Mitchell Reports | October 08, 2012
>>> mitt romney out on the campaign trail is trying to extentd whatever advantage you gained from the first debate.
>> so i'm convinced that you all had the chance to hear his answers or his nonanswers. now, of course, days later we hear his excuses.
>> joining me now obama campaign co-chair in los angeles , villaraigosa. when you were watching that debate with other democrats, how concerned were you that the president was not aggressive at all in challenging mitt romney and in articulating his own view, his own vision?
>> first of all, we knew that mr. romney was a great debater, but he's not running for president of the debate club . he's running for president of the united states , which means he has to be truthful. he has to say things based on facts. as you saw, yes, he speaks well, but what did he say?
>> he abandoned his big, bold idea of a $5 trillion tax cut . he says that he's not going to raise taxes. he says he's not going to raise taxes on the middle class , and the tax policy center and i think you were in a commercial quoting the tax policy center have said that's just not true. so, yes, he speaks well. just because he says it doesn't mean it's so.
>> as i said, i was very not joining that commercial. we protested the fact of that commercial, and that actually came from a report where we criticized both candidates. the president made comments about social security and simpson-boles and a number of other things that didn't add up either. both sides made misstatements in the debate. doesn't the president need a different game plan going into the next debate?
>> i don't accept that the postulation that both sides misrepresented the facts. mr. romney misrepresented the facts on his medicare plan and on the president's. let me say, yes, he has to be aggressive in defining who mitt romney is. he'll use his own words. mr. 47%. i think, i think, lay out his vision in contradistinction to romney 's and do so in a more aggressive way.
>> i want to ask you about the enthusiasm gap particularly among latino voters. we see in our polling while the president has a huge edge in the latino vote, there's a real drop-off since 2008 when then it was 77% enthusiasm, now it is 59% in terms of hispanic americans . what you going to do to make sure people turn out?
>> nare sending me all over the country. i'll be at jefferson-jackson dinner in iowa, i've been it to florida. we have surrogates all across the country. we have a grassroots campaign that has been talked about as the most aggressive, the most focused on social media and on a broad cross-section of speaking to voters. we're going to knock on doors and talk to voters, and we're going to get that vote out. i agree that our work is cut out for us. it's cut out for them, too. that's what elections are all about.
>> thank you very much, mr. mayor. i know you're out there at the campaign event where the president is going to be speaking later. you just gave your speech, and thanks for joining us today.
>> thank you, andrea. sorry we were a little late, but they had me up later than i thought. thank you.
>> that's what the campaign trail is all about. that does