"Face the Nation" transcripts, September 2, 2012: O'Malley, Cutter, Richardson

This is Face the Nation: September 2
Live from Charlotte, N.C. with key voices in the Democratic party Stephanie Cutter, Gov. Martin O'Malley and former Gov. Bill Richardson. Plus, Michael Eric Dyson, Dan Balz, Trish Regan and John Dickerson.

(CBS News) Below is a transcript of "Face the Nation" on September 2, 2012, hosted by CBS News' Bob Schieffer. Guests include: Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Obama campaign aide Stephanie Cutter. Roundtable participants include: CBS News political director John Dickerson, Bloomberg's Trish Regan, Washington Post's Dan Balz and Georgetown Professor Michael Eric Dyson.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Today on FACE THE NATION from Charlotte, North Carolina, here come the Democrats.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: He calls my health care law Obamacare. I call his plan, Romney Doesn't Care.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: He's running on the Romney Doesn't Care platform.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Republicans turned it on in Tampa. Now, the Democrats will roll out their biggest stars to turn the page in Charlotte. The vice president was warming to the task even before he got here.

JOE BIDEN: Can I say hi?


JOE BIDEN: How are you? I've been waiting for (INDISTINCT).

WOMAN: Oh my God.

MAN (recording): Wow, look at that.

WOMAN (recording): Whoa.

BOB SCHIEFFER: We'll get a preview of the convention today from Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson; and Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter.

With sixty-five days to go, we'll analysis from the dean of the political press corps, Dan Balz of the Washington Post, Georgetown University's Michael Eric Dyson, Trish Regan; Bloomberg Television anchor and host of Street Smart, and our own John Dickerson. So, let's talk some politics because this is FACE THE NATION.

ANNOUNCER: And now from site of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer.

BOB SCHIEFFER: And good morning, again. Welcome to FACE THE NATION. We are on the floor of the Time Warner Center in Charlotte. With us today, former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson; Stephanie Cutter; President Obama's deputy campaign manager, and Maryland governor Martin O'Malley. Well, Governor O'Malley, let me just start with you. So, we come out of the Republican Convention, and their theme seems to be everybody is disappointed in Barack Obama. They don't say he's a bad guy. It's like from the Wizard of Oz when he said, I'm-- I'm not a bad man. I'm just a bad wizard. That seems to be what they're saying about Barack Obama. How do you-- how do you handle that?

GOVERNOR MARTIN O'MALLEY (D-Maryland/Democratic Governors Association Chairman): Well, look, there were three things that you didn't see at the Republican Convention. You didn't see any new ideas for creating jobs. You didn't see George Bush. And you didn't see Mitt Romney's tax returns. And-- and the fact of the matter is, it was George Bush's policies that drove our country into the worst set of problems any president has inherited since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But facts are facts and we cannot deny that for twenty-nine months in a row now, we have seen positive private sector job growth, foreclosures are lower than they were before the President even took office. So, this is hard. These were deep problems. But what you're going to see in the next few days here in Charlotte is an agenda and a vision for America's future, where our middle class is actually growing, becoming stronger, where we create opportunity. Their only idea is ladling on bigger tax breaks for billionaires. We believe in greater security in our jobs, in our homes and in our golden years.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, Stephanie Cutter, do you see any openings here coming out of the Republican Convention? I mean, Paul Ryan established himself he is no longer the policy wonk, he is the attack dog.

STEPHANIE CUTTER (Obama 2012 Deputy Campaign Manager): Right.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Did he leave any openings for you?

STEPHANIE CUTTER: Well, I think the big opening that they left for the President is that they never said where they wanted to take the country or what they wanted to do. It was a week of personal attacks, empty platitudes, and where the one thing that you are left with is they really think that lying is a virtue, and I think the American people disagree with that. This week will be very different, you know, you'll get a sense-- at the end of this week, you'll have a real sense of how the-- how the President wants to move this country forward and we'll-- we'll look at the things that we've been able to do over the past four years to move the country forward, whether it saving the auto-- auto industry and a million jobs with it, helping kids afford college, passing Health Care Reform where millions of people are already benefitting from it across the country. So this will be a very different feel. We're going to be talking to all Americans, not just rallying our base like we saw last week.

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, are you saying they're just a bunch of liars?

STEPHANIE CUTTER: No Bob, I didn't say that. I said--

BOB SCHIEFFER: Well, you said, lying is a virtue.

STEPHANIE CUTTER: Oh, I heard a lot of things that weren't true last week. I think we can all agree with that. I think we can all agree that, you know, they-- they blamed the President for blaming-- for not-- for closing an auto plant in Janesville, Wisconsin that closed under President Bush. They blamed the President for cutting Medicare, when Paul Ryan included those same savings in his budget. The difference is, the President put that money back into Medicare, but Paul Ryan used it for tax cuts for the rich. There are a number of things like that. The twelve million jobs that they promised the American people. Bob, you know, those are already forecasted under the President's plan. Economic forecasters already said over the course of the next four years, if we stay on the President's plan, we'll create twelve million jobs.