Former White House Chief-of-Staff, Karl Rove joined Sean to share his predictions about tonight’s Vice Presidential debate. “My guess is this, I expect Vice President Biden is going to try and raddle Paul Ryan and he won’t be successful,” began Hannity. “We’ve seen Paul Ryan in this situation before,” offered Rove, “We saw this when President Obama brought the Republicans to the Blair House to try and get them to vote for a health insurance bill they’d never seen before.” If you missed that debate, you can C-Span’s coverage here. “Biden is going to have to come out and hit hard,” continued Rove, “To make up for Obama’s weak performance.” “My take on Paul Ryan, all he needs to do is show up and be the man I’ve gotten to know,” praised Hannity, “I don’t see how he doesn’t pass the test of being someone who you can see as being Vice President.” “He is nervous because he’s going up against an experienced debater,” warned Rove, “This is a man who has had a few Presidential debates in 2008 and Vice Presidential debates, so Biden is experienced.” Rove finished his analysis saying, “John Kerry had a good debate in 2004 but he never moved ahead of George W. Bush but we’re seeing Romney ahead of Obama nationally and Obama can’t get above fifty percent on a cons istent basis.” Gallup released their latest poll this week with Romney up over Obama 49% to 47% among likely voters and closing so tonight’s debate will be incredibly important.
Pollster Frank Luntz came on the show to share his thoughts on the debate tonight. “If you’re Joe Biden, what do you need to do tonight,” began Hannity, “What does he have to do to stop the bleeding.” “The first thing he needs to do is show Paul Ryan is not qualified so he’ll want to point out his ‘youth and inexperience’,” quickly replied Luntz, “Secondly he’ll need to paint the Ryan solution for Medicare as a voucher program that will leave seniors less better off.” “You could do a drinking game on the number of times Joe Biden mentions Medicare,” laughed Luntz, “You’d be drunk in the first 30 minutes; this is going to be what Biden talks about.” “But then he can quickly shoot back that only Biden and Obama have actually cut Medicare,” asked Hannity. “This is why Ryan was picked,” explained Luntz, “Paul Ryan is the single best co mmunicator in America about public policy and that’s why he’s here.” “I believe Obama had the edge in this campaign but today I will tell you that it’s too close to call,” concluded Luntz, “On Friday I thought Obama had the advantage, I knew the debate would impact nationally but I didn’t see it happening in the swing states.”
Varney and Ungar: Numbers Do Lie
Stuart Varney and Rick Ungar, Forbes Contributor, talk about the latest unemployment numbers and the future of the economy. The latest job numbers from the Labor Department showed 30,000 fewer numbers than the week before but officials dampened the good report with news that a big state, likely California, was not included in the report. “If people knew these numbers were inaccurate then they’re lying,” complained Hannity. “It’s amazing that people think the government could orchestrate this somewhat complicated conspiracy but let’s say that they could,” offered Ungar, “If you know anything about marketing though you’d make this number somewhere around 8% and stir up the hype and then two days before the election and you drop it below 8%.” “This is a big deal,” offered Varney, “We’ve been asked to believe that the employment picture is improving, this isn’t a conspiracy but this administration is massaging the news.” “When have we ever seen the unemployment rate go from 8.1 to 7.8 when the economy is only growing 1.8 percent,” offered Varney. “Here’s what really matters for the American people,” simplified Hannity, “The math, for most people, is pretty simple. When you don’t count underemployed and those who are no longer looking for work, this number is dishonest.” “Low paying part-time jobs that came out of nowhere, I don’t believe they’re credible,” argued Hannity, “Our real number of unemployment is 14.7, you can play with the numbers all you want but we’re not better off.” While the debates continue tonight, getting true and honest reporting before November’s Election Day will be critically so that everyone understands just what’s at stake. For more on this story, click here.
Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >
Stuart Varney is a conservative British-American economic journalist, currently working for the Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network in the United States. Varney joined Fox News in January 2004 as a business contributor on many shows, such as Your World with Neil Cavuto. Varney will also occasionally serve as guest host for Your World and the shows on the Cost of Freedom business block.