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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:49 AM

BREAKING: Obama Releases Off-the-Record Transcript of Des Moines Register Interview

Source: DesMoine Register

Without comment, campaign officials for President Obama this morning released to the Des Moines Register a transcript of an interview he had Tuesday with Laura Hollingsworth, president and publisher of the Register, and Rick Green, editor/vice-president of news. Initially, the White House had asked that the conversation be considered off-the-record and its details not shared with readers. Its release comes on the heels of a Tuesday evening DesMoinesRegister.com blog post by Green questioning why an endorsement interview with the Register would be off-the-record.




Interview of the President by Rick Green & Laura Hollingsworth, The Des Moines Register

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Q: Mr. President, were very sensitive to your time. I know youve got a busy schedule. But we just had just one last question here. As we close in on the final hours of this campaign -- its been a long one. Its been exhausting. Its been very, very expensive, as I know you know. Why should the Des Moines Register offer its endorsement to you, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, you guys have seen me up close. I wouldnt be on the national stage had it not been for the people of Iowa. And if you look at what I said to you this time four years ago, and the commitments Ive made, I have kept and met those commitments, or I have worked really hard to keep them and meet them.

I said that Id cut taxes for middle-class families -- I did. I said that we would make sure to make college more affordable -- we have. I said I would clean up the financial system and pass the toughest Wall Street reforms since the 1930s, and we have. I said that I would make sure that people dont go broke in this country because they get sick -- we did that. I said Id end the war in Iraq -- I have. I said wed got after al Qaeda and bin Laden -- we have. I said wed begin a process where we could initially blunt the momentum of the Taliban and then a process in which wed begin transitioning out -- were in the process of doing that.

So across the board, Ive done what I said. And this is in the midst of I think what everybody would agree were some pretty historic circumstances. And the criteria by which Ive made these decisions has always been whats good for Americas families, how do we build our middle class, how do we grow the economy in a way that broad-based and sustainable.

The notion that somehow weve been bad for business is obviously contradicted by the evidence. Corporate profits have been at record levels up until maybe last quarter. The stock market basically has recovered all its losses that it experienced from the financial sector. The auto industry has come roaring back. Our exports have doubled.

For the people of Iowa that are so dependent on the agricultural sector -- the agricultural sector has never done better than it has under my administration. Even in the midst of this years drought its still doing well.

When it comes to clean energy that I talked about so much back in 2007-2008, weve doubled our production of clean energy. And were starting to see the costs of that energy come down, the number of jobs it generates go up.

I got to tell you, I feel very strongly that I have a record that justifies a second term. But I guess, more importantly, what you also know is that Im somebody who keeps my word, that I dont read the polls, that I do what I think is right for the American people, even when it is profoundly unpopular politically. And I think thats worth something. I think thats the kind of leadership the people of Iowa want.

Q: Very good.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Bye-bye.

Read more: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20121024/NEWS09/121024003/After-editor-s-blog-President-Obama-releases-transcript-of-Register-interview?Frontpage&nclick_check=1

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kpete Oct 2012 OP
DHelix Oct 2012 #1
StevePaulson Oct 2012 #2
Bernardo de La Paz Oct 2012 #15
lapfog_1 Oct 2012 #37
DallasNE Oct 2012 #18
randome Oct 2012 #3
George II Oct 2012 #6
peace13 Oct 2012 #10
progressivebydesign Oct 2012 #24
George II Oct 2012 #4
Buddaman Oct 2012 #5
SalviaBlue Oct 2012 #20
nolabels Oct 2012 #7
Liberal Veteran Oct 2012 #8
Kablooie Oct 2012 #9
Hutzpa Oct 2012 #11
AndyA Oct 2012 #12
Hutzpa Oct 2012 #13
ProudProgressiveNow Oct 2012 #21
LineLineLineReply .
Hutzpa Oct 2012 #23
think_critically Oct 2012 #14
marshall Oct 2012 #16
kimbutgar Oct 2012 #17
mainer Oct 2012 #19
progressivebydesign Oct 2012 #25
mainer Oct 2012 #26
CoffeeCat Oct 2012 #28
mainer Oct 2012 #34
CoffeeCat Oct 2012 #35
progressivebydesign Oct 2012 #22
Politicub Oct 2012 #27
CoffeeCat Oct 2012 #30
bucolic_frolic Oct 2012 #29
CoffeeCat Oct 2012 #31
mainer Oct 2012 #32
mzmolly Oct 2012 #33
donheld Oct 2012 #36

Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:53 AM

1. Smart move by the campaign. The paper was saying as much (that it was a good talk)

And it sounds like he made a great case for himself so this was a good move.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:55 AM

2. Mitt Romney Now On "Obfuscation Tour" - Please Repeat

I wish I had thought of the word Romnesia.

All I can come up with, pertaining to Romney's constant lying is.

"Obfuscation Tour"

Roll with it!!!!!

http://www.RepublicansAreADisease.com

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Response to StevePaulson (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:37 PM

15. +1 Romney Obfuscation Tour. nt

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Response to Bernardo de La Paz (Reply #15)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 05:30 AM

37. Romney Obfuscation Tour

ROTten to the core.

