Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) joins CNN this morning to discuss how President Barack Obama defeated opponent Mitt Romney in the presidential election on Tuesday. Blackburn argues that the president’s success lay in his campaign’s ability to convince voters that the economy is improving.
“I think the Obama campaign convinced people that jobs and the economy were getting better,” the Romney campaign surrogate argues, adding that she disagrees with the direction Obama has taken the economy. “But with voters all across the country, what we saw was jobs and the economy was the number one issue.”
Blackburn also argues that she is unsure of where “things kind of ran off the rails” for opponent Mitt Romney, but claims that Hurricane Sandy halted the former governor’s momentum.
“The point is President Obama won this race,” Blackburn adds. “Those of us in the House need to help him be a better president in the second term than he was the first term.”
President Barack Obama won re-election on Tuesday, defeating Republican Nominee Gov. Mitt Romney after a long and grueling presidential race. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) joins CNN this morning to discuss the president’s victory and to argue that now that “the election is over, it’s time for governing” not politics.
“It’s time for people to get serious about getting things done, putting Americans back to work,” Nutter says, adding that higher education and encouraging businesses to invest are also important. “Let’s put the politics aside – the point scoring politics – and let’s deal with real people, real personalities, real leadership and commitment to making things happen on behalf of the American public.”
Mitt Romney and President Obama have each spent this past week touting to Latino Voters. Mitt Romney addressed Hispanic voters during a “Meet the Candidates” forum co-sponsored by Univision and Facebook at the University of Miami Wednesday night. Last night, it was President Obama’s turn.
He commented on Mitt Romney’s “47%” remarks and answered tough questions about his lack of progress on immigration reform. CNN Contributor and Republican Strategist Ana Navarro attended both candidates’ events. Yesterday, she told us about Romney’s rapport with the Latino attendees. Navarro joins Zoraida Sambolin on “Early Start” live from Miami this morning to compare it with Obama’s appearance.
“There was a dramatic difference in the rooms,” during Obama’s even compared to Romney’s event. Navarro says the crowd was more enthusiastic and partisan during Romney’s forum. Navarro says. “Governor Romney got a lot of help from that crowd,” she says. “They broke into Romney chants. They applauded. The hissed and booed when they didn’t like the questions. They gave him a lot of energy, a lot of support.” Navarro described that Obama received a lukewarm welcome in comparison. “Yesterday’s crowd for President Obama’s event was eerily quiet, solemn, respectful,” she says, “which turned it into a very sober, very somber almost at point conversation and dialogue.”
The Univision moderator greatly pressed the president on immigration reform. The President admitted that his greatest failure was not having achieved immigration reform, to which the moderator said he was thereby admitting to a broken promise. Navarro says “it was a very chilling moment in that room.”
Sambolin points out, however, that Romney has not laid out a concrete plan on immigration reform either. “I think it when it comes to immigration, Latinos are in a tough spot,” Navarro responds. “Romney has not committed to any specifics or proposed a plan. But if President Obama is reelected, he’s going to have an extremely hard time getting anything done,” she says. Navarro explains that the president “hasn’t a presented a plan in the first four years,” and that he’s “in all likelihood going to be dealing with a Republican allies, and he has not been very good at cultivating congressional allies on either side of the aisle.”
The main goal of President Obama’s appearance was to encourage Latinos to go to the polls. “President Obama enjoys a wide lead right now with the Latino voters,” Navarro says, “but his big problem is turnout.” “And repeatedly throughout the hour, he made this kind of appeal, ‘it’s up to you, it’s you the voters who can make the change.’”
On Early Start this morning, Peter Brookes, the former deputy assistant of the Secretary of Defense, argues that the American response to unrest in the Middle East has been appropriate so far, but that more can be done.
“We have to secure our embassies and make sure that they are not breached,” Brookes adds. “We have to call upon the governments that are responsible for security outside of the embassies.”
The senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation also says that the United States needs to investigate who is responsible for the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Libya. "We've got to figure out who did this," he says. "That's the important thing. You've got to be able to figure out who do it.
Brookes adds that the U.S. must "call on these governments to tamp down the violence, to call on people to restrain from violence."
The race for the White House continues this morning and a new CNN/ORC poll shows that 49% of likely voters are behind the president, while 46% support Mitt Romney.
New figures are also coming out of key battleground states, with a NBC/WSJ poll showing bumps for Obama among likely voters in Ohio, Florida and Virginia.
CNN's political editor Paul Steinhauser joins Early Start this morning to break down the numbers.
As the Democratic National Convention comes to a close, CNN Contributor and Democratic Strategist Maria Cardona weighs in on President Barack Obama’s nomination speech late Thursday.
“You can’t compare it to 2008,” Cardona says. “I think that that was strategically smart, because, again 2008 was lightening in a bottle, he was not going to be able to recreate that. What he needed to do last night was reassure – and what I thought what he did brilliantly – he made us take ownership of the hope and change.”
Cardona praises the president for reaching out to all parts of the Democratic Party at the convention. “He talked about immigrants, he talked about women, he talked about gays, he talked about labor, everybody was included in [the speech],” she says.
President Barack Obama will deliver a speech to the Democratic National Convention late Thursday to accept his party's nomination for president. Former adviser to President Clinton Richard Socarides and CNN contributor Margaret Hoover weigh in on what President Barack Obama needs to do in his speech to convince both democrats and independents to vote for him in November.
“I think President Obama’s going to talk about where do we go from here. What is going to be different in these next four years, what is his plan, what is his vision for a second term,” Socarides says. “He’s got to be positive and say what is going to be new, what is going to be different.”
Hoover, a former White House appointee under the Bush Administration, argues that Obama needs to be “convincing and compelling” for both democrats and independents. “He knows he has to say what he’s going to do in the next term, but he also has to answer the implicit criticisms that many people haven’t tackled head on until Bill Clinton last night,” Hoover says. “What about the spending? Independents are concerned about the spending. What about the unemployment? 23 million people are unemployed. What are you going to do differently in the next four years?”
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