James Carville on 'Hannity': Republicans Are Mad Because a Harvard-Educated Community Organizer Is Beating Them in a Street Fight
James Carville, liberal strategist and author of the new book “It’s the Middle Class, Stupid!” joined Hannity tonight to discuss the negative attacks on the campaign trail. He pointed out to host Sean Hannity that these types of attacks are just a part of campaigning during primaries and at some point it’s just water under the bridge.
Hannity asked Carville if he thinks the economy is better off than it was four years ago. Carville said, “We were losing 750,000 jobs a month, Sean. We’re now creating 80,000 jobs a month. You may say 80,000 is not very good – it’s a lot better than losing 750,000.”
What Mitt Romney needs to do, says Carville, is put his experience at Bain
Capital at the center of his campaign. Back in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama repeatedly emphasized that it’s negative attacks that tear the country apart and take focus away from issues like the economy. Carville weighed in saying, “Romney in the Ohio primary ran 30,000 spots … 29,200 of them were negative. Gingrich famously said the problem is [Romney] had 17 billion ads and I only l had one.”
Carville thinks that Romney is not standing up for his base, saying, “How could a guy be running for president, know he was going to run for president and not get rid of a Swiss bank account -- because you know that’s going to be an issue, he didn’t want to do it, he didn’t want to go to the trouble. So he gets the nomination and now he’s letting these guys from Chicago outflank and beat him. And Republicans and conservatives are duly angry at Romney for not standing up for them.”