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The Obama campaign treading carefully after a gaffe -- few weeks it's been nearly seven weeks since President Obama has taken a substantive question from the white house press corps.
A repeat seven weeks.
The last time he June 20 press conference following the G-20 summit in Mexico.
Since then president Obama's done some local TV interviews he's given no interviews to the White House reporters are held any press conferences.
President Obama also turning his back.
Turning back to his trustee or properly last week after scaling back -- used.
For the past mob you that was by the way the eastern factories that you didn't bill that remarks.
Some -- we're surprised it took this long to return to that prompter the president not the only one trying to avoid gaps on the campaign -- Vice President Biden is taking.
A week long vacation his second in as many months and I know.
Take taking off from -- Joining me now former Reagan political director leading Republican strategist Fox News political analyst Ed Rollins.
Also joining Juan Williams -- -- ill Marxist political analyst.
-- when great to have you -- this is this good strategy on the part of well let's start -- Joseph -- About Biden medication through November would be -- -- appropriately I.
I think I think -- was talking about gaps that live out our if you wanted to eliminate gaps.
Have a nice vacation -- -- -- and in the they're doing then that but the return to the prompter I mean that's that's got to be a little disconcerting.
To the present there -- stories.
By Maine doing area read your purchased all of -- That the president himself wanted to take -- get away from the prompter but has since decided.
It's better to be near his for an.
Well I think after the all the confusion over that last statement with regard -- you didn't bill that.
And I still argue that you can really get different ways but.
Clearly it's just safer bet same thing with the press -- same thing with the questions.
Why open yourself up to being misinterpret or saying something off the -- that can help you when you're not very tight race now.
I I guess the answer to that sort of presents itself is because it's America and you're expected to do so it's part of the give and -- to being in that office.
Hi it's to me it's more the way you run you know if you look for public -- -- you don't take questions from the press.
You don't -- permit any -- action.
I mean corporate.
The press is the vehicle that he communicate with the American public and -- is -- some to a better than others.
This present -- -- good campaign and I mean I think if he he memorized script and said the same thing with a consistency.
This problem I think is there's nothing he can sell he has never program that's worked.
And he's got to go back to sort of an anti Romney type in the campaign.
And you know sometimes when you do that that you get heated up and you -- things you don't wanna say.
Friday the president the White House dump -- dump -- on the American people.
I -- -- you know we got -- somewhere around a million and a half folks.
Sixteen to thirty or illegal but just what now you don't have to worry about having committed identity.
Theft -- fraud you don't have to worry about being in the country illegally and having.
Somehow created an opportunity -- driver's license we'll take care of that for you it's all good.
What's your reaction.
Well I think -- it's good optics I think it's great politics right now after the Hispanic vote which is overwhelmingly going towards Obama right now.
And I think that if you think about it as an issue.
You wouldn't find it on any poll as -- top priority for.
Voters just not -- there's no reaction here there's and then at all from the Republican Party it's a done -- -- I was talking or -- Crisco back who's authored a number of the anti illegal immigration laws.
Don't you think this is that they that -- please do you know.
Overflowed -- security of the ballot is going to be extremely important is a very close election we could ever repeat of 2000 all over again which it.
Couple thousand votes can make the difference here.
And so basically any security that basically allows ordinary citizens register citizen's vote -- is good and otherwise you should make it.
-- we -- some kind of identification.
This is pandering this is basically -- to a special motor group and I think a certain extent as.
The best public policy.
Has not always best politics I think this president needs to -- -- the politics.
I was very good good policy I would say that I'm stunned at how much.
Voter suppression -- -- place I think Republicans are definitely in the game.
To try to keep people -- I think this we're going in Pennsylvania.
On this business about voter ID photograph.
You know when there's no evidence of any voter fraud in the country.
And you saw this -- big pardon.
There's no have been up at night well they -- -- it -- but I -- I -- I think November while beloved in other cities are there is.
CIBER are going to be very careful -- February and if I don't that it did Obama go right you're right edit it and help them I'm glad I'm not going near voter yeah.
Aren't there and see if there's voter suppression I'm against -- and if there's a violation of registration and electoral law.
I'm against that current I come down evenly against bull -- I was that prepare him back that's correct are all right but you've got -- -- before you start saying.
People have to have photographs with their voter I know I wouldn't want to impose on anybody to actually prove who the arbor reliable -- I mean that's.
Nineties I mean it's about what country but if you had a problem why -- you creating a solution in search of a problem I agree.
Because that report last week showing that.
And minorities for the principal beneficiaries.
Possible beneficiaries of voter identification yeah I -- that supreme court for 2008.
Support stringent stringent voter identification.
One it's always good it's good to be erected -- the -- and keep.
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