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fios. a network ahead. good morning and welcome to new hampshire. the sight of last night's debate for a special edition of "this week." granite state showdown. >> dr. paul has a long history of saying things that are inaccurate and false. >> i wasn't for the big bank bailout. >> can anyone stop mitt romney. >> people who spend their life in washington, don't understand what happens out in the real economy. >> the conservative close ranks behind rick santorum? and what does the republican fight mean for their ultimate battle with president obama. david axelrod and the winner of the iowa's call kess four years
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ago, mike huckabee. plus our powerhouse roundtable. george will, jake tapper, matthew dowd and donna brazile. reporting from manchester, new hampshire, george stephanopoulos. [ applause ] good morning, everyone. great to be back with you on sunday mornings. great to be here with this live audience right here in manchester. we got a terrific lineup this morning. right here on the same stage where all of the candidates debated last night. closing in on his first primary the stakes were high. mitt romney, way ahead in this state, he took some early heat from his rivals. zeroing in on romney's corporate background. as investor in bain capital. >> you got to lead and inspire.
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>> i'm not really enmored as a wall street model where you can flip companies, go in and have leverage buyouts. take out the money and leaving behind the workers. >> no one amounted a sustained attack. romney kept to his script. it was battle for second place finish here. including this one between ron paul and the man he's called a chicken hawk, newt gingrich. >> i think people who don't serve when they could and they get three or four or even five deferments aren't -- they have no right to send our kids off to war. >> the fact is, i never asked for deferment. i was married with a child and i personally resent the kind of comments that he routinely makes without accurate information and then just slurs people with. >> i need one quick follow-up, when i was drafting, i was married and had two kids and i went.
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>> paul targeted rick santorum, too, trying to stop any momentum from santorum's near-win in iowa. that left romney free to focus on his prime target. >> the president is going to try to take responsibility for things getting better. you know, it's like the rooster taking responsibility for the sunrise. he didn't do it. in fact, he made it harder for america to get going. with that, let me bring in the president's top strategist. david axelrod. mitt romney last night walking that tight rope on the economy, welcoming the good news, saying that president obama doesn't deserve any credit for it. that's going to be the key debate for this campaign. >> he ought to ask the autoworkers who are working today because the president intervened when mitt romney said we should have left detroit go
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bankrupt. he said the president's policies have made the recession worse. >> that's his argument? >> the facts, he has lot of arguments, none of them are supported by facts. if you look at the history of this, president came to office, quarter before he got to office, the country, the economy shrunk by 9%. the first month he was there, the country lost 750,000 jobs. we have had 22 months of private sector job growth now. it's been a climb up. and there are a series of manufacturing up for the first time in decades. we have plenty of work to do. we had big problems that took a long time in the making and they'll take a long time to solve. to say his policies made the recession worst -- here's the thing, george -- when he was running in president in 2007/2008, he had not one unkind word of the economic policies of
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the last administration. he thinks that the policies that were in place were the right policies and now he wants to go back to that. >> but unemployment still not as low that you all predicted when president obama first came in, it's likely to be the highest for any incumbent president in modern times. >> we'll see where those statistics lack. governor romney may be rooting for slips and falls here. we're concentrating on moving this economy forward. but there's a larger issue, george, what kind of economy are we aiming for, we have to get people back to work, but we also have to make sure that work pays. that's a big distinction between us and governor romney. he doesn't understand that's a fundamental issue facing this country. >> he took fire on his tenure at
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bain capital. something that you have really been hitting hard through this campaign so far. he's not backing down. governor romney said that his team at bain capital is response for creating 100,000 jobs. do you have every qualms with that number? >> absolutely. every independent fact checker said, he can't back up that number and his campaign conceded -- he said i'm a numbers guy. the problem is, neither he nor his campaign can furnish any evidence to support that. let's talk about bain and what he did. his partner said in the l.a. times, our job wasn't to create jobs but wealth fur our partners. they outsourced tens of thousands of jobs and they took 12 companies to bankruptcy and
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on though bankruptcies he and his partners made hundreds of millions of dollars. i don't think those are the values that people want to animate our economy. he's not a job creator, he's a corporate raider. >> it's clear that you think that's going to be a vulnerability for governor romney. coming out of this debate, going into this primary of new hampshire, are you more convinced that he's going to be the nominee. >> there are a majority of republicans who are resistant to him. he got quarter of votes in iowa. we'll see how this process goes. his fundamental problem is one of trust. i don't think conservatives trust him and moderates trust him -- >> but he's getting -- but he's getting the support of
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republicans who think he's best able to beat president obama. is he the strongest candidate? >> we'll see, george. i don't think that frankly, bringing a bain mentality to this economy to running this economy makes him a strong candidate. i don't think shifting around on fundamental positions is one that people are going to embrace. trust is a big issue in the presidency. i think there's a big trust question when it comes to governor romney. >> others last night started to take aim at president obama on issue of national security and defense. coming off the announcement that the military is going to be down sized. governor perry was tough on that last night. >> you cannot cut $1 trillion from the department of defense budget and expect that america's freedoms are not going to be jeopardized. that to me is the biggest problem that america faces is a president that doesn't understand the military.
