Obama Camp Punts Three Times on ‘Better Off Now’ Questions

National Journal

Speaking on ABC's This Week on Sunday, Senior Obama campaign adviser David Plouffe had few answers for the age-old question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” On three occasions, he declined to answer the question with a definitive yes or no.

“It took us a long time to get into that hole, it’s going to take us a long time to get out of it,” Plouffe said after the first time host George Stephanopoulos asked the question.

After the second variation of the question, he said, “We were this close to a Great Depression, and because of the leadership of this president we staved that off. We're beginning to recover.”

Stephanopoulos pressed a third time -- “You still can't say 'yes?'” -- and again Plouffe punted: “We've clearly improved from the depths of the recession.” He went on to list areas where he said matters had improved: manufacturing, lowering the unemployment rate, and in the auto industry.

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