The Daily Rundown | July 24, 2012
>>> let's bring back the panel. perry bacon, ruth marcus , and steve lombardo. there was a fun little story here about orrin hatch , now that he's passed his primary. it was an ap story where orrin hatch is talking about, if he's chairman of the senate finance committee , that the steve , there's going to be compromise. not everyone's going to get what they want. the ap reporter took that quote and said, well, i guess he's not worried about his primary politics anymore. the office got mad of that interpretation and that's understandable, but i have to say, when you hear a quote like that from orrin hatch , would we have heard him say something like that before the primary in utah?
>> doubtful. very doubtful. listen, orrin hatch is 78 years old. he's worried about his legacy and he also wants to do --
>> so he got elected, he got out of the ditch, essentially, and now it's legacy watch?
>> i think it is. and i think it's also about doing what's right for the country. and i think he's a little tired of no compromise, as part of the republican politics and democratic politics as well. and i think that he wants to see something big happen. he'd like to be a part of that.
>> but ruth, it was interesting to the watch this staff push back so hard on this.
>> have you ever had a more perfect illustration of everything that's wrong with washington today? no, no --
>> he didn't mean that! i know. that does say it all, doesn't it?
>> and it's the true hatch. the hatch that was able to reach across the aisle and work with ted kennedy and pass the children's health insurance program and other things like that. come on, folks. this is what we need.
>> i wonder how many "i told you sos" on the right, in the tea party movement.
>> tax reform will probably involve tax increases, which i'm sure the tea party challenger would not have been for.
>> what's interesting, i haven't had a republican senator, when you ask them that direct question, can you say that taxes are not going to go up on somebody, they won't say that. it's pretty clear taxes are going to go up on somebody.
>> i think it has to. look, at some point, the ryan proposal has to -- if we're actually going to reduce the debt, which is the problem, there has to be some compromise on taxes. where and how, i don't know, but this election has to happen.
>> ruth, really quickly, what'd you make of sort of what appears to be a change in tone in the president's ads?
>> you know, i'm actually not surprised by it. i wrote a column eight months ago about how this campaign was not going to be about hope and change, but fear and loathing . voila.
>> and you do get the sense both campaigns are maybe secretly relieved that they had to take a break.
>> and romney's been saying that too.
>> shameless plugs?
>> my winning is on saturday. so south dakota .
>> south dakota ?
>> south dakota .
>> destination wedding.
>> steve ?
>> pollster.com, visited --
>> right now?
>> absolutely. and read what real pollsters are saying.
>> cameras in courtrooms. i'm really glad we got a look inside the courtroom in colorado yesterday.
>> is that a good thing?
>> i really do -- i was a little taken aback at the beginning, but i do think it was a good thing. aren't we glad we got a chance to make that decision, assailant assessment ourselves?
>> it's interesting. i'm going to be on a lighter wrote, ichiro, hopefully now you get the attention you deserve. tomorrow,