AirTalk for June 13, 2012

Do rough times for America mean rough times for campaign Obama?

President Obama Speaks On The Economy In The White House Briefing Room

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The Obama re-election campaign isn't going as smoothly as some Democratic strategists would like

As November quickly approaches, the Obama campaign’s gears are turning at full speed. But some Democrats are worried about its health and chances of success given the current state of the union and the Romney campaign’s growing strength and wealth.

May jobs numbers weren’t as high as hoped and the middle class continues to feel the pain during a slow economic recovery. The GOP has also been quick to the draw with its criticism of the President’s recent news conference statement that “the private sector is doing fine.”

In addition to less than optimal economic news, the Obama camp has also been forced to grapple with several controversies. There are loud calls for a special prosecutor to investigate intelligence leaks to the media that have painted Obama in a favorable light. Also, Republican lawmakers are demanding the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious. Now many Democratic strategists are expressing concern over the campaign’s strategy in general, which is being led by the same team from 2008 and may be focusing on a message that is out of touch.

In such a complicated and rough political climate, how well-equipped is the Obama campaign to reach the American public and win?

GUESTS

Josh Gerstein, White House Reporter for POLITICO

Chris Lehane, Democratic Political Consultant and Partner, Fabiani & Lehane

Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist and former speech writer for Governor Pete Wilson


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