Obama team: President putting building blocks back in place
Stephanie Cutter previews DNC address
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- Date Sep 6, 2012
Stephanie Cutter previews DNC address
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We'll tonight President Obama will take the stage to formally accept his party's nomination.
And make his case for a second term in the US presidency.
So what do we expect tonight what will we hear from the president Stephanie Cutter is the Obama for America deputy campaign manager.
Stephanie thanks for making time for us this morning -- happy if so president Clinton former President Clinton last night said no one not him no president could have fixed this economy.
It in the time that was given so part of President Obama and that's the argument for -- vote electing him for a second term.
So that's that's had a set -- I would assume for tonight in terms of what the president.
News to accomplishing is to set out a vision for the country.
And explain where he's gonna take us in the next term if indeed is reelected housing unit did well you just explained it very well the fact that.
You know the First Lady spoke on Tuesday -- you very much spoke from the heart but -- the but the president is the values that drive him.
His experience at that it's -- says that have shaped the decisions that he's made he -- he grew up the middle class.
He's lived it and that's why he's been fighting everyday to -- in the middle class.
Last night we heard from President Clinton.
About the record.
And from someone who knows it pretty well you know let's remember when President Clinton left office -- left record surpluses.
Those record surpluses were turned into record deficits.
That the President Obama inherited inherited a lot of other things in this economy you know.
The worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.
So the point that he was making is that no president to not even FDR could have turned this around in just four years ago we may tell -- that he wouldn't get ready made -- he wouldn't know you read to read -- if we didn't put -- economy on stronger footing if we didn't move the country forward and we absolutely have to over the past four years let's remember what life was like.
When we took office we are losing 800000 jobs a month President Clinton said that last night.
In the six months before President Obama was elected we lost 3.5 million jobs and our banks were collapsing our auto industry was going bankrupt middle class families who had been punished for a decade.
Were really struggling.
So where are we today we have a thriving auto industry.
Four point five million private sector jobs have been created you know we -- middle class families who have been struggling to get one of the things that -- Clinton did last night was he said you know.
You might not feel it yet people might not be feeling that things are getting better.
And by by many measures things have not gotten better unemployment is higher now than it was in January 2009.
-- total unemployed has gone from 21 point five to 23 million people who are out of work so more people are out of work now -- were when the president took office.
They're median income -- has slipped and 67% of Americans say they think we're on the wrong track so that's that's a pretty tough.
The set of numbers to to come in with and say that -- gonna get better.
Couple of things so the president took office in January of 2009.
It took awhile for his policies to take hold -- certainly.
We had -- -- Recovery Act we had implemented -- Recovery Act as that was happening we were still feeling the impact of the previous policies of the Bush Administration.
We were still feeling the impact of the greatest recession since that it that Great Depression.
So it took you know a few months to get the president's policies in place.
With his policies in place four point five million jobs have been created if you look at this recovery compared to the bush recovery.
In early two thousand's we've -- three times the private sector jobs that George Bush did and under any argument no matter what party but you belong to -- you have -- agreed that the economic crisis that President -- Obama inherited was ten times worse than what George Bush dealt -- -- so I think that you can't argue that that -- have -- well we can we just -- the past -- and the in terms of the -- incomes and wages were going down per decade last year.
They started going.
So we are putting the building blocks back in place that we what the President Clinton spoke to last night -- that.
Nations that it may be penetrated the greatest economic and it says Clinton said how how they feel do they feel better now do they feel like the country's headed in the right direction as I said.
Is an ABC news poll says 67% think we're headed and -- on track.
In terms of how the president well we'll carve out -- explains the American people what is vision is good he's been criticized for not being clear.
About where he's gonna take us in the next four years and how he's -- accomplish those goals we heard a lot about shared prosperity.
And shared responsibility.
How does that play out how we share the prosperity and share the responsibility -- you know as opposed to what they heard last week in Tampa.
President Obama will actually talk about ideas achievable concrete things that we can do for this country to move it forward.
You know we have a vision of how to rebuild this economy in a way that will be meant to last for the middle class is at its core the foundation of a strong economy.
And the president will lay out what that path is forward.
You know I think at the end of that's -- At the end of tonight I think people have a good idea of what a second -- and of Obama and president what might he added because so -- what we know is that he wanted you know.
He believes that -- what you pay their fair share that -- that the wealthy so called over 20250000.
Dollars should pay more.
Right now that group already pays 64% of the tax burden.
-- know how much more -- they need to pay.
In order -- to help share the prosperity and shared responsibility well I think that's President Clinton spoke to -- a little -- last night but gallery view it.
In terms of deficit reduction everybody agrees that we have -- reduce our deficit is just a matter of how.
