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>> do you think hits going down. >> i do think it's going down and it will have an effect on the election because people will look up and say, what? >> thanks, guys. let not your heart be troubled. greta is next. see you tomorrow night. >> tonight donald trump said the world is eating our lunch and the politicians aren't smart enough to realize it. you will hear from him. but first senator sarah palin is here and the intrigue is building in the republican race for the white house and tonight a new poll puts four candidates in a statistically dead heat in the all-important iowa. herman cain leads at 20%, followed closely by ron paul at 19%, mit romney at 18%, and newt gingrich at 17%. all those are within the margin. error, meaning it's anybody's game tonight. governor joins us to talk about this. good evening. i want to talk first about the strategy. all four basically neck and
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neck, each one has different problems going into the caucuses on january 3rd. let's start with herman cain. if you were advising herman cain, what would you tell him to do to win the iowa caucus come january? >> all of these can indicates, thankfully, have strengths that they are bringing into the race and we appreciate them being in the arena and being willing to put their names forward in the name of service. as for herman cain, he needs to be a candid and truthful about the sexual allegations still because people are kind of hesitant a bit to, you know, devil right in there as supporters not knowing what the truth is. it really sucks to be falsely accused, believe me i know because i have been also. and if the sexual harassment allegations are false, then herman cain at the end of the day is going to take a deep breath and say where does one go to get back their reputation of a such allegations have been lobbed if they are not true?
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if they are true, if he disrespects women, then we will cross him off the list. but herman cain needs to answer candidly the questions that are still being posed of him. and herman, too, needs to really concentrate on the substance that is necessary when it comes to the solution that is he proposals for america's challenges. not just from herman but from all of the candidates when it comes to their proposals. >> sexual harassment is so painful and it is almost impossible if you are not someone doing it to clear your name. it's one of those horrible -- it's a he said-she said and done in private so it's hard to tell. so far two women have come forward. one signed an agreement and said there was no wrongdoing. they both worked at the senate restaurant association. and another one signed a agreement and another one said there is more provocative conduct. and then the two anonymous that i think perhaps don't exist and perhaps they are the two whose names we know. but i was trying to think if i
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were mr. herman cain what would i do? i guess i would sit patiently because he's come in contact with thousands of women all his career and someone a harasser tends to be more serial in his activity. maybe wait a time, if nobody else comes forward and say, see, you are wrong, or what do you do? >> perhaps that is the best tactic at this time, greta, for him to patiently wait this out and if others come forward with facts, with proof of the allegations, then, you know, it's going to be a game changer. but at this point people, they don't want to really prejudge because there is still so much speculation and there still isn't a lot of proof really on one side or the other. so a difficult situation for herman cain to be in, but again, believe me, once a bell is running it's tough to unring it. i've been accused of having an affair and i've never had an
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affair in my life. my husband has been accused of having an affair. in the tabloids we see the garbage and we know what the truth is. many times the public is never privy to that truth because it is the he-said-she-said stuff. tough at this point. >> mitt romney is at 18% number three. i will get to ron paul in a second. but governor romney has stayed about the same in the national policy. he doesn't go up up or down, he stays where he is. what is his strategy and why isn't he moving in the policy? >> hasn't really moved in the policy despite running for president for four, five, six years now. what romney needs to do is reach out to those fiscal and social conservatives, the tea party independents and really show issa authenticity and explain what are perceived as real
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flip-flops over issues that he's been called out on. explain what he means today as opposed to what perhaps he meant some years ago and when he served as governor because there have been some inconsistencies with the positions that he takes now. so he needs to reach out to tea party inned depends and all constituents and do more television appearance today explain himself because we do seek that authenticity. we seek the candid necessary and we want answers. it's been kind of a surprising role that romney has played when you consider that he hasn't really gotten over that hump of that percentage of support that he's had over all these years and stayed pretty steady. but he's got strengths too. when you consider that he's got what appears to be a solid personal life, a good family, i think that bodes well and it speaks well to his character and character counts in this race. >> but we were talking about the character, and i was look at the
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numbers. it seems that in iowa that the economic issues trump the social issues considerably. 71% of the voters have more -- fiscal concerns tops over the social issues and the social issues are about 25%. i'm thinking would you rather be herman cain where he's getting accused? no one has proven it, but accused of sexual harassment which is a social issue, or would you rather be someone like governor mitt romney where he's got this flip-flopping going on and he's going to get hit heavily with it? he's got stuff with national healthcare, the abortion issue from back in 19ed 2 or '93 when he was pro choice. the problem in iowa recently over the collective bargaining. so he will get hit on that. would you rather be explaining away your sort of flip-flopping economic explanation or would you rather be explaining away an accusation you say is false on sexual harassment?
