I'm going, pretty interesting, you just accused him of being liberal, but you would make a point to say, I'm always for gay rights. It's pretty interesting that whole exchange there, this liberal/conservative thing.
BENNETT: But Anderson, you pressed McCain on this question of immigration, because he answered three times, my bill will not come up; that legislation would not come up. But you asked -- or someone asked, would you support it again. And he finally did say -- I think he said no. On the five or six big issues that people try to tag John McCain as being liberal, immigration, campaign finance down the line, he doesn't respond to those. What he says is well, I've got a record. I've got a life.
MARTIN: Actually, he did respond, Bill. What he consistently said was, look, the American people let their voice be heard. That's not going to come up. So that sounds like someone who said look, I have ideas.
BENNETT: Let me finish my point. On those five or six issues, he tends to throw up this cloud of, I am who I am. I have served my country. The point I want to make here is that people want real answers to those question. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't. And he has to watch a kind of moral superiority. Look, I'm John McCain. Everybody admires the hero thing, but it doesn't constitute an answer to some hard questions.
KING: But he's trying to make a point --
BENNETT: Excuse me.
KING: -- lesson learned from the people. They don't want my bill so we have to do it a new way, restructure it, border security first and then worry about everything else. To Bill's point, he's trying to say, I get the message. So that's a good thing in his view, as opposed to Mitt Romney who you change your position for political calculation, to which others would say, senator, you have changed yours for political calculation because you couldn't sell it.
BORGER: He also makes the point, as he said, I'm proud of my record of moving across the aisle, because he said the American people want that.
MARTIN: Yes, indeed.
BORGER: He was looking at Romney and saying, it's not changing my position; it's moving across the aisle and getting something done.
MARTIN: But here's what's something interesting -- we listened to this whole night. When you asked the question about the economy and President Bush, Romney says, President Bush can talk about his record. He says, the blame is in Washington. Republicans have been in control of Congress.
What's interesting is not a single candidate tonight really said, wait a minute, our party was in control of the purse strings. Our party was the one who signed those bills into law. So you would think at some point they would have taken the responsibility for the problems of spending in Washington, D.C.
BORGER: McCain did.
MARTIN: But it's interesting, kept saying Washington, Washington, Washington. It's your party that was in charge.
BENNETT: He said, we lost the House because of the spending.
COOPER: He did say that. Let's take a short break. Our coverage continues, the best political team on television. A lot more to talk about. We'll show you some of the best moments from the debate tonight. We'll be right back.
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