And President Obama and most Americans believe that we should do -- in a balanced -- we shouldn't do it on the backs of seniors.
On the backs of the middle class we should make sure that we're cutting what we don't meet President Obama has already done that there's more we can do.
President Obama thinks that people should should pay their fair share that just like in the ninety's when.
President Clinton asked the wealthy to pay just a little bit more to invest in our economy President Obama believes the same thing -- if that happens then we can still invest in the things that we need to grow.
Like education like infrastructure like innovation all of the things that put the economy on a strong foundation -- let everybody prosper.
I am on here well you're all in detail -- him about that tonight I do want to ask you about a little bit about what happened yesterday with this platform.
It became revealed that that god was not in -- -- farm anymore.
That Jerusalem was not.
Specifically stated as the capital of Israel.
Did the president read the platform before it was submitted he he hadn't read it.
And you know when he found out about these two things they -- You know under any circumstances they were a mistake and he said we got to fix it and it was he directed his staff to go and fix that yesterday.
On the issue of god.
There is faith is woven throughout that entire document so make no mistake that there are lots of god fearing people and god loving people in this arena.
Who have been in this -- every night.
But -- the lying that you're talking about is helping every American with up to their god given potential now.
Who better than the Democratic Party it would -- the line now just it at that I I don't know snowed on us -- the line out and nobody knows it changed the language about about Jerusalem well you know -- with the same example on the president's policy.
The president's personal belief he laid it out in 2007 at a pack.
That he personally believes a -- was that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and he directed us every insert that into the platform.
And we did it last night -- do you have a question about a few weeks ago he seemed you know to it to not -- -- answer that question directly does the president think Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
He he sort of stumbled on that awkward moment you want it and I was -- stand long standing policy of this country yes -- Jerusalem his personal belief is that you know that the capital.
A visceral -- excellent.
But the long stand that they -- policy as -- illustration a bipartisan going back decades is that that's a decision that has to be done through both parties ends in the final negotiations.
That's where we stand that's what's in the platform and -- I think that.
The other issue here is bad you know our opposition worked with attacking us trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill on this stuff.
But they're they're people I mean the Democrats were arguing that you know what limited Thomas -- so I don't I don't think that was the so firstly this was it was a voice vote and you know what was unique about that it wasn't done in the -- it was -- out in the open for -- -- the democratic process at work I I totally -- and I -- peoples and nothing -- -- convention but -- was an honest.
Debate going on down there and the name is where I think I mean we can we play -- is were.
As strong as as the -- know one thing that I -- -- -- -- feeling that of people who support so that President Obama that was didn't agree with the platform.
He sought to change it he had the strength and that tenacity to go ahead and and change it -- like -- -- let's look at the Republican platform Mitt Romney says he doesn't agree with the abortion language that he -- ban all abortions he would protect the -- exceptions.
What any seek to change the platform.
What -- stand up -- part to his party to do that I think that's a big difference between these two people President Obama will stand up and do what he believes and get things done.
Silence even though his entire campaign was sitting in the favorite questions Bryant College over the break we'll be right back we'll -- back back with more.
Hi we are back with more America's Newsroom here in Charlotte on that.
Big day of the Democratic National Convention Stephanie Cutter is deputy campaign -- for a president Obama's campaign and just to pick up Stephanie at the expert Stanley -- over the break.
A little bit more on the platform in and then I wanna get on to another question with you.
Cory Booker it was sort of in charge of introducing the platform he stood up on the stage and said this is our platform -- this is our platform he was very passionate as he always says.
And definitely move the crowd did he read it was he familiar with what was in the -- like -- can't speak for mayor Booker should ask mayor Booker that question.
But -- it what what is.
The problem with taking a platform.
To all of your delegates presenting it to them and then asking them if they want to adopted a whether they want to change it.
That's the democratic process that that's you know usually -- you know this is the -- -- used to be every -- is -- essential questions you know and it raised a lot of issues.
And the biggest question I think was why would those things have been taken out well is a bit I don't know I noticed that they weren't -- -- back end and that's where we are today they've been put back -- You know we believe that.
All Americans should have the ability to live up there to their god given potential which is why you've heard a lot here about education ensuring everybody has access to good education -- to use.
Julian Castro on the opening night talk about it.
How you know his story is only possible in America just like Barack Obama and he's been able to get where he -- through hard work and responsibility -- but doubt but he also had the doors of opportunity open to him.
And that's what this is about how to -- opened the doors of opportunity.
To all Americans.
So that language is very appropriate for this convention -- Stephanie thank you very much big night.
After you folks telling Michelle the bank thank you very much thank you and I haven't we got an --