NewsNation | April 25, 2012
>> we mentioned in a half hour from now president obama will pick up where he left off yesterday making his case to young voters in swing states . the president is right now at the university of iowa . we're expecting to hear and call on congress to freeze college interest rates to help stem soaring student debt that they could see by the summer. this is not an official campaign stop but it remains to be seen whether the president will directly engage mitt romney , a man they call the presumptive nominee . romney certainly not holding back after his sweep last night and lashed out against the president's performance in office and pounded the message that he says he can do a better job.
>> the last few years have been the best that barack obama can do. it is not the best america can do. i see an america with a growing middle class , with rising standards of living. i see children even more successful than their parents, some successful even beyond their wildest dreams and others congratulating them for their achievement, not attacking them for it.
>> joining me, news deputy political editor mark murray and mark smirkconnish.
>> romney laid out why not obama but what was missing is the answer of why him?
>> that's right, tamron . i was able to attend a focus group of republican voters last week and all talking about, yes, i know mitt romney is a businessman but they didn't know what the plans were and we didn't hear that from mitt romney last night. romney in his speech said he will talk about this in the future and you can be sure you will hear some of this in the convention taking place in tampa heading into the fall of general election . right now mitt romney is known as a businessman and a person able to beat rick santorum and newt gingrich and not a lot beyond that.
>> michael , to mark murray 's point here, in that speech he talked about his wife. he talked about his father. he mentioned he is a businessman. some question aspects of his business record but here is your big window. critics of mitt romney admitted it was a good speech for him, good maybe in performance and lacking as to answering that key question if not obama then why him?
>> i saw this as the first step of a new rollout. it would seem to me afs as if the campaign wiped the slate clean and decided voters for the first time would be forming opinions of mitt romney and this would commence the rollout. that it won't be enough to win independents. there is a constituency that only needs to know there is someone other than obama . i am sure that speech played well for those folks last night but he has to cross the next bridge in order to be successful.
>> is that a nice way of saying this is the etch-a-sketch moment that his advisor mentioned? is that what you're saying?
>> it was not a speech he is proclaiming conservative viewpoints.
>> severely conservative viewpoints.
>> there was nothing severely conservative about that speech. that's what i took away from it. the general election has begun. the primary process is over. it doesn't seem like it is the same pitch that will now be made.
>> and speaking of pitches being made, mark, i want to go back to this debate on immigration and what the supreme court could decide. mitt romney already issued a statement in the last hour. let me read it. he says the issue before the supreme court today is directly connected to barack obama 's refusal to offer any plan to fix our broken immigration system. three years into his term he failed to secure our borders and improve our legal immigration system ordeal squarely with the costs of illegal immigration . with that said romney is the guy in the debate that said people may self deport which we're trying to understand what that could possibly mean and who would possibly participate in it and also, mark, with marco rubio at his side he said he was willing to look at this proposal of a republican dream act but he really wasn't sure and some saw that as a pivot already for him.
>> tamron , in that statement we saw from the romney campaign we see their strategy twofold. one, it is that they want to be able to say that the obama administration has failed when it has come to immigration and, two, try to pivot to latino voters, maybe with some type of version of that marco rubio dream act . what's important in that statement, i thought, is that essentially the romney campaign is taking the side of the state of arizona that the federal government shouldn't butt in and they have every right to do what he they to want do and it doesn't play well with avot of latino vetters and in the new poll he was winning latinos by a wide margin and i can tell you that immigration law in arizona matters a lot to a lot of latinos around the country.
>> that's the problem we know will exist down the road. it is not something we're predicting. we don't need a crystal ball . we know that mitt romney has to effectively deal with the issue and we already know that the team obama plans to use his words against him and the words he used to slay rick perry during the debates. michael .
>> tamron , i am thinking about what happens if those who are reading the tea leaves and you heard this just a couple of moments ago are correct in thinking that the supreme court might uphold senate bill 1070 because if that decision comes out in june, then forcement will take place between now and november in the critical sequence of the general election .
>> and how it gets enforced, you know there are going to be events and those events will have significance and resonance in the presidential race.
>> i know that the law in arizona , mitt romney referred to as a model for the nation, but let me switch to money real quick. i want to play what was said on morning joe , guys. john hileman discussing obama fundraising fears. let me play it, please.
>> there is a little of fear in the eyes on the democratic side financially now, this notion that we all most people operated under that the president would raise a billion dollars and the republican would be maybe a parody and certainly not have the financial advantage. that has i think over the course of the last couple months change the. they're practically coming to my house and asking me to take part in the george clooney fundraiser thing. i get an e-mail about it from somebody almost every day.
>> mark, is that your insight, that the team obama is worried about money?
>> i think the outside groups are a bit concerned, tamron . when you look at available cash on hand, right now barack obama has a 10 to 1 edge over mitt romney . when you add the outside groups, talking about the super pacs and the political parties it goes to 2 to 1 and as soon as mitt romney is the presumptive nominee , you expect him to raise a lot more money to the joint that john hileman was making that the george cloony raffle, things like that, the obama campaign wants a huge online grassroots base and will they be able to get the 15 million on the e- mail list to send $10, $100, and that theoretically could wipe out all the republican outside spending and they have to have them energized energized.
>> michael , newt gingrich says on tuesday or at least the reports are that newt gingrich is going to wrap this up on tuesday.
>> with no disrespect to newt, is he still in it as of today?
>> he still has secret service being paid for.
>> that's not right. what about ron paul ? he is still in it, too, right? nobody considers them candidates at this point.
>> nobody does. you're absolutely right on that. thank you very much including the rnc who said the presumptive nominee is mitt romney . thank you, gentlemen.