March 16th, 2014
12:33 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama adviser Pfeiffer says president isn’t a midterm liability

Washington (CNN) - One of President Obama’s advisers said Sunday that, despite the President’s low popularity numbers, he’ll still be helpful for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

A CNN Poll of Polls from last week, averaging four national surveys that measure the President's approval rating, said just 44% of Americans approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House.

But Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to the President, said despite those numbers, many Democratic candidates will still rely on help from Obama.

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Filed under: 2014 • Dan Pfeiffer • Reince Priebus • Robert Gibbs
Former Obama spokesman: Fire those who botched Obamacare website
October 14th, 2013
08:55 PM ET
1 year ago

Former Obama spokesman: Fire those who botched Obamacare website

(CNN) - The man who was once tasked with defending the Obama White House and its biggest legislative achievement was not impressed Monday with how Obamacare’s online insurance exchanges have been implemented.

“This is excruciatingly embarrassing for the White House and for the Department of Health and Human Services,” former White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner.”
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Filed under: Health care • Robert Gibbs • White House
Gibbs: Hagel was 'unimpressive and unprepared' during hearing
February 3rd, 2013
02:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: Hagel was 'unimpressive and unprepared' during hearing

(CNN) – Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and senior adviser to the president's re-election bid, said Sunday that President Obama's nominee for defense secretary didn't perform too well during his confirmation hearing last week.

Gibbs, however, expressed confidence that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would be confirmed and would make "a good secretary of defense."
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November 5th, 2012
08:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: McCain's assessment of veterans support for Obama 'shameful'

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain's comments that veterans do not trust President Barack Obama in the wake of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, are "shameful," Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" on Monday.

"Obviously people have a lot of respect for somebody like John McCain but for somebody like that to go out there and say that people in the military don't trust the commander-in-chief, that's one of the more shameful comments I've heard in more than 20 years of being in politics," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Robert Gibbs
Gibbs: Obama will be more energetic in second debate
October 14th, 2012
10:13 AM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: Obama will be more energetic in second debate

(CNN) – The unenthusiastic President Barack Obama of the first presidential debate won't be showing up for the second showdown with rival Mitt Romney, one of the president's top advisers promised Sunday.

Robert Gibbs, who said Obama was "disappointed" in his first performance on October 3 in Denver, previewed a more vigorous debater for the upcoming matchup Tuesday night in Hempstead, New York.
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Surrogates joust over debate performances
October 7th, 2012
12:21 PM ET
2 years ago

Surrogates joust over debate performances

(CNN) – Surrogates continued to spar Sunday over last week’s presidential debate, with Democrats calling Mitt Romney’s performance “superb acting” while Republicans said the GOP candidate showed substance.

Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs conceded the president failed to perform up to expectations last week in Denver, but quickly pivoted to judge Romney’s stage presence as “a masterful theatrical performance” and “fundamentally dishonest for the American people.”
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Filed under: 2012 • Ed Gillespie • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates • Robert Gibbs
Gibbs: Romney has advantage in debates
September 23rd, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: Romney has advantage in debates

(CNN) – A senior Obama campaign adviser said Mitt Romney has a leg up on President Barack Obama in the upcoming presidential debates.

"Mitt Romney I think has an advantage, because he's been through 20 of these debates in the primaries over the last year," Gibbs said Sunday on Fox News.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Presidential Debate • Robert Gibbs
September 23rd, 2012
12:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Intelligence chairman doubts Libya attack linked to video

(CNN) – The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday there's no proof indicating this month's consulate attack in Libya – which killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans – was related to protests over an anti-Islam video.

"I have seen no information that shows that there was a protest going on as you have seen around any other embassy at the time. It was clearly designed to be an attack," Rep. Mike Rogers said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: Libya • Mike Rogers • Robert Gibbs • TV-State of the Union
September 2nd, 2012
10:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Gibbs: No 'disappointment' among 2008 supporters, though enthusiasm lags

Washington (CNN) – Republicans' attempts to target disillusioned supporters of President Barack Obama won't work, a top adviser to the president said Sunday.

"I don't think that there is voter disappointment," Robert Gibbs, an Obama campaign senior adviser, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "The voters understand that we have been through a traumatic economic experience in the country, unlike anything that we have ever seen."
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Robert Gibbs
August 5th, 2012
11:12 AM ET
2 years ago

Graham: Sequestration 'is the dumbest thing'

(CNN) – Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday made a fervent plea for Congress to reach a deal that would avoid the onset of automatic, widespread cuts - also known as sequestration - set to take place at the end of the year, which critics say would especially threaten the military.

"We do dumb things in Congress. This sequestration idea is the dumbest thing," he said on CNN's "State of the Union."
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Filed under: 2012 • Debt • Deficit • Lindsey Graham • Robert Gibbs • TV-State of the Union
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