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>> well, i guess in this day and age, evidently some of the personal or perceived indiscretions don't matter much. clinton did fine in his party despite his indiscretions. and others have too. but a lot of it has to do with the media, double standards and the media not picking on somebody for per received area real indiscretions in one matter and really hammering home in the republican party when somebody does something wrong. what you are getting at, greta, is this acknowledgment that jobs and the economy are paramount here. we have got to make sure that people have an explanation when it comes to solutions that they are proposing, how they can explain how their solution is better than somebody else's solution or proposal to get people back to work. we have to remember too that this election isn't merely about replacing barack obama and the chip on the shoulder of our
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national leadership that barack obama brought to the white house with him. this election is about who and what we replace obama with. a pro private sector, a pro-growth agenda that these gop candidates thankfully all seem to have adopted. and how their agenda is going to be ushered in, how it will be adopted and implemented that can get us on the road to recovery based on what obama has done to this country the last three years. >> you raise the issue of media, which brings me to number two in the poll, congressman ron paul is 19%. he's continuously done well in the iowa poll, maybe not nationally. but the media has marginal ized him because he doesn't poll well nationally but he's number two in iowa right now. what strategy would you recommend to him and if he does pull off iowa january 3rd, does that change the dynamics for him as he goes off to new
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hampshire? does he have a shot? the media has written him off. >> ron paul has very energized support he is that -- supporters that speaks well to his base. and those that understand that the fed is out of control and that we have spent our way into bankruptcy. so he's got that going for him, this base of strong supporters. it's unfortunate that he has been written off by the media. some of the other candidates have too, unfortunately. santorum, who has much to offer and michele bachman who has much to offer with her passion for conservative causes. what ron paul needs to do is keep preaching to americans, keep educating us about the problems and our economic woes that have been caused by government over growth. he needs to keep doing what he's doing. it isn't fair he being written off when you consider like in the last debate he was given 89 seconds to respond to questions total. that's unfair.
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he can't whine about it, though. supporters can demand better of the media but ron paul, he himself shouldn't be the one to whine to the media about the unfairness. >> you mentioned senator santorum and congresswoman bachman. they are very strong on social issues but we go back to the poll that says in iowa 75% are interested more in fiscal issues than social issues. i'm not suggesting social issues are irrelevant but if those are their strengths, that's what we are running on and not focusing so much on the economic issues, their strategy may be a little bit offtrack in iowa in terms of maybe that's one of the reasons why they are polling so poorly in iowa, i don't know. >> well, they do have that strength, a very committed passionate position that is they have that resonate well with other social conservatives. the problem that bachman faces and santorum and ron paul that others that have served in
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congress is disdain for the culture that is within the congress, it is a culture of corruption, it is a culture of status quo and pay to play and all those things that are so wrong that revelations now finally are coming out about how bad it is in congress. even if they have not been participants in what is wrong with congress, they have been, the perception is, a part of what is wrong with congress. and it is a tougher battle for them to overcome because unless they have been successfully fighting what goes on that is wrong in congress and has been engaged in relentless reform we need to get the country back on track by squashing the corruption and the crony capitalism and waste in congress, then they are perceived at part of the problem and it's tougher for them. >> and number four in the poll, by the way it's a bloomberg poll
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taken november 10th through 12th, and number four and making a strong showing is former speaker of the house newt gingrich, who brings to it an enormous amount of experience, perhaps some congressional experience you were talking about that some may not like, talk about what goes on in washington, brings some personal baggage to this that he's beginning to feel a little bit of the heat now. but he certainly has, you know, he has ideas that he's out there on the trail talking about. what would you advise him to do? because, you know, he's got strengths and he's certainly got issues. >> my advice to newt gingrich is he and his wife need to hang on to their hat because he has the momentum right now. people are respecting his very good performances in debates, and his intelligence and his knowledge of world and u.s. history, we understand that our leaders need to know our history and where we have been in order to forge a successful and
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prosper us path forward. we respect that. but next in line is he for the intense media scrutiny that comes with those who have the momentum. i know that he and his wife, they will be able to handle it, though. if they deal with what is coming, with candidness, with truthfulness, the people respect what it is that he has to offer and how he will answer the scrutiny that comes his way. but he needs to be prepared for this. >> i know that -- obviously it's pretty obvious i wanted to beat president obama in 2012, but i'm curious in your choice as to who you endorse, do you endorse someone who you think can win and beat president obama or do you endorse someone who has ideas that are more consistent with yours? which is going to weigh more heavily in your decision? >> well, i want to believe that he or she who would share the ideas that i have, and that many fiscal conservatives have, and those of us that believe that
