Talking Points: The Economy And The Election

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With all the focus on the Republican candidates, President Obama is putting together re-election campaign offices around the country including one here in Minnesota.

New unemployment numbers last week show the job growth has slowed with the unemployment rate nationally now at 8.2 percent.
That, along with rising gas prices, are likely to be the key issues in the campaign.

Ronald Reagan famously beat an incumbent President back in 1980 by asking a simple question — “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

It’s that question that President Barack Obama will have to deal with, as well, as voters consider the impact of the recession and rising gas prices.

Obama supporters counter that the President inherited an economic mess. Obama’s Minnesota Political Director Jeff Blodgett appeared on WCCO Sunday Morning.

“If you look back at the economy, this president was handed, I think, a lot of people look at where we are today and say look there has been a lot of progress, the record is clear,” Blodgett said. “We are talking about steady job growth under this President. We are talking about a record of accomplishment that people will see.”

But also appearing on WCCO Sunday Morning, Hamline Law Professor David Schultz disagreed saying voters are almost certain to judge the President on how the economy is doing and on how high gas prices are. Schultz said the winner this November will be the candidate who can best sell their message of economic growth and recovery.

You can watch WCCO Sunday Morning with Esme Murphy every Sunday at its new time of 10:30 a.m.

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  • politicianSUX

    this is the most nuetral story Esme has ever done, congratulations Esme. You are finally startig to learn to not pitch your political agenda in your “news” stories. President Obama used gas prices to get the job, there are MANY clips of him on youtube telling us how bad things are because we can not afford to fuill our gas tanks to even go out and look for a job. Well, we are four years later, I hae a much more efficient vehicle (2X MPG as my old car) and I am still worse off. If gas prices got him this job, then that is the standard that he has set and should have to live by.

  • Tom

    @ Sue

    We actually just got rid of the worst President in George Bush! And Obama has everyright to keep blaming Bush and the GOP for the mess we are still in. Conservatives do not like the truth. The Conservatives are the ones who dug us deep hole to begin with and we are slowly coming out of it. Conservatives always brag that they always better at running this country, and they almost ran over the cliff!

    • politicianSUX

      Tom, how about some examples please? Sa how it was under President Clintons’ administration that the stage was set for the housing market crash with forcing lenders to borrow to unqualified borrowers and then packaging up the loans into poorly performing derivitives? Or how it was seven months after President Obama’s administration took over and his wonderful financial leadership that the financial industry almost collapsed? How under Pesident Obama that that we were promised lower fuel prices and he used it as an campaign slogan how poorly President Bush had done and how he was hurting the American People with high gas prices, and what do we have now? Wasn’t it President Obama that promised CNN in every Committee Hearing especially related to Healthcare reform and was there one? Wasn’t it also President Obama that had the full house and Senate and they passed Health care reform, that is being reviewed by the United States Supreme court and may very likely be struck down? Goerge Bush was and is absolutely not faultless, but if you are going to toss around blame, give a few examples like his lack of oversight on financial markets and the environment and how those all caused President Obama to fail, versus President Obama’s actions themselves. Also, recall that President Obama was in Congress for the tail end of President Bush’s term, so he voted “present” for every bill that crossed President Bush’s desk….

    • mike

      I voted for GW and I’ll admit that the country suffered during his time. Not all of it was his fault though.
      The problem with Obama is that he doesn’t lead. There has to be a way he can bring the rest of the politicians together to try to make the country united again. The man has never gotten out of campaign mode. Talks a good talk, but when he says he’s going to work to get congress to pull together all of a sudden he’s on another flight to a different part of the world or country.
      If a business is having trouble and there are executives that make decisions on saving the company don’t they meet and hammer out solutions to the problems? I believe that is what he should be doing.
      If that were to take place there would have to be a common direction for everyone to go. The petty disagreements have to stop.

  • Tom

    @ Melody

    It is actually the conservatives who set us back! And we are all “Socialists” so just get over it!

    • Melody

      Speak for yourself, and gas was at 1.84 and unemployment under 8 when our friend and great president GW left office.

      • Leroy


        Liberals are not interested in historically correct facts.

  • Fred Hayek

    We have record no of people on food stamps. Why?

    • Jimmy

      Not to mention 88 million people out of the work force not even looking, the highest number in history.

  • politicianSUX

    But that professor out East was not racist only the police are and that young man killed in Florida woudl be what Obama’s son would look like if he had one. And all of this is Bush’s fault.

  • Ordinary Guy

    Recycling Reagan slogans won’t help when the world’s economic structure has changed, and we haven’t. Now, all we export is cash and jobs. Businesses would be fools not to, and consumers the same. But ignoring that the current economic drain due to imports of energy and tax-free consumer products is ruining us. That has to be addressed and fixed, because the current system is unsustainable and everybody knows it. Slogans to resurrect another time of crisis won’t help, except in election politics.

  • Jan

    It’s Bush’s fault that Obama stopped the Keystone pipeline.

    It’s Bush’s fault that Obama spent 4 trillion dollars on nothing.

    It’s Bush’s fault that race-relations have deteriorated.

    Yeah right.

  • Ordinary Guy

    You remember the meteoric rise of Best Buy and WalMart in the late ’90s? Sam Walton’s son is said to have reversed the ol’ man’s position of his “Buy American” campaign and realized the untapped potential of containerized shipping of foreign goods from low-wage countries that paid no federal taxes like the American ones did. Stock went into orbit and equity went into expanded housing, which gave confidence to even greater home equity estimates, which was converted into equity loans to buy cars and consumer goods, seemingly to no end. But job-losses finally bit into the system and mortgages failed by the numbers. The rest is history.

  • Umpire

    The bottom line people is that this country needs ABO:

    Anybody But Obama

  • Dale Gribble

    Once Usama ben Obama is removed from power, we can return White Christian Americans to power, as God himself intended.

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