tv This Week With George Stephanopoulos ABC August 12, 2012 9:00am-10:00am EDT
good morning and welcome to a special edition of "this week." the next vice president of the united states -- paul ryan! >> romney goes bold. >> together, we'll unite america and get this done. >> delighting conservatives. >> if you have small business, you did build that! >> and democrats. they have been targeting ryan and his budget plan for months >> it's a trojan horse. >> the big question -- will this high-risk gamble be high reward for romney? elevate the debate and raise the stakes for this race? is this young congressman from wisconsin ready for the national stage? we'll ask our headliners. tim pawlenty who was vying for
the vp job. and for the obama campaign, adviser david axelrod and our powerhouse roundtable. full debate and analysis of romney's choice begins now. hello, again, mitt romney's surprise pick of paul ryan to be his vp shook up the summer saturday. how much? how long will it last? we'll examine mitt romney's most consequential campaign decision. but we begin on how the decision has made and how it's playing on the trial with our jon karl. jon, thanks for joining us this morning. we're learning a lot more overnight about how romney came to this decision and how she
shrouded in pretty extraordinary secrecy. >> no doubt. and you know n the end, he exte several candidates. he only met one-on-one with paul ryan to discuss the job. that happened at beth myers' dining room table about a week ago. romney made the offer. of course, ryan accepted. culminating friday with the press tracking paul ryan's every move and the other candidates' every move. what ryan did, he went out his back door and snuck through a wooden ravine. at the other end of the woods he was met by a car, drove to the airport, flew to north carolina and drove completely unnoticed to virginia. >> paul ryan did seem to energize mitt romney yesterday? >> there's no question that he has brought energy into the
campaign at least now and had an impact on romney himself. >> the next vmt of the united states and i are going to lay out for america of hope and opportunity and progress and achievement and individual accomplishments. we're going to stand for america and we're going to win! >> and so president obama isn't going to be able to run for re-election on his record because it's a terrible record. he's going to divide the country to distract the country to win this election by default. >> late last night, romney told us that it's now instead of being two on one. it's now on two on two. >> i was surprised to see morning, jon, after today the candidates are going to be splitting up, ryan won't be finishing up the bus or the with romney. >> the idea here, they want to divide and conquer. while romney will go on to florida and into ohio, paul ryan is going to go to iowa, a place where he's fairly well known and
his midwest roots, they'll be 1250i78s together, but often dividing and conquering. >> okay, jon karl, thanks very much. first reaction from the obama campaign, david axelrod. thank you for joining us. reports that the president was surprised be i the ryan pick, why? >> well, because it's a -- you know, it's a pick that's meant to thrill the most strident voices in the republican party. it should trouble everyone else, senior, students, the middle class. because of ryan's record. he's a right-wing -- the intellectual energy behind the republican caucus there in congress. he constructed a budget like romney would lavish trillions of dollars of tax cuts most of them on the wealthy. would raise the burden on the middle class.
cut back things deeply like student loan and research and development and things that we need to grow the economy. he's someone who was the ark teshgt of a social security privatization scheme, even george bush called it irresponsible. he believes that we should ban adoption even in cases of rape and insent. mn also a clarifying hoice for choice for paul ryan. >> not shying away from the traditional role of attack dog, i want to show part of a web video that the romney/ryan campaign is putting out today. >> this is just the new normal. high unemployment. declining incomes. and next january, our economy
will begin a meba wh the romney plan for a stronger middle class, that will lead to more jobs and more take-home pay for working americans. >> he's young. he's articulate. he gave a jolt of energy to mitt romney yesterday. are you worried that this is going to be a booster shot for the romney campaign? >> i think within his own party. i think the tea part y are excited. he was a faithful supporter of the bush economic policies in the '90s. now he and romney want to double-down on those policies. somehow the middle class is going to fare better. this time, their plan would raise burdens on the middle class. it would give the average millionaire a huge tax cut and would raise taxes on the middle class by an average of $2,000. how is that going to help the middle class? so, you can recite the words middle class, but your policies
have to follow and theirs don't. >> you bought up the point of the ryan medicare plan, it's going to end medicare as we know it, as you saw yesterday, mitt romney and paul ryan talked about the president's medicare cuts under his health care plan, under their plan, traditional medicare will be there as an option, and they kept it at the same level as president obama, how can you say that they're -- >> congressman ryan, what he doesn't say, he's incorporated that same $700 billion into his plan, so he's embraced exactly what the president has done. the differce is, the president is trying to strengthen the medicare program under the changes that the president made. the seniors are getting more prescription coverage a.
