This is a rush copy of the Journal Editorial Report of October 6, 2012.
This copy may not be in final form and may be updated.
Host paul gigot: in this week's Wall Street Journal Editorial Report, candidates face challenges in Colorado and Mitt Romney continues to attack.
Is this a restart that Republicans have been waiting?
Can Paul Ryan maintain that momentum in next week's vice president?
Also, it could be a real Republican pickup
New England blue?
How Linda McMahon made the election of Connecticut's Senate a topic of concern.
The Supreme Court is back and they will not avoid any more disputes.
Wait until you see what's on their docket this semester. (
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President Barack Obama: Governor, if you lower interest rates the way you described it, then it is impossible to propose adequate deductions and loopholes that only affect high
Avoid personal income that increases the deficit or adds a burden to the middle class. It's math.
It's arithmetic. MITT ROMNEY, R-
Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate: lower interest rates, lower deductions and exemptions to create more jobs, because there is nothing better than getting more people to work, make more money and pay more taxes.
So far, this is the most effective and effective way to balance the budget. (END VIDEO CLIP)
Welcome to The Wall Street Journal.
"I'm Paul Gigot.
S. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney held their first presidential debate in Denver on Wednesday.
As you can hear, candidates are arguing over taxes and deficits and health care, Wall Street Reform and the role of government, mitt Romney has made some sharp attacks on the president's record over the past four years. (
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Romney: In my opinion, what we're seeing right now is a trickle --
The government thinks the government can do better than the liberal people who pursue their dreams, but that doesn't work.
23 million people are unemployed.
One of the six poor.
Proof that we have 32 million on the food voucher and 47 million on the food voucher.
It proves that 50% of college graduates can't find a job this year. (END VIDEO CLIP)
GIGOT: there is no doubt that Romney's outstanding performance helped the Republican Party win.
The question is, how much?
Let's ask the Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor, Mary annastsy O'Grady, member of the editorial board, Dan henningger;
Jason Riley, editor of the political diary;
Washington columnist Kim strasler
Dan, how important is this debate for Mitt Romney's campaign?
Columnist and deputy editor dan henninger: this is very important not only for Mitt Romney's candidate, Paul, but also for us.
I think both of him have saved his candidacy.
He saved the election.
To be honest, this election is a bit boring.
It's boring because both candidates make it boring in different ways. The president --
There are reports like this--
He thinks he's a bit comfortable without Mitt Romney's real rivals.
Mr. Romney has largely expressed conservative clichés without detailing them.
We started the debate, and what Mitt Romney did was answer two things that I think most voters are looking for, why do you think Barack Obama's presidency has failed, and how he has failedSecondly, now --
What alternatives will you propose and how can you do better than President Obama?
He did both of these things.
He did a good job in Obama's record, and the president refused to talk about himself, and he went deep into his tax and health policies.
So he set some new bottom lines for the election.
GIGOT: Kim, there are a lot of Republicans willing to start writing him off if Mitt Romney doesn't do well.
I mean, really.
They are worried that his fundraising may be reduced and there will be a big problem.
So, is there any new momentum and optimism on the Republican side?
Kim strassel, Washington columnist: Yes.
Let me tell you, don't worry now that fundraising will stop.
I mean, you haven't seen him so enthusiastic since Mitt Romney's run, back in 2008.
But I think it's because he went out and talked about some ideas.
It's something that Republicans have always thought he needed to do because you can't say it's an option and you have to prove it's an option.
That's what he did in Denver.
One of the most important things he does is to explain these choices very clearly.
He talked about economic growth and tax increases.
Healthcare market and Obamacare.
This is the way he needs to explain to voters. GIGOT: Yes. Jason?
Jason riley, editor of the Political Diary: this is a very substantive debate.
It was a good thing that he did set up some ideas and plans.
But I think these debates are not only substantive.
They are about manners and displays.
What he managed to do was get on the stage and stand next to the president and look more president than he himself.
He did it for 90 minutes and it worked. -(CROSSTALK)
GIGO: look into his eyes and respect him very much.
I think he did better than Obama on his anniversary. (LAUGHTER)
What about the idea you hear from the left right now, that is, oh, the secret to Romney's success in the debate is that it's moderate Romney.
He basically denied all his campaign positions.
That's what the Obama campaign said, of course. Is that true?
