The Daily Rundown | October 10, 2012
>> well, president obama 's family is working overtime to redefine last week's debate trying to shift focus away from the president's poor performance. the effort has been going on for nearly a week, now former president bill clinton jumped into it tuesday mocking romney 's debate strategy.
>> but people are still frustrated about the economy, they want it fixed yesterday. so just show up with a sunny face and say i didn't say all that stuff the last two years. i don't have that tax plan i had for the last two years. you going to believe me or your lying eyes here, come on.
>> former house speaker and illinois republican dennis hastert , who's a romney supporter. good morning.
>> good morning.
>> i want to ask about the comments that president clinton made moderate mitt do you believe that romney has tacked to the center over the last few weeks?
>> i think he wants to be president of 100% of all of the people in the united states . he has to address concerns to more moderate people that he has that sensitivity. i think he proved that as governor of massachusetts .
>> do you think he had waited too long to do that?
>> that's the way we have to go. and i looked at what he did in massachusetts. he went across the aisle, went with the legislature that was 87% democrat and got things done. and i think he has to prove that to the american people , i think if he's going to win, he's got the republicans. if he has to win the middle. and he has to go out and talk about how he can bring this country together and get things done.
>> there wasn't lots of time to responder how you forged these alliances. to lot the undermining of the administration which is kind of unthinkable given the times we were in. it was a time of national emergency but nonetheless, that's what we faceded. is that the way you saw it?
>> i don't see that. republicans have to do what they plead philosophically, right, but republicans are ready and willing to work across the aisle. just look at bill clinton , the last two years of his administration, i figured we worked across the aisle and it's the same people that basically are there today. i mean john boehner worked with teddy kennedy to get the no child left behind, he's done that.
>> step away at 30,000 feet. you think you only change the -- i feel like reagan and the democratic congress worked better in the second term, clinton and the republican congress worked better in the second term. is there truth to that?
>> i don't know, we'll have to see. i think the american people have to look and say, do we want four more years of the last four years? i think that's something that really has been there and it's been in tran sen dance to actually reach across the aisle, and if there was a true effort to do that, we would have more solutions. we're up to a fiscal cliff with a whole issue of economic issues that we have been pushed off and pushed off and pushed off. and the administration has not delved in to solve these problems.
>> you had some advice for the romney campaign, five points, repeating a simple message that people can understand, you had an appeal to working class people, promised more effective cooperation and help the american people choose a vision that promotes opportunity over what you write as government-imposed equality. i want to focus in on ryan. do you feel like the campaign has used ryan effectively?
>> i've known paul for a long time. he's one of those fellows i kind of brought along the congress. he's smart, he understands the budget, he understands tax issues. and part of it is what he's been allowed to do. part of it is playing defense. and i think we'll see in this next election, this debate coming up tomorrow morning , i think you'll see a paul ryan who is able to handle those kinds of issues and needs to be able to enunciate.
>> i get the sense that you they we haven't seen enough rye ran?
>> former speaker dennis hastert .