the ryan/romney plan would not do that. in fact by turning it into a voucher program, throwing seniors into the tender mercies into the private insurance market and capping growth the way they do, ultimately they'll ship thousands of dollars on the backs of seniors and medicare itself will be in a death spiral because it will be dissipated by seniors who -- healthy seniors going into a private system, leaving sick seniors in the existing medicare program. they don't believe in medicare, george. let's be honest. he doesn't believe in the medicare problem. newt gingrich called it right-wing social engineering when he served his medicare plan. >> polling said that he could help in the state of the wisconsin. and it will also help the midwest states of iowa. bottom line, does paul ryan help the ticket?
>> well, that did remains to be seen. i think it help voters clarify what this is about. building an economy meant to last, invest in the middle class, education and training and the kind of things that we need to compete and give people a cans to compete, then, no, i don't think he's going to help the ticket. i think he'll help the governor have a more con visible republican convention. this superpac ally, put out an ad that suggests romney was responsible for a death. it's been roundly criticized. your hometown paper called it a vicious and shameful ad and it drew this response for the romney campaign. >> what does it say about the president's character?
what does it say about a president's character when he had the campaign raise money for the ad and stood by when his top aides were caught lying about it? >> does the president stand behind that ad, does he agree with what was in that ad? >> i don't believe that his wife, that on governor romney can be blamed for her death. i don't think the ad said that, either. >> it suggests -- >> the irony of all of this, george, this ad is running at the very same time that governor romney campaigned is running an ad -- not running, the ad hasn't been on the ad, he's running ads, saying that the president wants to end the work requirement in welfare, every single person who's looked at it is false. he continues to run it. and then he attacks others for
ads that we didn't approve and produce? i think he's the one who needs to explain. >> i'll ask tim pawlenty about that. but does the president think about this kind of an ad was appropriate? >> look, as i said, i don't think goff thor romney can be blamed for that woman's death. what he can blamed for is taking that steel company, two bankruptcies, welcoalking away millions of dollars, that's the real issue. he has run on his business experience and his business experience is things like the gs steel story, where they loaded up companies with debt, profited from it to the tune of millions of dollars, left workers and creditors holding the bag. >> governor pawlenty coming up, you thought that he was going to be romney's pick, the best pick in. >> i think governor pawlenty is
an abled candidate. i really didn't think that governor romney would go so far to satisfy the most strident voices in his party that he would pick who is so right wing, but i was wrong about this. let's bring in governor pawlenty. governor, thank you for joining us again this morning. i have to get, though, your personal reaction. this is kind of the second time you have been runner-up in these vice presidential stakes. you were called by governor romney on monday. it has to hurt a little bit, huh? >> i'm excited for the ticket. i'm excited for governor romney and congressman ryan. i'm not disappointed that i didn't get something that i didn't expect. it's a great ticket. terrific pick by roomney.
ryan has a clear, specific vision, an adult approach to solving the nation's problems. >> any comfort to know that the president and his senior adviser david axelrod that he thought that you were going to be the pick. >> it was a nice set of comments that he made. >> let's talk about -- we brought up in the previous interview, you heard the case against ryan, having the budget front and center defines mitt romney, makes him own these plans by ryan, they're going to end medicare as we know it. respond. >> well, i think the american people are smart and i think the american people respect people who have real solutions to big problems and so, congressman ryan and governor romney have put together a plan that actually tackles the problems in specific.
preserves the program for people who are already on it. but changes it for the next generation and it's a big debate and an important debate. unlike the president they're actually willing to lead. and put specific proposals on the table. i think the american public will respect and appreciate that. they know that we have a rob. for every dollar the federal government spends they don't have 40 cents of it. they're not stupid. they know that can't continue. they look at congressman ryan and governor romney and say, look, we need some changes. they're going to preserve medicare as an option but give people some other choices. >> the kochal budget office says over the next ten years it could end in a decrease of $10,000 for couples on medicare? >> well, there's only one candidate in this race who's actually cut medicare and signed
such a thing into law and that's president obama. $700 billion cut over the ten years. medicare and these other programs aren't going to be available at all if we don't have reforms. by the way, on a bipartisan approach, the congressman ryan proposal is bipartisan. the only person who hasn't put a specific entitlement reform p proposal on the tame is the president. that's not leadership. that's not the kind of thing that the president should be providing and we need someone who's going to get the job done. >> even democrats are licking their chops yesterday when they heard the paul ryan choice yesterday, his plan doesn't have majority support, you don't think it's a vulnerability?