Member of the editorial board, Mary annastasi O'Grady: Well, I think they were annoyed that he was able to challenge the president about what the president claimed he had been saying.
Democrats have said Republicans want contaminated water and slave work. -
The worker's sweatshops and various low wages, he was able to challenge these things directly to the president. And he never --
You know, it's not very good to use the word "liar" politically for your opponent, but he's basically able to lay out what the president said to him is not real.
GIGOT: Let's take a look at a segment of the president's frustration with some of Mitt Romney's answers. (
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Obama: He says he will close deductions and loopholes in his tax plan.
That's how it's paid, but we don't know the details.
He said he would replace Dodd-
Frank, Wall Street reform, but we don't know which one it is.
He won't tell us.
He's saying he's going to replace Obama.
Be careful and make sure all the good things inside are in there and you don't have to worry about it.
I think at some point the American people have to ask themselves, is it too good for Governor Romney to keep all these plans in place of secrets?
Is it because middle-class families will benefit too much from them? (END VIDEO CLIP)
Jason, is the president right?
RILEY: Well, Romney is not as specific as some of us have urged him, especially on the tax issue.
GIGO: But I think he's very specific on the tax issue.
He countered Obama's description of his tax plan.
I think he did a good job in this regard.
The president has been relying on a report that has been debunked by people like Romney who want to raise taxes ---
Yes, increase the tax by $2000. RILEY: --
To pay for tax cuts for the rich, the middle class.
I think he refuted this very effectively.
But I would also like to see more details on the following-(CROSSTALK)
GIGOT: but he gave some details on how to reduce deductions and exemptions here, for example.
For example, a limit of $25,000 or $50,000 can be used by anyone.
This is a very specific example provided by Marty Feldstein and others at Harvard University as a way of tax reform.
Henningger: both of them hugged the Simpsons.
List three different tax rates and say that under each rate you have to do something about deductions and exemptions, either cancel all deductions or keep them.
'I will cut rates and put all these deductions and exemptions on the negotiating table,' Mr. Romney said.
As any serious politician knows, this is the starting point for reformulating the tax code.
You don't have to go into detail at this point.
GIGOT: Kim, what does the Romney campaign have to do to keep that momentum going?
You saw them do this. They have now --
There's a whole bunch of new ads in the area, both about the deficit and more about Mitt Romney's own reform plan.
So they are trying to expand their presence in the swing state and really seize the momentum.
Of course, they must also have a good rest in the rest of the debate.
No one should forget that John Kerry had a wonderful first debate in 2004.
He still failed in the election. GIGOT: Right.
They know that.
So they have to go out--
He must show his image to the public. GIGOT: OK.
In this week's presidential debate, including Mitt Romney's ouster of Obama, there's more
He largely avoided the topic in his campaign.
So why does the heart change? (
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Romney: I just don't know how the president came to power in the face of 23 million people unemployment, rising unemployment, the economic crisis at the table, fighting for Obama with two years of energy and passion.
Care, not work for the American people.
It killed jobs. (END VIDEO CLIP)
Guigot: Governor Mitt Romney attacked the president on Wednesday night in legislation signed by his administration, Obama-care.
Mary, this is usually the territory of the Democratic Party, health care.
What is Romney's score on this issue?
I think he did two very effective things. One was --
Remember when he first ran for president. -
McCain was a candidate in the primary, he liked to talk about data, and we even joked about how he was so focused on data. GIGOT: Right.
O'Grady: this time, Mitt Romney came out to talk about the people he met ---
A woman with a baby in her arms told him how difficult it was and that a couple could not afford health care.
You know, I think he put forward the points that he needs to put forward on the data, but he humanized them, and I think that's a huge achievement he's made in the debate.
GIGOT: Health care is distracting from job creation.
Romney said that you inherited the recession, the financial crisis, rather than focusing on it, and it took you two years to try to pass an important priority in your social legislation, this harms the creation of jobs.
A powerful point.
Yes, this is a good point.
But I don't think the issue of health care will go away in this debate.
We will hear more.
Obama defends his thoughts on Obama
Medical and medical insurance
For example, he said that the reason why medical insurance is effective is because insurance companies must make profits on the basis of management costs.
Medical insurance does not have to do so.
Its administrative costs are lower, so it's a better deal.
Romney's premium support philosophy helped people buy insurance in the private market, he said, and all economists agreed that premium support would lead to a collapse in health insurance.
