Gov. Deval Patrick and Gov. Rick Snyder

The Obama and Romney supporters debate the election outlook.
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Transcript for Gov. Deval Patrick and Gov. Rick Snyder
Let's turn to Michigan governor Rick Snyder who has endorsed Mitt Romney and Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts -- this week was named co -- A present Obama's reelection campaign welcome to both -- -- and -- center let me Begin. With you you heard Rick Santorum there he says the year candidate Mitt Romney -- the candidate of -- Now I think governor around he's done a great job terms in this track record and if you -- -- background I think we can really use someone with private sector experience it's about creating jobs. His experience as chief executive of a great state Massachusetts. And then -- some part of his policies if you look at he's as good policies for job and economic growth is about -- real issue here illegally -- I'm I believe you well if you look at where he's come from the polls now -- had a chance to campaign in Michigan he's come off well Apple's. I don't expect you to -- in the Republican primary for but I wanted to ask -- about something else was in the news this week for -- matters to every American. Gas prices high gas prices -- show this chart that shows the rising gas prices since President Obama. Took office goes from about 185 a gallon -- 359 and climbing. Right now during the last campaign President Obama hammered the Republicans. On this issues turnabout FairPlay now. I think as long as we the have this dependence on foreign although it has seen -- -- and this is a practical issue not just. Political one and the president's emphasis on trying to break our dependence on foreign oil. He's incredibly important we have more domestic production today in enact an American -- in oil production than in I think fifteen or twenty years. The president's emphasis on energy efficiency and clean and alternative energy is enormously important and in Massachusetts I can tell -- was -- creating. Tremendous -- right now so we need to stay on that so wrong that land for this I think it's I think it's right to -- credit him. With taking the steps that have to be taken in the long term to break us. From night and -- good. Well again I don't see the plan blaming that's our philosophy in basketball practice my view is. Is we need to have a discussion and the issues in the big issue that everyone wants if you talk to our citizens is not what in the past or current things that's where the jobs are for the future for today and for talent -- -- Energy I mean that's an important issue and that's gonna hold us back the bigger question is what's planned here in Washington -- the deficit the budget those kind of challenges. Is when he people working together here and that's why I was excited to have a primary come to Michigan. -- a role model of success we -- at the bottom. For a whole decade. And we balance your budget we're paying down our liabilities we've got a lot of good things going were creating jobs in Michigan. And the one thing holding us back is dysfunction now in Washington so I just encourage Washington to get its act together. Usually you say that because there's a big big debate going on about the bailout from Washington for the industry which is big part of the -- I know you. Don't want to dwell on it too much but -- actually supported thought it was the right thing both Republican candidates at top Republican candidates now opposed to -- and that's caused President Obama. To weigh in on the Republican primary -- this -- this. -- a million jobs were on the line. Every Republican candidate turned their back even said it let Detroit go bankrupt now and retool. Restructured industry is back. Because of the -- and sacrifice. Of Michigan workers. This is -- case for the federal government help Michigan has -- -- what I said very clearly is as the bailout worked auto industries working and I'm not gonna go armchair quarterback I think their alternative scenarios could -- also. But the point as it is at its history -- -- important part is that was successful -- moving along creating jobs. So the question. Should be dwelling on the auto bail -- it really is the question now what are the candidates really talking about to help someone find a job today and tomorrow. -- approved a lot we had 14% unemployment at the worst point we're at nine point three but that's too much. But we also have found we have 76000. Jobs in Michigan. And we design programs to get people connected with -- job opportunities. That's something that the federal level and working with other states we can do much more and so those are the kind of programs I wish people would be talking about we're gonna do him in Michigan. But I would brother partner with other states and the federal government to do it. Nationally and in manages just -- you George that says this is a thoughtful governor who was a problem solver and I think that's we most governors see ourselves as as problem solvers. And -- in my case -- -- I think certainly in the president's case. Some about government solving every problem and everybody's life at the federal -- the state level it's about government helping people help themselves. And still being as bright line as some of the candidates are today about about government never participating is -- little. And interact with your state obviously because of that the debate over. That in Massachusetts Health Care plan whether or not that really is something the President Obama uses a model. For Obama closed. An enormously important and successful in Massachusetts over 98% of our residents have health insurance today. 99 point 8% of children. Ninety -- 90% of our residents have access to primary care today it's added 1%. To state spending it has not -- the budget buster that folks. Claim it's been outside of Massachusetts and very very popular. More businesses are offering insurance to their employees today than before the reform when -- too went into effect -- we've moved on now to the. Next big chapter which is a national issue and that's around how to contain cost is Michigan. Follow them Omaha I want you from Michigan has travelocity -- -- In terms. Working with the private sector on better shopping choices because the part I like they asked people about health insurance when they -- they get to tie it up and the federal issues as opposed to stepping back to say. What's important and how do you buy your travel when's the last time -- called five airlines are five hotels. Haven't networks really well so why should we look at -- -- like that. For health insurance or -- create a marketplace with private people coming in and creating more competition. Creating better shopping opportunities for people because it's a very complicated field so. That would be the Michigan variation that we think is really appropriate. I just say there's a lot about what the governor just described that we are doing in fact in Massachusetts is very much of market based. Solutions -- hybrid solution and that's exactly what the affordable care so. Like Washington -- to to -- -- together bottom line before we go governor -- says in the ground is gonna win Michigan in the primary who wins in the general election. -- the president wins in the general election people understand this president. Is on their side he cares about working people he cares about a stronger. Economy -- -- stronger country and that we ought to turn to rather than on each other. I think governor Romney is a great candidate I think -- -- break presents you really have a case where you've got a state that if you -- -- our systems it's about jobs. And the kids and their future. And I think it's a campaign focuses on that as we get into a general election I think program cigarette rates but I think around is a great candidate U presidency -- listening -- both very much thank you.

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