Obama fields questions on high unemployment in Virginia
Is the president's rural message the right strategy?
- Duration 5:56
- Date Jun 12, 2012
Is the president's rural message the right strategy?
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And Obama set to hit the road on the economy but one local reporter in a swing state of Virginia.
In these -- -- Virginia asked the president with the unemployment rate of 15%.
Why should voters reelect him here's president of I was answer.
We've gone through the worst financial crisis since Great Depression.
And everybody I think has been impacted by.
The economic crisis that followed the good news is is that.
We're starting to see progress but obviously we've got a huge amount of work to do one of the things that we can still do in that region as well as work through the Community Colleges.
To make sure that workers who wore.
Displaced folks were still out there looking for work that they're able to get trained for some of these new jobs.
Answer gonna break that down -- chart shows the national unemployment.
Rate from the start of the recession in December 2007.
Through last -- agency where unemployment has gone has come down since its peak.
Still high at eight point 2% -- say it's a -- 16% if you include everybody.
In that mix too many of whom -- give up looking for jobs joined now by -- -- -- us daily news column this.
And Bob Beckel former democratic campaign manager good to have you both with us that's -- -- cohosts of the.
I can be real lives so good to both the view Bob isn't just about when you when you -- -- on -- answering a look at it.
The first thing he does is is look back at the financial crisis -- says it's the worst -- since the Great Depression.
The second thing many goes to in this in this answer.
Is that we're really doubling down on clean energy wind and solar which I think is a huge opportunity for rural communities.
Do you think that's something that when when voters hear that rural communities is that what you would advise him to go -- -- navigate that issue.
Probably not but I mean I think you what you're hearing you hear that same I would bet you I think he did -- seven or eight.
Interview just -- you probably heard the same answer over and over again if I were him.
I would certainly ask the question.
That the it perennial an interesting question are you better off today than you were four years ago.
And on that answer there's absolutely no question that -- -- Well really.
And by far by far act act you know we just talked about home values with with Stuart Varney and how people's incomes -- their -- -- family -- Has diminished by 40%.
Over the course of the last three years in the economies I don't know that people feel that way but anyway it would what do you think.
That's true deficit spending is at a record high -- we saw on Friday 300000 more people were added to the long term unemployment list.
Unemployment was revised up GDP was revised down but I agree with Bob on one thing he should have not taken.
That world message going to Virginia.
But -- people are not better off and they were four years ago and the president has had so many different messages on this remember he set up it's not.
Back on track he doesn't deserve another term that he said he didn't know how bad the crisis was now he says he knew it was bad but he needs another term to fix Obama care.
Mean he's all over the map and he's not laying out anything new.
-- he hasn't said in his state of the union which is these solar or.
Panels and Windmills you know that's not gonna get back as I don't know -- -- and -- I just wanna pull up Sunday that we'll be informative I think -- to your point.
Families this isn't a fact -- father came out I believe last week.
-- -- from that day so let's take a look at it it says that your family's financial situation compared to four years ago.
Only say it's better 46% say it's the same and 31%.
Say it's worse Bob.
-- -- it says 69% of you say it's it's it is good or better than it was.
And so I don't I mean -- you were very that you could have that you remember when he 3% say they're better off right android and settlers there and about it it's about the way it was Jeff.
So I don't know that that's better -- or for -- an -- -- and but I remembered for years ago we're talking about June of the year 2000.
If we could just take her so back to the year June to -- dated June 2000 and look across the economy.
And -- -- auto and she was on his knees where I mean you want and are now where Obama has not done frankly as solid very well.
And he's he's -- obamacare because the the Republicans intimidate him and they got way in front of a new resolve fault should have had that done.
But he's got -- -- itself and the other thing he should say.
Which he won't say regrettably is I have never seen challenger it by I was easier -- the -- That is.
You -- Leyland think forget her head to -- is that nobody has been around exactly what did you do and.
Have you were -- assets and I I wanna get back to what you said the -- there Bob and Andrea and you know respond -- -- in terms of selling yet -- who it is interesting to watch what he goes to and that's -- -- pointed that out the first thing he went -- was when his solar power.
What you're not hearing is what you know America so great we're so resilient.
Businesses are gonna get things going again competitiveness in this country we need to get loans swimming I mean all of it goes back to community colleges and wind and solar and how much the government can invest in those things you he has the message -- -- -- at all he hasn't seen.
It on he's doing a little Clinton's small ball on issues but look -- talking about tell the story.
What story does he have to tell -- He passed the stimulus that got us a job at an average of what two million jobs.
That was -- failure Obama care was his key item any talks about how it's flawed and it may get overturned.
The president doesn't have a story to run on and to simply say.
It's all relative doesn't work and frankly -- he had.
Bigger purse strings than any president to turn it around he had Republicans and Democrats saying I -- -- I'm lying I'm happy I did anything.
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