All we do is say to the people in Afghanistan that we're leaving and we're seeing this terrible killing of Americans by Afghan soldiers. On and on. This is a foreign policy failure. And the American people may take that into consideration a week from Tuesday.
SCHIEFFER: All right, senator, thank you so much. I have to move on. Thank you for being with us. We'll be back with former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in one minute.
SCHIEFFER: And joining us now from Akron, Ohio, the mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel. Mr. Mayor, thank you so much.
And I'm never one to presume to know what the answers are before I ask the questions, but my guess is you will have a slightly different take on events and what we just heard from Senator McCain.
RAHM EMANUEL, (D) MAYOR OF CHICAGO: Very good, Bob. Yes.
First of all, the president immediately ordered an investigation into what happened in Benghazi. Second, he wants to find out who's responsible. And third, he will bring them to justice, just like he brought Bin Laden and al Awlaki in Yemen. And he has been consistent about that. And he did refer to it the event as a terrorist act. And when Mitt Romney said he didn't. So that's number one.
And the events there are a human tragedy. It's an assault on America. And as commander in chief, he took control and he said exactly what needs to be done. None of us are privy to the information. I'm not. I'm the mayor of the city of Chicago. But if the commander in chief says I want to get to the bottom of it, I want an investigation, get the report, find out who is accountable, who is responsible for this act, and we will bring them to justice, just like he did when he brought justice to Osama bin Laden and just like he did to the al Qaeda leadership that is decimated in the Afghanistan area and Pakistan area and just like he did to Awlaki that was hiding in Yemen who tried to bring two terrorist attacking to the United States. That is what a commander in chief does.
SCHIEFFER: Now you weren't there, obviously you don't have access to this information, but you were White House chief of staff. How is it that...
EMANUEL: Rumor has it.
SCHIEFFER: So many of -- versions of events could come out of this thing? I mean, you know, yes, yes, he -- yes, he said in the Rose Garden, he referred to a terrorist attack. But five days later, Susan Rice was right here on this broadcast and on other Sunday broadcasts saying that no, it wasn't. And I mean, how is that that could happen? That was just -- go ahead.
EMANUEL: Bob, first of all, no, Bob, you have an event, a changing event. You don't have people on the ground with that information. The intelligence community, many different apparatus from military intelligence, national security intelligence, CIA, is assembling that information to give you the best pictures. And events change. And when Susan went out there, she was working off the intelligence provided that the point.
Let me go toy point about what the senator just said. you have Benghazi, information changes while asking for real-time information. You're getting that changed all the time while the intelligence community assesses what happened in giving that report.
The senator just made a point about foreign policy. Let's go through this. On Iran, when we-- when the president came into office, America was isolated from the world and people were questioning our judgments. Three years later, the tables have been turned, and Iran is now isolate from the rest of the world and you have crippling sanctions. That is not a failure, that is a success of America's leadership.
Second, because we have been at war for a decade, two wars, one the longest in American history, the president committed to bring Iraq to an end, and now our word is committed and people know it, and seen what we have done. Second he had a surge in Afghanistan, and now we're withdrawing, all with the purpose of coming home and building America. And the best foreign policy you can have is a strong America at home. And he's made sure that we invest here in America and make sure we invest in our roads, our bridges, and our highways, and our schools and our broadband, our infrastructure and our educational system. That's the strongest part of our foreign policy.
Third, he's reoriented America towards the Pacific and making sure that we are there as a credible ally to our allies there as China is emerging.
At every level America's foreign policy abroad in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East is respected because they have seen this president take decisive leadership, take positions that he has executed from Iran to the protection of Israel, to changing the war in Iraq and American's foreign policy to rebuilding us at home, reorienting America's resources to the threat coming, our the challenge coming from China. That is a foreign policy that has made America continue to be the leader of the free world and with its values.
And I would actually disagree with what the senator said. And if you look across the waterfront, America's leadership has never been stronger.
SCHIEFFER: All right.
Why do you think this race is so close right now?
EMANUEL: First of all, because there's a lot at stake. We have still a lot of work, as the president said, to come home and build America. We just ended a decade, two major events. We have the longest war in American history where we have drained our resources. And for the first decade in American history, during the Bush presidency, American middle class saw their household income decline. And that is a rupture in the American fabric. And the president said, to be strong at home, to be strong abroad, you must have an economic strategy built on the middle class.
They have weathered not only a lost decade; they weathered the worst recession in American history. And, step by step, right here where I am in Ohio, he took the most courageous act also, to rebuild the auto industry.
I just left Toledo, where they are adding a third shift to the Jeep factory there. And if it was up to Mitt Romney, he would have let it all go bankrupt. Because of the president's decision, against conventional wisdom out of Washington and New York, those auto jobs are being added and America is now adding auto jobs. That's the strengthening not only of those jobs, those communities like Toledo.
I'm here in Akron today, and you can see Ohio. Just take this fact. When the president came into office, the unemployment level in Ohio was north of 10 percent. Today it's at 7 percent, a three-full- point drop.
Why? Because of the decision about putting the auto industry and the auto communities first, not letting it go bankrupt like Mitt Romney.
SCHIEFFER: We have -- we have...
EMANUEL: We're nowhere close -- we're nowhere close where we need to be, and the president says to get -- to build America at home, invest in our schools, invest in our people, invest in our roads, our bridges and our railway and our airports. And that's how you make an America that has a 21st Century economy, running on a 21st Century foundation.