Mitchell Reports | November 04, 2012
>>> both presidential candidates have spent months fighting over nine battleground states , but as the race draws to a close, the romney campaign is trying to expand the battlefield to states that have bee blue in recent years, is this opportunity or desperation? democratic national committee executive director patrick gas par joins me now. we just talked to sean spicer who says pennsylvania is in play. what are you hearing from the keystone state ?
>> i'm happy to tell thaw david axelrod 's mustache is very safe. he was on the set of " morning joe " a couple of days ago. he bet his mustache on pennsylvania and a company of other states. we feel great about our ground in minnesota and one of the people who is going to deliver the speech, bill clinton is going to make the case from where we've come and where we are today and the vision that the president has for the future. i know we're going to close strong there and every other battleground.
>> he's got a final stop in philadelphia . if you guys aren't turning it out in philadelphia , you've got a real problem. that's the democratic stronghold for pennsylvania . plus in your senate race, the republican candidate comes from out west. he comes from coal country and could challenge and eat into bob casey 's traditional strengths out west. why spend time in philadelphia if you're so confident of pennsylvania ?
>> we're not taking anything for granted. we feel so strong about our operations, particularly in states like ohio, iowa, north carolina , nevada with americans are actually casting ballots already and the president has a 2 - 1 advantage amongst those who have already voted. but as the romney campaign and the super pacs are on the air and we're showing that we have the ability to go deep and broad as well and we're not leaving a single vote on the table. we feel great about our ground game. i was watching the bill clinton / president obama rally last night and it had all the feel of classic bill clinton . the president got pumped up by that as well. bill clinton lost his voice, but that didn't slow him down or shorten his speech at all. we heard everything, including don't stop thinking about tomorrow. there was a lot of nostalgia going on. tell me about that relationship. because it's been fraught with difficulty and we all know what it was like four years ago. there was a lot of tension and it didn't get repaired that easily.
>> yesterday it was great, nobody makes a closing argument better than bill clinton does. andrea, somebody who worked closely with the clintons four years ago, from the moment that the president secured the nomination, bill clinton was on board in a fulsome way to campaign for us in the full of 2008 . he supported every single initiative this president has put forward in the last three and a half years. we don't have anyone who is a more accomplished ambassador for thundershower achievement.
>> after the closing we have seen for bill clinton in this campaign, tireless, indefatiguable, if there were a decision and hillary clinton does want to go for it in 2016 , how could barack obama , if he is re-elected, deny the clintons anything at this point?
>> andrea, secretary clinton has been a remarkable, remarkable member of this cabinet and remarkable maps for the united states across the world. i hope that you're going to let us just get through november 6 before we start forecasting 2016 . i want to say look, bill clinton has been amazing, he reminds everybody that barack obama has grown the private sector by 5.2 million in the last two years. and the only jobs that mitt romney has grown are for fact checkers. we feel great about all the participation we're getting an early vote . we know that in order for mitt romney to win, he would have to get 60% of the remaining votes on the table in though states, it's not going to happen, we're going to close strong and win this election.
>> you're a native new yorker and you've suffered some real losses here. my condolences.
>> thank you. the city has got an amazing fighting spirit , and i know they're going to come back strong.