>> well, i think the plan -- first of all, is one congressman ryan and governor romney can explain and present to the american people as a needed and responsible plan. plus, it's leadership. and if people hear the plan and it's bipartisan ship, i think it's going to gain acceptance. >> this ticket is now lacking in national security experience, also they point out that paul ryan has only been a member of congress, haven't had a member on the ticket since 1984, geraldine ferraro. all of the experience he's had just inside the beltway, no vul neblts there? >> romney and ryan have a terrific national security policy team around them. governor romney has traveled extensively internationally and understands these issues extremely well. the ticket before the country,
you're going to see a strong foreign policy position and posture. governor romney spent his entire career in global business arrangements, transactions and understanding different countries, cultures and gee graphy. you heard david axelrod talk about the controversial ad by a super pac allied by president obama, also brought up by the romney campaign suggesting that president obama would gut the work requirements within the welfare program. they called it a lie. here's the ad they played in response. >> see that, mitt romney claiming that romney would end welfare. they called it blatantly false. in fact, obama's getting states to move 20% more people from
welfare to work. >> they said they're just giving governors the flexibility to meet the work goals under welfare. exactly the kind of flexibility that you and other republican governors were petitioning for? >> that's not true or accurate, george. governors like me and others, wanted more flexibility generally. we didn't want to dismantle the work requirement within the landmark law of the 1990s. if the president is saying it's not part of his directive to rescind the work requirement, just clarify the part of that. >> the plan will be approved only if it increases overall the number of people going to work? >> well, what they're saying, we're going to take away the specific looking for work or work requirements. by the way, if down the road, you have some goals to increase employment overall, maybe that
is going to be good overall. on this issue of ads back and forth, the president of the united states should have the basic decency in his campaign leadership should have the basic leadership to step toward in the wake of ads of accusing romney of being a con cspirator in killing this gentleman's spouse. >> david axelrod said that he doesn't believe it. >> i'm sorry. >> david axelrod doesn't believe that that's what mitt romney did. >> the president himself has failed to disclaim that. the white house has punted it back to the campaign. when you're a leader you got to step forward and take responsibility in key moments. the president himself should have the basic decency to say, that ad is out of bounds. >> one of the hopes is that the pick of paul ryan, this week, is
actually going to change the tone of this campaign and gmuch more on the substance of the plans of either side, do you believe that's possible? >> women, i hope it's absolutely true. the president of the united states, you got no accomplishments. the ones you do have are unpopular. like obama care. relentless calls for tax increases. you know the strain that he has in his relations with israel, pulling out the rug from under czech republic. he has a record basely of things that are unpopular, didn't work. we would like to see get back to the issues and not have him dangle shiny objects. we would welcome specially governor romney and congressman ryan have an advantages a debate on the issues and big challenges
and big solutions that these candidates are willing to put forth. >> how many years of tax returns did you provide to the romney campaign? >> i don't remember the exact number. several years. >> several years, so more than two? >> well we don't get into the details of the vetting process. i gave him a bunch of tax returns. >> governor pawlenty thank you for coming on. always good to have you on the program. >> all right, george, thank you very much. coming up -- full analysis what the ryan selection means for this presidential race. with our powerhouse roundtable.
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president of the united states! >> so, let me introduce to you the next president -- the next vice president of the united states of america, joe biden! >> must me something in the water on those big announcements. we'll talk about the implications with our roundtable. we're joined by paul gigot, former vermont governor and dnc chair howard dean, our own cokie roberts, gavin newsome, host on current tv, and peggy noonan. paul, on wednesday, april 8th, you write a long editorial, why not paul ryan? you get your wish. >> well, look, the romney campaign has never considered me a confidant. so i can't take credit for this. >> oh, go ahead. >> they say that goff more made the decision on august 1st.