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and a president who is allowing the reduction of the dod budget so he can spend money in other places and it will put america's freedom in jeopardy. >> goff noer perry has had accounting before. the trillion figure is a trigger that's in place. we expect that we're going to deal with that trigger during the course of this year. so that he's using an inflated number. the point here is, though, is less about numbers but have the kind of military can we face in the 21st century. high-tech warfare is much more important. we have to be agile and quick and we need to develop that kind of military. but i must say, i don't think that the president needs to justify his national security to his crowd on that podium last
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night. and i think, when you look at the record, ending the war in iraq, bringing osama bin laden to justice, destroying the leadership of al qaeda, i think americans know that this president -- and he has made some have difficult calls -- bob gates said it was the most courages you decision that he has seen a president make in his 30 years in washington. i don't think that mitt romney would have made that decision. a new book out this morning about the president and mrs. obama. it's called "the obamas." here's an excerpt from ms. kantor's book -- she was sometimes harder on her husband's team than he was, eventually urging him to replace them, the tensions grew so severe that one top adviser
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erupted in the meeting in 2010, cursing the absent first lady. she talked to 30 people in and around the white house. it paints a portrait of a very tense white house. fights between the east wing and the west wing. is an accurate portrayal sf. >> no, it's not. the context of it is important. we don't have time to rehearse it here. george, you were in the white house. you understand that's very, every day is a very tense working environment and you have great cogeniality. i think the first lady and her staff worked very well. when i was there with the west wing. she's a sensational person. >> the book suggested at times she was reluctant to go out on the campaign trial. will she be a full partner in this election? >> she has been reluctant because her first priority is
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looki ing after her kids. she believes deeply in the president and she believes deeply in this country. to create an environment to work hard and get ahead. feel that their children are going to do better. that's what this election is all about. >> david axelrod thanks very much. now for more on the debate and where the republicans go from here, we go turn to the man who four years ago was surging out of iowa. >> a new day is needed in american politics. tonight, it starts here. in iowa. but it doesn't end here. it goes all of the way through the other states and ends at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, one year from now. >> high point for mike huckabee four years ago. the former candidate and the fox news contributor joins us from little rock, arkansas.
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governor, four years ago, right after the iowa caucuses, you were on "this week." great to have you back again. >> it's nice to be back. thank you for having me today, george. >> did you see anything last night to slow mitt romney down? >> no, if last night was a nascar race, mitt romney had a couple of laps on everybody, he just had to keep from hitting the wall. when his car came off the track last night there was no dents in it. one of those kind of unexpected debates. because i think everybody thought that it was going to be a pile-up and that mitt romney's car would be right in middle of it. it appeared that everybody was a little hesitant of going after him directly. i think everyone who watched the debate was surprised by that. >> how do you explain that? >> you know, i don't explain it. it's inexplicable. the person who's clearly the
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front-runner who has leads not only in new hampshire but surprisingly in south carolina, who could well be on his way to running the tables in the first several states and if that happens, it will be very difficult to catch up to him because it will create an imbalance. the media has lot of driving the sense of the inevitable. i know what that can mean. as a result, it was almost, just critical that the other candidates did what they could do to dent up his car. they just didn't do it. >> there was some critique from newt gingrich on mr. romney's tenure at bain capital. four years ago when you were running against mitt romney, he reminded you of a guy who fired your dad. you just heard david axelrod
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talk about bain capital. >> let me give you the quote exactly. i think a lot of people made the atricks and went there with it. my comment was on the jay leno, i said, people are looking to elect a president who reminds you of the person you worked with but not the guy you laid him off. but, you know, i think, here's the point, if mitt romney wants to defend bain capital, the way he should do it, did some jobs get lost in the process of what we did? of course. when we go washington, we know that there's some down siding that needses to be done with the budget. in our entire history. that may require some serious
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budget cutting in the government. i have experienced knit the private sector. i'm prepared to do it in the public sector. >> let's talk about rick santorum for a little bit. he's trying to strike some of the populism chords you did four years ago. he ran into a real buzz saw from ron paul. >> so, you're a big spender. you're a big government conservative. you don't vote, you know, right to work and these very important things. that's what weakens the economy. to say you're a conservative is a stretch. you convinced a lot of people of it, so somebody has to point out your record. >> last night, they think rick santorum may have miscan calculated coming here to new hampshire. skip new hampshire and go
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straight to south carolina. do you buy that? >> no, i don't, george. part of the reason is, everybody political writer that's on the a team on the political realm is in new hampshire right now. if he by passed new hampshire and gone to south carolina, people would have said he just couldn't compete. knowing that we probably would not do better than third, if we knew that we didn't do that, he's a regional candidate. he can only compete in the south. or he's a demographic candidate. only compete with evangelical candidates. rick santorum is doing the same thing. he has to, he cannot somehow be pegged as the guy who can only campaign where there are value voters. that would be disastrous.