This is a controversial point of view.
I think Romney will engage with him on these issues and try to continue to defend the private interest
Department health insurance.
Riley: What I'm interested in this exchange is, remember, Obama-
Romney's fatal weakness should be concern.
Throughout the primary election, his competitors said he couldn't challenge in that regard, and I think he proved a lot of people wrong on Wednesday night.
GIGO: he pushed it off and went on. (CROSSTALK)
Riley: use it as an example of his efforts to cross the aisle.
Cooperation between the two parties--(CROSSTALK)
Yes, cooperation between the two parties.
This is very interesting.
Let's see an advertisement--
We have a big question here about how Democrats and Obama will respond.
Let's take a look at the ads they launched after the debate. (
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This is Barack Obama. I agree with this message.
Romney: I don't agree with a $5 trillion tax cut.
This is not my plan.
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
The party's Tax Policy Center concluded that Mitt Romney's tax plan would cost $4.
8 trillion in 10 years
Ad Announcer: Why didn't Romney discuss his tax plan with us, which gave the rich a huge new tax break?
Because, according to experts, he has to raise taxes on the middle class, or increase the deficit to pay.
If we can't trust him here, how can we trust him here? (END VIDEO CLIP)
GIGOT: Kim, first of all, I should point out that they used the name "Wall Street Journal" again there. (CROSSTALK)
We don't support--
In fact, we believe that the study of the Tax Policy Center is completely false.
But, Kim, this shows-this ad --
They haven't changed their strategy for me.
They doubled their strategy of chasing Mitt Romney.
Yes, hold on if you think it's ugly so far.
The problem with Democrats is that what Mitt Romney really does in Denver is that he is destroying their main campaign strategy to some extent.
Their goal is to go out and present him with a negative eye.
They spent a lot of money saying this guy is a greedy millionaire, recording failures, bad ideas, and then making Barack Obama a gentle choice.
He really took a sledgehammer.
The problem is that they are no better than this.
They can't run on the economy.
They cannot act on the president's legislative record.
People don't like it.
So what they're going to do is they're going to look directly into his character now, suggesting he has credibility issues, calling him a liar, saying he's a liar
Flopper, this is where they will go for the rest of the election. (CROSSTALK)
O'Grady: I think Kim Jong Il is touching on a very important issue that fear is an important part of the Obama campaign.
I mean, what he's trying to do for those--
You know, you have 23 million people out of work and by the way, this person is going to deprive you of every opportunity to get health care?
But when Romney comes in, it looks like he's a reasonable person, a capable person, and he's not terrible.
He talked about his medical insurance plan in a rather reasonable way. He's non-radical.
O'Grady: that's what I mean. That's why --(CROSSTALK)
GIGO: you enlarged the fantasy, the comic that he was portrayed.
I think it helps him.
O'Grady: That's why this debate is so bad for Obama.
Gigott: Dan, the result of the debate is, will we see a movement in the polls?
I think we will see some progress.
Yes, I think Romney will have a big win.
Will he get a good question in Ohio.
But he must maintain that momentum.
Jason, just a little bit?
Riley: I think he will be a little uncomfortable.
But I think the most important result of the Romney debate is that he has injected vitality into the party and they believe they can win again.
I think this is a more important achievement in the short term than in the impact of opinion polls.
Okay, Jason. thank you.
Whether you believe it or not, there is a debate ahead, and there are still three. The vice-
Presidential candidates will vote in Kentucky next week.
Can Paul Ryan maintain the momentum of the Republican Party?
Joe Biden is gone? (
Business break)GIGOT: Vice-
Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Paul Ryan were given a chance in two games in Kentucky. and-only debate.
Jason, let's talk about it first. I think it's been six weeks since Paul Ryan's selection.
How well did he do on the ticket?
How much did he add to the Romney campaign?
Well, I think he's energized the Republican Party.
I think he helped Romney.
He proved to be a reliable candidate.
Rule 1 of VP.
There is no harm in picking. GIGOT: Right.
He has cleared the bar.
I don't think he did that much in Wisconsin.
Romney hopes to get a job there and maybe make it more competitive.
A truly clear political average shows that Obama's approval rating is above 50%, up about seven percentage points.
This has not been resolved yet.
They put out a bunch of ads after the convention and they want Wisconsin to play a role.
This has not been resolved yet.
