Chuck Todd's Meet the Press used as GOP negative ad
Chuck Todd allowed Mitt Romney the use of Meet the Press for nothing more than a free Republican negative ad against Democrats. Todd asked if Republicans would make the 2016 election a national security election. Mitt Romney dodged the question and pivoted to an attack on President Obama's domestic policies. He pretty much blamed Obama for income inequality.
"I think the heart of the campaign in 2016 is going to be about who has the policies most able to lift people out of poverty and to help people in the middle class have rising incomes again," said Mitt Romney. "Because over the last seven years, we've seen policies that have led to record numbers of people that are poor, wage stagnation, greater income inequality, it has not worked. And so when Secretary Clinton is out giving a speech saying she's basically going to do the same thing that President Obama promised, that didn't work. We can attest to that. So I think that's going to be the heart of the campaign in 2016."
Instead of probing Mitt Romney's provably false assessment of the Obama administration, Todd simply moved on. "So, okay, very much still more domestic first than national security, as far as you're concerned," said Chuck Todd. "Let me move onto a couple of interesting nuggets that have been attributed to you and I want you to respond to it."
It was Chuck Todd's responsibility to probe Romney's response. After all one cannot blame President Obama for policies that an intransigent Republican led Congress is unwilling to pass. Moreover, the income and wealth disparity have been growing since the inception of Ronald Reagans's trickle-down economics. If Mitt Romney really wants to expose the genesis of the demise of the middle-class, it is the Republican idol Ronald Reagan that laid the groundwork.