TODAY | October 06, 2012
>> joe scarborough from " morning joe " to take a look back at the week that was in politics. something we're going to call our "weekend mojo."
>> so, joe, it was an important week. the presidential election , the unemployment rate came out yesterday at 7.8%. that seems to be -- appeared to be good news for the president.
>> there's a big economic debate on exactly what it means. we debated it this week when the number came out. a confusing number. but the political impact, straight forward. this is great news for barack obama . the best number in over three and a half years. what it means for the economy and more importantly for americans trying to find a new job. it's too early to tell.
>> of course, the president and governor romney this week went head-to-head in their first dae bait. ta
>> for 18 months he's been running on this tax plan. now five months before the election he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind.
>> mr. president obama , you're entitled to your own airplane and own house, but not the facts.
>> i think it's safe to say the president got trounced. it was the ugliest night.
>> the president is going to have to stand up and deliver. he still has a big lead in a couple of key states, but that lead will evaporate quickly.
>> he has to step it up. before the debate, we had a new nbc news wall street marist poll. the president up eight points among likely voters in ohio but just two points in virginia and statistically tied in virginia.
>> as the late great tim russert would say, it comes down to one state for the romney campaign -- ohio , ohio , ohio .
>> now, afghanistan is always in our thoughts. but last week, there was a special incredibly disturbing milestone. the total number of u.s. military deaths in the war eclipsed the 2,000 mark. and tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of the war in afghanistan . 11 years.
>> wow. the greatest disappointment for us and certainly for a lot of americans whose sons or daughters are serving in afghanistan is the fact that these candidates don't talk about afghanistan . it's a waste of american blood . it's a waste of american money . and the question is why aren't the politicians talking about it this year?
>> i'll be looking for clarity from both presidential candidates during the debate on foreign policy . looking ahead to next week, though, we're expected for the vice presidential debates' candidates on thursday. joe biden versus paul ryan . who do you think is going to do well?
>> i love them both. i know them both very well. they're both good blue collar catholics. but it's going to be ryan. no doubt about it. listen, joe biden right now is the republican secret weapon . this past week he talked about the fact that the past four years have been brutal for the middle class , who's been buried under obama leadership. then he promised a trillion-dollar tax increase a couple of days ago. we want more biden as republicans. more biden.
>> don't underestimate joe biden and his decades of serving washington and knowing washington. paul ryan , i wish you the best of luck.
>> and joe biden is a great man and we wish him well, and we hope he keeps talking a lot.
>> that's your " morning joe " political wrap.