NewsNation | May 10, 2012
>>> while the dividing line between obama and mitt romney is crystal clear , the president is colliding with romney on other issues. among them, romney's statement this week that, quote, i'll take a lot of credit for the fact the auto industry has come back. the president fired back in his interview with "good morning america 's" robin roberts .
>> i think this is one of his etch a sketch moments. i don't think anybody takes that seriously. people remember his position, which is let's let detroit go bankrupt.
>> cnbc contributor keith boykin , conservative radio talk show host. steve deace, thank you. you're the conservative here. i have to preface it by saying you're a republican. you're a conservative and you are no fan of mitt romney . did you see that little smile the president, just ready for this auto bailout theme to come out so he could hit that one out of the park. he pulled a babe ruth . he pointed and hit it out of the park there.
>> i think we're going to see in the end, this election will come down to whether or not mitt romney can make the case are you better off than you are four years ago or barack obama can make the case, really that question is irrelevant because mitt romney can't be trusted. he's taken every side of every issue. i think this is really going to be a replay of 2004 with barack obama making many of the same arguments against mitt romney that george w. bush made against john kerry and vice versa . and i think the clip you played i think is evidence of that. and i don't think we'll get a final verdict on this until october when the two men are on a stage together and the american people get a chance to size them both up at the same time and determine which one of their cases they believe and which one of the individuals they believe is more credible.
>> in this day of 24 hours news, this isn't 1960 . these things live on forever. you can go on youtube, twitter, anything you can click. you see the statements. you cannot pretenld it didn't happen.
>> you can't pretend it didn't happen. this is big a issue. this is one of the two big issues the obama administration has been highlighting. joe biden made the comment that osama bin laden is dead and general motors is alive. that's a reflection of what the obama campaign wants to focus on during the campaign. and here you have mitt romney who said not only allow detroit go bankrupt. he said if gm, ford and chrysler get a bailout, you can kiss the auto industry goodbye. so his prediction was completely wrong. if we had listened to him we would have lost almost a million joks in the midwest and that's not what the american people need.
>> i'm curious. your audience, mostly conservative since you're a conservative radio show host. is that at all bothering them that mitt romney at least according to the president and others clearly is trying to reinvent his own words. and to your own words, that is part of the peril he faces with this reputation, in many cases, factually presented and proven that he has changed on so many things.
>> well, listen, i want to welcome the rest of america to the mitt romney that those of us in the conservative movement have watched for the last five years running for president. there will be a lot more moments lying this. i don't want to speak for every conservative, i will report back to you what i see. what i see is that most of my audience would prefer not to even recognize who the republican nominee is. and just focus on the fact that they would like to get rid of obama . if it was up to them, mitt romney would stop campaigning and then change his name to not obama so we could run not obama this fall. keith is laughing but that's a great concern. if these conservatives you're referring to, and you're absolutely right. i hate when people try to make all black people think the same, all women. so by what you're saying here, if the only goal is to get this one person out. how in the heck can you claim you love this country when you're only focused on one person. not the ideas. not the concepts. not even the vision for this. only to get one person out of office. how do you claim to love this country?
>> people on our side of this debate. you're not talking to somebody who is an anybody but obama .
>> i got you.
>> i think that they view this president as a symbol of what they see as a declining civilization. an erosion of what they view is traditional americana . and they view him as the point person on this. and my regret is --
>> what's traditional americana ? tell me what that is. what is traditional americana ?
>> that would be the idea of limited government. that would be the idea that individual merit is rewarded. the idea of judeo- christian values . the constitution is not a living, breathing document. things that have united people.
>> keith boykin 's mouth has hit this desk.
>> i don't understand when people say traditional america . let's take america back. it seems they're saying let's take it back from this black guy who is the president of the united states . when i hear people making the arguments about america is in decline. it is so historical, it makes me gasp. here we have a president who has been in office for just over three years. what has changed in three years? have we created socialism? has he taken away your guns? we had an incredible financial crisis that president obama inherited in 2008 . he is trying to dig our way out of it. keep america safe. he is doing the best he can and people are portraying him like he is some sort of kenyan muslim socialist radical. the most ridiculous argument.
>> i have to ask but this tweet you single out yesterday regarding the president saying that he supports same sex marriage. you said the fact that homosexual lobby can make a president of the united states come hither who holds real power in democrat party . homosexual lobby. i need you to tell me what that is.
>> well, i think it is the people that actually believe, even 10% of what keith was just saying. i don't understand what america he lives in. i must have missed the unemployment report. i must have missed the debt ceiling raises.
>> did you miss it during the bush administration ? some of those things that you've just outlined, the spending, did you miss that before 2008 ?
>> preach it, sister. i'm with you. hey, i'm with you on that. i was leading the revolution on that stuff.
>> it didn't happen since 2008 is the point keith and others have tried to make.
>> we had two wars in the bush administration we didn't pay for.
>> i agree.
>> we had the administration that basically ran over civil rights and civil liberties and ignored the constitution, according to a lot of people. and then some people say that president barack obama was trying to clear up the mess that he inherited is somehow worse than president bush . we're talking about a 35% tax rate which is the same as when president obama came into oxs unemployment is going down in this country and yet the president is trying to manage the crisis that he inherited. trying to build us out of this and people are upset. we want to give tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires but we don't want to help teachers and educators and people in our country are trying to rebuild this nation. it doesn't make any sense. what kind of priorities are you setting?
>> let me say this. if the president wants to make the case with the exact same tone of voice keith just used, he will lose.
>> that's why i'm not running for president.
>> according to you, steve , mitt romney is going lose the even with that tone or not. so it's a wash. thank you both. i greatly appreciate it. steve , thank you. we'll have to have a to be continued dot dot dot .