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Post Show Thoughts: Durbin, Ryan debate the economy, 2012

As David pointed out at the top of this morning's roundtable discussion, "just listening to Chairman Ryan and Senator Durbin, it doesn't sound like the election is actually going to solve anything that's going to lead Washington to govern any better."

In response to that specific question, House Budget Chair Paul Ryan dinged Democrats and said, "if the last four years is any indication of the next four years under current management, we'll keep kicking the can.  We'll keep making empty promises to voters."

Senator Durbin, on the other hand, pointed to the now-stalled Simpson-Bowles debt reduction plan as a hope for bi-partisanship in Washington and attacked Paul Ryan for not supporting it.

"If we're going to compromise and give the American people an answer instead of a political speech or a soundbyte, we've got to get back to the same basic Bowles-Simpson principles that Paul Ryan and, unfortunately, the three House Republicans, refused to vote for."

There was also a lively debate on our roundtable about the personal attacks taking place on the campaign trail between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Obama supporter, and Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker (D), said he was "uncomfortable" with the President's recent ad attacking Romney's record at Bain, and even defended the company. 

"I'm not about to sit here and indict private equity.  We're getting to a ridiculous point in America... If you look at the totality of Bain Capital's record they've done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses."

You can watch the entire program on our website to hear more of our discussion with Sen. Durbin and Rep. Ryan; as well as our roundtable conversation that addressed the question: What would happen if the election were today?

Plus, don't miss PRESS Pass with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright about her new book, foriegn policy, and America's role in the world.

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.