But overall, I think Ryan is a good choice.
Health insurance reform has become part of the debate.
There was no real evidence that it damaged the ticket.
GIGOT: in the vote after Ryan pique, two weeks before the Republican convention, Kim showed that the game was almost close to a draw.
Then you have two different conventions and the gap expands again.
So I think you can prove Ryan's help, but the meeting is back to the gap.
This debate may help. -
Can you help the campaign again?
No, Ryan has always been a network advantage because he laid the foundation for the campaign.
I think you might have to argue that the Romney section you saw in Denver this week reflects a strong candidate like Paul Ryan around him.
That's what he's going to do next week in Kentucky, Paul Ryan himself.
It is a bit difficult to say that he will have his first presidential debate here.
Everybody thinks he will win, Obama. GIGOT: Right.
And Romney needs to do well.
In fact, he did a good job.
The argument here is that Paul Ryan is amazing. -
He will have his own--
But no one should underestimate Joe Biden.
He will be fine outside.
Gigert: it could be a trap for Ryan, because, you know, the media expect him to do a good job, he's a digital enthusiast, knows his profile, and so on, but Biden is a real killer.
I think he's going to chase Mitt Romney, hammer, and Tong.
What is Ryan going to do in this debate?
Well, Paul, he will have to fight back.
There was once a debate called the Kitchen Debate.
This will be the kitchen-sink debate. (LAUGHTER)
Joe Biden will stand there and throw one kitchen sink after another at Ryan.
He will ask 47% questions.
He will start a war against women.
He will raise Bain Capital.
He's gonna throw all this stuff to Ryan.
He will throw him the whole MSNBC agenda.
Henninger: That's right. (LAUGHTER)
Let's see if it can hold on. (LAUGHTER)
Henningger: but part of the strategy is to lock Ryan on defense and stop him from talking about what he knows best, health insurance, tax and financial products, romney opened the door for him in the initial debate.
Romney has released Paul Ryan to a certain extent, and now if Ryan can get room for discussion in the debate, he can use him. GIGOT: Mary?
O'Grady: he will--
I think what you can expect from Paul Ryan is that he will repeat over and over Obama's $716 billion Medicare cut for people who currently rely on Medicare.
He will show--
He will try to show that his plan will actually save health insurance, and Obama will destroy it.
I think this is his biggest advantage and where he is going.
His mission is delicate because I think he has to defend. -
Jason, I think he has to defend Romney against Biden's mission, even if he turns around and tries to pursue the president's agenda while showing his ability in substance ---RILEY: Sure. GIGOT: --
On these issues
This is more complicated than Biden, who will basically attack Romney.
Riley: I also think Biden will talk about foreign policy because I think polls show that the president is doing a good job in this and not as well as he is.
This gap has narrowed with the development of the situation in the Middle East.
But we still killed bin Laden. we have to take the troops home and so on.
So it would be interesting to see how the Romney team reacted in foreign policy.
O'Grady: I don't know.
I think if he is too tough on foreign policy, he will be in trouble because of what happened in Benghazi.
Ryan will use that to deal with him and I think it hurts him a lot.
But Ryan is a rookie in foreign policy.
This is not the field he is good.
I have heard his voice on this issue and I have to say that in some things his voice is louder than his voice on the budget.
So it would be interesting to see if it's not good if he did it fully. Dan, briefly?
Henningger: Well, I 'd like to see them get involved in the fight against the deficit last year at the super council.
Joe Biden said last week that Paul Ryan left the committee.
It would be interesting to listen to the details because they are all members of the committee.
GIGO: I can tell you that Ryan has a good answer to this ---HENNINGER: Yes. GIGOT: --
How did the president destroy it?
There's more to be done in the next half hour, including a preview of the new term of the Supreme Court.
The film is expected to become another blockbuster, with racial discrimination, voting rights and same-sex marriage likely to be included in the case file.
After this week's debate on the economy, foreign policy is set to make a comeback, and with Mitt Romney giving a major speech on Monday, Republicans hold hearings in Washington on Wednesday on last month's deadly Libyan attack. (
Welcome back to the Wall Street Journal's editorial report.
"It's coming in this half-hour period: the Supreme Court has reopened, and as judges revisit the issue of racial preferences in college admissions, it's expected to be another confusing term.
Could this be a potential pick-up for the bluest Republicans in blue state?
We will hold the latest Senate elections in Connecticut.
