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There, there are a number of steps where we could obtain significant savings, and that money could be applied to programs that do work. You talk and write a lot about bipartisanship, and I was quite taken by this comment about federal judges.
Let me share it with you. And yet you voted against him. But I, but I—the—I did not support a filibuster in that situation.
I anguished over that vote. I thought he was highly qualified for the job. I had some concerns about his record on the margins. I chose to vote against him, but I would not have supported a filibuster in that instance, because I think that he was a good nominee on the part of the Bush administration.
Well, you know, I, I think the president is, is a complicated person. As I say in the book, I think he is a decent person, and, and the—I like him personally.
And I think that has been a mistake. I think that the American people are historically a nonideological people. I think when we operate on the basis of common sense and pragmatism, we end up with better outcomes.
And I think that part of the reason the Republican Party is going to—has been doing poorly in this election is because people have said, you know, when we look at issues like health care or education or Social Security or foreign policy, it seems as if the president has only one narrow approach and is not taking in the advice and dissenting views that might make for better proposals.
I think that the problem has been that that certainty has precluded him from looking at issues based on facts as opposed to based on ideology. I—the—you know, I think that it is important to not buy into your own hype or, or your press clippings. Gingrich or Gore vs. Bush or Kerry vs. You know, I think the arguments about big government vs.
My instinct is is that the current generation is more interested in smart government. And what would, in your mind, define a great president? Obviously, most of the time, it seems, that the president has maybe 10 percent of his agenda set by himself and 90 percent of it set by circumstances. We can regain our greatness. Individual responsibility and personal responsibility are important. The last Democratic president, Bill Clinton, said this: Barack Obama, who he thinks has the intelligence and the toughness necessary to be president, but has to be careful about running too soon.
Is that a fair comment? Do you think the—President Clinton has some self-interest in making that comment? My job is to think about your problems. Are you ready to be president?
And they're going to probably have to find some way to get those two states into the convention. I--It's hard to imagine the Democrats meeting in Denver without any representation from Florida or Michigan. But how do you let their votes count if, in fact, the elections, when they were held, were under the agreement that they wouldn't count?
Two scenarios I've heard. One is that Michigan--if any of them are going to hold a revote, Michigan seems more likely than not because of labor--those guys are afraid of not getting their place--seats at the table. And the compromise might be "OK, we'll seat a Florida delegation, but it's going to be made up of whatever the popular vote is nationally, whatever that is.
And that that's what the Florida delegation will be able to say, 48 percent Obama, 48 percent Clinton. So they'll be able to say, "OK, Florida, you get your seats," but they won't have an effect on the, on the Gwen, you mentioned William Jefferson Clinton, the former president.
He was in Maine, and our NBC affiliate caught up with him there, and this was what he had to say about his role in the campaign thus far. Well, everything I have said has been factually accurate.
But a lot of things that were said were factually inaccurate. I did not ever criticize Senator Obama personally in South Carolina.
I never criticized him personally. Now, the Obama campaign will say that saying it was "rolling the dice," "risky" or that his position on the war in Iraq was a "fairy tale" was personal criticism.
You know, there's a real important lesson that's being learned here.
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Bill Clinton--who you would think would have known the lesson already--figured it out first, which is that you have to be careful in an election like this in the language you use. You have two firsts out here. And so if you make--there are huge groups of people who support each first, women for Hillary--that's roughly--and roughly blacks for Obama. They hear things which mainstream voters might not hear.
They hear offense; they hear insult. Bill Clinton found that out. He said something, whether you believe what--it was innocent or not, but he said something which struck a tone with a lot of African-American voters, and he's been trying to make it up ever since. The same problem exists, however, for people who are supporters or just observers of the Clinton campaign, which is you make the slightest comment--there's a, there's a great--I get e-mails from them every day.
There's a great groundswell sub rosa argument among women, who feel that this election is being unfairly taken from them; feminists who hear every insult, which is, you know, we heard what happened this week on NBC with the reporter who made the comment about Chelsea.
That sort of thing starts to--it just starts a little roll going among people who are feeling aggrieved anyway.
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So if you make a comment and you say, "Barack Obama, he's a kid," or "Barack Obama, he's like Jesse Jackson," that rings a bell in the ears of a lot of African-American voters and other supporters of Barack Obama. If you make a sexist or demeaning comment about a woman, that also strikes a bell among a lot of women voters. And that's the problem in a tipping-point election, when any, any version of that kind of insult can affect the outcome probably more than the superdelegates.
Let me turn to--any comments about Bill Clinton, anybody else? Well, I would just say that it's--that, you know, this election seems to be--it's going to be won on the margins. And, you know, if Bill Clinton ends up being a distraction, you know, that's, that's, that's a big problem.
