Obama: It doesn’t matter who the GOP nominates

posted at 5:30 pm on December 11, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Take it from the president: Any of the GOP candidates will present a contrast in visions to him. In comments that aired on CBS’ Face the Nation this morning, Barack Obama said he expects the 2012 election be primarily about ideas — and added he thinks all of the GOP presidential contenders present very different ideas than he does:

“It doesn’t really matter who the nominee is going to be,” Obama tells 60 Minutes in an interview to air tonight.

“The core philosophy that they’re expressing is the same,” Obama says of the Republican candidates, “and the contrast in visions between where I want to take the country and where they say they want to take the country is going to be stark.

“And the American people are going to have a good choice,” Obama says. “And it’s going to be a good debate.”

The president isn’t entirely right: Personalities do matter, and he no doubt privately would prefer to run against one or another of the candidates. If every one of the candidates were perfectly exchangeable, then they would all poll equally well against Obama — and that’s simply not the case. Mitt Romney has consistently outpolled his peers in head-to-head match-ups with Obama.

Now, a new NBC/Marist poll puts both Romney and Newt Gingrich behind Obama in the early primary states of South Carolina and Florida:

Obama, who lost South Carolina to Sen. John McCain in 2008, leads Romney there, 45% to 42%, a disparity within the margin of error. Obama also leads Gingrich 46% to 42%. The result is a reversal for Romney, who bested the president by six percentage points in the October poll.

In Florida, a state Obama captured in the last election, he would beat Romney 48% to 41% and Gingrich 51% to 39% in a potential match-up. In October, voters were divided between Romney and Obama.

But Public Policy Polling results still show Mitt Romney ahead of Obama — by 15 points no less — in South Carolina.

Whatever the polls show, though, the president does have a point. The choice in 2012 will not just be between Barack Obama and the GOP nominee; the choice, broadly speaking, will be between progressive and conservative ideas. To boil it down as simply as possible: Will we look to the government or to ourselves to recreate a prosperous society?


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Obama will easily win a second Term and I signed up for this site to watch right wing heads explode on election night. I will have plenty of popcorn for that day hahaha.

liberal4life on December 11, 2011 at 6:21 PM

When he loses in a landside will you leave?

VegasRick on December 11, 2011 at 6:23 PM


..sort of..

The War Planner on December 11, 2011 at 11:55 PM

liberal4life: “Obama will easily win a second Term and I signed up for this site to watch right wing heads explode on election night…”

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Your argument is hollow.

-Obummer can’t get more than a handful of his union buddies to show up, in a union hall in Pennsylvania.

-Obummer’s Black Bus Mystery Tour this summer was a disaster, with very low attendance in small venues like high schools, instead of stadiums. The people are awake.

-All Dem politicians have run for the exits and refuse to campaign
with Obummer. Politicians run towards winners, honey.

Obummer is Kryptonite.

The Libs and Dems bought him, America and the World is paying for it, BUT every chance America has had a chance to vote since his election, they vote against him in huge numbers. It’s why you no longer hold the House of Representatives.

It will be a routing and Obummer will be ashamed of himself for the very first time in his entire political life.
Americans are already ashamed of him.

Typicalwhitewoman on December 11, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Considering the ever-creeping buyer’s remorse that Obama supporters have experienced over the past three years (read the polls), it’s a surprise to me that anybody still acts as though Obama is a shoo-in. According to most political theory, considering the bi-elections and so forth, the Republicans, and their as-yet-unnamed nominee, are set to win the election.

My first comment on Hot Air!

Nixcell on December 12, 2011 at 12:24 AM

I agree. It won’t matter. It’s A. B. O. (Anybody But Obama)

lonestarleeroy on December 12, 2011 at 12:26 AM

How the mainstream media lets Obama and the Dems off the hook in softball, incomplete interviews:
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2011/12/11/obama-tells-60-minutes-damaging-behavior-wall-street-legal-wasnt-aske#ixzz1gIK4KQJL

What party created the Wall Street problem?
Obama wants to shift blame for solutions on the Republicans. Not sh*t, Sherlock, but the problems go back further, and they are much deeper.
(BTW Whoever did the transcript for the interview, meant “intransigentm” not “intransient.”

onlineanalyst on December 12, 2011 at 6:27 AM

I don’t think Turdboy is concerned with “contrasts”. He’s going 100% scorched earth this time around, no matter what hell it creates for future campaigns or the poisoning of the political landscape.
As pointed out so many times by so many people, it’s all about the O, baby. Keep his spotty a$$ in the White House and the future be damned.

Extrafishy on December 12, 2011 at 7:05 AM

THIS—-> I agree. It won’t matter. It’s A. B. O. (Anybody But Obama)

plumorchard on December 12, 2011 at 8:02 AM

If only Ron Paul wasn’t so crazy, I’d love to nominate him against Obama for a REAL contrast…

The Nerve on December 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I agree, but unfortunately there are such a small minority of the population who have any idea how much trouble lies ahead, that even if Ron Paul weren’t bat shat crazy on foriegn policy, he would need such large majorities in congress to even address the multitude of problems that Obama might as well win and get the worst over quickly instead of kicking the can down the road for a year or so. We passed the point of no return QE2. Watch Europe, they are us. Buying a farm in a low populous temperate climate isn’t a bad idea.

