Nightly News | October 25, 2012
>> day was a fog of flights, motorcades and appearances. it goes on until 11:00 tonight until he returns home. in the middle of his first and second landings on air force one, as we approached virginia where he was met by crowds, we sat down with him for the third interview, beginning with the topics of the endorsement.
>> general powell is somebody who during the course of these four years has come in occasionally, given me advice. he is somebody who i think, people recognize as you know, having just a steady amount of knowledge, both foreign and domestic. and he has been terrific on all counts over the last four years, so for him to provide a full endorsement like that means a lot.
>> mr. president, the subject of rape has been in the public discourse during the campaign year more than any time i can remember during american public life . you were asked about it last night, you have inserted a line in your speech, i noted about women's health. is that as far as you're comfortable going right now?
>> well, no, let me be very clear. these attempts to re-define rape in some way make no sense to me, and i don't think they make sense to the vast majority of women across the country. but more broadly, i think what these episodes point to is the fact that you don't want politicians, the majority of them male, making a series of decisions about women's health care issues. you know, i'm very proud of my track record when it comes to having confidence that women can make their own decisions. you know, that is what i believe. that is how i govern, and those are the kinds of supreme court you know, choices that i have made to remarkable women. and i think that it is important for women to have confidence that their president knows this is a set of decisions for them to make in consultations with their families. their clergy, it is not something that politicians need to get involved in.
>> if you could fix either the electoral college or the fact that we're going to spend a billion electing a president, and lord knows what cancer cure that might have started us down the road on, which would you do most urgently if you had unlimited powers?
>> well, i think that is an easy choice, i think the amount of money that is being spent in my campaign, and mr. romney's campaign, and the super pacs that are out there, is ridiculous. and i as you will recall, when the citizen's united decision came out i took a fairly unusual step of saying that this was bad for our democracy in the state of the union speech . i continue to believe that. there is no reason why i believe we can interpret the constitution in a way that allows us, with some common sense , you know, restrictions on the amount of money spent and the manner in which it is spent. because you know, for us to have folks writing ten million dollar checks, undisclosed, having huge sway in this election. and just the sheer amount of waste, that could be used more profitably in other areas, doesn't make much sense. so this is an issue that, in a second term, i will raise.
>> part of our conversation with the president just as we were -- prior to landing in richmond today, we should also note once again we have asked for the chance to spend similar time with the romney campaign. our 24-hour travels with the president were for a special coverage of -- special package of coverage on tonight's "rock center" broadcast right here at 9, 10.
>>> and the president traveled to his home state in illinois, and chicago to vote, to be the first person to take advantage of early voting.