But first, the latest investigation into the deadly attack last month in Benghazi, Libya.
Congressional hearings are scheduled to take place next week, and members of the House Oversight Committee have promised to raise thorny questions to the government on allegations of lax security in the United StatesS.
Consulate that led to the attack.
Republicans Darrell Isa and Jason chafitz sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this week claiming"S.
Federal officials confirmed to the committee that before the September 11 attack, the United StatesS.
The Libyan mission has repeatedly called for more security in Benghazi.
Officials in Washington, however, rejected the mission in Libya.
"On Wednesday, three weeks after the attack, the FBI arrived in Benghazi, but only stayed there for about 12 hours.
We're back with Dan Henninger.
Matt carminsky, member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, and foreign columnist Brett Stephens also joined the group.
So in this campaign, foreign policy is considered a big asset to President Obama.
Is this advantage disappearing with news from Libya and the rest of the Middle East?
Bret stephens of The Wall Street Journal: I think so, I think it should be disappearing.
A long time ago, the president did not receive the honor he claimed to have won because of non-existent foreign policy achievements.
What happened in Libya? -
I mean, there are a lot of people now looking at the bureaucratic mistakes that were made before ---
Especially before the attack, our diplomatic security there was not fully guaranteed. . .
This is a very important question, isn't it?
Stephens: this is a bureaucratic issue.
Let's face it. . .
Okay, wait a minute. Don't we --
We don't need to keep ours. . . STEPHENS: Yes. GIGOT: . . .
Is our diplomatic mission safe?
Yes, we do, but this is not the biggest problem. I think --
I think these members of Congress-
If Darrell Isa doesn't pay attention to the phone call from President Obama at 3: 00 A. M. , they will make a mistake.
The real mistake was when they knew our facility was under attack and they knew our ambassador was missing and their instinct was to let us do nothing and let us ask the Libyan government. . .
What does this instinct tell you about Obama's foreign policy?
What can they do?
Stephens: We have a naval base in Sicily 450 miles away, okay?
We could have called a supersonic jet.
GIGO: but what can they do on the ground?
Stephens: they can--
What they can at least do on the ground is show force and show that we are ready to deploy the troops.
We don't know if the incident lasted two hours, 12 hours, 24 hours. -24 hours. . .
Gigert: but if you're going to save people on the ground, you have to be on the ground, don't you?
Don't you have? . .
Stephens: Look, the instinct here ---
But Paul, our instinct is not to infringe on Libya's sovereignty.
Let's consult with our Libyan partners.
No, we have Americans in danger right now. let's take all the actions we can use.
After the fact, the instinct is, let's basically agree with the premise of the jihadist, that all of this is about this video, which is not a pre-
Planned terrorist attacks
This is where the government is wrong!
You know, the government, Matt, is saying, you're politicizing this.
We received a letter from William Burns, a leading State Department official, who said our own editorial on the matter.
Is it possible for Republicans to politicize the terrible setbacks that America has suffered? S.
US State Department and US State DepartmentS. foreign policy?
Carminsky: Well, I think they 've been playing straight so far, not like the government. I mean (INAUDIBLE)
They're here themselves.
I mean, they think it's the video's fault.
And they. . .
Leg of lamb: spontaneous combustion.
Carminsky: That's right.
They held on for too long.
Now, it's hard for them to admit, well, yes, there was a security issue before the attack, yes, the 9/11 Day mission was not adequately protected, 9/11 anniversary, they actually didn't know anything later. And (INAUDIBLE)
People from the CIA and the FBI are very dissatisfied with this.
Apparently, they knew within 24 hours that it might be al-Qaida jihadist.
The link group behind this, they didn't say that.
Gego: Turkey and Syria, the shelling on the border, Dan and Syria are on the rise, and have now spread to the region?
We were told that if the United StatesS.
If we step in, our regional conflicts will expand.
We have not stepped in and our regional conflicts have become more widespread.
Henninger: Yes. And it --
I mean, it's growing. Turkey --
We don't know exactly what will happen between Turkey and Syria, but if necessary, the Turks have made some official preparations for going deep into Syria.
At the same time, I think your situation in Iraq is that you are having more terrorist insurgent attacks.
Because Iraqis cannot protect their airspace, you let the Iranians fly over Iraq.
