On Fox's "America Live" on Monday, host Megyn Kelly aired her frustrations regarding what she says are dishonest presidential campaigns being run by both President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, accusing both of "talking out of both sides of their mouth." As Kelly got more frustrated, the louder the host's voice got.
Kelly began by laying out some of the real problems facing the U.S., including 23 million unemployed Americans and the $15.8 trillion national debt. She also tore into the media for buying into the campaign nonsense.
"News headlines are replete with ‘Did Mitt Romney have operational control of Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002?’ and ‘Does Barack Obama owe Mitt Romney an apology for some senior aide saying that he might have committed a felony?’" she said. "There’s such a turnoff, both sides, the way they run this race. The American people are disgusted with this kind of politics. Am I wrong?”
“You’re absolutely right,” agreed former George W. Bush adviser Brad Blakeman. “I think the American people want to get onto the real issues at hand, and neither the president or Mitt Romney are actually addressing those issues. But let’s face it, Obama has invoked a 3-D strategy: distract away from your own destructive policies, distort Romney’s record, and divide the American people rich against poor."
Kelly then turned to South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian and asked why both campaigns are seemingly focused on such irrelevant topics, likely echoing the thoughts of many American voters on both sides of the political spectrum.
“Are we getting the truth? Are we getting to the issues?... Brad doesn’t like what President Obama’s arguing about Bain Capital, but Mitt Romney comes out, ‘He should apologize,’” Kelly said, imitating Romney in a mocking tone. “I mean, Really? Is this how we’re going to spend our time?"
Not surprisingly, Harpootlian accused former President Bush of using the same tactics as Obama when he ran against Democratic nominee John Kerry in 2004.
"I think at the end of the day Mitt Romney's got to put out 12 years of income tax returns and show the American people that he hasn't been – " he started. But Kelly wasn't having it.
“Really?” Kelly said, cutting him off. “Really?... But you tell me whether those unemployed, you know, 26 million or underemployed give two figs about Mitt Romney’s tax returns from ten years ago.”
“They don’t. And this is only to be used, again, to divide, distract and distort the real issues which the American people care about," Blakeman said. “We have a president about to go on television and went on television on Friday, and the message that he was giving was very destructive. And it was not hopeful about our future or what he’s done for the country and the same thing can be said about Romney –”
Then Kelly unleashed some bipartisan fury.
“Oh, but they both do it,” Kelly interjected. “They both talk out of both sides of their mouth. Like, President Obama, he wants credit for being positive, for being such a positive messenger, and so does Mitt Romney. And when they sit down with an interviewer one-on-one, oh, they’re very positive. But when they get off camera, Dick, when they go to the ad campaigns, they’re completely negative."
“And they lie! They lie!" Kelly said, raising her voice. "Mitt Romney put out an ad about Solyndra that The Washington Post said was full of pinocchios and not true, and Barack Obama did the same thing about Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital.”
“Does truth matter anymore at all in the political process?” she asked.
"I don't think so," Harpootlian admitted.
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