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>> lot of conservatives concerned that the conservative vote will be split. rick perry going to south carolina. rick santorum going to the south carolina. and mitt romney going to south carolina. is this the field? >> you have people heavily invested in each of these candidates. you've got a lot of people who have given a lot of money to rick perry, i think that's one of the reasons he's still in this thing. people are very excited about rick an stourm and people who are connected to newt gingrich. nobody's going to work this hard to get this far and finally exit the stage because someone suggested they ought to. in fact, four years ago, george, i had people every week tell me, why don't you get out of the way, quit, leave, you can't win? that just made me more determined. that makes you mad. there's not going to be some magic moment where three, four
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people sit around the campfire and give the nod to one of their competitors. that's not going to happen. >> how long does this fight go? >> i think depending on whether romney wins new hampshire and south carolina, if he wins those two and goes to florida and wins there, some folks limp along for a while. i don't see how they catch up with him if he runs the table in those early states. >> any regrets at all that you didn't get into the race this time around? >> none whatsoever. sometimes i watch it and i say, oh, my. but, you know, you don't regret decisions that in your heart that you believe were right. if you start regretting those decisions, you made the wrong one. the decision was made not from what would have been a good
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political moment, i think i might have had one. it's a deeply personal one and i'm at peace with it. then we end up a candidate who's formidable. i think the biggestish slew is that democrats have to worry about a weak field. they only got one candidate and he doesn't have that great of a record to run on and with all due respect to david axelrod who's trying to tell us what a great job he's doing. there are a lot of people who don't have jobs. so, i think any republican who gets the nomination is going to be at a very good position to take the game to a president who hasn't exactly had a stellar record for this incredible job -- >> it's likely to be a tight race. governor huckabee, thank you for
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op-ed entitled, suddenly, a fun candidate. fun? and if anybody knows fun, it's george will. after all, a bow tie is just a necktie that sti's doing this. the new fan for george will, stephen colbert. [ applause ] . great to be back with you, george. also here with jake tapper, mary matalin, matthew dowd and donna brazile. >> mike huk bee said it was a nascar race. >> it was. gingrich left iowa incandescent with rage with romney. but somehow lost his fire by the time he got here. rick santorum standing next to him, had to face the fact not that much he differs with romney
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on, except the values they differ on. he's for industrial policy. he wants special tax treatment for the 11% of the economy that's manufacturing. he doesn't want to talk about his involvement in the terry schiavo case, the end of life tragedy that the federal government plunged into and the other issues that may propelled him in iowa but not beyond iowa. >> did rick santorum miss an opportunity last night? >> i don't think so. that's one part of his record. the other part of his record, he's got a lot of attributes. he's blue collar, he's ethnic, he's catholic. he is the one candidate in this field that's connecting the cultural and the economic erosion to government expansion. and he's getting -- he's a full-spectrum conservative.