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balance of power needs to be tipped more in favor of we the people versus this trajectory of centralized government are growth that we've been on. i want to believe that he who shares those ideas will be most electable. the cream of the crop has not risen yet in this very fluid primary process. i'm not going to get out there and endorse anybody right now, but certainly those ideas that i have that so many americans share that are pro growth ideas, pro private sector, bless he had constitutional restraints that our constitution has within it, created in order to build a prosperous and healthy nation of ours, those ideas that are or tick lated best by the candidates through this primary process will be the one that i endorse. >> one last question on strategy. former u.s. senator rick santorum, i'm wondering what your thought is on this one, if
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this was a good strategic decision or not. he said today that he does not believe penn state's university football team should play in a bowl game. he's a graduate of 1980 of penn state. but i'm curious making a statement like that going out on a limb about football and a bowl. what do you think? >> it's not the players' fault that they have a perverted former assistant coach. i would like to see the players not suffer more than they have suffered. as for what allowed the sinfulness to go on as they had allowed in the past, you know, i say about thist( assistant coac, sandusky, hang him from the highest tree, i'll bring the rope. it's pathetic, it's horrible what took place. if it is true that these children were victimized, then he himself and anybody who am loud what he did to go on, they should be the one to suffer, not
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today's young players who have been innocent in all of this. >> and i assume when you say hang him by the tree that you are being -- that you also believe in the process of criminal justice process? i know i was going to say that you -- you don't want to just hang him by the tree, i assume you want a criminal process? >> hang him from the highest tree and i will bring the rope if he is guilty of what has been alleged. if he abused these young children and ruined their lives, unless they get a lot of help, greta in order to deal with the victimization that they are now suffering from, he needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law if he is truly guilty. >> good. i just want to clarify because i know everyone is going to jump all over if you say we aren't going to go through the legal system. >> of course. >> but it's the way you interpret it. governor palin, thank you. straight ahead donald trump is
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disgusted, maybe even furious about something president obama said. and also about the solyndra scandal. the obama administration may have some explaining to do. and the latest about the new e-mails. that's coming up. and gabby giffords speaking about her recovery and the day she was shot. you will hear from the congresswoman in her own words. [ male announcer ] butter. love the taste, but want to cut back on f?
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>> donald trump said it's disgusting that the president is calling america's people lazy. >> okay, you have been busy on twitter recently. let me read you one of your recent twitters about president obama. he said habitual vacationner calling america lazy this past week while in hawaii. he was at a big apec summit in hawaii. you take issue with it? >> i do, indeed, when he's using a 747 boeing to go around, which is called air force one, to go around and campaign and raise funds. and i can't imagine that the republicans aren't being stronger about he shouldn't be able to do that. but he's flying around on air force one, which is a plane that costs hundreds of thousands of
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dollars an hour to fly. >> but all presidents do this, both parties. >> maybe they do but i've never seen anybody do it like this. i've been watching this for a long time and i've never seen any president work like this. this is crazy. he calls it vacation, he calls it this. he's campaigning. he's really campaigning and vacationing. i'm not sure which is worse. >> the reference he said when he was speaking on november it 12th this is in part but eve been a little bit lazy i think over the last couple decades. we've kind of taken for granted while people want to come here we aren't out there hungry trying to attract new business into america. >> it's interesting he calls people lazy. he's done one business deal in his life and that was his house and there was a big question about his house. he is really referring to the business community and they don't give us the tools. when they allow china to manipulate the currency and allow other people and countries to do what they are doing against our country, it would be
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nice if the government could give a little help. and i said it the other day actually on one of your shows, i said it the other day, for him to say that the business people of this country are lazy is disgusting. especially coming from him. >> what do we want more of, do we want more of american businesses going overseas and developing products and growing around the world or do we want foreign companies to come here. >> i think we want american companies to stay here and develop their products from here. >> but that wasn't a choice. >> but that's what is going on. people don't even give that as a choice. even you. you are asking me do we want to go over there and develop? no. i think people should stay here and make their product and sell it to china like they do to us. >> that's ideal but it's not happening. >> the reason it is not happening because of a simple manipulation of currency and we do nothing about it. but we should be making product here and send it out.