>> it speaks well, the choice, vice president don't determine elections but do they reflect of the political character of the candidate. it speaks well of candidate romney. ryan is a serious, thoughtful man. he's in politics for the right reason. i have known him for 20 years. >> and you write he best xem mri fies the nature and stakes of this election. >> he talks about it as a generational choice. how intrusive we want government to be? what goes the economy. does the government through spending that creates jobs? ryan understands this. the choice reflects the fact that romney has concluded that he can't win this election by only attacking the president. people know that. but they need something positive and hopeful. ryan gives him that agenda and
energy and a set of policies that they can now promote. >> howard dean, the wall street journal, many democrats yesterday, practically gleeful. >> he'll give a real choice. romney was trying to move towards the middle and ryan makes that almost impossible to do that. voucher program for medicare. >> you know that he doesn't like that word. he calls it premium support. >> but it's voucher program. you can use it to spend it on buying health insurance. if you have to pay more, too bad for you. it's a voucher program. the problem is -- i don't know paul ryan. this is going to be a referendum unfortunately for mitt romney. not the kind of referen rum that
mitt romney would want to have. >> peggy, you wrote something else, talking about romney, you said voters are looking for someone who's more confidence in the issues, that the candidate has earned respect for his own instincts. this seemed to be a choice where romney was following his instincts. >> yeah, it did. and many of those who have worked in the bain companies, capital and consulting, have talked a lot the past few weeks about how romney thinks very deeply about those he -- when he was in the company, those he brought in and those he raised. the ceos that he picked that he had a great eye for talent. i had that a little bit on my mind when i was thinking about what he might do here. it seems to me, this whole choice of paul ryan has been called bold, very substantive
and very serious, i think all of that's true. i think it remakes the race a little bit. it recasts things. it gives a different heft to the entire race. >> gavin, romney people call it a game-changer. but they believe the game may be changing. >> obviously, things weren't trending in the right direction. public opinion polls came out a snapshot of time, we're not moving in a right direction but we needed to do something significant. i'm at a loss as to why paul ryan? i like him. i admire him. all of those things that paul said and others i think are valid. but i don't get the pick from romney's perspective. there was a gap between democrats and republicans. already the party was united against barack obama hp dedoesn't do anything for women,
independents. three swing states, are no longer going to be, i think, in the column. of romney. >> it is a bold choice. but bold is not necessarily wise. and it will be interesting to see if he can get away from the ryan budget. which has been a boogie man. and i think that obama campaign has already come out with an ad, immediately, attacking the ryan budget. as something that hurts the poor and even the catholic bishops who have been pretty republican of late, said that that budget failed to meet the criteria of a budget. >> let's talk about that a little bit more, not only today that the obama campaign has come out with an ad, obama has gone after ryan budget for two years.
this ad trying to shape the congressional debate. >> you know -- >> they won a congressional district, the republican congressional district with this whole line of attacks. >> paul there are so many specifics imbedded in that ryan budget that are out there for every -- >> actually, i don't think that add worked. if you think about the congressional races, they tried to change the congressional polling, republicans are still even in the polls, despite they have been hitting at the budget plan. i think the republicans have to prepare for medicare assault.
if romney wants to win this, they should have an ad in the can already defending against these attacks. >> the argument that obama cut $700 billion in obama care out of medicare. >> he wants to cut more. he said himself medicare is unsustainable. he's going to do it with an unelected panel of 15 people who will make a choice -- >> trait back. >> they're going to do it without traditional review >> it's also intellectually dishonest. every year, congress votes to do what's called the doc fix to give the providers back the money that has been cut. so, you know, that $700 billion, i won't look for it to be gone any time soon. >> the problem with that, transferred to obama care which takes care of the same people
the problem is, is that nobody believes it. you can't convince people that democrats are going to cut medicare. the same problem that romney has with all of the bank accounts. i don't think the addition of paul ryan is going to help that any. that's the problem. that's the core problem. people vote on whether this candidate cares about people like me. i don't think that this is going to change very much. >> the $700 billion, why are we cused on the $700 billion that he wants to cut from medicare? >> paul ryan? >> paul ryan. this is much bigger than just medicare, it's about social security and medicare. also a budget that dramatically is going to impacts discorrection nary expenditures to a degree that we have never seen in the history of this
country. this is a serious budget, serious time, to have a serious debate. i'm not sure if we'll be able to flush these things out in the debate. for romney this is not going to aid his effort. >> the republicans won in 2010, rather overwhelming and part of the reason they won in the congressional races was that the american people have really become concerned about the future of their country when they think about the endless spending. that's going on from washington. now, paul ryan has been very associated, primarily associated on the republican side with someone who has come forward that we have more align our revenues with what we're spending. we have to get more reasonable here. the challenge for him and the danger, i think, of his nomination, is that there are a lot of americans who are in