Gego: send the aid. . . (CROSSTALK)
Henningger: So now there's a lot of shaking in the Middle East, and it's--
As Bret has hinted, the president has been trying to maintain all these balances during the election.
This is not a presidential campaign.
Matt, what do you want to hear from Romney's speech?
Carminsky: I think I want to hear it. -
What I'm trying to say is, you know, there's a vacuum in the Middle East.
The strength of the United States is declining.
This happens when the United States is not leading the world.
Turks want the United States to participate.
They need American support.
They don't understand.
The same is true in Iraq. GIGOT: Bret.
I want him to say that in American foreign policy, friends are the first, we will not be at the expense of Israelis or Russians, at the expense of poles or Chinese, at the expense of anyone, favor the Egyptians. GIGOT: OK.
Brett, let's see what he says.
Still ahead: red shade of blue New England!
A new poll shows that, everywhere, Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon and her Democratic rival in Connecticut are on a par.
We will bring you the latest possible pickup from the Republican Party. (
GIGO: now talk about the battle for control in the US Senate, and this week, we're going to Connecticut, a place where Republicans are unlikely to go, but a new poll shows, former professional wrestling supervisor Linda McMahon tied up with Democrat Chris Murphy for a seat for retired Senator Joe Lieberman.
For 30 years, the state has not yet elected Republicans to the Senate, and Mitt Romney is far behind President Obama in this regard.
Why is this game so close?
We are also working with danhaigg, Matt carminsky and Mary O'Grady Annastasia.
So Matt, you're the candidate for the Republican primary. Why is she --
Linda McMahon did a good job?
Carminsky: Well, she's a marketing expert and she's re-established her brand for the event.
She lost badly in 2010. . .
Gego: 12 points. KAMINSKI: . . . by 12 points.
She spent $50 million and got nothing.
But this time, she saw her weaknesses.
People think she is too aggressive, you know, she is the promoter of wrestling, in fact she has succeeded in turning herself into a grandmother-like, gentle, soft image with advertising. . .
She's not throwing people out of the ring anymore, is she? (LAUGHTER)
Carminsky: It's almost the same.
But I think her information is very manageable.
In addition, she continued her efforts. . .
What is she running? What is --what is --
What is her message?
Her message is actually quite negative.
I mean, she's running. -
On the positive side, I am doing business and I have brought this experience.
I'm an outsider, not a congressman. Carminsky: Yes.
I can shake it.
Carminsky: That's right.
But she's leading because she--
Since August, she has become very strong after Democratic candidate Chris Murphy.
She had a lot of objections and they found out that he was late to pay the mortgage and there were some other financial issues.
She has been trying to hit him for the past six weeks, which puts him on the defensive altogether.
Okay, let's run back. to-
We have background ads for two candidates and you can get an idea of what Matt is talking about. (
Start Video Editing)REP.
Candidate for the State Senate: my grandfather and great grandfather
My grandfather worked in a factory in Connecticut.
My family is rooted in the middle class.
So my employment plan starts with the "Buy America" program, which is designed to create jobs in Connecticut, and my tax plan cuts taxes for the middle class.
But Linda McMahon's tax plan-
It gave her $7 million in tax cuts and cut programs for health insurance for the middle class and seniors in Connecticut.
Linda McMahon never fought for the middle class. I do.
Woman: Chris Murphy attacked Linda on social security and medical insurance.
But Murphy did not tell us the truth, he was sued in court for not paying the rent, for not paying the mortgage, or missed nearly 80% of the commission hearings.
Do you think Murphy is telling the truth now? Two facts.
On March 2010, Murphy voted to cut health insurance by $716 billion!
Linda McMahon promised not to cut health insurance and Social Security. (END VIDEO CLIP)
GIGO: Well, Murphy's pretty cookie cutter Democratic ad says, basically, you know, I'm a forum for the middle class and she's serving the rich, oh, they are going to cut grandma and throw her in the snow.
Who can get the most out of this deal?
Mary annastsy O'Grady of the Wall Street Journal: Oh, I think she's ahead, and part of it is Matt saying she's spent a lot of money, so in the polls, her name is much more recognizable. . .
But polls are fair.
O'Grady: No, I'm sorry--
Measure her name. . . GIGOT: Right. O'GRADY: . . .
She is far ahead.
People are more familiar with her, which seems to help her.
But she, you know-
In addition to the negative publicity of his background, she also took advantage of the state's economic anxiety, which is very important.
