This transcript is automatically generated
Being eighteen tonight author of what -- believe just happened radio talk show host Monica Crowley former Clinton advisor Doug child.
Fortune magazine Washington columns -- east -- all three Fox News -- character.
Vocalists begin with you this this been Ghazi cable.
This is truly.
-- disaster for the Obama administration is -- Absolutely and what's even more damaging as the drip drip drip of one smoking gun after another of real documentation that this administration knew what was happening in real time -- -- if you take a step back.
That they were requesting additional security at the -- out consulate for over -- month they were repeatedly denied and then while the attack was underway.
Three separate times they were denied any kind of air support or additional military support.
-- Well I think it's it's one of those foreign policy matters say a lot times people think foreign policy in a very distant sense.
But it's one of those foreign policy times when -- where I think people can really connect on a human level as Monica said there calls for how.
There calls me yeah people lost their lives and their calls for how that went on and certain -- and actually is safe.
-- security officials were told to stand down.
I and I think it's it's not good for the White House whether it's gonna affect the election is a different matter it's the -- -- -- short.
People's attention has been focused on the hurricane hurricane sandy.
I'm not sure at the end of the day it's gonna have much to mention make much of a difference on Tuesday up what would.
Make a difference.
By -- because I mean we have 23 million people unemployed.
Are we have an economy that is slowing and it's it's growth.
We have a president who has manifestly.
Spoken not the truth to the American people if I can be polite.
We have is clear statement is we can have that this president.
Thinks that we're all all fools in this country in the voters have neither the electric the memory to make a judgment on foreign policy.
To change the dialogue governor Romney has to make the case you just made in a way that we get off the hurricane.
We get off clean ups we get.
Off bipartisan two hours to the question of the economy the Washington Post poll out today said exactly what you said.
Dead even race but our economic leadership governor Romney's ahead he's got to make that -- the issue and he's got to make that the issue.
Yet here we are with the race that is a statistical tie 110 of 1%.
Separate these two in the in the real clear politics poll polls an average.
How in the world -- I mean how in the world and this president have -- this close to this challenge.
It is stunning and a lot of people of tried to dissect that very question I have been bankrupt because.
Barack Obama massively expanded government over the last four years in massively expanded the welfare state.
That this kind of economy which would be sinking an incumbent 101520.
Years ago is not particularly sinking this one to that extent because.
On the the expansion of the welfare state because of the increasing dependency what he has done is taken -- -- -- the bad economy and that's why you're seeing in the near time and.
I actually would agree with Monica on that because really 1 of the central questions is Al of us pundits said a year ago no president has been reelected since the Great Depression with unemployment over seven point 2%.
It's turning out to be a very tight race the downside.
For and Mitt Romney of a bad economy.
Is that people are more nervous about safety nets they're more reliant on safety nets disability.
Roles have gone up as well as unemployment insurance.
As well as food stamps 47 million people on food stamps now.
And I think when you start talking about changes to Medicare and Social Security.
People are more nervous to have that conversation in this kind of convert in this kind of environment than they would be if -- if there was a better economy.
So I think you know that they that you we all but a bad economy men were -- this guy Clinton -- a bad economy also means that people are really they're clinging on to those safety nets.
-- of those -- notion that we see in the latest pew poll.
A 14% advantage.
If we can divine and as such and you are the expert.
A 14% advantage for governor Romney.
In turn out.
-- and in the race this tight Reno historically.
That the challenger.
Takes the majority of the votes of independent and undecided in that as people under the boat.
This looks like a powerful opportunity for the governor perhaps the decider when -- -- But it it is a powerful opportunity but it's only that an opportunity because I believe President Obama has a better ground game.
A better get out the vote effort particularly in -- explain why explain why he is not -- anything close to the early vote.
That he did in 2008 because he is -- its absolutely simple because.
Is people are -- motivated.
But they can be brought to the polls and what he's counting on is that the people who show up in polls is very likely or possible voters.
Will be through boon to vote and that will make the difference it's a real question -- not say you're wrong and I'm right or even vice Versa alarming how they -- armor bought.
Well stocked up then I'm.
But -- regret if they're that thank you appreciate it thank you -- as well -- up next.