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he showed that one side in iowa. he pivoted here. he's not going to get out of this race. >> take a shot at the question that i asked mike huckabee, he said that he couldn't explain why the candidates couldn't bring more fight to mitt romney? >> all of us expected they were going to do that because mitt romney is the front-runner. i think it has a lot to do with this process of this race, which is unexpected people arriving on center stage when they didn't expect to be there. you started with michele bachmann who arrived on center stage and fades quickly. herman cain arrived on stage and fades quickly. now, rick santorum, first time he was in the middle of the fight and i think he fanned. i think he may get his feet back under him as the days go on. but i think it's because this
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race has been so topsy-turvy, they have to sit still and they have to move on. >> jake tapper, i want to talk about jon huntsman for a little .he staked his entire campaign here. his most memorable attack against mitt romney was actually in chinese. >> i think it's important to note, as they would say in china -- >> it doesn't quite understand the situation. >> i don't know if we got the translation there. he doesn't understand the situation. huntsman has to jump ahead of paul and or santorum. >> voters in new hampshire speak cantonese to go with mandarin is a big mistake tactically. huntsman's campaign, he didn't do anything.
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he staked everything here. it was an odd performance here. you opened the door for him to talk about some differences. they need to draw the contrasts. lot of campaigns were spin after the debate. we did talk about it. it's true. if you go through the transcript, you can find little bits here and there. there was no rick santorum, i'm a conservative. romney is a nice guy, he shouldn't be the nominee for the party. it was a mistake, a tactical mistake. >> and you still have romney facing a divided conservative opposition, donna. >> there's no patching, george. i have been to enough of these debates to know what passion feels like and sounds like. for republicans to beat president obama in 2012. mitt romney is the perfect
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candidate on paper. if you like to see something written on white paper with a couple of exclamation points. when it comes to revving up the base, getting people excited, bringing more people into the party, mitt romney is not going to bring anybody to the party. >> you look back at the iowa caucuses this week a few thousands more voters that voted four years ago, but not a jump even though there wasn't anything on the democratic side. >> that's right. because iowa is on everyone's list of 12 to 14 swing states that you have to carry to win the presidency. the republicans should be alarmed the absence of passion. donna, we all know that the passion and the republican party is in the tea party, the tea party isn't an important part of the party now, it's the party. i have to my weekly statement,
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mrs. will is working for mr. perry. the fact is, someone has to find the voice of the tea party. the way you start that is by saying is what got us into trouble isn't barack obama. what got the tea party so kindled and so dry and flammable in february 2009 was the policies of the bush administration. you have to have an argument against big government conservatism and limited government. >> to me, i think the obama folks are setting this race up reich, they want to turn mitt romney into john kerry 2004. they want to mitt romney into the flip-flop candidate.
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while they always saw george bush's vulnerable, here's the situation that barack obama faces in this election results, he has a 30-point lower consumer confidence rating than george bush had in 2004 and the wrong direction is 40 points higher than it was in 2004. the obama campaign understands that if this is about barack obama they lose. they can't run a re-election campaign based on their own successes. if it's about romney or another candidate -- >> most of the reason that romney did as well as he did in iowa he's best positioned to beat romney. mary, there's the struggle inside between the republican party, this belief that mitt romney could be the strongest candidate but no real love for him. >> there will be love for him. there will be passion.
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even in iowa. but if you look beyond the 100,000, the voting population is 3 million, the registration for republicans has gone up and the registration for democrats has gone down in that pivotal state. when we get a nominee, when you win you're in the winner's circle. there has been passion against obama since the spring of 2009. there are essentially for the same thing. being against is kind of for almost in this case. a generic republican has been beating obama for months now. >> part of the process, george, parts of the process that's hurting mitt romney he hasn't been fully tested. he needs to basically his passion. prove that against somebody. >> you know, with self-inflicted
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wounds. republicans won't debate him nor touch him. jon huntsman send it back to china. rick santorum, ambassador to the vatican and rick perry, okay, energy department. because he can eliminate his own job. >> meanwhile, if he remembers. >> that's right. >> they have been planning on mitt romney the entire year. they did the early ads. they're going to make his business career front and center. it's a bit of a test. no question that romney sees this as a real strength. a major selling point. >> they see mitt romney in the 1% in the 99% versus 1%. i have republicans telling me, they don't understand.
