The Rachel Maddow Show | October 04, 2012
>>> nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell interviewed a lot of scary people and dictators and ego maniacs over the years and over the years from doing that, she has endured these scary people and dictators and ego maniacs saying crazy things to her in close proximity. but also she has endured worse.
>> when rice tried to challenge sudan's president omar al bashir , his security aides -- the security men tried to stop us from covering a photo opportunity .
>> no. no. no. we don't let cameras into -- oh!
>> reporter: when i asked sudan's president a question -- can you tell us why the government is still supporting the militias? they grabbed me from behind and dragged me out.
>> when things like this happen to andrea mitchell because she is such a pro, she is fototally zen through the whole thing. she does not crack up, doesn't yell at people. she doesn't let her jaw drop to the floor. he doesn't do a loony tunes style split take. andrea mitchell maintains composure in difficult circumstances. when something happens that causes you, the viewer, to be able to see and degrrea mitchell slightly recoil, be slightly shocked, that's really something. that something happened earlier today. i want you to look closely. this is andrea mitchell on her fantastic 1:00 p.m . msnbc show today. did you see that reaction? that reaction from the unflappable andrea mitchell who never does that? what made that happen? what made -- watch. that never happens. here's what made that happen. mitt romney 's national campaign co-chairman today dispatched by the campaign to talk about last night's debate, here's how he did it.
>> what people saw last night i think was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is.
>> governor, i want to give you a chance to maybe take it back. did you really mean to call barack obama the president of the united states lazy?
>> yes. i think it -- i think you saw him admit it the night before when he delivered the pizzas. he said, you know, they're making me do this work. he didn't want to prepare for this debate. he's lazy and disengaged.
>> that is how the national co-chair of the romney campaign thinks last night went. that's how the romney campaign followed up on their debate win last night. national campaign co-chairman saying the president is lazy. they also put the same man on fox news to call the president stupid.
>> you don't think there will be a better prepared president obama on stage next week?
>> when you're not that bright, you can't get better prepared.
>> that the romney campaign's post-debate message from their national campaign co-chair. the president is lazy and not that bright. here was the obama campaign 's post-debate message.
>> the mitt romney we all know invested in companies that were called pioneers of outsourcing jobs to other countries. but the guy on stage last night, he said he'd never heard of tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. never heard of them. and he said, if that's true, he must need a new accountant. so now we know for sure that wasn't the real mitt romney because the real mitt romney is doing just fine with the accountant that he already has. whoever it was that was on stage last night doesn't want to be held accountable for what the real mitt romney 's been saying for the last year.
>> president obama cannot rewind and unleash that last night at the podium? but the way he and his opponent's campaign have adjusted their tactics in moving on from last night's debate tells you more about where the campaign is going from here than any dial test you saw during last night's debate. that's next with