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china says do you want to build a tractor? we don't want your tractor. good, go build a plant there. we don't do this. china says wait until you see what happens to boeing. i have a lot of good friends at boeing. and watch what is going to happen with china and boeing. they will not be buying from boeing pretty much, they will be making their own aircraft that would be made in china and they will be competing with boeing like you never saw before. >> new topic, 12 -- 2012, who is up in the race, who is down? >> it's amazing because every day it changes. now newt, who is a friend of mine, is doing very well. mit romney is doing very well. i mean, he's doing very well but he just doesn't seem to get that extra little bounce that you think he would get. >> why? why doesn't he move up? he doesn't move down but why doesn't he budge at all? >> he has a very solid base, he doesn't move down and that's a big statement you make. he doesn't move down. but you think he would be bouncing like wild. he's done great in debates.
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he's done beautifully in every single debate. >> the pundits say that but if the numbers don't reflect it, i mean he's a great debater but how come the voters don't think he's doing a great job. >> they probably think he's not as conservative as they would like to see. but he will have a good chance against obama relative to other people who are maybe more conservative. he's playing a very fine line game, and it may be brilliant. we will let you know in about a year, right? >> one of the things that the obama campaign is going to go after him for is things like flip-flopping, issues like abortion when he debated senator ted kennedy in the early '90s he was pro abortion. he's changed his mind. and he got heat about flip-flopping in ohio. it will be painful should he get the nomination.
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>> and they will get him flip-flop and other people flip-flop and people change their mind over a period of time. obama was against the debt ceiling when he was a senator and did other things that he is now advocating. i guess they look at that as a weakness. i'm not sure if it is or not. he changed his mind. >> a tie? they both flip-flops. >> obama was going to get us right out of the war, it was going to end immediately and in the mean time he got us more into the war. and as soon as we leave iraq, that thing is going to be a mess and iran will take over so i don't think he's done us any favor. who flip-flopped more than obama? look at the war and look at his vote on debt ceiling. look at many of his other votes. he's flip-flopped more than anybody. >> you mentioned speaker gingrich, that he is at least currently surging, and every day is a little bit different. but why do you think he is doing better now? >> well, he's got some very good conservative views but i think maybe more than anything else,
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he really is a good debater. you know i like him because he's a member of my great golf club in washington d.c. he love people who join my clubs. >> is he good at golfing? >> he is and his wife is very nice. they are liked very much at the club, that i can tell you. >> on a serious note why he is doing well besides the fact he is a good debater? >> the good debater is a good thing. the debates have never been so important as they are now, for some reason, both good and bad. you see what happened to certain candidates who didn't do well in the debates and it hasn't been a pretty picture. newt has done very well in the debates and mit romney has done very well in the debates. >> but they are fascinating to watch, but the idea that you can have someone, ask them a foreign policy question and give them 30 seconds or a minute, does theth snapshot tell us anything about the person? >> no, and it could be the worse debater would be the best
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president, it's possible but i think people want to see how a certain candidate reacts quickly. and how do they react under pressure? >> coming up, more with donald trump. what happens when a candidates personal scandal hits the gop race? you will hear what trump thinks about that. and a moment hillary clinton will not soon forget. what in the world just happened? you have to hear the rest of this story. [ male announcer ] cranberry juice? wake up!
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>> once again here is donald trump. >> what is the effect, do you think, and i realize this is a little bit of voodoo, but when of the personal issues. for instance, speaker gingrich confronting some issues from the '90s with his marriage. there's been an allegation against mr. herman cain about sexual harassment. all this sort of, is this significant in the race or is this sort of going to be collateral 2012? >> it's not exactly a great boost. and i think herman has worked very hard to get rid of that. it seems like a lot of things are unfounded. nobody knows are they true or not true, but they don't have any evidence or any proof. and it certainly is not a positive for herman, and it certainly is not a positive for newt. in fact, i just see now he's doing well. they were leaving him alone but now that he's doing well i'm starting to see all the vicious stories come out about newt.
