It was a week of gaffes and misfires. First, Mitt Romney attacked President Obama for saying the private sector is “doing fine” — a seeming gaffe Obama uttered during a press conference on the economy. But then Romney slipped up himself when he asserted that police officers, firefighters and teachers should be cut — a statement that did not sit well with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a fellow Republican.
David Catanese, political reporter at Politico, and McKay Coppins, political reporter at BuzzFeed, analyze their statements with “Viewpoint” host Eliot Spitzer.
“As far as campaign poetry …. probably the president’s gaffe was more damaging. But if we’re talking about a substantive issue of what these candidates meant, Mitt Romney’s comment really is reflective of the sort of austerity fetish that the Republican party has right now,” Coppins says.