financial hard times, lot of americans are leaving nower the edge, lot of americans perhaps are receiving some money from the u.s. government each month. paul ryan, when you include social security, paul ryan has to go to those people, i think, quickly, and convince them, look, i'm not trying to end the things you need, i'm trying to save the things you need. >> well, the problem is -- >> the democrats are going to say that he's shark. he has to say that he's the lifeboat. >> the problem is the numbers in his budget. first of all, it doesn't get to a balanced budget for several decades. but we had a balanced budget in recent history. when clinton when president. so, you know, that's a problem that he's got. but the bigger problem i think is the tax portion of it. if in fact he was doing alignment as you put it of
revenues with spekding then you would have more revenues in there and you also have taxes of the wealthier people. >> and to bring that question -- >> then it's off the table. >> there have been a lot of studies of focus groups with swing voters, the voters that are now inching their way towards romney, when you tell them under the ryan plan, medicare, there will be savings in medicare but tax cuts for millionaires, they ldon't belie. >> well, he's talking about a reform of medicare first of all and everyone knows that medicare is unsustainable. it's not only a tax cut, it's a tax reform. if you take down the rate we're going to eliminate the deductions. on who? the well to do. tax policy center study is made
on false assumption. >> reporter: they're saying they're aren't enough deductions to make up -- >> but their imposing on romney, they're making assumptions about romney that romney doesn't make. >> even romney's own economists have said, that this isn't going to raise taxes on middle-class families. that's the core problem with the so-called ryan budget. problem with paul ryan, i think he's probably a very decent person, but he's well outside of the main stream of where most americans think we should go. raise taxes on rich people. they don't want to get rid of medicare. >> if he does say it with a smile on his face and i think that optimism does make a difference and i thought that the best line in his speech yesterday was about saying that this is not the new normal.
>> that puts it back on president obama's record. >> well, that's true. again, we have a choice. it's no longer referendum. that was the decision, not only a tactical dix but a shift in the campaign. i think the tax thing is important. people need to be reminded we're not only extending the bush tax cuts they're going to double-down on additional tax cuts, ryan wanted to go to 30%. it's inconceivable to me in this day and age that we can ultimately balance budgets with a cuts-only strategy. >> they're about to do that in california. >> what happens when you cut medic aid in states of california, it's going to cost millions of people to drop off of medicaid. they'll have pressure on their revenue. they're shifting the balanced sheet from one balanced sheet --
shifting the burden from one balance sheet to another. >> peggy, the column that you wrote yesterday, the romney campaign shouldn't been arguing like california. >> they should look at some of the local forgive me, lieutenant governor, they should look like some of the dreadful and predictable local bankruptcies that have taken place in cities and areas in california. and talk about how tt mode what got you in trouble there, promising so much to the municipal employees, everybody is going to have a lot of money. it's okay, the kids will pay for it. don't worry about it. the politicians get re-elected. eventually they run out of money and the city goes down. that's the sort of thing that all americans left and right,
liberal and republican, they can look and see some problems in california. but they can look in other places and see it too. the great benefit it steams to me the risky but bold paul ryan choice he's the most serious elected official in america talking about these things. >> the assertion is such a radical budget. i mean, simple bowles, the president's own deficit commission, proposed one not dissimilar to paul ryan's. on medicare, ryan reached across the aisle and did a deal with the democratic liberal from oregon, basically saying here's a reform with support and an option to retain medicare as it
is. >> this is a very clever thing what ryan did and it's a bad idea for american seniors. what he did, the federal government is at risk with these increases in health care for people over 65. what ryan wants to do is say, average individuals are going to pay for it and they can't afford it. this is not trivial. this is a radical change. it's the end of medicare as we know it. it's at the risk of the employee. here's what i think romney has done with this pick and what he's done is transformed this from a referendum on barack obama on republican economic policy. >> or a choice between the two paths. >> i think it's a play to the base. >> why would you do that? >> because we're in a funny year where people are pretty much decided and the real question is getting them out and getting them excited and to the polls.
>> that was our problem. >> i'll tell you what my anxiety is, this is how it looks to me, you sit and you listen to paul ryan talk about his economic, general assumptions, theories, recommended way of operating, you listen to the other side, i think you yo hear the logic of paul ryan and i think that's fine, i'm just not sure that in a busy, bouncy, shallow, silly, tweet i tweeting elect ral environment that the ryan case can be made. i'm not sure of that. >> that would be hard. >> saying to people that he's going to end medicare as you know it without getting into all of the nuances. that's a tough political -- >> it's very open to dem goegs.