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Response to StevePaulson (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:21 PM

18. I Wonder If "Romnesia"

Came from Sen. Al Franken.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:56 AM

3. Don't really see a reason to have kept this 'off the record' in the first place.

But good interview, Mr. President!

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Response to randome (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:59 AM

6. They have to mention that it was done "off the record" because it wasn't explicity "on" the record

Besides, it looks better that way, too - that he wasn't blowing smoke because it may not have been published.

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Response to randome (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:18 AM

10. One never knows how the press will retell a story.

I know that I have talked to reporters and when I read the article was not sure that the reporter was at the same meeting that i had been. At this late date President Obama can't risk a reporter going off message with false information. As the article said, historically, these things have been done off the record. Nothing new here. Why risk it?

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Response to randome (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:36 PM

24. it was an endorsement interview, and he had no way of knowing what it entailed.

you don't customarily release those... so it was probably off the record in advance, because he actually SAYS in the interview, "because this is off the record" Then the paper changed their agreement, and put them in a position to either allow it to be released, or let the republicans wonder and speculate. Worked out well. Even off the record the President sounds exactly right.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:57 AM

4. He's got my vote - based on that TRUE record, who wouldn't vote for him?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:59 AM

5. I love this guy..........

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Response to Buddaman (Reply #5)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:25 PM

20. Me too. He is so straight forward and decent.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:00 AM

7. People just hate it when government lets everybody have a better life

Well at least that is what the corporate owned news would like us to believe

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:07 AM

8. They were probably expecting something like...

"And I promise when we start shipping people to our FEMA re-education camps, that those camps will headquartered in Iowa and trillions of dollars will be funneled to the state economy."

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:14 AM

9. Now THAT'S clever!

They made the interview off the record.
Then they waited untl the paper informed the public they had a very interesting interview they couldn't share which makes everyone terribly curious as to what he said.

Then release the interview and EVERYONE will read it, not just the regular political junkies.

They may even get national exposure from this.
That's smart politicking.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:23 AM

11. I don't understand why the Obama campaign is not making

noise about what Mitch McConnell said about denying president Obama a second term their top priority. They can at least make his words an internet ad. I feel those words are much more effective in way that it exposes their hypocrisy.




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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:44 AM

12. I agree completely!

When someone like Mitch McConnell makes a statement like that, it should be covered by the media. Obviously, the GOP has made good on McConnell's statement, too. At the cost of the American people and the economy. Why would anyone vote for any Republican who allowed people to suffer for political gain?

I also recall John Boehner stating that the message from the people after the 2010 election was received loud and clear: we want JOBS. How many jobs bills has the GOP leadership in the House submitted? Zero. If the GOP got the message loud and clear in 2010, they surely haven't paid any attention to it. Therefore, they aren't doing their jobs and shouldn't be re-elected to their positions.

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Response to AndyA (Reply #12)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:54 AM

13. Down ticket democrats should be using

this stuff to their advantage. It is the perfect scenario to kick the do nothings out from Congress.

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Response to Hutzpa (Reply #11)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:31 PM

21. I am going to do a video highlighting this. nt

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Response to ProudProgressiveNow (Reply #21)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:35 PM

23. .

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:22 PM

14. I don't get it

 


They should blast this transcript out all over the place. If I were them I would purchase ad space in EVERY major swing state newspaper and post this transcript. This is the best case I have seen him make for re-election. I'm stunned that h hasn't made the case like this in public.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 12:47 PM

16. Does this mean it's now "on the record"?

Just under a different venue.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:02 PM

17. Maybe by saying it was off the record the right wing media think it is damaging and would swoop in

to report it. A lot of the right wing talking points are debunked in this interview. I think this was a head fake by the President to fool the MSM media.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:24 PM

19. What a stupid little tempest in a teapot

The Des Moines Register looks ridiculous now for whining about it.

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Response to mainer (Reply #19)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:40 PM

25. Or they want to use part of it to explain an endorsement, if it he gets one. nt

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Response to progressivebydesign (Reply #25)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:44 PM

26. Which is a big fat clue that they're going to endorse Romney

and they wanted this petty little excuse for why.

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Response to mainer (Reply #26)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:56 PM

28. Why would you think that the Register is endorsing Romney?

Maybe I'm missing something?

I imagine that if any newspaper calls a candidate for the express purpose of interviewing them to determine endorsements--that the interview would be "off the record". The journalists aren't calling for specific comments on a story. They're calling to have a long, lengthy, detailed interview during a Presidential campaign.

I imagine the President's handlers would tell them that the interview is "off the record".

I've worked in PR for nearly two decades. I certainly don't know everything about each particular situation, but this seems standard to me.

Maybe I am missing something, but I am intrigued by your comments.

I hope the Register does not endorse Romney. I live in Des Moines, and they are a very liberal newspaper. A Romney endorsement would be disappointing to say the least, especially with Iowa being a swing state.

