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Former Sen. Fred Thompson: Many Issues Will Haunt Obama on Election Day

By Todd Beamon and Kathleen Walter   |   Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 02:15 PM

Former GOP Presidential Candidate Sen. Fred Thompson tells Newsmax TV that President Barack Obama is going to have many things haunting him on Election Day – and not just Mitt Romney’s performance in their final debate on Monday.

“Last night’s performance probably can be added to that list. One of these candidates acted presidential last night. Ironically, it was not the president,” the former Tennessee senator tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview. “Romney effectively pointed out the underlying weakness of the president’s policies and the results that have come about from them.

Watch the exclusive interview here.

“Obama was not always substantively able to defend them, and in many cases did not attempt to. His demeanor and attitude, condescension, his obvious anger at some of the valid points that were made – none of them will do him any good on Election Day.”

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A former Watergate prosecutor, Thompson said the White House’s handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya that killed four Americans smells of a cover-up.

“It seems to be natural for people in high office that when they get in trouble, the first inclination is to make it go away. Either to ignore it or maybe put a spin on it, that would be beneficial. If that obviously is not going to work, they will then revert to a flat-out cover-up,” he said.

“In this case, they got their story together early on. They felt that since there was a compliant press that they could get away with it. They never try any of these things if they do not think they will work. Even though they are blue in the face of what was obvious and they dug themselves a deeper and deeper and deeper hole, it is now obvious to everyone.

“Not only did they cover up the obvious nature of the attack, but they felt like they had to because that would have led to what happened before the attack: The fact that these people were asking for help. It was one of the most dangerous places in the world.

“The whole thing is a scandal of the greatest magnitude,” Thompson said.

This slip-shod foreign policy of the Obama administration may be playing out regarding news reports that Iran has agreed in principle to hold talks with the US on its nuclear arsenal. President Obama denied that such talks might occur during the debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

“Obviously, something is going on, and some top official told The New York Times this,” Thompson said. “I do not think they would make up a total fabrication to tell The Times. I was really surprised the president would just flatly deny it and say that The New York Times had essentially made up a story. That is an interesting dynamic in and of itself.”

Looking to Nov. 6, Romney must win Ohio – and its 18 electoral votes – or be prepared to “cobble together several other swing states. It’s all about internal polling right now and what they see closest to the ground,” Thompson said.

He also doesn’t see the Republicans gaining “a filibuster-proof majority, and that’s what counts a lot in the United States Senate. It doesn’t mean they can go in there like the House and, by majority vote, have their way.

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“They need to get about reforming the tax code and get about reforming our entitlement programs so that they don’t go totally bust – and they don’t drag the country down into becoming Greece. Those are things that would give a tremendous boost to the economy and set us, long term, on the right road.”

And Congress will avoid the fiscal cliff, but at the last minute.

“They’ll do what they have to do – and when they have to do it. It’s when they absolutely have to and not a minute sooner. That’s the unfortunate truth, and they have to do this. They know it. Something will be worked out.”

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