>> i always have told people campaigns are not for educating. people who use campaigns as a means for educating lose campaigns. they may win a bigger race later on. ryan has to educate the country. >> it's a tutorial that he's going come out with his power points. it's going to be about romney. >> there's a gamble here that this country is in very serious time of anxiety and sense of decline. are people willing to listen to serious ideas? president obama wants to be this to be a small debate about romney tax returns. romney wants to make this bigger. >> the question, i want to jump off that, we saw with all of the ads that came out this week before the pick, you know on the
one hand, the priority u.s. ad, that suggests that someone died as result of mitt romney's decisions. you had the romney campaign ad that went farther in suggesting that president obama is gutting welfare. is it going to be possible with -- it seems like, cokie, that the campaigns care less and less what fact-checkers say about their ads. >> they can careless. absolutely decided that it's clear, they're going to run with it and the fact checkers can have a ball but who cares? that's what the companies are doing and ryan gives more of an opportunity to do that. but i think this whole sense of governor dean talked about, that, that, do people really believe that romney is going to be good for them? that's going to be something
that's going to be very, very hard to get passed in these ads. >> how does he do that? >> think he has to talk about specifics the nature of his tax plans, on specific policy areas and say, this is how this is going to affect you. >> peggy, a little bit more personable, he seems to have a personal problem with the electorate, that puts him in this position to not close this gap. >> talking about romney, he looked pretty great yesterday on the stump. he's coming alive a little bit. he was full of fight yesterday. and having a good time. it seems to me, though, that with ryan, one thing, i'm thinking that the democrats are saying, kill this guy quick. don't let him make a good
impression over the next few minutes or week, we got to get him now. that means they're going to dem goeg and medicare square. >> joe biden called him up to con dwrat lagratulate him. >> ryan ought to be doing is going out there, i think now, showing himself and very long and thoughtful interviews and talking about what his intentions are. let the american people look at him literally over the next few days so that when the democrats come with demascare and grandma is being thrown off the sled or whatever the metaphor is, my goodness, he doesn't look like the guy that will throw the grandma off the sled. >> interesting -- nor was the
quote, unquote, the ad that ever appeared on television, that romney was so indignant about. this has been a negative campaign. all campaigns are negative. we always get outraged by the other side's political tactics. it's hardly a news story for these campaigns. this medicare, just tell the facts. the facts should scare the heck out of people. >> you know, living in washington, d.c., we get all of the virginia ads, right? and the main one that the obama campaign is running now over and over and over again is aimed at women. and it is all about women saying they're worried about their reproductive rights and all that. i actually find it an somewhat offensive ad. i think it's pandering and kind
of obvious. i think actually, if he wants to really aim at women, he should be talking about title ix. it's a policy that the people who benefit from it know about it. that's highly unusual. the female athletes actually talk about the government policy that made it possible for them to compete. and that's what he should be out there emphasizing and then we get something positive. >> take it to the campaign. >> i am, next call. that's a very good idea. you have these incredible popular young women who just had this e nnormously successful. gabby douglas on there talking about title ix and why that is important. paul ryan wants to do away with title ix. >> young women don't know that
the civil rights bill got them jobs but they do title ix got them athletic time. >> the last two weeks, you know how i felt about the opening er is mownys, england felt it had to say, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for watching. we don't like ourselves very much and you don't like ourselv ourselves, either. now we're showing the queen out of the helicopter. that having been said -- we all get sucked into watching it. someone is doing something extraordinary. my favorite moment, felix sanchez of the dominican republic, won the medal for the
400 meter hurdle. he had been brought up by his grandmother, she had died, she had run with her picture on her, he won, he wept, i wept. >> your voice this week is coming right up. thank you all. but first -- three moments from this week in history. what year was it? nancy pelosi made history. >> i'm very proud that they had the encourage to vote for a woman for speaker of house. >> the situation in iraq is unacceptable. >> president bush gambled on a troop surge in iraq. >> tremendous pressure put on this administration. >> today, apple is going to reinvent the phone. >> and the debut of the iphone. >> a device like this, more powerful than any mobile device or cell phone. >> was it 2005, 2006 or 2007?
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so, what year was it? when did president bush start the surge in iraq and apple released the first iphone? five years ago, in 2007. and now, we honor our fellow americans who serve and sacrifice. this week, the pentagon released the names of eight service members kildz in afghanistan. and finally, your voice this week, today's question comes from kent, who ask, if romney wins will he be the first president to be sworn into office on book other than the holy bible? >> there's no requirement that the president be sworn in on the bible. all they could find on air force one for lyndon johnson was a
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