In an interview with CNN’s David Axelrod on ‘The Axe Files’ podcast aired Monday, President Obama expressed his belief that, had he been permitted to run for the high office in 2016, his dedication to hope, unity, and betterment would have propelled him to a victory.
However, Donald Trump seems to disagree, stating on Twitter hours later, “President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! – jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.”
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In his interview, Obama had noted, “I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it.”
He added, “I know that in conversations that I’ve had with people around the country, even some people who disagreed with me, they would say the vision, the direction that you point towards is the right one.”
Obama has brought up that lack of grassroots activity in the past, notes the Washington Post.
During a mid-November news conference regarding the party’s recent loss he recalled what made his presidential bid successful.
Obama said, in part, “I won Iowa not because the demographics dictated that I would win Iowa. It was because I spent 87 days going to every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW Hall, and there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points. There’s some counties maybe I won, that people didn’t expect, because people had a chance to see you and listen to you and get a sense of who you stood for and who you were fighting for.”