Martin Bashir | April 04, 2012
>> let's get right to the expert political panel, joe williams , white house reporter for politico and crystal paul and i have to start with you. get into the deep bench. according to las vegas odds makers florida senator marco rubio is in the lead 11-4 on odds and he followed by new jersey governor chris christie and bob mcdonald and paul ryan , and of course paul ryan has been attached at the hip with mitt romney this week but when he uses romney 's introduction speech last night to prove that he doesn't know it was actually george w. bush and not president obama who famously claimed to be a uniter, not a divider, does that somewhat under mine his potential as a vp pick?
>> yes. i think the fact that he is 0-2 and trying to promote a budget and this latest one i think is going to be a disastrous as last year's was, and this whole bit about sarah palin now jumping into the mix, i mean, listening to sarah palin dispense v.p. advice is like going to michael jackson 's doctor for medical advice . i agree that rubio is probably the front-runner. i think the choice of rubio is a better way to cross racial lines for rick santorum in i than, say, singing who let the dogs out. i think hayley is a better way of reaching out to women than by saying rush limbaugh used the wrong word or he would have used a different word other than slut to describe sandra fluke, and the real story is a lot of these folks aren't really that interested in being the v.p. candidate. people remember bob dole , lieberman, and being a v.p. candidate for a guy that everyone thinks is going to lose is not a good career move.
>> onto julian's point, south carolina governor nikki haley endorsed mitt romney and she says she would not accept a spot on the ticket tuesday on the view. she may have inadvertently explained why with this remark. take a listen.
>> women don't care about contraception. they care about jobs and the economy and raising their families and all of those things.
>> did she get the war on women moment owe?
>> i think she might want to ask governor romney whether women care about contraception. i think et cetera finding out in the polling that women do in fact care a great deal if you're going to take away their access to birth control. i mean, mitt romney in one month his support among women of child bearing age has dropped 14 points in 12 swing states across the country, according to gallup " u.s.a. today ." there is no question that this war on em with stuff has had a major impact and to in a way to governor hayley's point, i think part of what women is saying are, really, we are relate gating the battles of the 50s and 60s?
>> paul ryan down, nikki haley down. joe, sarah palin says congressman allen west would be her pick for romney 's running mate after saying it is not important for aence on the national stage nor that he should be safe. allen west , i mean, he may not be safe, but is allen west sane?
>> that's the question. i mean, the remark that sarah palin made, i mean, she should know of anybody whether or not experience matters on a v.p. ticket because she had very little of it and was a radical pick and ploou blew up in the republicans faces. i think what's going to happen, no one literally knows what's going to happen. probably the best bet given the fact we have been watching romney for such a long time from governor of massachusetts and several months on the trail is the fact he is likely to pick somebody who is relatively conventional, someone who will complement what he doesn't have and where we start on that list and including the charisma, some kind of legislative experience beyond just being governor, and that narrows down the list considerably. i think a lot of people still think chris christie is probably a dark horse but someone like rob portman who has national level experience, someone like paul ryan , might be an outside pick but brings a lot to the table that romney doesn't have.
>> crystal, you were picking up on the irony of someone like sarah palin making a recommendation and also ann len west that said if you see a car sticker with obama 2012 on it, that individual is a threat to the united states gene pool .
>> right. well, i love how sarah palin is saying you should go with the outside choice and she is really saying you should pick someone like me which we saw how great that turned out for john mccain . i mean, really, we have to take a step back and say this is a woman whose presence on the ticket was so disastrous her own advisor could not vote for the ticket because she was on it and now dispensing vice presidential advice, it is a bit rich.
>> allen west marks out of ten for allen west .
>> marks out of ten. sorry. lost the british expression.
>> i apologize. rate him in terms of his potential.
>> my dad is british. i should have known better. i think the -- i would put him in the negative category. to tie it to what crystal said on women , allen west is the guy who referred to debbie wasoerman schultz as vile and despicable and a guy that could widen the gender gap , it is why we love sarah palin and the fact she was on the today show dispensing advice about the v.p. choice.