"Face the Nation" transcripts, October 14, 2012: Sen. Graham, Rep. Issa, Rep. Cummings
BAY BUCHANAN: Oh, my gosh! We have a terrific-- young-- we have a bench of terrific young leaders coming up.
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: Lindsey Graham, Lindsey Graham who was on earlier said in a moment of honesty, that we may not have enough grumpy old white men left soon to continue this party as it is. The demographic changes in this country are so powerful--
BAY BUCHANAN: You know, but you're talking about today's party as well.
FRANK LUNTZ: Right now, Congress has a ten-- Democrats in the Senate and Republicans in the House, has a ten-percent job approval rating. Gaddafi had a fourteen-percent job approval rating and that was among the people who killed him. The reason-- the reason why--
BOB SCHIEFFER: I just want to go around and just kind of--
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: You're not advocating.
BOB SCHIEFFER: --I want to do my own little focus group here. What-- what happens next in the campaign and what-- what does your person have to do and I'll start with Bay, go down this way and then come back this way.
BAY BUCHANAN: We got to keep the momentum. We've got enormous momentum right now across the board as is indicated in every one of these states. And what the governor has to do and what he will do is be exactly who he was at that last debate, be himself, get out there and really let them-- the American people know the kind of amazing leader, a competence who has experience and know-how to turn this country around and put Americans back to work. He'll do that in the next two debates, he'll do it out there in every single interview and he will win this election.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Frank?
FRANK LUNTZ: And my person is not Romney or the Democrats. I come here as a CBS News analyst. The candidates have to address jobs and they have to address bipartisanship. They have to demonstrate that they have a specific plan because people in Ohio, in Wisconsin, in North Carolina, in Florida, are hurting, badly hurting. And they're crying in these focus groups. They are actually losing it because they're afraid of the future and they have to show that they can work together, that there is some way for them to go across the aisle, and that will determine who the next President is.
BOB SCHIEFFER: I want to have John go last, over to-- to David.
DAVID CORN: Okay. I don't have a person. I'm a journalist, I don't represent any campaign. I don't, Bay, you know, you do. And I think for the President after the last debate, it's pretty clear he's going to have to show some vim and vigor and I think he's going to have to find a way to puncture what I think is this eleventh-hour conversion of Mitt Romney from a guy who had very extreme, very specific ideas until a guy just says I'm great, trust me and who looks good and can play the part. And what they-- it's at the town hall debate or the debate that you're going to get to moderate down the road and with advertising and with the ground game as well he's going to have to find a way to bring Romney back to where he's been campaigning all along and show that he himself, Barack Obama, has specific ideas.
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL: I think President Obama, I would agree with Frank has to speak about jobs and the pain in this country, feel people's pain. I think he has to speak with passion and engagement. I do think he needs to lay out what he would do but at the same time in this (INDISTINCT) with politics I do think he needs to expose the extreme makeover of Mitt Romney and also point to the news of the lowest jobless rate since 2009, five hundred thousand manufacturing and auto industry jobs. And finally, I-- I think he does need to speak again to women, and economic security, in a very important way. And those-- those are the key things.
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. Let me just ask then John, what do you expect in thirty seconds?
JOHN DICKERSON: President will have to find a way to say, Mitt Romney doesn't care enough to be straight with you in the campaign. He's not going to care enough about you to be straight with you as President. Romney has to say they're tired and out of ideas. The only creativity you see from this administration is finding new people to blame. They play the video in Libya, they blame ATMs for the economy that the only creativity, they're out of ideas, the only creativity is just kind of pointing the finger of blame, that's what Romney is going to argue.
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. But we'll be right back with some thoughts from some other people on what they think is going on.
BOB SCHIEFFER: The late night comics have played a larger role than ever in this campaign, and there was no better example than last week and that is our FACE THE NATION Flashback.
WOMAN: Congressman Ryan, we begin with your opening statement.
TARAN KILLAM: Thank you. First of all, I want to thank Centre College for hosting us this evening.
JASON SUDEIKIS: Oh, boy, here we go.
TARAN KILLAM: Mister Vice President, I know you're under a lot of duress to make up for lost ground but I think the people would be better served if we didn't keep interrupting each other.
JASON SUDEIKIS: Oh, you don't scare me, shark eyes.
TARAN KILLAM: Mitt, it's Barack, you watching the debate?
JIMMY FALLON: No, I-- I'm watching Breaking Amish. Should I flip over?
JAY PHAROAH: We should play a drinking game where every time Biden says my friend or Paul Ryan won't give specifics about your tax plan we'll take a shot.
JIMMY FALLON: I don't know. That's an awful lot of milk to be drinking on a Thursday night. By the way did you give Biden any pre-debate advice?
JAY PHAROAH: Well, yeah, you know, I-- I just told him that if you have no idea what you're talking about and you can't think of anything to say just say the word Malarkey. Here it goes, here it goes, watch this cue.
JOE BIDEN: With all due respect, that's a bunch of malarkey.
JIMMY FALLON: Interesting. I-- I told the same thing to Paul Ryan, except I said, if you get confused just start making up countries.
PAUL RYAN: Still coming in to Zabul, to Takunar, to all of these areas.
JIMMY FALLON: Nailed it. Zabul, that's a good one.
JAY PHAROAH: Very nice.
BOB SCHIEFFER: My problem is I can't figure out which ones were the real ones. We'll be back in a minute.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, that's it for today. Next week FACE THE NATION will be broadcasting from Boca Raton, Florida, the site of the final presidential debate. Hope to see you then and thank you for watching.
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