THE FIVE

Obama's game plan for the next four years

20-page campaign booklet lays out new 4-year plan

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," October 23, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-N.J.: He said, you can't change Washington, D.C. from inside. If you don't think you can change Washington from inside the White House, let's get you a plane ticket back to Chicago you earned. Because if he really believes that, if he believes that, what the hell is doing asking for another four years?

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DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: I always want Chris Christie on my side.

If you wonder why President Obama should get another four years, the answer is apparently all the shiny new 20-page booklet that President Obama, his campaign released today. They printed 3.5 million copies of the plan.

Basically, no reporter that covers the campaign was fooled in terms of thinking this is a new thing. This is just basically repackaging everything.

Eric, yesterday in the foreign policy debate, about 40 minutes in, all of a sudden, it took this weird turn and they were talking everything about domestic policy. Was that strange?

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: It was actually -- I thought it was great. They finally got back to something that Mitt Romney could really kind of expose what's been going on in the economy.

And, literally, Mitt Romney answered President Obama cut him off and started talking about the economy and went to education, went to teachers and firefighters. Mitt, for some reason, he said, Bob Schieffer asked him about the economy. No, let's talk about teachers again.

It was very strange. Mitt was looking for no confrontation last night. I would like to have seen a lot more on the economy.

PERINO: Bob, for the last month or so, one refrain has been for the Democrats against Mitt Romney that he hasn't detailed his $5 trillion tax cut. And everybody has been asking for more information about it. Romney maintained he's provided that.

Then, in about four weeks ago, you started seeing even the mainstream media say, wait a second, what is President Obama's second term agenda again? Do you think the booklet was in reaction to that?

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Well, I think a lot of the booklet is legislations stalled on the House of Representatives because the Republicans won't let it out. But I think he does have an agenda for second term.

Have you noticed? Let's go back to Christie for a second. Does anybody notice how little we have seen of Christie? He was hard to miss.

Have we noticed that in this --

PERINO: Is there any personal attack you won't make?

BOLLING: He is running the state of New Jersey. Maybe that has something to do with it?

BECKEL: But he was out all the time in primary season. I was just wondering why they don't have him out.

PERINO: Anyway, Andrea, what do you think of the new policies that are not so new in this new book?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: I guess better late than never, Dana. I mean, 14 days out and he finally decides to put an agenda I didn't see anything different in it. It was the same policy.

So, if I'm an undecided voter, I'd say, how do I know the headlines are going to be different if four years than they are now?

Look, I know you don't like Chris Christie, I love him I love when he says get the hell off the beach, that the hell are you doing asking for another four years?

You know, he said Obama said he wasn't able to change Washington. He's never in Washington! How can he change Washington? He has been campaigning for the last four years.

PERINO: Greg, this is a weird thing. So, the campaign in '08 -- the Obama campaign definitely given kudos for all of its social media, the digitization. But when it needed to make a difference in the swing states, they printed 3.5 million hard copy books? What the anti-forestry people are going to think about that?

GUTFELD: A 20-page booklet about Obama. Isn't that Newsweek? That didn't do very well.

It comes out instructions on how to bow, which is important. And if he is re-elected, it will be printed in Chinese.

It's a good point, though. Al Gore must be wetting his non-degradable Depends over this, 3.5 million copies. How many trees is that? Isn't injustice an outrage? And I'm going to go on a hunger strike.

PERINO: All right. Well, we don't want you to start.

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