In an exclusive Parade magazine interview that was published on Friday, President Obama claims that Republican voters “often agree” with his policy positions.
Obama made the statement when he was asked how he would talk differently to Republicans if he won re-election.
“Republican voters, if you ask them about my particular policy positions, often agree with me,” he said. “So there’s a difference between Republicans in Washington and Republican and Republican-leaning voters around the country.”
Obama claimed that after the election, “we’ll be in a position to once again reach out to Republicans and say that the American people have rendered a judgment, and the positions we’re taking are well within what used to be considered bipartisan centrist approaches.“
He also insisted that his approach to issues has been “pretty consistent from the start,” and claimed his proposed solutions were once embraced by Republicans.
“There’s no better example than the health care bill, which was designed originally by the now Republican standard-bearer and is working pretty well in Massachusetts,” he explained.
He also said that the Recovery Act “helped us avoid a depression,” claiming that “a third of it was tax cuts.”
“My hope is that the Republican Party, post election, steps back and says, ‘Now that we’re not so worried about beating the president, maybe we should spend a little time focusing on solving the problems.’”
According to Obama, it’s Republicans – not him – who has changed over the years.
“What’s changed is not me. What’s changed is where the Republican Party’s gone,” he said. “In fact, a lot of the things I’ve done are things that Mr. Romney, when he was governor of Massachusetts, seemed to promote. … What’s absolutely true is that we’ve had to take some emergency steps, like saving the auto industry, that weren’t free, that weren’t popular, but were the right thing to do.”
Parade also asked how “being black” has affected his ability to govern, a question that would be seen as “racist” by hosts at MSNBC who claim saying “Chicago” and “golf” is racist.
Obama answered by saying that it makes him “more determined in assuring that everybody’s getting a fair shot…”
A commenter at Parade took Obama to task for his claim that Republicans agree with his policy positions by asking: “Could he be any more out of touch with reality?”
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