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CBS "Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer" - Transcript


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BOB SCHIEFFER: Let me go down to Florida, now Congressman Diaz-Balart. First give us the situation down there and-- and also, what about this whole deal about the tax returns? Is this an issue down there? Should Governor Romney release his returns?

REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART (R-Florida): Bob, he's released his return. He's more than complied with the law. He's done more than Harry Reid by what he has done to this day. Let's talk about what the real situation is here in Florida, a couple of numbers that do matter. Gas is about twice as expensive as it was before President Obama swore in. President Obama's health care law raided Medicare in the tune of five hundred million dollars to create a new program. Medicare, by the way, according to the Medicare actuaries, is about to go bankrupt within a decade. The deficit has been, you know, trillionary (sic) deficit, even though he said he was going to cut it in half in his first term, he hasn't done so. We already talked about-- about the situation of the debt, but unemployment. The unemployment numbers are again forty-two months of over eight-percent unemployment. I believe it's a longest record of eight percent or above since those numbers have been kept.

And here's the irony: the President of the United States has been there now for three and a half years and he refuses to talk about anything that he's done. Why? Because unfortunately what he's done has been disastrous for-- for the employees, for people trying to get jobs, for middle America-- for middle-income America. So every time that the President speaks or some of his surrogates, they try to talk about anything except the real situation, and right now, people can't get jobs. Millions of Americans are either underemployed or unemployed. That's the real issue, Bob. And it's really sad that the President of United States, the most important elected official, in this country, refuses to talk about issues that are important because he is scared to talk about his real record, which has been dismal for the economy.


BOB SCHIEFFER: Let the Congressman back in.

REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIANZ-BALART: If I may, Bob. Look, again, where are those jobs? Unemployment above eight percent so-- so, no, it is true. It is true that unemployment has been above eight percent for forty-one months-- forty-two months. It is true that it's been a hundred and twenty days since he's even met with his own economic council. Here's a President who, again, the economy is in shambles where people cannot find jobs and yet he keeps saying, as the Governor who has just said, hey, things are great. The economy is wonderful--

FORMER GOVERNOR ED RENDELL: He didn't say things are great.

REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIANZ-BALART: --we're doing, really, really well.

FORMER GOVERNOR ED RENDELL: But we're telling people the truth.

REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIANZ-BALART: I did not interrupt you. I did not interrupt you. I did not interrupt the Governor. I did not interrupt the Governor.


BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. Well, Congressman Diaz-Balart, do you know and have you heard whether it's Governor McDonnell?

REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART: I'll tell you what Governor McDonnell would be a great vice president but I have not heard. I-- I know that the-- that Mitt Romney is seriously looking at who would be the right person who could step in. That's who he will choose. And your-- your-- on your show, you have one of those that would be a great vice-presidential candidate but I really have no idea.

BOB SCHIEFFER: But what about Marco Rubio, who is from your state? Would he be better?

REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART: Bob, I am a little biased. You know, I think Marco Rubio would be a spectacular candidate for vice president. I think he would energize the country. I think he has a great story. He's bright. He's articulate. He's more-- a lot more experienced than-- than Mister Romney was when he got elected. But again, I know that-- that Mitt Romney's going to make the right choice.


Hopefully, the debates and other things will raise the level of the campaign. I believe we basically have two good men running, and I believe they should say the things that they've done and they're proud of and the things that they want to do, and hopefully the debates will frame those issues.

BOB SCHIEFFER: What about you, Congressman?

REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART: I agree. I think the campaign is-- has gotten very aggressive. And I think part of that. I mean you just mentioned that Governor Romney's numbers, his negatives have gone up. They've gone up because of the very, very aggressive negative campaigning from President Obama; and again, unfortunately, we're not hearing a lot from the President as to what he wants to do if he got elected for another four years to reverse the cycle that he has taken our country to, to reverse the over eight-percent unemployment for forty-two months, to reverse the increased deficit and debt, to lower gasoline prices. And what's he is going to do when in less than-- than in a decade, when Medicare is bankrupt, part of that because he took half a trillion dollars out of it. What's he going to do to make sure that we have Medicare for future generations? If he starts talking about those things and stops bashing his opponent, I think it would be good not only for the country but I think actually would probably help him because I think right now people are waiting for leadership. They are seeing that--


REPRESENTATIVE MARIO DIAZ-BALART: -- I think from the Governor. All they're seeing from President is negative, nasty campaigns.


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