Martin Bashir | November 05, 2012
>> let's get right to our panel now. we have two of the brightest and most beautiful people on this television network . alex wagner host of "now" and contributor jonathan capehart. alex , stop laughing. there's something serious we have to discuss. that is paul ryan . this is what he was caught saying on a conference call with some evangelicals sunday. the president's path compromises those values, those judeo -christian, western civilization values that made us such a great and exceptional nation in the first place. why doesn't mr. ryan call him an islamic terrorist ?
>> he may as well. it's difficult to be both pathetic and outrageous at the same time, but mr. ryan has beautifully done that. this is a continuation of the narrative we have discussed which is trying to paint the president aed a kenyan revolutionary outside the american mainstream. there are racial dog whistles here. religious dog whistles here. the fact this is paul ryan 's closing argument in the final hours of this election is a sign of not only the desperation but the shameless transparency of this campaign.
>> last week we learned of a romney/ ryan robocall to voters in virginia that also attacked the president on religious grounds. we've had the bloviating ignoramus in the version of donald trump . we've had the serial adulterer, newt gingrich . all of them appearing to cut into this president. first it was he's from another place. now he believes something totally different.
>> that he's not one of us. i think john sununu put it well when he uz with on a conference call ta the president needs to learn how to be an american. remember that. and then had to walk it back. you know, as we've been talking about for at least two years maybe the entire term about how his critics, his adversaries, his opponents have been trying to delegitimize him as a person, him as an american, and him as president of the united states . and they're clearly doing this as a way to gin up enthusiasm among the base. but when you're a day out from the election and you're still trying to gin up enthusiasm in your base to go out not to necessarily vote for your guy, but to vote against the guy you really, really hate. is that how you really want to win?
>> and can i say? if we're talking about judeo -chjudeo judeo -christians. it was paul ryan 's budget that went on catholic bishops. they said this a not a moral document because it backs on the poor and the works class.
>> in one letter they said this was akin to ayn rand and not christ.
>> if anyone is going against the grain of judeo-christian values it's in fact paul ryan .
>> indeed. there have been attempts to defend the president. one is bill clinton . take a listen to this.
>> as you can see, i have given my voice in the service of my president.
>> now, i have to ask you. that's a former president referring to the current incumbent as my president.
>> does that say to you that bill clinton knows what this game is, he knows what these republicans have been doing, and he's standing up for the president.
>> he's standing up for the president on a lot of levels. there was a lot of tension between. president obama and president clinton in the 2008 campaign. you remember mitt romney tried many times and so did paul ryan to drive a wedge between the president -- between the presidents and try to bear hug president clinton . but for president clinton to say this is my president, he's saying, listen. leave the guy alone. i know i'm the big dog . that's his nickname. he's the big dog here.
>> or big bubba .
>> or whatever his nickname is of late. he's my guy. he's our guy. let's re-elect him.
>> alex , moving on and if i might put this question to you, how scared should women be of paul ryan ? you've referred just now to the hypocrisy of his position and his budget, but we also now know more about his position in relation to women, contraception, and women's control and right over their own bodies.
>> i think they should be somewhat terrified if they're fans of reproductive freedom and having control. yes. this is someone -- the blessing of todd akin is he revealed, pulled back the velvet curtain on the wizard of oz that is the house republican caucus and the draconian legislation they've been passing while no one's been looking. paul ryan cosponsored some outrageous legislation as the house's gop wonder kind. the idea he's going to throw these out the window when they ascend to 1600 pennsylvania avenue is ludicrous. we know he will take a hand in shaping whatever mitt romney puts forward. so in so far as you care about having choice over your own body and discussions with ones doctor, women should be very