President Obama said “yes” Sunday when asked if the Democrats will retain control of the United States Senate.
The President appeared on 60 Minutes last night in an interview with Steve Kroft of CBS, where he boasted, “I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis.” He was also resolute in keeping control of the upper chamber:
KROFT: Do you think you can hold the Senate?
OBAMA: Yes, I do.
KROFT: You think you can sell this? What we’ve been talking about.
OBAMA: You know what, uh…
KROFT: You think you can convince people that they’re doing fine economically?
OBAMA: Hopefully, they get a chance to hear the argument. Because all I’m doing is presenting the facts.
Obama made this assertion despite the fact that multiple election forecasters are predicting a GOP Senate takeover. As of Monday. The Washington Post’s Election Lab gives Republicans a 76 percent chance of wresting control of the Senate, FiveThirtyEight gives the GOP a 60 percent chance of capturing a majority as of Sunday, and the Huffpost Pollster for The Huffington Post gives the Republicans a 58 percent chance of winning just over one month from now.
During the interview, the President admitted that many Americans are not feeling the effects of the recovery since he took office, a subtle reference to no increase of the minimum wage:
“They don’t feel it. And the reason they don’t feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up.”
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