msnbc | October 11, 2012
>>> mitt romney once again backtracked on recent chepts from abortion. take a listen.
>> i've said time and again i'm a pro-life candidate. i'll be a pro-life president. the actions i'll take immediately are to remove funding for planned parenthood .
>> well, even as a republican nominee tried to down play the issue, the president seized on that moment, accusing romney of flip-flopping.
>> this is another example of governor romney hiding positions he'd been campaigning on for a year and a half.
>> joining me now debbie wasserman schultz , chair of the democrat being national committee and very good day to you.
>> good day to you, too. thank you.
>> let's start with this. your gop counterpart reince priebus this morning.
>> the fact of the matter is that mitt romney has been absolutely 100% consistent on this issue.
>> so how do you answer those who say democrats are just trying to create of course city and leverage this as the final 126 days of the election as they go forward?
>> my gosh, it's hard to answer it without laughing. i mean, really, and i agree with president obama and the clip you just laid. and i'll add that this is not an evolution. this is not a flip-flop as you characterized it. what mitt romney and paul ryan are doing is trying to hide their positions. they're trying to be deceptive and deceitful. because i think what they realized after a convention that was pretty disastrous for them, where it was clear their positions were headed nowhere in terms of their success, now what they've tried to do is hide their true positions on prohibit prohibiting insurance companies from dropping people or denying them coverage for pre-existing conditions, on the fact that they have a $5 trillion tax cut plan that would increase taxes on the middle class , on the fact that when it comes to medicare, they sled the health care safety net and turn it into a voucher system. and their plan does effect seniors. so they're trying to hide their positions and hope the people don't notice.
>> do you expect vice president biden to try to parse the can i have difference stdifferences? because the two have different views, that is that ryan is more conservative when it comes to these issues.
>> i expect vice president biden will be very clear about the stark and clear contrasts between the two directions that we can go. the question whether paul ryan after giving one of the most deceptive convention speeches no n. modern history , is he going to continue that deception and lie about the fact that he and mitt romney have a tax cut plan, $5 trillion that would increase the average middle class family's tax bill by $2,000 in any objective analysis . will he own up to the fact that him and romney have a plan that ends medicare as we know it and turns it into a voucher system and increase his premiums for seniors by more than $6,000. those are questions that we'll see if he's going to be honest tonight. he hasn't been thus far.
>> and also, congresswoman, obama leads by 12% to 13% with women in the latest battle ground polls. this is about the same as 2000 #. 2002008. do you see it widening with the latest comments?
>> i think the latest admission from mitt romney that he's trying to hide his true positions and hide the ball on women 's health, that he is the most extreme candidate for president for women 's reproductive health in anyone's memory, that is part of the reason why obama and biden enjoy overwhelming support from women , whether it's investing in education, or making sure that --
>> but whether ill it widen the gap? ? yes, it will, because women know that they don't want government in their bedroom.>? yes, it will, because women know that they don't want government in their bedroom.>? yes, it will, because women know that they don't want government in their bedroom. ? yes, it will, because women know that they don't want government in their bedroom.yes, it will, because wom en know that they don't want government in their bedroom.yes, it will, because wom en know that they don't want government in their bedroom. and mitt romney will sign a total ban on abortion if september to his desk. so there's a real gulf between the republicans and the democrats for women . .
>> on the flip side , blit company said the one they don't want to see in terms of which biden shows up is the one prone to veer off message badly, freelance or talk out of his hat. they also quoted democratic aides who compared the vice president to cracker jacks . you never know what prize you'll get when you open the box. which one will show up, what do you think?
>> vice president biden will show up with the clear voice he's always been. because he articulates what's important about making sure that we continue to fight for the middle class and working families. he'll make the clear case that the obama administration has brought us from the worst economic crisis we've faced since the great depression as a result of failed policies of the past forward 31 straight months of job growth and that we need to continue to have president obama and he in office so that they can continue to get the economy turned around and create jobs and move forward rather than what paul ryan and mitt romney have proposed, which is to take us back to policies that crashed our economy, that -- here's the bottom line. american voters the next 26 days will have a choice and joe biden will make this case. do we want to go back to a window of time like those under president clinton when we had the longest sustained prosperity as a result of middle class focused economic policies or do we want policies like those during the bush era that focused on tax breaks for the wealthiest and almost no regulation. i think the choice is clear.
>> 9 hours, 30 minutes , you and i whether be watching along with most americans. thank