Washington: Barack Obama would be re-elected
in 2012 US Presidential elections, feels former President Bill Clinton, who applauded the incumbent for his energy policies
and efforts to reduce unemployment rate.
"I think he`ll be re-elected," Hillary told the popular
PBS NewsHour yesterday when asked about the winning prospects
of Obama, whose approval ratings are currently low.
His remarks came on the day when the White House
dismissed speculation that Obama may opt for his Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton as his vice presidential candidate for
the 2012 elections in place of incumbent Joe Biden.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney made it clear at
his daily news conference yesterday that Obama and Biden will
"be on the ticket next year" and voiced confidence that they
will be taking the oath of office in January 2013.
Bill Clinton, during the interview, praised Obama`s
"He will be re-elected, because I think the unemployment
rate will continue to drop," he said.
"I think that, as we all know, it`s a little understated
because about six per cent of the people who were in the
workforce in 2000 have dropped out; they`ve quit looking for
jobs. And we know there`s a huge number of Americans with
part-time jobs who really want full-time jobs. But it does
show progress, and it shows progress in the private sector,"
"So if we can continue this, I don`t think it`ll be
a big drag because the American people are kind of
recalibrating. Right now, President Obama is going to have to
run against himself. In tough times, nobody can defeat
himself. That is, he`s running against everything everybody
felt when -- before the financial crash. When we get a choice,
I think he`ll do fine," said the former President.
Clinton said he agrees with the general thrust
of Obama`s polices.
"And I think, particularly in the energy area, he`s
done a very good job. My sense was that the partisan political
climate in Washington was such that the only people listening
to either side were people that already agreed with them," he
"And so what I wanted to do was say, look at the last 30
years. Look what our competitors are doing. There is no
example on the planet of a successful economy with broadly
shared prosperity and a shrinking, weak government. You can
have a small, lean government. But they`re all strong. They`re
all working in partnership. What works are these partnerships,
these networks," he noted.