What will voters hear at the DNC?
Obama campaign press secretary Ben Labolt explains
- Duration 6:43
- Date Sep 3, 2012
Obama campaign press secretary Ben Labolt explains
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-- -- -- Democrats say about that about not just reporting on venerable national Press Secretary for Obama for America.
The president's reelection campaign joins -- and welcome.
Good to have you here thanks for having me see you watch that report and when we were in Tampa last week basically the thrust of the Romney Ryan campaign was we deserve better.
We can do better than what we're getting right now what do you make.
Well the question is what are they offering and we certainly didn't hear much about that last week you know we didn't hear about there their budget plan.
Which would turn Medicare into a voucher program -- -- -- -- be harder.
But to get -- -- we didn't hear about their five trillion dollar tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans on the backs of middle class and on the backs of seniors -- That'll be the difference in Charlotte this week.
-- -- hear a roadmap from the president about how we restore economic security for the middle class we've made progress but there's more work to be done.
That is that big question ballot and I get a bounce out of it and no doubt you hoped to get a -- had the convention -- a huge effort.
At a big moment to kind of re launch the president let's take a look at the real -- politics numbers and see how they stack up right now it is.
It it really could not be tighter you've got 46 point 4% for President Obama in this average of all the polls out there right now.
46 point 3%.
For governor Romney and and you know a recent piece on ABC talked about.
Powell the president may in some ways -- own worst enemy that that the when he talked about the last time around in terms of hope and change has set up.
Many of the people who were supportive of him.
Third person disillusionment as -- to disappointment so how do you talk to those people in a frank honest way and say you know.
We're not where we want to be right now that you gotta you gotta give us another chance.
Well in terms of your first question in terms of the bounce -- -- chairman previous said that get invisible bounce out of Tampa and they didn't there's a Gallup poll.
Out today that ranked around his speech as the worst rated speed since 1996 and I think that's because he didn't lay out his right there -- for a lot of territory to 5% out of it together really how it -- out over the next few -- -- -- I think what you hear this week is an honest conversation about where we -- in 2008 where we are today in the fact that there's more work that needs to be done we -- losing 800000 jobs a month when the president came into office we -- more than three and a half million jobs.
In the six months before he came in office manufacturing was in declined the auto industry that was on the brink americans' retirement savings were being.
Wiped out in the market and we've made a lot of progress businesses have created more than four point five million jobs.
GM was reborn into the number one auto maker in the world again manufacturing is coming back more than 500000 jobs but the question is where will we go from here.
And so the president's going to lay out how we invest in education and research and development -- build the economy from the middle class out.
But let's take a look at some of the numbers because the big question -- -- you've heard it talked about all over the course of the weekend.
Are you better off now than you were four years ago -- and we have some numbers that have been put together when you take a look at unemployment.
And gas prices and if we could pull those up.
You'll see this this compares -- Comparison unemployment was.
At seven point 8% it's now eight point three.
-- -- come has dropped by about 4000 dollars over the course of the four years of the Obama presidency gas prices one dollar 84 to 382.
And the national debt which we're expecting to see -- sixteen trillion.
Over the over the coming days probably tomorrow.
It it's if it's a setup for a very tough argument any howdy howdy -- I reality.
I think that reflects that we've been through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
And we've made a lot of progress but the president has plants on the table today.
That Republicans have obstructed -- got a four trillion dollar balanced.
Deficit reduction plan he's got a jobs bill that would create a million jobs right now that Republicans in congress have obstructed and governor Romney.
Has oppose -- so Americans in November we'll have the opportunity.
To break the stalemate between two economic visions you agree with governor Romney that we should continue to reward the wealthiest with five trillion dollar in tax cuts and raise taxes on the middle class to pay for them that hasn't unleashed job creation in the past.
Or should -- -- the economy from the middle class out through investments in.
Infrastructure and research and development and education and -- down the debt in a balanced way.
You know but you do have to -- wanna go back to.
Prior point you do have to deal with that sort of issue of disillusionment.
That huge moment for the entire country when President Obama.
Gave that speech and during his inauguration and you look at Paul -- statement at that at the RNC about you know a 23 something year old.
A young person who is you know still -- an analyst mom and dad and looking at -- -- Obama poster on the wall that is.
That is a real sentiment and and it and it does hit people who were in year's total sweet spot.
Four years ago that it that the people who would be most enthusiastic about the president's.
Let's take a look at the promises that the president made on the campaign trail in 2008.
But he promised to begin to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
He's done that end but the war in Iraq and responsible way it's done that to refocus on al-Qaeda and Afghanistan.
He's done that to provide affordable accessible health care it's all Americans to provide middle class families with the tax cut.
But he's done those things but we can't stop there we need to continue.
Our progress businesses have created more than four point five million jobs but how do we ensure that America.
Wins a race the top will restore economic security for the middle class that's what the president is focused on.
That's what this convention is focused on and ultimately I think that's what voters will be focus on in November.
I write it in terms of you know that this this message that we heard over the weekend just from the -- regional -- that is wanna ask you one more point about.
Whether or not you folks are more worried then.
You had been about the selection when you look at that razor tight number.
Is that true the energy do you think that that he's made a good point are you more concerned about selling your message this time around the president -- concerned about it.
Well I think this is going to be close and competitive -- it has been for the past year and a half we always anticipated that the nation says historic challenges when the president I came -- office and the question Americans are asking is how do we restore economic security for the middle class and governor around me.
Ultimately failed to answer that question.
Last week if you were -- undecided voter watching you really just sort of parade of lives throughout the week attacks ripped out of context.
Setting up congressman -- to attack 716 billion dollars of Medicare savings but that he maintained -- in his budget.
And I think that.
This will lay out the road map that middle class families are looking for to restore economic secured.
And then thank you for coming -- we reported seeing this week have a good week here in Charlotte and all the talk India thanks for evidence look at.