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it will be a tough period of time. but it is not positive. it certainly is not positive. >> ron paul, congressman paul. out? totally out? >> he's an interesting guy. he has some interesting views of things. whether you agree or don't agree, he has interesting common sense. i view it as common sense not libertarians views on things. but it will be very hard for him to win. no question about that. a couple of the votes that are debating i don't think we have to get too much into names, but it's almost like why are they taking up the time? you look at their numbers, they stayed at 1% for a long period of time, and you hear them answering the same question over and over and over in the debate and you don't want to hear it from them. you really want to hear from the candidates that have a chance. >> maybe the other will implode? we get surprises all the time. >> it's happened before but i think certain candidates are just not going to have much of a
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chance. >> but if i were running i would be focusing on iowa and spend time there and let everyone else be distracted by the national polls. whoever has a really good ground name in iowa, new hampshire, south carolina and florida. >> and a couple of people are doing that and they are focused also in new hampshire. >> what would be your advice for governor romney? >> well, it's interesting. probably the best thing he can do is get my endorsement because i do carry a big endorsement. >> is he going to get it? >> i'm looking at a lot of things. >> you always say. >> that no, no, i'll be making an endorsement at some point. >> why are you waiting? you have a level of certainty, you are a determined businessman. i bet you know. >> i'm looking. do i know in my mind who it will be? i have an idea but i don't want to say yet. >> what's the criteria? >> i'm just seeing what their at duties are on certain things. for example, foreign policy. we keep talking about the economy. very rarely do we mention all of
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the countries throughout this world, this great world of ours, that are ripping us to shreds because their leaders are sharper, tougher than our loaders. >> stop there. i suspect when they have all made the pilgrimage to see you, i suspect you have spent more time with them asking questions like that than we see on these sort of snapshot debates. >> that's true. >> so i think they would be farther ahead of the decision than you are letting on. >> no, i feel strongly about it. we can say education and all sorts of things. it's interesting, what do we do about jobs? people say we can do education. i watch the debates and it's very sad. they talk about everything except what the primary reason is. we are losing our jobs to other countries because of stupid policies and actually very, very stupid politicians. >> is this new or is this just the president obama administration or is this something that's been an epidemic in prior administrations? >> it's gotten worse. we honor china now.
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i watched mr. huntsman the other day and it's almost like roll over. i thought it was a terrible answer. not that he gave it improperly. i think it's a terrible answer to a big problem. i think that we have to focus from within. we have to start getting back to the core values of this country. the world is eating our lunch. they are taking our jobs, they are doing numbers on us, and our politicians aren't smart enough to even realize it. when we have the president of china coming to this country, and obama gives him a steak dinner, what he's doing to this country is unbelievable. i'm not talking about obama, i'm talking about the president of china but if you think about it, president obama also. >> and opec is the other one that gets you really going. >> opec is the single biggest abuser of this country, absolutely. >> which of the candidates has the toughest approach to opec? >> i haven't seen anybody. >> none of them. >> i haven't seen them using the word opec, i haven't seen them
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discussing it too much. but i will say this, the candidate that wants to drill in this country without mentionen the word opec is okay with me also. >> and you must be following the pipeline dispute from canada. >> i certainly have been. >> it's been put on hold and the president is caught between the environmentalists and the unions. >> it's obviously political. he doesn't want to do it until after the election. he's caught between the unions, which is very interesting where they want it, and they are supposed to be on his side, and the environmentalists because they don't want anything in many cases and i'm an environmentalists. i have seen so many environment allay wards. i do a great job from the standpoint of the environment but i'm an environmentalist that wants things to happen. you have some that don't want anything to happen. obama, instead of doing what he should do, which is approve it and get fuel in this country and jobs in the country, he said i'll wait until after the election.
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purely political. >> i have a problem with no decision is made. >> i think it's terrible. and it's so obvious. it's not like, oh, gee. it's obvious. he will wait until after the election and then probably approve it. >> and the congress, with the debt ceiling last august and the super committee, if they don't reach a decision by thanksgiving that's approved by congress, that there are these huge cuts that will go into effect that the republicans are unhappy with the democrats are unhappy with but that doesn't go into effect until january after the election because they don't want to evidence their constituencies. >> the concept of a supercommittee is an outrage. if we had a proper leader in this country he would get everybody into a room and make a deal. for you to have a supercommittee, which is highly political to start off with, is absolutely an outrage. i'm hearing the committee is not coming to terms, they aren't doing what they think, i don't know, it's hard to believe they won't come up. for me.
