NOW with Alex Wagner | September 21, 2012
>>> the first step to a stronger medicare is to repeal obama care because it represents the worst of both worlds. i had a feeling there would be mixed reaction so let me get into it. it weakens medicare for today's seniors and puts it at risk for the next generation.
>> that was vice presidential candidate paul ryan speaking to seniors at an aarp event in new orleans just a few moments ago. a lot of boos when he talked about appealing obama care. this was, indeed, a revealing week for governor romney and his team and the republican party on whole. it's time to look back and ask, what just happened?
>> my favorite actor is gene hackm hackman.
>> you want gene hackman to play your wife?
>> to play her?
>> this week we learned a lot about who mitt romney really is.
>> i'm kind of a snooki fan.
>> learned some things we didn't want to know.
>> what does mitt wear to bed?
>> i didn't write the question, man.
>> the best answer is as little as possible. and some things mitt didn't want us to know.
>> 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government.
>> some things mitt really doesn't want us to know.
>> i'm sure he wished he didn't say it. i'm sure he wished the hidden camera wasn't there.
>> republicans insisted it was all about wording.
>> it's not elegantly stated.
>> mitt romney probably could have better explained himself.
>> he was, obviously, inarticulate in making this point.
>> didn't state it the most elegant way.
>> almost have two score and seven percent will vote for my opponent.
>> elegance might have helped but sometimes you just need a little discretion.
>> you look sharp .
>> you haven't seen me naked.
>> we're going to keep it that way.
>> all right. i like that. keep it that way.
>> as bad as it was, mitt romney didn't have the worst week.
>> new trouble this morning for actress lindsay lohan .
>> at least criminally speaking.
>> lohan left the scene of an accident after she struck a man.
>> she was arrested here in manhattan this morning.
>> and even if the gop is looking grim these days, there might be a party savior waiting in the wings .
>> who will never have the elite smart people on our side.
>> no, not steady eddie . tim tebow , said this week, he has not ruled out running for office. perhaps this eager young athlete.
>> i'm excited to be a jet and excited to be here. exciting for me. i'm excited.
>> paired with another eager young athlete.
>> i'm excited for what lies ahead.
>> excited about this.
>> could bring real excitement back to the republican party .
>> i'm very, very excited about it.
>> really excited.
>> excited about this.
>> they're excited. michael hastings , who had the worst week? who had the worst week? i think the romney people were struggling. on a positive side mother jones had a great week, long-standing, great magazine, long tradition and great to see the impact they're having on this election.
>> josh, worst week?
>> romney . it's not impossible to think he'll come back, but he essentially blew up his campaign tis this week and on the romney richter scale of gaffes this was by far the worst one.
>> aside from the guy lindsay lohan hit --
>> or lindsay lohan herself.
>> i was wondering around -- suddenly a car taps me.
>> oh, man.
>> but i would say other republican candidates because we've had this great phrase this week i love so much, it's an oxymoron reverse coat tails. scott brown is running as fast as he can from mitt romney , so are most of the other republican candidates and they had the worst week.
>> head winds, maggie haberman.
>> the original and say mitt romney . i wouldn't go quite that far yet. anything can happen. mike bloomberg got elected and we said he wouldn't in 2001 . i don't think this was -- not a close call this week.
>> i'm saying paul ryan because he has to run with the dude.
>> so excited, so excited and where did it go? thank you to josh, jay, maggie, and michael. that is all for now. see you monday when i'm joined by heather mcghee, eric baits and samuel stein. and catch us sunday for our education nation special the parent teacher association . i will be hosting a special panel on education reform at the new york public library and speaking with michele rhee, joe klein and the star of the film "won't back down" which focuses on parents and teachers with a premier this sunday at 6:00 p.m . eastern on msnbc. " andrea mitchell reports" is live next from new york city . [ "the