Ann NY on December 12, 2011 at 8:10 AM

whom

Knott Buyinit on December 12, 2011 at 9:16 AM

The interesting thing is that Obama, for the first time, will actually have to defend his record. He’ll answer all questions about international affairs with the same response- You know, I killed Bin Ladin. He’ll continue to speak in generalities about the economy and how much worse it would have been had he not bankrupt the nation to save his union buddies at GM. He’ll insist that all the clear cases of kickbacks really are “investments” in green energy. And, of course, he’ll maintain that Fast and Furious was an unqualified success story. In short, the man will lie about his record. It is up to the electorate to set the record straight.

A vote for Obama is a vote against America. It really is that serious an election and nobody can defend what this vile human being has done to the United States.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

A vote for Obama is a vote against America. It really is that serious an election and nobody can defend what this vile human being has done to the United States.

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

DITTO.

Lourdes on December 12, 2011 at 9:30 AM

PBHO won 53% of the popular vote in 2008 when he had no poor governing record to defend and a tide of good will washing over him. John McCain won 46% of the popular vote.

The 2012 R nominee will have a FLOOR of 46%. PBHO has already lost AT LEAST a couple/few percentage points of his initial 53%, which raises the R nom’s floor to 48-49%.

Conclusion: If PBHO is lucky, he’ll squeak to a second term with 50%. But it’s equally likely, perhaps moreso, that PBHO will lose as badly as John McCain did in 2008. It could even be a Reagan/Carter blowout.

The Bringer on December 12, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Happy Nomad on December 12, 2011 at 9:23 AM

I hope I get the qoute function right. No he won’t. He won’t answer a dad gum thing. He hasn’t had to up to this point, why would it change down the road. The media has gone to enormous lengths to ensure this presidency goes “scandal free”, and they are succeeding. The two congress twits who didn’t know anything about F&F? Even if they are playing dumb, they are doing it for a reason.

Everything about this presidency has been swept under the rug. Solyndra, F&F, unemployment numbers, the supposed draw down in Iraq. When it comes to the debates, our candidate may be the one that has to ask real questions of Little o.

JAGonzo on December 12, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Poor wittle Barry. Yeah…SURE it doesn’t matter! You’d lose in a landslide to any of them! Of course, wittle Barry has his $1 billion war chest to use to attack, smear, and trash whoever the Republican nominee (yeah, it’ll be Newt) is. He quite quite obviously can’t run on his record as President (total disaster), so, attacking his opponent (again, Newt) and playing class warfare will be his main two weapons. Poor wittle Barry. What a total failure he is.

jfs756 on December 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Weary of Obama’s face and voice. It seems hardly an hour goes by where he’s not blah blahing about something.

jeanie on December 12, 2011 at 9:54 AM

The Left vastly underestimates the determination of the American people to effect actual change in November 2012.

Lourdes on December 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Americans are already ashamed of him.

Huh? You are the voice of America I see? LOL. That’s a lofty position to which you assign yourself.

it’s a surprise to me that anybody still acts as though Obama is a shoo-in. According to most political theory, considering the bi-elections and so forth, the Republicans, and their as-yet-unnamed nominee, are set to win the election.

Huh? Wake up. Just because you post this on a conservative site with other like-minded folks (myself included) doesn’t mean your generalizations hold water. You can’t honestly believe the electorate is ready to elect just anyone because they are Republican. There are serious flaws with either of the top 2 GOP candidates that will be exploited.
Newt appears to be a softer gentler and wiser sort, but he himself raised his age in the debate claiming he wasn’t the same guy he always had been, namely, a hot head. Good to point out but the minute he loses his cool and begins to spout rhetoric the Dems will simply say “same ‘ol Newt” and game over. That old hot head, mouth running, adulterous Newt is what the people fear most.

Sometimes the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know.

Lean a little on December 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

For once I agree with Mr. Obama. Well…partially.

It is true. No matter who his Republican opponent is, they will electorally stomp him.

Marcus Traianus on December 12, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Huh? Wake up. Just because you post this on a conservative site with other like-minded folks (myself included) doesn’t mean your generalizations hold water.

My comment was in no way a generalization, but rather a conclusion which is drawn from history. The actual theory is most extensively explored in the book Thirteen Keys to the Presidency by Alan Lichtman. The book is easily available from Amazon.
I try not to post hollow generalizations, since I know superior intellects such as yourself are always waiting to pounce.

Nixcell on December 12, 2011 at 11:39 PM

In hindsight we see what a weak candidate Maverick McCain was. Well, women can’t stand Newt, and Mr. Mittens is a Mormon. Herman Cain was our last, best hope and someone destroyed him.

imaskeptic on December 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM

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