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Response to CoffeeCat (Reply #28)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:45 PM

34. Their big fat whine about Obama being off the record sounded like an excuse

for their forthcoming endorsement of the other guy.

It's almost as if they're giving their readership an explanation for why they're NOT going to endorse Obama.

But I hope I'm wrong. I hope I'm just interpreting this the wrong way.

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Response to mainer (Reply #34)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 03:18 PM

35. I get what you are saying...and you might be right.

I just went over the Register and read more about this.

It's interesting. We just don't know right now.

If I had to guess, I'd say that the Register will endorse Obama. That's just my best guess right now, based on nothing more than opinion and a sneaking suspicion.

They announce this weekend, so I guess we will find out soon enough.

Thanks for your thoughts!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:33 PM

22. Since when do the endorsement interviews go on record that way? good move by the Prez

That's a great interview. Glad they shared it.

So does he get the endorsement???

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:49 PM

27. If this was planned, it's freaking brilliant.

Still in awe of the smart people running Obama's campaign.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #27)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:04 PM

30. My initial impression was that it was a brilliant move as well...

Releasing an "off the record" conversation gives the reader the feeling that they are reading behind-the-scenes conversations that shed light on what the interviewee is truly like.

"Off the record" implies that the person being interviewed had their guard down. This is their authentic, raw self when they're not scripted.

This indirectly gives more credibility to the statements. In effect, releasing statements made off the record makes the expressed statements seem more believable.

This is being done in Iowa--a swing state. The race is close here.

Seems to me, this is a good way for the Obama campaign to add some credibility to a very critical message---that Obama has kept many promises and has accomplished many things. Also, that he has tried his best and has secured many successes (Wall Street reform, healthcare reform, etc.).

Great move, from a PR standpoint.

As for who the Register is endorsing--that's a whole separate issue. Someone else said they thought this mean that Romney was being endorsed. I think it looks as if the Register is playing ball with Obama--helping him to disseminate his message. If they are endorsing Romney--maybe this is the consolation prize? Just guessing. I expect the Register to endorse Obama, but we'll see, I guess.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:03 PM

29. Wonderful innoculation against any soon-to-be thrown mud

So I guess the Obama Campaign got the whole interview out there

not just what the Editorial Board might select.

And its release gives them some cover in the event the paper
endorses the other guy

So the drama was worth it. I guess there would have been no drama
had the paper simply accepted its off the record status?

And this does kind of preclude the paper from claiming anything else was said

Smart, controlled, almost self-edited. Let's hope Obama carries Iowa

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:22 PM

31. This is interesting stuff...

I just read the entire post and the transcript.

Apparently, a Des Moines Register blogger questioned why the Obama Administration requested that the interview be "off the record."

I guess that's a fair question. Although, I always thought that these types of interviews would be "off the record" unless of course the paper did choose to endorse. Then, the details are released. If you are not endorsed, your words could be used against you, I suppose.

So, this is curious.

And I'm also wondering. Did Romney give an interview with the Register? Was Romney's interview also "off the record"? Those are questions, I'd love to know.

Others are speculating about whether or not these events hint at the Register's endorsement decisions.

On one hand--releasing this only helps the President. This is basically the campaign's mission statement and closing arguments. The campaign would want EVERY Iowan to read this and give it consideration. Labeling it "off the record" and releasing it stokes curiosity and draws readers in. Maybe the Obama campaign just wanted to do this as an extra push in Iowa? Maybe they're releasing the "off the record" status--because Obama is being endorsed by the Register.

On the other hand--One could assume that Obama wanted his remarks to the Register published--because Romney may be getting endorsed. Obama wants his side out there to Iowans as well.

No doubt, these newspapers call each of the campaigns to inform them of their endorsement decisions--before they are made public. That gives the campaigns time to react and create their own messaging surrounding these events.

It's kind of a mystery isn't it??? We'll find out soon enough. I am in Iowa--in Des Moines actually--and I will be shocked if the Register, a left-leaning paper, endorses Romney. They are owned by Gannett though. I'll be shocked and saddened if they endorse Romney.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:25 PM

32. Off the record, Obama still reasonable. Off the record, Romney disses the 47%.

And the newspaper's peeved about that?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:31 PM

33. Love this!

I said that Id cut taxes for middle-class families -- I did.
I said that we would make sure to make college more affordable -- we have.
I said I would clean up the financial system and pass the toughest Wall Street reforms since the 1930s, and we have.
I said that I would make sure that people dont go broke in this country because they get sick -- we did that.
I said Id end the war in Iraq -- I have.
I said wed got after al Qaeda and bin Laden -- we have.
I said wed begin a process where we could initially blunt the momentum of the Taliban and then a process in which wed begin transitioning out -- were in the process of doing that.

So across the board, Ive done what I said. And this is in the midst of I think what everybody would agree were some pretty historic circumstances.


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:49 AM

36. Notice he never mentioned Romney.

He only talked about his accomplishments so far. I kind of think If they asked Romney the same thing he'd have only thrown mud at Obama and not talked about any of his own plans.

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