Washington: US President Barack Obama made no bones about his chances of re-election in an interview with America's largest Hispanic radio service, saying: "I've got another five years coming up”.
Quizzed by Univision's Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo about his failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform, Obama replied: "Well, first of all, Piolin, my presidency is not over.”
"I've got another five years coming up. We're going to get this done," he continued, according to a transcript of the interview, which was conducted on Tuesday and broadcast on Univision Radio on Wednesday.
The remarks, coming as Republican hopefuls become increasingly drawn into a long and bitter nomination battle, and as the US economy shows signs of sputtering back into life, marked a big turnaround from October when Obama said he would "absolutely" be the underdog in the November 2012 election.
With Hispanic voters making up vital constituencies in battleground states such as Arizona, Colorado and Florida, Obama has insisted that it is Republicans in Congress who are preventing him from a major push behind a comprehensive immigration policy overhaul.
First Published: Friday, February 24, 2012, 12:01