tv The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central November 6, 2012 11:00am-11:30am PST
listen, the election is in three weeks and in key emerging demographic this time around are a group. i hope i'm pronouncing this right, women. they have concerns. >> there were a lot of women. abortion, contraception, women's pay as i mentioned -- some might argue was obvious pa obvious pa women >> jon: to discuss issues they think about? but not that it mattered anyway because apparently during the debate the ladies had already left the building. >> it was just too much to talk like two roosters going at each other. it can turn off women. >> one thing women voters don't like is an a bully. >> a turn-off for women. >> i'm not sure they'll be turned on by this debate. >> lots of women turn off. >> i'm wondering if suburban
women were turned off. [laughter] >> jon: not that that's a bad thing because as far as i can tell they've been a little hopped up on this thing. [laughter] way too long. for on women's reaction i'm joined by senior debate analyst, samantha bee. you saw it and watched tuesday night. what did you think of the debate? >> well the media nailed it jon. told turnoff. on tuesday night i personally didn't take in any of the policy specifics because as a woman i was too appalled at how rude and belligerent they were to each other and the nice waitress tries to calm them down. [laughter] >> nuh-uh. >> you mean the debate moderator, candy crowley.
>> yeah, right, a lady moderated the debate. jon, it took place at 9:00 p.m. a lady would have been home most likely hand washing the plate she had just hours earlier filled with a nutritious dinner for little michael and candy junior. >> jon: you dont bear to watch the debate. >> yes, we're women. we don't like it when people argue on television. cue. no thanks. >> jon: real housewives is a series. like the most popular series amongst women. all that is is arguing. >> that's different. a, it's not staged like a debate and b, when two women night it's girl on girl. it's natural and beautiful. [laughter] >> when two guys do it it's just gross. it's such a turnoff, god. >> jon: right there. turnoff. you would never hear a pundit
saying i would never find the debate a turnoff in dating terms. like turn on and turn off. >> they need to convince the candidates need to be court and women have rational creatures and men use just this organ here. the one i'm pointed too. [laughter] >> jon: for women life is just one big turnon, turn off, playboy questionnaire? >> that's what we use in place of resumes. we all fill them out when we turn 18 whether you get chosen to pose or not. >> jon: it seems like if that's the case it would be impossible to have a spirited debate.
program, president barack obama. [cheers and applause] >> how are you? >> i'm good, how are you? good to see everybody. good to see you. >> jon: how are you? >> i'm doing great. before i do anything else i have to acknowledge we have amazing women warriors. we have a whole crew of veterans, i had nothing to do with this. the uso wanted to bring them here and a want everybody to give them a big round of applause.
>> i do want to ask you this. i'm putting a scrapbook of the whole 2012 campaign and i have these great pictures from the two debates but i don't know which debate their from so if you could -- >> all right. >> jon: i have two pictures. there's one picture. i'll have you get that and there's the other picture. i'm wondering -- [laughter] >> jon: could you tell me -- >> see that? >> jon: i don't know if i have the -- do you know which debate was which? >> cute, jon. >> jon: what happened? did you feel -- here's what happens to me sometimes. sometimes i go on stage and i'll have an open-faced turkey sandwich and a shot of nyquil. >> that's a good combination. >> jon: and halfway through i'll look up and go "are we on?"
>> were you taken back by the reaction and sense it wasn't going as well perhaps as you'd like it to? what happened. >> obviously i had an off night. the presentation wasn't the way it needed to be but the issues haven't changed. they didn't change after the first debate and they didn't change in the second debate. >> jon: right. >> that's the stakes in the election are really big. governor romney makes a good presentation but the fundaments of what he's calling for are the same policies that got us into the mess we've been fighting against for the last four years trying to dig our way out of. an economy was good for the folks at the top but wasn't working for ordinary americans and after 31 months of consecutive job growth we've seen 5.2 million jobs created, manufacturing's coming back, auto industry's recovering. housing is rising. i don't want to go back to the same policies and i want to make sure we're building on the
progress we've made to create jobs in america for folks and to make sure middle class families have security. >> jon: would you say -- do you feel you have a stronger affirmative case for a second barack obama presidency or a stronger negative case for a mitt romney presidency? in you're mind -- what is the stronger case to be made or do you prefer an malange. did you feel do you feel you've made the strong enough affirmative case or negative. >> i have a strong case on both ends. look, four years ago i said i doesn't want a war in iraq and we did. i said i'd pass health care reforms and make sure people don't go bankrupt when they get sick. we have. refocus on al-qaida, we have. [cheers and applause] >> made sure we saved an auto industry on the brink of collapse. we've done that. so we've got a strong story to
tell whether it's on social issues like don't ask-don't tell or issues for middle class families. i think part of president's job is not only moving forward and thing that will work but also preventing things that won't work. so i think you want a president in the oval office that's going say, no, we're not going to amend our constitution for the first time to restrict rights for gay and lesbian coupleses -- [cheers and applause] >> we're not gonna pass a budget where all the work we've done to make college more affordable for young people gets wiped aside so suddenly lenders and banks are getting extra tens of billions of dollars. we're not going to roll back health care so millions of people are thrown off the rolls and turn medicare to a voucher system. when you think about it it's -- it is two sides of the same coin. the question is what kind of vision do you have for the country? we need to make sure we're
developing oil and gas but we're also developing solar and wind. so we're leapfrogging current technology and making sure the technology 20 or 30 years from now is developed in the united states. that's what creates jobs and the most important thing is when you think about the economy i'm absolutely convinced when you look at the historical record when middle-class families do well and opportunities for poor families to get in the middle class the economy do well and everybody only the top does well and middle class gets squeezed and the economy gets slower. that's what very to address. >> jon: if you said governor romney, that's an area i wish i had a stronger record on that he hit, is it unemployment? is it the case -- he talkeded in the debate the administration said we're going to have it down to 5.4%. it's still at 7.8% and that's a
difference of 9 million people. is there something in what he says or an inevitablity to a financial comeback. >> we've had the worse financial crisis since the worse depression. we could be growing faster than we have if governor romney's allies in congress would move on some things we recommended. i'll give you an example. on housing. we could make sure who's families whose homes are under water, if they refinance they get $3,000 in their pocket a year. that's $3,000 they're spending or putting back into equity in their home. housing marked would be helped, employment would be helped. even governor romney's own adviser said it's a good i'd and yet governor romney opposed it. >> jon: wasn't $50 billion set atight for hamp and only a portion has been used.
