August 30th, 2012

Fehrnstrom returns to “Starting Point” to talk “Etch A Sketch” comment, Ryan speech accuracy

CNN Anchor John Berman asks Romney Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom about GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan speech accuracy and his “Etch A Sketch” comment (resetting the election after primary) on his previous visit to Starting Point.

Berman states, “You know, Eric, that a decision to close that [GM] plant [in Janesville, WI] was made in June of 2008 when President Bush was in office. What Paul Ryan said there was clearly misleading.”

Fehrnstrom says, “No, he didn’t talk about Obama closing the plant, he said candidate Obama went there in 2008 and what he said was with government assistance, we can keep this plant open for another 100 years.”

Berman asks Fehrnstrom about his thoughts on the “Etch A Sketch” comment he made earlier this year on Starting Point, pointing out that other prominent Republicans are still talking about Romney having the chance to reintroduce himself to the American public.

Fehrnstrom responds, “The point I was making back then is that the campaign in the general election is going to be different than the primary campaign in this sense. In the primary campaign we had eight opponents. We were talking about the legislative record of some of those opponents like Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. Today we’re in a different situation. It’s a one-on-one contest with President Obama. And I think what we’re looking forward to is the opportunity to debate the President in October three times and I think what people will see in that setting is a person in Mitt Romney who is extraordinarily qualified to lead at a time of crisis in this country. He has a plan to put America back to work. And we can compare that to the failures of the Obama administration over the last four years in creating jobs and getting this economy in order.”

Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9am ET on CNN.