. thank you. back in a minute.
>> schieffer: we've got the best of the best to talk politics. peg knee noonan columnist for the "wall street journal" now officially a cbs news consultant we're happy to have you. and we're happy to also welcome "new york times" national political correspondent jonathan martin, mark halperin managing editor of bloomberg politics and very pop pew polar author plus tim strassel a columnist of the "wall street journal" and tavis smiley and author of new book "death of a king." ladies and gentlemen, we saw something last night we haven't seen during this campaign. president of the united states went out and campaigned with a
democratic senate candidate. i believe that's one in a row. probably tells us a little something about what this election is about. what would you say about that, mark. >> first and foremost, he's campaigned in governors races. michigan senate race, he was there for that governor's race. the president spending right now, tomorrow here in washington. tuesday election day here in washington not doing political things. can you imagine if bill clinton or george bush were in the white house, one guy who loves politics they would be out and about. the president is -- >> even george w. bush in '06 was there, where you haven't seen president obama do that at all this year. there's no question that he is the central problem for democrats this year. what was interesting, bob, is that going to be good night for republicans in the house and senate these governors races are fascinating. going to see democrats do well
in the governors races. >> schieffer: you know, we say in all the analysis is pointing to the republicans taking control of the senate. but that is based on the fact that there are ten senate races, some of which are within margin of error. these each and everyone of these races is very, very close. i would agree with the analysis, that's what i think is going to happen. but i'm also not betting any money on anything because -- with the polling the way it is, i'm not sure how much confidence. >> we also have some big unknowns which are democrats are out there right now talking how they're going to have the best ground game that they have ever had. built on what they did in 2012 when they got it out and they got president obama elected. republicans spent two years putting that amount of money in to own get out to vote operations. brought in guys from silicon valley, retooled all their data operations they're claiming
they're going to have the best gap that they have had ever in history. it's going to be a big test tuesday that is a huge unknown as well. whose ground game is better. it's an experiment. >> schieffer: does this seem a little different than the normal mid term election? >> that's an interesting question. it feels to me like something is building actually. it feels to me like there's sort of a fairly clear referendum on how people are feeling about maybe the past two years. maybe about the time when president was sworn in for the think time. for the republicans. i feel in some vivid way that a it's going to be a good night little like the year 2006 for george bush, that this election will function as a rebuke of the president. >> schieffer: tavis smiley, almost everybody you talk to says that in every race, at
least those of these races, a big black turn out is going to be key for the democrats. my sense is that president obama may also have some problems with african americans. >> well, bill clinton, we all know that elections are always about the future, they are. but how you feel about the future is linked to how you feel about the way you're being treated or mistreated in the present. i said a couple weeks ago on national television, i stand by it, that there is nothing to inspire african americans to turn out in huge numbers, nothing to inspire hispanics to turn out in huge numbers, you have double the national unemployment average, you have doubled that inside the african american community, tripled in some sectors. a highway in to poverty but barely a sidewalk out. if you are hispanic you can't get one of your central issues on the table in immigration reform. they come to you, election day
first responders, they send out the sos we need to you come save us once again. i think that is disingenuous, disrespectful, demeaning. in north carolina, move beyond race yet you play to the race card in north carolina. in louisiana, in georgia. you can't win let the black vote turns out for you and in ken it was discussed earlier you have a candidate there who four times in matter of minutes wouldn't admit to voting for barack obama. you get the president the heisman you want constituents to vote for you. peter only denied jesus three times. four time denial in matter of minutes but you want the black vote to save you again. you want hispanics to save you again. i'm not saying that blacks and browns ought to abandoned the democratic party, you got to hold them accountable and maybe the lessons of what happens this year are to start being reviewed now in advance of 2016. >> hard parcel for democrats,
happens to have sizable african american voters. and those are also states where president obama's popularity is before. how did democrats there, circle of trying to get out their most ardent supporters but at same time, separating themselves from the president who is deeply unpopular, but african americans are very loyal. >> what you do say, i support this president, i voted for this president, but these are the things i disagree with him on that's a genuine respectable answer. >> but the other thing you have to do, you have to have an agenda you are running for. yes, the president is deeply unpopular out there in the country but what if the democratic party says we're going to come out if we retain the senate majority. some are talking about the minimum wage, that's not normally enough to inspire vast amounts of the electorate to do something. they are running attack campaigns against republicans,
most are failing. that's one of the problems, too. >> schieffer: what are republicans saying? they're saying they're against barack obama. >> i that i the republicans have been trying to do two things. one is capitalize on the weight of the president, he has a certain power to bring you down. the other is to figure out individually day by day what their issues are and hope it wilco less in to a big national issue. one thing that i find going on with the republicans that is so interesting is the persons running for office have changed the candidates are changing, out in utah, up in new york, maybe she's poised at least to be the youngest woman member of congress. or poised to be the first african american republican member of congress.
see little dots and cases of that going on all over the country. so i have a sense there's a bit of a quiet story of republican party in transition but we're not fully note. >> in transition, without clear leaders rand paul is one that stepped up the most and talking about branding. if they win control of the senate without having figured out way to appeal to african american, hispanics because they're in states where they don't need. to also emerge without a clear path if they do have majority what is mitch mcconnell's posture towards dealing with president obama. what mandates do they have at all on any issues i think it's a big problem for republicans. >> i think she's right. they win mid terms, but you don't win the war. the most multi-cultural ever that strategy ain't going to work forever. >> schieffer: win congressional races. most republicans don't have hispanics.
