TODAY | November 06, 2012
>> take a turn now and check in with robert gibbs , a senior adviser to president barack obama 's re- election campaign . good morning to you.
>> good morning, savannah. how are you?
>> good, thank you. governor romney is campaigning in ohio and pennsylvania and president obama is not out campaigning today, though he did on election day four years ago. is that a sign of confidence or perhaps overconfidence?
>> no. i think we felt the president would have a better reach to sit here and do some satellite interviews into states and make sure that the folks that we have out getting out our vote in important states aren't burdened by having to support him coming into their state today, so i think we feel like we've got a great opportunity for the president to speak with still undecided voters in those nine battleground states today.
>> let's look back at the campaign that was. it is undeniable, a key part of the obama campaign strategy was to discredit and disqualify governor romney from the outset. 85% of the president's ads were negative as of late october. for a president that was voted in four years ago on the promise of a new kind of politics, did he turn to the old kind of politics to win a second term?
>> no, savannah. i think each election is a choice. it's a choice between two very different and competing visions, and i think we wanted to make sure that the american people understood the president's vision of continuing to build this economy from the middle out, and governor romney 's vision of tax cuts showered on the wealthy in hopes that somehow that would lift the middle class despite the fact that that was what was exactly got us into this economic calamity.
>> for people going to the polls today, people who are considering re-hiring the president for four more years, there is a feeling that they want changes. in fact, our recent poll had 62% of americans saying they want major changes in a second term, even voters who support the president want to see that he has learned something and knows where to improvement can you tell us where exactly he would plan to be -- to improve in a second term.
>> well, look, i think we've still got a lot of work to do obviously to get our economy moving, continue to move this economy in a forward direction. we've seen positive job, you know, 32 consecutive months. but, look, we've got more work to do. we've got to bring more jobs back overseas and manufacturing jobs.
>> is there something he's personally learned about the job?
>> oh, look, i think -- look, he learns things every day, savannah. i think he's got to -- look, i think one of the things that each side is going to have to do is work together in order to get things done. we've got to break this washington gridlock. we've got to break this notion that somehow, you know, particularly on the republican side in congress that, you know, compromise is a dirty word or somehow if they don't get everything they want they can't work at all with this president. i think the president is eager to sit down and solve problems with democrats and republicans and move this country forward.
>> robert gibbs , we're out of time. got to leave it there. thank you for being with us this morning.