She's talking about her abilities. -
Job creation, experience in the business world, Chris Murphy's experience is basically Chris Dodd's political genius.
GIGO: protests by former Senator Chris Dodd.
Now Murphy attacks McMahon because he has declared bankruptcy in the past and has not paid the creditors.
Now she and her husband, Vince McMahon, have repaid the debts of these creditors, but this is causing the situation. . .
Hunningger: Well, it's a game in the Senate, but I have to say, it's a pretty low game.
Rent competition in the Senate(LAUGHTER)GIGOT: . . .
Professional wrestlingstyle race.
Henningger: Well, this is--
This is one of Murphy's main points--
Linda McMahon represents the war against women, it devalues women, etc.
You know, it's worth doing, because in that state, the number of Democrats registered far exceeds that of Republicans.
But Mary is right. there is a lot of economic anxiety.
Democratic Governor Dan Malloy raised taxes in Connecticut.
His approval rating has fallen below 50%.
So I think it might also depend on the tail between Romney and Obama and turn right ---right to the --
Right on the finish line.
O'Grady: So did she. -
With these ads, she is also focusing on this trust issue.
O'Grady: You know, he's a member of the Congressional Financial Services Committee, and she suggested in her ad that, you know, even after he stopped paying the mortgage, he also got help from a bank in Connecticut, which shows that people can't trust him.
Although he and the bank did deny that. Briefly, Matt.
Carminsky: I think she--really (ph)
So far, she has forced the Democratic Senate committee to invest in the campaign.
I think she still faces a tough battle in Connecticut.
Obama rose 12, 14 points in that state.
This is a very blue state.
But she made the game a competition that no one expected.
Many people are independent.
Gego: That's right.
The Supreme Court is back, and a new term is expected to bring new controversy.
Next week, take positive action in college admissions.
Next, we will preview this case and some other potential blockbusters. (
GIGO: Well, maybe there's nothing more exciting than the controversial health care ruling of June, but the Supreme Court will certainly start a new term with a loud bang.
Next week, judges will revisit race preferences and whether the use of race at the University of Texas at Austin in the undergraduate admissions process violates the US Constitution.
We went back to Dan henningger, who also joined the group with Jason Riley and senior editor page writer Colin Levy.
So Collin, what is dangerous in this Fisher case about the University of Texas?
Wall Street Journal collin levy: I mean, Paul, basically, the key here is whether the school can use racial preferences in the admissions process.
The case was brought by Abigail Fisher, a white woman who, although some of her scores were higher than some minority candidates, was rejected by the University of Texas.
So she sued for the same protection.
Now, the judge basically has to make a decision here. -
This is the key point. -
Is it possible for schools to use racial preferences even on racial issues
Neutral means to increase diversity on campus have been effective.
GIGO: Well, Colin, what does this tell you that the Supreme Court accepted the case in a case in Michigan in 2003, and the judges said that race could be one of the criteria used in admissions?
In your opinion, are they re-examining this judgment?
Levy: they will definitely reconsider this judgment, partly because of how it came about.
You're referring to the Grutter case, Grutter v. University of Michigan, which they basically say-
Sandra Day O'Connor thinks schools should try to use race firstneutral means.
Now, that's what the University of Texas is doing.
They have a law called "the top 10% laws. . . GIGOT: Right. LEVY: . . .
This basically requires the school to enroll the top 10% of high school students in the state.
From any high school. Levy: and this one. -
From any high school in the state.
Therefore, this means that diversity on campus has increased significantly, in fact 25% higher than diversity under racial preferences, about 21%. So they were --
In addition to that, they have made these racial preferences.
The question is whether this is necessary or appropriate.
GIGO: Well, in this case, Colin, since that rough decision, you had Sandra Day O'Connor retire and replaced by Samuel Alito. LEVY: Right.
So there's one--there's a --
Jason, a change in the court could lead to a change in the sentence.
Jason Riley, the Wall Street Journal: of course. Certainly.
Paul, it is a good thing that they re-examine it, because there is growing evidence that racial preferences are not only not helping the intended beneficiaries, that is, poor black people, usually middle-class children in their favor, but it could actually hurt the children who receive them.
I say that because what you see is that the kids don't match the school.
In California, when they ended their racial bias in 1996, the black graduation rate actually increased because more children went to schools that matched their skills and then actually graduated.