David, are--is there concern that if Hillary Clinton's the nominee that young voters, African-American voters will not be as enthusiastic for her candidacy as they would have been because of some of the friction that exists? There is that concern, but I think we will not know for a long time how deep or shallow these wounds are of--in the nomination process in either party. I mean, the Republicans, obviously, still have wounds to heal as well.
Let me turn to the Republicans. Here's our latest delegate count for them. John McCain is atMike Huckabee John McCain the presumptive nominee. Mike Huckabee would have to win 93 percent of the remaining delegates in order to overturn him, but he said, "Hey, something could happen. There could--well, there could be a moment. He called it the other day a macaca moment. Perhaps someone will say something, and I don't think he really wants that.
I just quoting--I'm just quoting the man. Laura Ingraham said, "It's one thing to say you're a foot soldier for Ronald Reagan, but what have you done for conservatism lately? Republicans have gotten Advertise It shows a little more intensity and enthusiasm for one party over another, Chuck Todd.
It's a huge problem for the Republicans. I mean, they look at these numbers, and they're very, very nervous. But I'll say this for McCain. I feel like I've seen a weak nominee like this, you know, where you feel like that he has a weak support. Bill Clinton at about this point inhe had the nomination.
And he had this thorn in his side in Jerry Brown. And Jerry Brown started winning a few primaries, and suddenly you heard some senior guys--I remember, Willie Brown was the one that stuck out, where he was thinking about, out of California then, he was the speaker, "Well, maybe we should hand the nomination over to Ross Perot.
And you just wonder, I mean, this is the danger John McCain is in. Yes, mathematically--I mean, literally he could--he could fall on--he could have a macaca moment and still probably get the But he can't be losing primaries.
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You know, he can do what happened yesterday. But if he loses Virginia, Texas is not a great state for him. We've seen that Huckabee does, does well in some of these Southern states. Then suddenly those whispers. It won't be just talk radio. It, it will be some serious senior guys will sit there and say, "You know, do we have a problem here? It almost cost him the nomination and the presidency. Well, look at how--well, look at Washington state yesterday. Not only did he almost lose Washington state to Mike Huckabee, but Ron Paul got like 21 percent of the vote.
So he was unpolled--people who voted for someone other than McCain won the majority. Here's the other issue with Huckabee, is that, you know, I was talking to Ed Rollins in New Hampshire, and Ed Rollins looked me straight in the eye and said, "Listen, if we had one more week in New Hampshire, we would've won this thing.
But Huckabee, the voters got to know Huckabee, and he had time. And as you go from where we are now into Texas, potentially--now, he needs to do well in Virginia, and, you know, it's kind of a single elimination in a way for Huckabee--but if he can get past Virginia, he's got some time for Texas.
And, and that's what the Huckabee camp is, is relying on. It's clear Huckabee wants to stay in until McCain mathematically reaches the he needs, which could be at least another month.
It actually could be two months. And Huckabee has a perfectly plausible reason to stay in. There's no reason for him to get out. But I had an interesting conversation the other night with Frank Fahrenkopf, who was the Republican National Committee chairman when Ronald Reagan was president, and he was recalling that exactly the same people who were raising hell with John McCain now at CPAC and these other conservative conventions were doing the same thing with Ronald Reagan when Reagan was in the White House.
And he said, there is an element in that conservative wing of the Republican Party that are just "aginners. They believe this is going to be a landslide of historic proportions. They will not admit it to people in the media or, or on the air, but most Republicans believe this is going to be a landslide of epic proportions, and Mitt Romney has to know that, too.
It will always be remembered as, like '64 was the Goldwater landslide. You know, this will be on John McCain's hands. Now, David Broder, I read in your column on Thursday you may have dissent from that.
He will be formidable. I believe that, and I think against either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama--they're very different races, depending on which Democrat wins, but I don't see how McCain, positioned as he has been over time now, is anything less than a 46, 47 percent candidate. Joe Scarborough, I think, believes because of the war in Iraq, because of the economy, because of the turnout we've seen in these primaries, Gwen Ifill, that this is going to be a Democratic year.
Well, you know, there is a--we--I go, I go back to this question of language again. Because it's important to listen to the way--what, what John McCain's real challenge is. And his challenge is not just to knit together the party, but it's to speak to the party in a way that the Democrats remaining are choosing to speak to their people.
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Mike Huckabee has language down pat. We will not have permanent bases there. Once I have provided that mission, if they come to me and want to adjust tactics, then I will certainly take their recommendations into consideration.
But, ultimately, the buck stops with me as the commander-in-chief. He will easily raise more than he could ever get in public funding. I have been a long-time advocate for public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time as a way to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests.
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