Gov. Martin O'Malley: Bill Clinton 'Makes Sense' of Complicated Issues

Maryland governor discusses GOP portrayal of President Obama, previews Bill Clinton speech at DNC.
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Transcript for Gov. Martin O'Malley: Bill Clinton 'Makes Sense' of Complicated Issues
Governor O'Malley governor Martin O'Malley -- -- -- a -- Thanks for being here we're here at Liaoning. Yet what we're here -- people who they're shut down access in the Florida excitement building because it's only people here what's your sense of the trajectory of this. All of this convention so -- where we stand on the energy scale. Well I think that mrs. Obama with her performance last night I think that capped off -- -- where we accomplish more as a party in the other party did in three long days having heard. Her speech was. I think one of the great speeches of all time at a convention and that whole day bill Leon the Castro's. Who in costs -- -- Speeches well so. -- -- -- the excitement -- time there is a bounce enough people steps and tonight I think is going to continue that trajectory and then it'll end with the President Obama accepting his party's nomination again so were fired up. I want to ask you about President Clinton coming out tonight now. -- sometime ago. Looking at picture view what you were first starting out in politics. DLC was very much behind you pushing the right things -- and I was twelve -- yes you were it was it was quite make you can even vote and yet you aren't -- -- new I spent Democrat party. The different Democrat. This is coming from a different. The party DLC more moderate he's -- out in endorsing. Barack Obama doesn't come from that same. That same week of the party seems like this is going to be interesting. Test here I think poor Bill Clinton. Eighth for Barack Obama for president -- and that is very different from the one that Bill Clinton had. And no evidence. As as I've watched both of them I think that actually prison -- Obama it is. Have a pretty moderate. Politician I think he's a pragmatic. Politician not a -- see him as being fundamentally. Ideological I think he believes in doing the things that work. And if they're working well we want to do more of them and if they're not working regardless of ideology you got to move on and I think that's and his scores while people like President Clinton. So I don't quite see that difference between them -- -- and he's. Gonna go up and Bill Clinton appealed to make the case for a Barack Obama presidency for the next four years. Regardless. Where we aren't yet again I think what the what President Clinton has great capacity to be able to do is to take you don't complex macro economics and makes cents -- Not only where we are today but. To make sense of how much we've recovered we've recovered. Almost half the jobs we lost in the bush reception. But what the choices are that we need to make in order to continue this expansion and growth and I think that he'll do it in a very frank. And in a very articulate clear way that all of us can understand. You know -- -- -- bulls are at risk we'll continue our star's body you're -- Longoria. Once again at -- credit yet it is I heard she's in the house yes yeah well seizing the -- A lot of people out of the house -- get lots of reports out there are people angry about being shut out throughout the event is unfortunately the -- Well developed like that -- that's what happens that it every convention -- remembered. I don't remember that happening as much in Denver that I know and Boston there came a time out of fire Marge -- shut -- and governor -- -- what what were questionable -- what is the secret to his appeal how does this man has been out of office now for twelve years more popular that. However is if it didn't nineties look better in retrospect there's there's something about the way that people relate to him that is if you had -- -- its popularity -- Well certainly part of it is his you know his own particular gifts of of communications his ability to connect with with people but it's also I think -- to give them credit for the results and for what he was able to accomplish. During his eight years was an economy was expanding did inherit a huge huge deficit. From Ronald Reagan we thought it was big at the time anyway and what over the course of eight years not four. Over the course of eight years he was able to turn around that deficit. Turn it into a surplus in the way you do that is by creating jobs the -- heard any talk about that basic fundamental fact. And member of the Republican Convention that the best way to -- shrink the deficit is to expand your economy create jobs and President Clinton was great -- it. And George Bush was about the worst we've had -- modern president that make in our economy grow. I was reading group president Clinton's 1996. Except it is a very different time when he was running for reelection. It was clear that after 1994. When he was handed a very big defeat obviously losing -- party losing control of congress. -- made a very. Conscious decision. To work with Republicans -- -- talked about in his speech that night working with Republicans passing things like welfare reform. It's not part of the problem. For President Obama that he ran on being different kind of politician is going to be across the -- strengths and this. Artists and math and -- up right now with a partisan -- is that the president has ever been. Well I think one of the big differences between the Republican Party during Bill Clinton's presidency. And the Republican Party now is that the hardcore obstructionists ideological. You know. Wing of their party. It is much larger. And pretty much makes it impossible even when they have the majority for them to compromise at all. -- -- there been several instances of speaker Boehner feeling like he had a deal. Going back and finding that the radicals within his own party wouldn't agree to -- -- we've lost. We've lost that they had the better traditions of the Party of Lincoln and hopefully as a country we can get that back. This suggests that Democrats. Aren't willing to compromise and Republicans argue that seems like both sides have essentially -- and it's not just simply that the Republicans are saying -- Everything I think you've seen a President Obama a flexibility and willingness to compromise. And way beyond what many in his own parties might have advised him was -- coming -- look at the outlook like that that. The debt negotiations. And some of these issues on the budget the extension of the bush tax cuts -- -- For millionaires and billionaires making it impossible for us really to keep those public pillars of our economy the infrastructure in the education. At the levels that they need to be. With Republican. Things like welfare reform. Is that part of the problem now for President Obama that he ran on being different kind of politician is beyond across the line streets and this partisan. Pennies. Right now whip -- partisan -- as messy as it has -- been. Well I think one of the big differences between the Republican Party during Bill Clinton's presidency. And the Republican Party now. Is that the hard core obstructionists ideological. You know wing of their party is much larger. And pretty much makes it impossible even when they have the majority for them to compromise at all. I'm in -- been several instances of speaker Boehner feeling like he had a deal. Going back and finding that the radicals within his own party wouldn't agree to -- so what we've lost. We've lost that they had the better traditions of the Party of Lincoln and hopefully as a country we can get that. This suggests that Democrats. Aren't willing to compromise and Republicans argue that seems like both sides have essentially -- and it's not just simply that the Republicans are saying no to everything. I think you've seen a President Obama a flexibility -- -- willingness to compromise. And way beyond what many in his own party who might have advised him was prudent -- look at the outlook like that. The debt negotiations. And some of these issues on the budget the extension of the bush tax cuts which -- For millionaires and billionaires making it impossible for us really to keep those public pillars of our economy the infrastructure in the education. At the levels that they need to be so I think the president is. Shown a remarkable amount of patience and there's a person is very willing to be flexible compromised but the Republican Party now as much more -- and -- they were then there really are members who run. Saying that. They they mean they say things like we need less firefighters less teachers and police they really do believe that. If they dismantle our government and -- more successful they are dismantling our government then somehow that's going to lead to a more robust economic recovery. But the essential fact here is -- -- Imus in a -- private sector job growth but because of their obstructionism. 21 out of the last 22 we've been losing public sector jobs the teachers firefighters and -- police. And other city county and municipal level so you need you need balance in order for the economy to grow. What would anything change -- a second Obama term obviously if if this big national healing moment we seem to have 2008 with people literally tears voting at this this is huge moment effected change that only Republicans. And -- dug in a second obamas are all they just -- saying won't want to Democrats -- was wait this out we hope for warriors of them and they and other top of the presidency. Yeah either I think what you're going to see after the president wins this election and I do believe that he will win and I believe right now all of us have to be honest. An express our discontent. That we would like to have had all of the jobs back by now that we lost in the bush recession. But this is reality and so I think what you're going to see those who once he does win reelection. I think you're going to see a pretty. A pretty clear message sent to the Republican Party the people don't want you to put its obstructionist partisanship ideology. And electioneering ahead as the best interest of the party. The second thing as businesspeople right now and corporations. Have a lot of capital that they're sitting on and our country right now which they have not deployed. Because they're waiting until this election. Comes and goes there's also a lot of pent up demand so I think once the president -- wants the Republican nominee serve our review. And I think he will probably concede. A more members of the house. As Democrats and I think the Democrats will pick up some seats. Once we get to decision point here and I think you'll see part of this ideological logjam start to loosen up and start to see the predictability and -- -- -- Will we see then pay -- reelected President Obama for example going in sitting down with the Republican leadership and saying OK -- -- -- ill. This is what happened -- -- that's what voters want let's work this stuff out what they can do that. But sure he should -- and he's done that many times before but they were banking that date they were banking that they would be able to slow the economy down. Before the election by betting against every single jobs bill. You know let's give them some credit. They did a real good job of killing every jobs bill. And preventing the recovery from happening as quickly as might have under a more traditional Republican Party so that dog. You know -- work real hard to try to catch up with the fire truck. But the fact is we're still growing we're still creating jobs and I think you're going to see the president because it's in his nature. He will continue to reach out and continue to forge and seek compromise and they today. We'll then get over there thought that somehow they could hoodwinked all of us and intimidate rats and make -- want to -- Happiness -- would say that I would say that but I do think that look they made a decision early on. That if they obstruct everything that the president -- That -- would be able to keep them from winning a second term so you're seeing them banking on doing that once they fail preventing a second term. I think you'll see some of more moderate voices in their party re emerge because that's -- -- our country needs we need the Republican Party back we need the Party of Lincoln. This Tea Party it's not a -- A political party it is radicalization. -- -- once proud party art.

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