The left likes to be obsessed with getting the right ethnic mix in a freshman class.
They don't care. . .
GIGOT: they don't care who's in senior-
In the senior year.
Jason, what about this discovery of the value of diversity and diversity?
The Supreme Court did pay great attention to the value of diversity in its previous jurisprudence on admissions race, and said it proved ---
Because we all want-
You know, it's better for students to mix up with the people you deal. And it helps. . .
This has become a new excuse.
It helps the educational experience.
How do you react to this?
Diversity has become a new excuse for racial preferences.
The past is to make up for the mistakes of the black past.
This is the original reason for it. GIGOT: Right.
But we have changed.
We have turned to diversity, which of course can last forever.
I mean, to get the right mix of races-
This is the ultimate reason for racial preference.
The question is, is there no evidence that this is the case?
There is no evidence that black kids need to sit next to white kids and read Shakespeare to understand what's going on, or do calculus to understand what's going on.
This is an absurd argument. And it's a one-way street.
Only black people can bring diversity to white children.
You don't see people complaining too much. -
There are not enough white kids at Howard University. black school.
Jason, in this Fisher case, Judge Anthony Kennedy is still a swing vote.
Back in the Michigan case, Justice Kennedy said he was upset about Judge O'Connor's idea, which he thought was only a step towards racial neutrality.
GIGO: It's been 25 years, she said, and then it will be phased out.
Henningger: Kennedy said he suspected that they might actually want to be based on race.
I agree with Justice Kennedy about the University of Michigan, and I think that's what's going on in Texas.
I suspect he will whistle in this case.
GIGO: Well, Colin, in short, what else can we see from the Supreme Court?
Levy: Well, actually, the two big cases that everyone will focus on are--
They hope the Supreme Court will accept it.
First, the constitutional nature of the Marriage Defense Act. GIGOT: Right.
Tax: Another question is whether Article 5 of the Voting Rights Act is still appropriate for historically discriminatory states and must go to the federal government to approve any changes to their voting rights.
There is a lot of controversy right now, and some of these requirements are no longer appropriate for these states, so the Supreme Court can also review this. GIGOT: Yes.
If they go, these are both iconic cases. -
If they reverse the Voting Rights Act or the Marriage Protection Act, of course, Bill Clinton signed it on 1996.
Well, we have to take another break.
When we came back, we had "Hits and Misses" for the week ". (
GIGOT: our "hit and miss" time of the week.
But correct yourself first.
In the last paragraph, I said that the Supreme Court May-
Voting Rights bill is under consideration.
It did not do such a thing.
This is just a narrow clause of the act.
So please forgive me for my mistake.
Colin, you first.
Levy: Paul, this is a blow to Penn Federal Court Judge Robert Simpson, who blocked the state's voter ID law this week, but the way it is done shows that, he only did so in this election because he did not think the state was ready yet.
So this is an issue that the National Association of People of color and ACLU are trying to take advantage of, with the goose minority turnout in the election, decided to take--
They have no ability to use it for cynical political purposes.
Gego: Okay. Bret?
Stephens: Well, you know, last month, Putin actually backed President Obama's re-election campaign.
I believe the Obama team is very excited about this.
Just earlier this week, he received another interesting support from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who said I would vote for Obama if I were an American.
He went on to say that I think Obama would vote for Chavez if he could vote in the Venezuelan election.
Now, this is a clip called Hit and miss.
"In the sense of the hit lineup, this is a hit. GIGOT: OK. Kim?
STRASSEL: this is a blow to North Dakota, because it reminds us that if only the government gets out of the way, you will certainly have a huge economic success.
Reuters has an idea.
This week, at the center of the North Dakota oil fracking boom, Monte Lu County, nothing has doubled over the last five years than the average income, make it one of the richest 100 counties in the country.
In addition, they quoted an excerpt from the University of North Dakota saying that now, there will be 2,000 new millionaires in North Dakota every year. GIGOT: OK, Kim.
Strathell: this is in sharp contrast to the situation in Washington!
Gego: Okay. Matt?
Carminsky: Paul, this country has been hit. -not the state --
Georgia held elections this week for the first time to see a new opposition government come to power democratically.
Gego: Okay. Thank you.
This is the theme of this week's program.
Thank you to my group, especially to all of you for watching.
This is Paul Gigot and we hope to see you here next week.
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