>> we have 5 million homes that we've seen foreclosures prevent and a bank that provides millions to help the housing market. the central question is there are a whole bunch of things we can do right now that will make the recovery even stronger, put more folks back to work. when you look at what we did with the auto industry. it's not the only manufacturing part where it can take rye root in the u.s. again. we have a bunch of cities where workers are trained in machinery and advanced manufacturing and companies are starting to look maybe we in-source instead of out-source but we'll have to change the tax code to make sure there's a strong case. >> jon: if congress was obstinate before won't they still be there or do you get to at some point there, and i'll throw a phrase out there,
abracadabra. so if their o obstinnance creat the problem how do we change that? >> maybe we can get democrats elected and change it back. number two, when you look at some of the things we need to look let's say in the first year, 2013, we need things balanced. it will be settled one way or another next year. the question is do we do it in a balanced responsible way or not asking millionaires and billionaires to pay a dime of taxes to preserve education. >> jon: wait, this is the first time i'm hearing about billio billionaires. what are you doing us? >> jon? >> jon: no, i'm going float to commercial and we'll have a conversation.
>> jon: welcome back. here speaking to president barack obama. second half starts to go faster. the questions will get a little tougher. how many times a week does biden show up in a wet bathing suit to a meeting? just ball park figure you're? >> i had to put out a presidential directive on that. we had to stop it. >> jon: have you to put towels down. >> i have to say he looks pretty
good. >> jon: i don't doubt that. this is something i call still or no. so you're president now. before you ran you had certain things that you thought -- i wonder if four years of president has changed that. first is we don't have to trade our values and ideals for our security. do you still feel that way? >> we don't. there are things we haven't gotten done. i still want to close guantanamo bay. one thing we have to do is put a legal architecture in place and we need congressional help do that to make sure not only am i reined in and an president's reigned in in terms of decisions. there are tough trade-ups. sometimes there's bad folks on the other side of the world and you have to make a call and it's not optimal but when you look at our track record what we've been able to do is to say we ended the war in iraq, we're winding
down the war in afghanistan, we've gone after al-qaida and its leadership. it's true al-qaida's still active at least sort of remnants of it are staging in other parts of middle east and sometimes you have to make tough calls but you can do so in a way that's consistent with international and american law. >> jon: within that, as it ratchets down, i think people have been surprised to see the strength of the bush era warrantless wire-tapping law and those things not also be lessened. the things he put in place people thought were government overreach and that maybe they had the mind you would perhaps tone down you haven't. >> well, the truth is we actually have modified them and built a legal structure and safeguards that are in place. they're not real sexy issues.
>> jon: you don't know what i find sexy. [laughter] >> let me put it this way, i saw you clash with that thing so i know what you've been reading but... we're not going go there. >> jon: i appreciate that. >> i'm still the president. >> jon: i understand that. i respect the position. [cheers and applause] >> jon: um, the second thing and this one in the debate it was obviously a big moment. govern romney said you never called what happened in benghazi a terrorist attack and you said check the transcripts and crandy crowley said you did and there was confusion in the administration over what happened. why? what was it that caused that confusion? >> well, we weren't confused about the fact that four americans had been killed i wasn't confused about the fact we needed to ramp up diplomatic security around the world after that happened. i wasn't confused about
investigating exactly what happened so it gets fixed or confused about hunting down whoever did it and bring them to justice so as i said during the debate, nobody's more interested in figuring this out than i am. when a tragic event like this happens on the other side of the world immediately a whole bunch of intelligence starts coming in, people try to piece together exactly what happened. and what i always tried do is make sure we just get all the facts, figure out what went wrong and make sure it doesn't happen again and we're still in that process now but every piece of information we get as we got it we laid it out for the american people and the picture, you know, eventually gets fully filled in and we know exactly what happens and then we make sure to prevent it in the future. >> jon: the perception was the state was in a different page
than you and there was video and -- >> the truth is that information comes in, folks put it out throughout the process, people say it's still incomplete. what i was always clear about was we're going do an investigation and figure out exactly what happened. >> jon: is part of the investigation helping the communication between these divisions of security -- not just what happened in benghazi but what happened win. i would say even you'd admit it was not the optimal response as far as to the american people being on the same page. >> here's what i say, if four americans get killed it's not optimal and we're going fix it. >> jon: all of it? >> all of it. and what happens during the course of a presidency the government is a big operation at any given time something crews up and you make sure that you find out what's broken and you fix it and whatever else i have
done throughout the course of my presidency, the one thing i've been absolutely clear about is america's security comes first and the american people need to know exactly how i make decisions when it comes to war, peace, national security and protecting americans and they will continue to get that over the next four years of my presidency. [cheers and applause] >> jon: last question. we have been speaking now for i think a good 12 to 14 minutes and i'm curious, how many e-mails during that time do you think you're campaign has sent me? >> it depends on whether you've maxed out. but here's what i will say to everybody who's watching, the stakes on this could not be bigger. war, peace, supreme court, women's right to choose, weather we're creating jobs in this country or whether they're