Dana Perino, Host of The Daily Briefing, Co-host The Five, and former Press Secretary to President George W. Bush joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to talk news of the day.
On Trump's speech on immigration: One thing I always look at from a communications standpoint is the setting of the speech. He does very few policy speeches from the White House though when he does he figures out a way to make them very specific. So for this one they cleared out the Roosevelt room and they had him give a speech there. The Roosevelt room is important because it's just across from the Oval Office, that is where a lot of big policy decisions are made on an inter-agency basis. This is an inter-agency problem becuase he has DOD, DHS, DOJ, Health & Human Services, probably forgetting others, but there's a lot of moving parts that the federal government has to play here, the State Department, USAID, etc. He made a couple of big announcements. One is that we're not going to do catch and release. That's just not going to happen. (00:34)
On politics driving Trump's focus on immigration before the midterms: Definitely his closing argument before the midterms is about law and order and immigration. It's a hodge podge of things. The President is throwing a lot of stuff up against the wall. Some of it will stick. (3:21)
On Fox New's new groundbreaking way to cover elections: They're going to interview up 125,000 people. I think it's all phone and some internet with 125,000 people, previously you would maybe only get a sample of 25,000 people and it usually skewed very far left and that's why you had those problems from before. This will give us a lot more rich detail and attitudes about voting, where they're voting, why they're voting and what motivated them. So you have a little bit more of a one on one way to actually do research that you've never had before. It'll be so much more fulfilling for people to see what we have on the Fox News voter analysis. (5:25)
On races she is watching: I'm actually sort of interested in some of the ballot initiatives that are happening. There are four states that are asking the question to their voters, 'Should they expand Medicaid?' and to me that's really more of a national debate because if states are expanding Medicaid that means other people are going to have to pay for it that aren't in those states. (10:48)