Obama 'confident' about immigration reform in a second term
October 24th, 2012
11:55 AM ET
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Obama 'confident' about immigration reform in a second term

Davenport, Iowa (CNN) – New details of President Barack Obama's plans for a second term were given in an off-the-record interview with the Des Moines Register Tuesday but made public only after the paper protested that leaving it private would be a disservice to Iowa voters.

The interview was conducted Tuesday but made public Wednesday after the Obama campaign gave permission to the paper releasing them from their off-the-record agreement.

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In the interview, Obama said he is confident his administration will pass immigration reform and achieve the equivalent of a grand bargain with Congress.

After failing to achieve comprehensive immigration reform in his first term, the president said Republicans, given the large Latino vote, will be invested in changing the system.

"I'm confident we'll get done next year is immigration reform," Obama said in the transcript of the interview posted online by the paper. "And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community."

"So I am fairly confident that they're going to have a deep interest in getting that done," he added.

CNN has previously reported the White House met with a coalition of religious leaders in an effort to broach immigration reform next year.

He also predicted the two political parties reach an agreement over the fiscal health of the United States, buoyed by a combination of financial factors, including the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester and a commitment from himself and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to reducing the deficit. Obama said he was "confident" about an agreement of $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar of revenue.

$1.5 trillion in taxes will likely come from allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, but $848 billion in savings will come from winding the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, in addition to $1 trillion in cuts already agreed to in budget negotiations with Congress.

Reaching agreements on these topics in the first year of a second term, the president said, would allow a focus on "some things that really historically have not been ideological."

"We can start looking at a serious corporate tax reform agenda that's revenue-neutral but lowers rates and broadens the base," Obama said.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement that if reelected, Obama supports "implementing even more job-destroying policies that will cost the nation over 700,000 jobs. It's clear why Americans can't afford four more years like the last four years."

Obama senior adviser David Plouffe said reaching an agreement is "the responsible thing to do."

"Obviously we want to get to work on this right after the election," Plouffe told reporters Wednesday.

The president emphasized the importance of Iowa during his visit Wednesday, telling the crowd he had to start his 48 hour "extravaganza."

"This is the first stop on our 48-hour fly around, campaign marathon extravaganza," Obama said. "We're going to pull an all-nighter. No sleep. We are starting here in Iowa."

Plouffe said "We win the election if it were held today," adding that the president has a "credible pathway to 50%" in North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

"In the next 13 days Gov. Romney's got to pull voters off of the president so you know that's their task," Plouffe said. "We have to make sure voters turn out."

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Hogarth

    It's actually a great interview, and I hope more people read it. Go Obama!

    October 24, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. 13 days until Obama is RE-ELECTED!! Deal with it GOP trolls...

    @David – I will vote for a new President who will serve all Americans, not just those who donate to his reelection. Remember at the poll to ask if Obama is really trying to improve the US economy, reduce the debt, and is proud of American's support for liberty and freedom.
    And while you are asking those questions, will the REAL Mitt Romney PLEASE stand up !!
    He might have stood a chance of getting Independents to vote for him has he not flip-flopped on every subject every day! No-one can tell what he stands for. The GOP doesn't even LIKE him, and only support him because they like Obama less. Ask who's donating to the Twit's campaign. Ask what they stand to GAIN from it. Ask why Willard thinks that middle-class is making less than $250K a year when national AVERAGE INCOME FOR A FAMILY OF FOUR is under $50K !!!!!!
    When you have answered those questions, the only valid conclusion to arrive at is OBAMA/BIDEN 2012.

    October 24, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. GQ

    Obama is a HYPOCRITE! He only knows you when he needs your vote. He went to Israel as a candidate and when he became president, he threw them under the bus. He said he visited the soldiers but now he's cutting budget for military.
    I will never trust this Barack Hussein Obama.

    October 24, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Darrell

    I laugh at the Wing-Nut posting about the president during his first four years. Yet, they support a man, Mitt, who changes his mind every other minute and lies to Americans everyday.

    No Obama is not perfect. Yes, he did not keep all of his promises.

    But I do know that after this country lost 9 million American jobs due to GOP/Bush/Ryan polices, we have gained 5.2 million jobs back. The US auto industry has been restored and we avoided a depression. He has kept us safe for four years. The economy is growing, compared to Europe where the economies are in recession or in near recession.

    So wing-nuts cry all you want about the President's not keeping his promises....the record of accomplishments speak for themselves. And, you cannot take that away from him.

    October 24, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Paul

    I see Republicans missed that part about "Republicans are going to be forced to support it this time around". THAT INDICATES YOU IDIOTS BLOCKED IT THE FIRST TIME

    You deserve to have ZERO Hispanic or other Minority support. He was right about Geroge Bush ...cannot believe I just said that... but he was.

    October 24, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  6. Top_News

    So far obama's immigration reform has not included one trip to the Texas and Arizona borders to see the carnage done to America by illegals crossing, gave illegals a fee pass to get a job in the United States even though 23 million legal Americans are unemployed, and free healthcare under obamacare that's paid for by legal American tax payers. If I were illegal in this country, I'd vote for obama because I can't wait to see what other handouts he will give me if re-elected.

    October 24, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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