For the second time since he was elected president, NBC12 was granted a one on one interview with Barack Obama.
The interview took place Tuesday after his event in Norfolk. We were provided 5 minutes of the president's time and there were no restrictions placed on the questions we could ask.
We asked the president to respond to the GOP's use of his "You didn't build that" line in Roanoke, his take on the state of the country and we asked about his attacks on Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Mr. Obama was not afraid to defend his record.
First- here is our interview un-cut:
And here is our recap of the interview, including a response from RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
For the second time since he was sworn into office, NBC12 was granted a one on one interview with President Barack Obama.
The interview took place after his event yesterday in Norfolk.
We were given five minutes to talk to the president. It was enough time to hit on a number of important topics, and give him an opportunity to respond to the way republicans have used one line from a speech he gave in Virginia against him.
It is a line that has become a slogan for the Republican Party.
"If you got a business,” Obama said in Roanoke, “You didn't build that."
The line became a theme for their convention.
"Do you have any regrets for the way you made that point?,” I asked the president. "Obviously, I have regrets for my Syntax,” Obama replied. “But not for the point, because everyone who was there watching knows exactly what I was saying."
The president stands buy that point- claiming that his administration has done plenty for small business, and that a strong government supports their growth.
Growth he thinks has made life better for most Americans.
"Are we better off than we were four years ago?" I asked.
The president responded quickly.
"We are absolutely better off than we were when I was sworn in and we were losing 800 thousand jobs in a month," he said.
The question of "Are we better off?" is a point that has stumbled several prominent Obama supporters, and given republicans like RNC Chairman Reince Priebus the opportunity to point out areas where the American economy is still struggling.
"The facts are, unemployment is too high, the president didn't fix that problem,” Priebus said. “Spending is too high, he didn't fix that problem."
And despite his belief that things are better, the president admits it is far from perfect.
"Obviously we have much more to do,” he said. “That is true here in Virginia and that is true all across the country."
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