msnbc | August 28, 2012
>>> right now, chuck todd is down on the convention floor with new york congressman peter king . chuck?
>> thank you, rachel . congressman king. i'm going to ask you about being a northeast republican in a party that hasn't been too friendly to northeast republicans. and you're having to defend the party platform . describe what it takes to sort of survive in that atmosphere.
>> president obama did carry it four years ago. right now the polling shows he won't. but in the end, it's going to be a tough, competitive race in my district. paul ryan especially is going to resonate with middle income families. his personality, his style, and the way he can describe how it's going to help working families . and mitt romney , it's up to him to present himself to the american people . so i feel very good, also because of president obama . i mean, he has really lost a lot of support the last four years.
>> one of the things we've seen in the polling and one of the concerns of the romney campaign is the fact that particularly among women in suburban america, you represent a lot of women in suburban america, that we were just talking about the todd akin story, but it sort of exemplified the idea that they are pushing suburban women away. how does mitt romney fix that?
>> i think first of all, ann romney is going to help that tremendously tonight. once mitt romney presents himself to the american people , a guy as a family man, honest, a regular guy, as is paul ryan . i think the two of them together, their personality, their character is going to mean a lot and their policy is going to be a distinct change for president obama 's, which have not worked.
>> do you wish the platform were different on abortion?
>> i'm pro-life. ronald reagan in 1980 --
>> wait a minute, it has gotten significantly more pro-life, no exception for reagan.
>> but how -- mitt romney himself, george w. bush before him all made the exceptions. i think the american people see that. as this election goes forward, the more the democrats focus on issues like that, the more it's going to see they're rung away from the issue of the economy.
>> peter king , new york congressman.
>> give my love to rachel .
>> hear that, rachel ? pete king says he g gives his love to you.
>> i receive it gladly and look forward to the opportunity to reciprocate. i don't know