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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 07:59 PM

After editor's blog, President Obama releases transcript of Register interview

After editor's blog, President Obama releases transcript of Register interview

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

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20121024/NEWS09/121024003/President-releases-transcript-of-Register-interview?Frontpage&nclick_check=1

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So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent -- at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit -- but weíre going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.

It will probably be messy. It wonít be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially Iíve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs.

And we can easily meet -- ďeasilyĒ is the wrong word -- we can credibly meet the target that the Bowles-Simpson Commission established of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, and even more in the out-years, and we can stabilize our deficit-to-GDP ratio in a way that is really going to be a good foundation for long-term growth. Now, once we get that done, that takes a huge piece of business off the table.

The second thing Iím confident weíll get done next year is immigration reform. 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. And this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that theyíre going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because itís the right thing to do and I've cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008.


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Thu Oct 25, 2012, 01:31 AM

1. Iíve been offering to the Republicans ... $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending

"Iíve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs."

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