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-- all of these developments namely -- president forced to defend economic policies that haven't restored growth jobs or prosperity.
Our president embarrassed in the first debate of his reelection campaign.
And an administration now -- -- a foreign policy disaster in Libya.
We're joined by Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.
-- good to see you first -- this is let's begin.
With the debate and the fact all of these polls are showing an overall Wyoming.
-- win -- for governor -- what will be the impact.
Well a couple things -- it is seem to me all through this election cycle that President Obama was campaigning with an -- weighed on his back.
That being the conditionally country both real and perceived.
These are not neutral conditions -- that of the kind of give rise to very close elections these are decidedly negative conditions for an incumbent running.
In and I I've thought that it was remarkable the President Obama seemed to be so well ahead and then have elections seemingly in hand.
Now we have had an event in which the president was required to defend his record.
A difficult record to defend he didn't do it very well I'm not sure are well it could be done.
And and Mitt Romney had a good night.
And what we're seeing I think is the chickens are kind of coming home to roost on this president of bid because that these are not as -- -- -- -- -- gravity in this election.
Should favor the challenger and maybe now it's beginning to.
James Rosen just reporting on the extraordinary statements by lieutenant -- colonel what.
Talking about the fact that thirty 36 members of the security team pulled out of -- in the six months previous.
-- to the be a terrorist attack in bed -- These are developments all of which are going to be are gone over.
In hearing after record one expect.
Anomaly this week but in the weeks ahead.
This is a very difficult moment for this administration irrespective of the political context.
Well I agree with that Lou I think it is a difficult moment it looks like a series of very -- serious mistakes were made.
-- regard to the situation in Libya that had to do with security and intelligence and force levels and the rest of it.
And the result was that hideous outcome that we saw there and that is compounded to some extent it seems to me and I think this is where the political trouble may -- well.
By the fact that the administration put out what we know now -- statements it would not based on all the information they had in hand I mean we had people like good Jay Carney saying there was no evidence.
This is an -- days merely act was that this was anything -- in the spontaneous reaction to the video triggered by the aid protests in Cairo.
Well the administration knew better at the time when he was saying that.
And you know you often hear the old saying in politics of cover -- -- worsen -- and the problem in the first place.
There are reasons to suspect that there was a cover up here and if that emerges I think that deepens the administration's dilemmas.
And and politically.
It is we watch what happened with the debate economic policies that as you say -- president was called upon to defend that are -- best.
Difficult to defend it now with the foreign policy.
Disaster both falling in this country as well as this administration.
What are the implications for this race with governor Romney now surging according as we just reported.
In the pew research -- another four points another poll giving a governor Romney an advantage.
Well what we need to know Lou is whether this is a balance which may fade or -- -- genuine surge which may not -- -- we won't know that for some time.
And it seems to me that it's certainly possible that this is a genuine surge.
That Mitt Romney has managed by virtue of his debate performance and augmented perhaps by his speech today -- -- and look presidential in a rather presidential setting and spoke.
Authority about foreign policy issues look Mitt Romney now -- beginning bulletin.
To people like a very serious alternative you know it seems to name -- that -- that challenger to a sitting president.
May have a lot of help from from bad conditions in the country in the eyes of the public but he needs to pass some -- himself.
For and one of them -- them principal test is at my acceptable as a plausible president myself.
It's estimated that the debate and perhaps as -- news -- -- speech today may have created that image in the minds of of the public and if that's so.
His chances of greatly improved.
-- thank you very much --