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October 17th, 2012
10:06 AM ET

Obama Campaign's Gibbs: Romney 'nothing short of wrong' on Libya, a 'political chameleon' on immigration'

This morning on "Starting Point," Soledad interviews Obama Campaign senior advisor Robert Gibbs about the presidential town hall debate.

On the discussion of the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi, Gibbs argues that Romney is 'nothing short on wrong' in his assumptions

"I've watched the Republicans try like Olympic gymnasts to do whatever they needed to do to try to politicize this issue," Gibbs says. "[Romney] has handled this as poorly as any prospective commander in chief has ever handled a series of national security questions. It demonstrated the real strength of the President last night in answering that question, and in watching 70 million people likely watching Mitt Romney's facts corrected on air because he was nothing short of wrong. I think it was far and away the President's strongest answer."

Gibbs also addresses the discussion of immigration discussion.

"Mitt Romney's chief immigration advisor is the Secretary of State of Kansas, who wrote the Arizona law. It's an Arizona law that again, Mitt Romney was enormously proud of during a primary in which he was trying to beat everybody as the strongest, most anti-immigrant candidate out there," Gibbs says. "This is classic Mitt Romney. He is doing whatever in an election he needs to do to say what he needs to do to whatever audience is in front of him. He's a deal closer."

"He's become a political chameleon," Gibbs adds. "But make no mistake about it – what he said during the primary, that he's a severe conservative, that he wants self deportation, that he has no desire to do comprehensive immigration reforms...that's the true position of Mitt Romney."

Filed under: 2012 Race • Immigration • Politics
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  1. charles g

    i'm guessing that cnn doesn't even allow these messages to be posted. that's how dishonest you are. pathetic

    October 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. charles g

    it wasn't just candy crowley that was trying to manufacture an obama victory by lying to the american people. the cnn factcheckers could have told the truth. they could have said, "obama never specifically said the libyan attack was terrorism. in fact, obama lied to the ameircan people for more than a week by saying the attack was because of a video." it is very apparent to me tha cnn tried your best to manufacture an obama victory.

    October 17, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. charles g

    worse than candy crowley lying to the american people, knowing full well obama never called the libyan attack terrorism, was the cnn taking obama's statement out of context and further lying to the american people. absolutely disgraceful

    October 17, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Marilyn Cavell

    Please excuse my cynicism. Does anyone else not buy Governor Romney's "generous" offer to eliminate capital gains, dividend, and interest as tax-reportable income for middle class taxpayers? Who is he trying to help here? We can argue over the definition of middle class, but I bet the majority of middle class folks would be lucky to have even a few interest dollars to report. If you make enough interest off of your investments or savings to make a noticeable difference in the amount of tax you pay, you are not necessarily wealthy, but you are not struggling. Wait, I forgot. Republican's don't want to help people who are struggling...those people need to help themselves or maybe some good fortune will come trickling down. Senator Sununu defended Romney’s policy to not tax interest earned by middle class taxpayers by saying it will help retired people who have saved to pay for their grandchildren's college education. At least Sununu did not use the argument that middle class grandparents would use their tax savings to create jobs! Romney is either out of touch or trying to fool us into thinking he cares about the middle class. Take your pick.

    October 17, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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