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they say they don't understand why romney isn't even trying to outflank obama on some of the economic populism when it comes to corporate america. corporate america doesn't necessarily need a tax break at this point. why would he stake out that position? the fundamental point is, obama is going to be the refer endumb. does he deserve a re-election or not? if you look at 2008, barack obama had everything going for him. his opponent did not run a great campaign. picked a running mate that alien ated some key voters. everything going for him. you had the media perhaps tilting on the scales a little bit. and still -- >> i think george agrees with that. >> and still, 47% of the country voted against him. all that mitt romney or whoever the nominee is convince the 47%
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of americans -- >> barack obama with all of his advantages got 53% of the votes. democrat party is the oldest political party in the world. andrew jackson, franklin roosevelt. something about your party that lim limits things to smaller landslides. >> only one democrat who sought re-election has lost in 100-plus years. jimmy carter, because it's very difficult to beat a incumbent. it's difficult to beat a democrat incumbent president. >> as long as things are moving in the right direction on the economy, that's the point that david axelrod is banking on. you pointed the numbers out. are pretty dismal on
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unemployment. >> ronald reagan, under ronald reagan, unemployment went to 10% 8%. he carried 49 states because it was down to 7.4%. take the unemployment rate today, if it improves one tenth of one percent between now and september, it will be at 7.6%. in the right direction. you could have obama in very good shape. >> you want mitt romney to campaign in suburban philadelphia, as ceo of bain capital, i fired people, i closed down factories and i shipped down overseas. >> i don't think he's actually going to say that. i'm just saying. i'm pretty sure that's not -- >> i think president obama's biggest challenge, of course is to get voting enthusiasm up on
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the democratic side. you got to work that. you got to go out and convince people that he's been able to turn things around, he's making progress despite all of the opposition. also, i think this is very volatile electorate, i don't think this is 2004. >> one thing before we -- we think and the obama administration think it's going to be mitt romney. they lose somewhere and they have the recover from that loss and get that nomination. >> this is the playoff. bachmann is detroit. i'm sorry to say. huntsman is going to effectively eliminate himself. but we have a ways to go. and to the point -- this is what
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santorum and newt and all of them are trying to say in different ways, it's more than this is the economy, stupid, it's cultural. the tea party, we're at a tipping point. there's a cultural degradation that's tied to this. >> on those cultural issues, mitt romney had some fun at my expense last night. what roles will these issues play? >> i don't mean that's what tends to be the conventional wisdom of what the social issues are, it's bigger than that. it's the number of people on food stamps. the way in which our education system which we have the last per people expenditure. our poverty programs are impoverrishing families.
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those issues stem from social welfare policies. >> it stems from a we session that people are still feeling. >> the programs aren't working. they're current productive when 40% of kids are born out of wedlock versus 40 years ago. it's just bigger. it's not about gay rights and abortion. >> right. i think what mary is touching on, is the idea that this needs to be -- the candidate, the republican nominee needs to be a bold difference from barack obama. that's their selling point. that's rick santorum, i have heard him on the stump do it, needs to be a candidate of bold colors not pale pastepastels. >> their biography doesn't match up with their language, they're creatures of washington at a time when voters don't want a
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creature of washington. this is why his candidacy was a highlight of many people before he stumbled. >> ron paul, on the stage last night, did pretty well in iowa, has a strong following here, didn't fully rule out, it doesn't look like he's going to run as a third-party candidate, what impact does that have in past elections, in 1992, the third-party tends to hurt the incumbent. >> absolutely. it gets people who are dissatisfied with the status quo. the successful third-party candidates, regional base, a vivid personality and a burning issue. george wilson. >> define successful.
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>> that's the point. winner take all, you can win 19% of the popular vote as perot did and get nothing. but you make your point. we have had candidates that said, vote for me and i'll send a message. some people want to send a message. >> 300,000 undeclared voters in this state, same-day registration, let's see if they go out like they did and vote for ron paul. ron paul has energy. he has enthusiasm. you go to his rallies, you come away with a drive and passion that you want to go out and work hard for this guy. >> how do the democrats handle him? >> who he is enthuse yatic are young people. young people who are not just voters, they got their parents to vote. that's how -- that's what paul
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is doing to obama. i don't think it's going to hurt the republican party. >> biggest decision that the paul will have to make, if ron paul goes third party, he's going to be messing up his son rand paul's republican future. a republican senator from kentucky. >> he was up here last night. >> he's with his dad all over the place. he could be a republican presidential nominee, unlike his father. if dad leaves the party, he's ruining a lot of ground work -- >> you got mary nodding her head here. >> he's the best cleanup crew. if anybody who's zany in this it's not newt gingrich. paul has been the best sewer gate. he's been very effective. >> if there's a third party
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candidate it's most likely to be ron paul. i tli that window for a third party only opens if mitt romney isn't the nominee. mitt romney, as soon as he can clinch the nomination, he'll become the moderate again. if someone poll rising then there will be a third party. >> when does this fight end. >> march. mid-march. >> they're going to florida, campaigning in florida, they're already voting in florida by absentee ballots. that will be the test of anybody's staying power. it's grant versus lee. romney is grant. lee was darking. >> i'm waiting to find out who's lee? that's the problem right now. if rick santorum.
