The case to reelect President Obama
Senior Obama adviser Robert Gibbs weighs in
- Duration 5:18
- Date Nov 6, 2012
Senior Obama adviser Robert Gibbs weighs in
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On the campaign advisor.
Robert kids did you see Robert.
Good to see you guys are you doing just fine I know you're in Chicago in -- planning on having a victory rally there tonight for your boss.
President Obama a something yes -- otherwise that it will be a victory celebration for Mitt Romney.
Why did the president decide not to campaign today.
Well look I did present will be sitting in a -- just like I am doing satellite interviews.
Into a number of the battleground states later on this morning and again.
In the afternoon we felt it was important not to go into a state and take.
Arab volunteers their field operation away.
From the -- that they're doing instead.
Be there to support the president to create a crowd or or or have a rally so I think it was the right decision do the president will still be.
In a number of battleground states over satellite televisions and it.
Robert a lot of people are gonna go the polling places later today.
And that they've got two names they've got Mitt Romney.
A guy who was -- successful businessmen and saved the Olympics was -- -- like -- or Barack Obama who the majority of Americans voted for last time.
And he would put a -- Obama your boss had promised hope and change.
And a lot of stuff.
And he didn't deliver and so now four years later they say that is being gridlock in Washington nothing got done I'm gonna give the other guy shot.
Well I you know look did.
-- and still laughing I guess -- You know I think he attributed only positive stuff the Mitt Romney and that he said Barack Obama didn't get anything done and look back at.
Look let's look at where we were well let's just how -- Barack Obama walked into the White House.
I -- I was things that Mitt Romney brings to the table.
Well look at and and and look I think there also some things that he brings to table that.
Voters in Ohio for instance won't find appealing when.
You know -- a record of shipping jobs overseas but look I think would win people walk into the polling -- today.
I think they'll understand that this president has made some very tough decisions.
That it's gotten our economy moving -- -- direction we saw this on Friday.
32 consecutive months of month of positive job growth five point four million new jobs in -- 32 months.
Are we where we want to -- -- we've got more work to do because the whole that we are digging out.
The economic devastation.
They greeted this president when he walked into the Oval Office was deep and widespread and we've got you know a lot of work continue to.
They accept the numbers the numbers don't clearly -- us without Robert because when you look at that cost of gas for example when the president walked in office it was a buck 85.
And now it's 380 on average the US poverty rate.
Was well twelve point 5% not fifteen point 1% the number of bank failures -- -- -- five in 2008 and now it's 92.
Well again Gretchen what we inherited a tremendous mess.
We inherited 800000 jobs lost in a month the very first month the president got the jobs report.
Every one of those statistics has gotten better in the past couple years because look.
We fell into huge and massive hole in this economy.
We like -- said the devastation the job loss to look let's look at manufacturing jobs I was in with the president Wisconsin.
Wisconsin that it's 45000 manufacturing jobs the first time that this country is at a manufacturing jobs in twenty years over the past couple years.
Right it -- literally since the mid 1990s.
So look we're seeing we're seeing things improve.
We're making we're taking steps along the way.
And look it's not we should be changing horses right now we should.
Continue -- in my opinion and what I would tell voters is in keep moving this country for with a steady leadership.
Rock Obama and Robert you one of the president's strongest advocates and that's why why -- by the side in all these key states especially in the last week.
But looking in the big picture we talked to John McCain yesterday in the city kinda knew he was gonna so lose the day on Election Day four years ago.
How do you explain the fact that nobody can figure out who's gonna win four days later is the fact is even this close disappointing to you and others.
Well look we always prepared for an enormously close race I think people forget that four years ago.
Even as you said Senator McCain felt like he was gonna lose.
You'll Barack Obama got 53%.
Of the vote so that means he didn't get 47%.
Of the vote that day that that's up.
Pretty closely divided election it's much for what it will look like I never got -- much more than Bill Clinton ever gotten basically even write -- and bush -- Right note -- no sense actually you're you're you're totally correct.
Clinton ran in three way races certainly bush had a number of of extraordinarily close races I have to say I feel.
I still feel really good about where we are I you know if you look at that nine battleground states that we've been fighting over for you know six months.
We have and ability to win all nine of those states tonight none of those states have been put away on the Romney did exactly or there or they could go the other way it's going to be exciting night Robert thanks much for joining us.