Will ‘Fast and Furious’ hurt Obama’s re-election chances?
This is a RUSH transcript from “The O’Reilly Factor,” April 16, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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O’REILLY: ”Factor Follow up” segment tonight will the “Fast and Furious” gun scandal hurt President Obama’s re-election chances? As you may know, the Justice Department investigating a federal program that sent automatic weapons to Mexico in an attempt to find out who was buying down there.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire Arms have lost control of some the weapons and one of them killed a border patrol agent in Arizona.
Joining us now is Katie Pavlich author of the new book just out today “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up”. Quite a subtitle there?
KATIE PAVLICH, AUTHOR, “FAST AND FURIOUS”: Well, it’s factual.
O’REILLY: It may be factual, Ms. Pavlich but it has not gotten traction. This story has not hurt President Obama as much as talk radio and some conservative pundits are yelling and screaming and you and your book — not there and I want to know why. Why aren’t people responding to this?
PAVLICH: First of all, people don’t know about the details. He is being protected by the mainstream old media on this because they know that if the American people knew about the details of this program and what they did to push a political agenda that it would definitely swipe a second term from Obama.
O’REILLY: All right, let’s walk through this very specifically. So who’s they? Who hatched this thing?
PAVLICH: NBC has failed to.
O’REILLY: No, no, not in the media.
PAVLICH: The media ok.
O’REILLY: Who is they? Who hatched “Fast and Furious”.
PAVLICH: The Justice Department, ATF, officials from the Justice Department, the highest levels, the assistant attorney general –
PAVLICH: Eric Holder.
O’REILLY: Do you think Holder knew in the beginning that before these guns went south of the border that they were heading there.
PAVLICH: Absolutely. In my book (inaudible) that one of the main priorities of the Obama administration in the beginning was to stop trafficking guns a direct — as a direct order from the President to make sure that guns
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