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everyone says they won't come up with a deal. for me it's hard to believe they won't because i think there's a lot of political pressure on them to come up with a deal. but the supercommittee is an outrage that we even have a supercommittee. >> but you don't see my point, if they don't reach a decision, it's not like the trigger gets pulled january, it's not until in after election so neither party will feel the pain from not work out a solution. >> the one that triggered that wags obama and he totally outnegotiated the republicans and i'm a republican. the one thing he wanted in this whole deal was the decision to come due after the election and he got it. because he knows -- i call it the great mess. we had the great mess six months ago. he knows if he went through that again prior to the election, he could not win the election. so he got the one thing he wanted, which was only for his own preservation. >> and coming up, the white house has to be worried about this one. there is new information tonight in the solyndra scandal
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hospital and all students and faculty are said to be safe at this point. now back to on the record with greta. for your headlines check out our website, it's have a good night. >> house majority leader eric cantor takes a twitter. he tweets the plot thickens. he's talking about blockbuster news in the solyndra scandal. house republicans indicate there are e-mails suggesting the obama administration urged the now bankrupt company to postpone announcing layoffs until november 3, 2010, the day after the 2010 election. good evening, rick. what is it that the republican-led house committee is saying? >> they are saying now that there is evidence that the investment advisers were communicating about the potential for lay offs. they have in touch with the energy department about this in late 2010. they said we are having troubles, we aren't going to make our payments, we are
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considering a line of layoffs and they say the communication back was can you wait until november 3rd? of course, that's the day after the midterm elections. >> the e-mails, i probed a little bit. nobody in the media has actually seen the e-mails. it's that the house committee has received about what, 190,000 pages in a document dump and they have identified it and then they have provided the information to the media so we aren't exactly sure what the e-mails say, right? >> that's right. there's a huge amount of e-mails that was generated by the inside the white house, inside the solyndra, involves with the outside investment advisers as well. it's coming to light because of the congressional investigations, including thursday an appearance by the energy secretary, steven chu in front of the committee. even if you look at all of the documents it shows their point that there was political pressure in approving the lone in the first place. >> assuming the documents bear out what the republican members of saying, what it does more
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than signature, says the white house was up to their eyeballs. in fact, they went to ron, who is the former steve of staff, and he was involved in the e-mail traffic. it's hard to say anything but it's a political decision when you want to hide something after an election. >> the facts are lining up. obviously we know they expedited the review process for the lone despite concerns inside the obama administration, another part of it. they were saying put the brakes on and the department of energy wanted to plow ahead. we had a restructuring of the lone. they knew it would be a bad story line and wanted to make sure it would not come out until after the election. that's what makes it damaging. >> to me it'sa falling. it shows not leadership but politics and at a time when the nation is suffering so much with the economy and the horrible bad judgment lone to solyndra and now they are trying to hide it so the american people don't
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take it out on them for their bad judgment. it doesn't show leadership, it shows something else. i know you are a reporter so i won't and you to make a statement on that. thursday there will be a blistering hearing when the secretary it was. >> that's right. the secretary of energy is ultimately responsible for this. it was his department that was pushing it along. the energy secretary himself was a big champion of this program. he will get a lot of tough questions, including, i would expect, calls for his head as part of the hearing. they want to know exactly what he was pushing internally, what the political pressures would be. he has denied any wrongdoing in this but to a lot of republicans it just doesn't pass the smell test. >> rick, thank you. >> thank you. >> ahead, you see the claws come out. it gets nasty. stay tuned. [ male announcer ] every day, thousands of peoe are choosing advil. i'm keith baraka and i'm a firefighter. and it's very physically demanding. if i'm sore i not at my best. advil is my go-to. it's my number one pain reliever.
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>> greta: 11:00 is almost here, flash studio lights, it's time for last call. hillary clinton gets a lot of surprises but this one just might take the cake. [ laughter ]. >> secretary of state clinton in hawaii for asia pacific forum. no one seems to know why the man was wearing a loin cloth but it made for a good photo. that is your last call. thank you for being with us tonight from new york we'll see you again tomorrow from iowa. and mark kelly will go on the record for the new book he wrote with his wife, congress woman gabby giffords. go to greta i'm putting an open thread up.