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any one of these conservative alternatives non-romneys. any one of them could actually beat mitt romney. there needs to be one and he needs to be a force. >> it's going to go on longer and that's good for us february 1st, we'll know if the process that ends that day or goes to june. when we come back -- two new features, jon karl with the surprising political stories that you were talking about online. and lat and.
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need polls to track political races. this time around, all of the reaction comes in retime on facebook, twitter telling us about who's up and down. during our debate last night, our colleagues at blue fin were able to tell us which moments lit up the universe. governor huntsman speaking chinese and governor perry a saying that he would send troops back into iraq. here's jon karl with a look at your voice this week. >> reporter: on yahoo! former senator rick santorum was searched for twice as often as his nearest opponent. people were also searching like mad for doggie sunglasses. they were part of michele
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bachmann's iowa concession speech and her husband's shopping list. >> yesterday when we were on main street in des moines, he was buying doggie sun glasses for our dog boomer. >> reporter: while there was in interest in mirick santorum's personal life, there was also tweets about his sweaters. santorum's campaign manager tweeted that is usual a fiscal conservative he doesn't buy sleeves. one iowa mom sent in a picture of her son in a santorum sweater vest. they declared the vests poor taste. when rick perry left iowa for texas even on his own campaign staff assumed that was it.
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>> i'm going to return to texas to see if there's a path forward for himself. he went for a jog and sent this tweet -- here we come, south carolina. finally trending president stock market, the ratings measure online sentiment. combined with our own superdelegate abc political experts. rick santorum, u7 45%. romney is still on top. valued way more than any other republican. no bounce out of iowa. up less than 1%. ron paul holding steady. but gingrich, down 4% and perry down 10% on the otus stock w, that otus stock market measures not only the quantity of conversation on the internet about the candidates they can look and see whether the conversation is positive or negative.
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>> this online conversation will continue all week. >> absolutely. we want our viewers to join the conversations. two ways to do it is on twitter and on facebook, facebook.com/thiswe facebook.com/thisweekabc. we'll be back with john berman. but first to honor those who served and sacrificed. ♪ a second is a very long time. long enough for a train track in taiwan to sense an malfunction and alert the operators. or to spot a power disruption in texas before it spreads.
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or help a global finance company pinpoint fraud and protect customers. smarter analytics is helping companies all over the world predict what's coming and act on it now. that's what i'm working on. i'm an ibmer. let's build a smarter planet. finally this week, what a jam packed start to this election year. so much to cover coming out of
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that photo finish in iowa and plenty of material for john berman's tongue in cheek take on the political news you may have missed. closeup this week. sure hollywood has its complicated marriages. in relationships you might say there's love, hate and then there's politics. just look at that happy couple. >> i'm proud to introduce a friend and an american hero, a giant among men, senator john mccain. >> reporter: according to mitt romney, mccain is a friend, giant. >> he's consistent but he's wrong. >> reporter: that was 2008 mitt romney. understandable based on what 2008 john mccain was saying about him. >> i understand why he's talking a about the future, since he spent most of his time running away from his past.
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>> reporter: also -- >> honest, straight talking person of experience. >> reporter: but the only person who seems to love mitt romney as john mccain is rick santorum 208, rick santorum. 2012. >> our mission here is to show that we're the conservative alternative to mitt romney. >> reporter: a year ago, perry was grateful that gingrich wrote the forward of his book. >> if you will cheat on your wife, then why wouldn't you cheat on your business partner. >> reporter: is such a thing as reverse cheating? remember these foes? >> shame on you, barack obama. >> shame on you until i work for you. >> i'm proud to join you. >> reporter: everyone's favorite oscar and felix.
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being attacked by governor clinton on character is like being called ugly by a frog. >> now he and bill clinton are best of friends. >> it got so ridiculous that the odd-couple relationship that barbara referred to me as her black sheep son. >> reporter: is there anything sacred in politics? hollywood has nothing on these guys. next week, demi moore would endorse ashton kutcher, that's a closeup on "this week." i'm john berman in manchester. >> that would be a big story. we'll be right back. rass in arg, change engineering in dubai, aluminum production in south africa, and the aerospace industry in the u.s.? at t. rowe price, we understand the connections of a complex, global economy. it's just one reason over 75% of our mutual funds beat their 10-year lipper average.
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