>> that's american poll she's. >> schieffer: cannot win, i think the president. >> republicans have this challenge ahead, this danger looms are becoming democrats were for long time which is congressional party and democrats become the presidential party. that means republicans have a -- maybe they can keep the senate 50-50 but how can they gain back the white house as long as they have these demographic challenges. if both parties had difficulty, trouble in the house, house republicans get back the white house that every day becoming less and less white. >> schieffer: let me play a clip of what mary who is in that red hot senate race in louisiana what she had to say to chuck todd of nbc. i want to get the panel's thoughts on that. >> very, very honest with you, the south is not always the friendliest place for african americans, it's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader. always been good place for women
to be able to present ourselves, more of a conservative place. >> schieffer: what do you think. >> a democratic woman senator and indian american governor and i think that was not a tactic, i think that was fatigue and frustration that she may be losing her job. >> i think there is something to that. >> i take your point that politically as george bush would say, wasn't good strategery, she told the truth. it's so subversive. you want to call it frustration and fatigue may have been that but she told the truth. >> it was a misstep because you can see in the statement she issues subsequently, by the way, after a quote on tv wasn't intentional. clarify what she meant to say. the fact is that there's still vestages of racial discrimination in the south. louisiana is a state that in 1991 gave david duke a lot of
votes. that's not ancient history. >> but to go what he said earlier, it's timing of this. that was notable. it sounds as though she's making appeal, to what you were saying earlier, are you going to african american and women voters only when it really matters that's one of the reasons. >> always that political hail mary. you know one of the under currents in this election, i think one of the ugliest parts of it, there are some democratic ads running out there suggesting that if african americans don't vote for the democrats that they're going to get shot like that poor kid in missouri. >> shows extent mathematically have to turn out in the targeted states and extent to which, they don't have much else to offer. people are writing them off because of the polls now, i
actually think that the senate is on the line, there's a chance mary and michelle nunn, win in the run off. >> i agree with that in part, if those black and brown voters, the country is shifting in turning this way then come to the rescue once again to be motivated. >> absolutely. >> i think the context of what we're talking about there's a certain brain deadness that can be discerned on both parties as you look at what they stand for this year, how those campaign, you expect candidates to be very big on cleverness, they're not. both parties have to figure out, this year more than ever, what they stand for, where they stand, i'm hopeful they're evolving but they don't look so good at the moment. >> schieffer: you've been some reporting on the race in colorado which may well come down to the deciding state.
what is going on. >> i think it's interesting for democrats out there, remember got to think back to the history here. democrats have put out colorado as the model of how they much going to take a swing state in the country and make it permanently blue. they had done very good job. they poured tons of money in to infrastructure out there. they had honed this strategy, you go attack, attack your candidates they have done very well. both senate seats, state legislature, governor ship that seems to be crumbling at the moment. the fact that you had local issues that have interjected themselvesa gun control debate out there there's a death penalty debate going off in the governor's race and seeing failure of the tried and true democratic strategies. the war on women. when you get dubbed mark uterus by the national press that's a problem. it's turned off the focus on abortion and contraception as turned off women voters who feel
like they're being demeaned by not being addressed in a more wholesome way. male votersm is mark udall's problem he's losing them by double digits. they don't feel like they have heard him talk about the issues that matter. >> the two states that the parties care about are colorado for republicans. if they can win there it shows still a purple state hasn't gone blue. it can be in play nor 2016 which is crucial for them to get 270 electoral. and for democrats, georgia. michelle nunn wins other narrowly loses it shows that georgia has become a swing state sooner than they thought in 2016 it would be competitive for hillary clinton if democrats can make inroads in to place like georgia of a ii already having done same thing in virginia and north carolina. that's going to make awfully hard for g.o.p. to win the white house going forward have that kind of vulnerability in the south. >> schieffer: what about international issues, ebola,
isis, will they be factors in this election? >> they hurt democrats in three ways. the president's general approval rating, played in to the theme of confidence, finally kept the president from talking about the economy. day-to-day the news is just dominated by ebola, isis. democrats have story to tell on improving economy, voters haven't heard it and i don't think you'll see buying it. >> sickening to say the way ebola is politicized. this is life or death issue, how brain dead the way these campaigns have been run. yet you see issue like this, it's pretty significant. >> schieffer: what about this, now we're seeing somehow or another some member of the president's staff is calling the prime minister of israel a chicken? how does that kind of thing get out? does that help the president? >> i think the president has a
problem with competence coherence and credibility as people look at the white house. things like the chicken comment seem to fit in to all of it. it look like it's disorganized there in the administration. it looks like it doesn't quite work. it looks like people pop off who shouldn't be popping off. that doesn't help either. obviously, whole cluster of these things that people think, i don't like this. >> also like you're saying something publicly. >> schieffer: i would love to continue on with it. we'll have to do it after. >> no more chicken little. >> schieffer: thank you all for being here today. we'll be right back.
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