msnbc | April 30, 2012
>> obama of playing politics with the kill of osama bin laden . this new ad featuring bill clinton . take a look.
>> suppose navy s.e.a.l.s had gone in there and it hasn't been bin laden . the down side would have been horrible. but he reasoned. he took the harder and more honorable path. and the one that produced in my win i don't know the best result.
>> that ad then goes on to suggest mitt romney might not have gotten bin laden . p the romney campaign says it goes too far.
>> this is one of the reasons president obama has become one of the most divisive presidents in american history . he took something that was a unifying event for all americans and he's managed to turn it into a divisive partisan political attack.
>> let's talk more about this with our political power panel. debbie dingle , morris especially seen and perry bacon. great to see all of you. republicans accuse the president of really spiking the football on this will. is that far? no pictures of the president with a accomplish accomplished banner waving behind him and isn't that the main reason why we have a phrase of great risk, great reward?
>> absolutely. i don't think it's a fair criticism at all. we're just talking the facts. and the fact of the matter is that president obama took a very difficult decision when governor romney had said doing such they think would be foolish. i think the krichl criticism is very unfair.
>> john mccain wrote president obama is shamelessly turning the one decision he got right on into a pathetic political act of self congratulation. here's what robert gibbs had to say over the weekend on "meet the press".
>> osama bin laden no longer walks on this planet today because of that brave decision and the brave actions by the men and women in our military and quite frankly, mitt romney said it was a foolish thing to do a pew ye few years ago.
>> is the right up in arms because the democrat being president got it right and it's just a case of sour grapes ?
>> absolutely not. one con grgratulated president obama on killing osama bin laden . everyone including mitt romney said that was the right thing to do. the problem isn't saying i did the right thing. the problem is saying mitt romney wouldn't have. mitt romney never said it would be foolish to kill osama bin laden . what he did say is that he wouldn't con send sdrat centrate on that as much as someone else would have. now what's coming out is president obama saying i'm this great president on everything from the economy to foreign policy to killing osama bin laden . mitt romney wouldn't have done it. and we all know that's not the case. president obama is having such a bad month. you look at the supreme court discussions on the health care to immigration. look at the bad news on the economy. he needs some good news. that's why the dogged concentration on the killing of osama bin laden .
>> so let's talk about the economy. perry , about the point of who saved detroit. the two campaigns arguing now over who saved the auto industry . over the weekend, one of the romney campaign top advisers saying the only economic success president obama has had is because he followed mitt romney 's advice. referring to the structured bankruptcies that gm and chrysler had to go through early in president obama 's term. structured bankruptcies that mitt romney advocated months before the president took office, but really not consistent with what the candidate said and he even wrote in the public poll chosturing. how do you change the narrative on this?
>> these are decision that obama made that worked. romney arguing they're not correct or he's politicizing. unlike the stimulus or health care and that's why the obama campaign wants to talk to them and romney wants for say this s fos for to say this is off the table or you're misleading in the xwchgm case.
>> two dueling ads. romney attacks the president obama 's handling of the economy and jobs and president obama claims credit for reviving the economy and creating these new jobs. is the economy the safest bet for mitt romney to go after for his campaign? he should stick to what he knows?
>> he should absolutely stick to the economy. the economy is the main issue for the selection. unless god forbid something bad happen this is in the national security front, it will be the economy. and with unemployment above 8% for three years now, the gdp numbers being awful for this last report coming out last week, mitt romney has to keep going out and they're saying i've been successful in the public and private section tore, this president has not been successful as president 38 back to the auto industry . it's 180,000 jobs later than in 2008 . overwhelming majority of those jobs lost were nonunion workers. if you look at the basis of what actually happened with auto bailout, it was really just a deal that he had between the president and uaw.
>> but it's thriving. you have to admit that it is thrive willing and this is what was knows bring back what is truly an institution.
>> but certain plants that were closed that were nonunionized plants have not's procehibited from going to other plant which is seems wrong. why can't they get a job at a different plant? because they weren't part of the union . we're not part of the inner circle around president obama .
>> union busting is a completely different topic that we should talk about another time. but debbie, another veep tryout to talk about. kelly ayotte . what do you think is happening here is this just another test balloon and how many do you think are wiwill go snup.
>> i have to go back to the auto stray where this president saved 1 hpt 4 billion jobs in the supplier industry when he accepted up and mitt romney said let it go bankrupt. when you talk about what he said, it was as late as february, i was sitting in the audience when mitt romney said the auto industry would be better off if president obama hasn't intervened and president obama insisted on leadership change inside that auto industry . everybody came to the table and made concessions. it was a difficult time and you had one man who was prepared to bring everybody to the table and make tough decisions. and at another time a man who came out of capital industrial, knew that there was no private funding available to try to help these industry, and brought the government to it. so i have to say that i have to sit here as one of those people who is from the midwest and knows what would have happened if the auto industry had collapsed. started under president bush . thankfully we had a republican and a democrat who knew what the consequenceses would have been if they hadn't intervened and the economy would not be headed in the correction thdirection that it is headed and we got where we were because of republican policies that almost destroyed this industry. brought back on where we were in the post depression and we're strongly and steadily, steadily is the word trying to rebuild what we lost.
>> my better question would have been just give me your reaction instead of asking about senator ayotte. i do want to get your take on whether or not this is just another test balloon to see if she would make a good ticket for mitt romney .
>> i think we'll see lots of test balloons. they want to be careful and thoughtful, not have a repeat of what happened in the last nomination process when diverted everybody. and i think you'll see they'll try to get the creatireaction to a number of vice presidential dand c candidates.
>> perry , michelle obama will be appearing out there. this is obviously attention putting on arizona . a state that normally doesn't go the democrats way. is it a pipe dream for democrats to think this is realistic?
>> i think it's a long shot, but i think the campaign does want to try to look at some states like arizona . we assume that indiana or obama won in '08, he won't win this time, but they are looking at states line arizona where the dem graphics, latino voters particularly are very big there, big population of them, romney has not done well on the immigration issue. so i think they're looking to expand the map in new places.
>> ten seconds.
>> 80% of the country says economy is the number one issue. so states like arizona where the economy has been very troubled are a safe place for mitt romney . barack obama shouldn't waste his i'm.
>> we shall see how it all plays out. thanks to all of you. i appreciate.