Pakistan, the Eurozone and Presidential Travel

Jake Tapper asks WH press secretary about Obama's visits to battleground states.
5:46 | 11/28/11

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-- -- The president is not making any conclusions about what happened -- it it may. In fact -- Pakistan's fired first your presence here. What we want Johnson we normally see with the investigation. Discovers yes in terms. It's -- -- issue. The deal that President Obama said recently. That's the problem political will and I guess I wonder you didn't -- Political will -- this. -- because it's been very clear. -- and his conversations with European leaders that they need to demonstrate the will to deal with this very challenging problem we recognize that this is that this is difficult. We experienced similar difficulties. In in in tackling the challenges that we face in this country. As we were in free fall economically. In the beginning of 2000 -- -- shedding jobs and a terrible case. And head with a prospective. A global economic collapse was was out there and and so with the president fully understands the challenges here that those political. And substantive but. He believes it's. This is a moment requires that kind of decisive action and yes that requires. Political well as well as. The financial resources necessary what do if -- -- violators I would just say they're not they're not occasionally if there. Two leaders he's spoken with more often in. Chancellor Merkel and president Sarkozy in recent weeks and months I don't they are you there there regularly read them out regularly. He's in. Consultation obviously with other European allies. Tim Geithner the secretary treasuries. In regular contact and has traveled frequently to Europe and other campers as well -- -- We're very engaged in this. We have because of our experience our unique experience. I think some very constructive help that we can offer advice that we can offer but we also recognize and and I think Europeans feel strongly about this this is something that they need to so. And that they have the capacity so both. Financial capacity and and and political will. Here -- Studies. But -- about today. Case understands this is partly numbers. Unofficial statistician -- north. Which is. That President Obama seems to travel to battleground states more so than any other president. Before. I'm wondering if you could respond to this it looks like president's campaign. On the taxpayer dollars more than any other president. Well -- reject the premise of that precisely because what happen in 2008 was Barack Obama's and Senator Obama expanded that. Political -- dramatically. And what is included in this. Article and in this chart is Virginia -- him on every president. Who's occupied the Oval Office. Just a few short minutes across river from Virginia traveled to Virginia frequently -- that. When you look at George W Bush's travels president that's not included on this list is this -- swing state. We're battleground state because it was not perceived to be possible that a Democrat could win. -- Barack Obama wants to. And he's made numerous visits to Virginia justice most presidents prior to Barack Obama made numerous visits to Virginia North Carolina is another example. It's not included. In George W. Bush -- tabulation because it was not perceive to be. A swing state Barack Obama want it very narrow it but he wanted in 2008. And if you take -- those -- states. And you look at for example bush traveled more frequently in the same time period to Ohio Wisconsin -- Mexico Florida. President -- who traveled blasted the overlay battleground states than his immediate predecessors so I just think that if you took off the map and so the president of the United States can travel to. States that are perceived to be battleground states. You would severely limit the capacity of this president any of his successors to travel anyway because the fact is we live in a country that is. Very close politically in terms of which way states could go in any given presidential election and increasingly we've seen that more and more states find themselves on the political map as potential. Battleground states and swing states and if it every president whether it's President Obama or his successor. Or any successor after that word is simply -- -- I can't travel to any state that might be contested. In the next election and the president would have to spend most of his time here in Washington DC and I don't think that any president should do that presidents should travel. And they should be able to get out and speak to the American people about their. Substantive agendas and that's what this president's been doing. It's finalized six it's -- He spent a lot of time a lot of states and some of them red blue some -- then we're declared red forever and ended up not being their purple now and you know states that maybe. Are considered blue or were considered blue lit but Republicans might think they have a chance of winning next year or not I just think that it's -- it's a guessing game as to suggest that we know what states are battleground states necessarily. And -- again I think that the salient point is. Then Senator Obama and his presidential campaign. Expanded the mathematically. Made states battleground states that it had not been for very very long time and -- -- say that he can't travel to those states because. He won them. And make -- competitive I think what we're severely restrict this president's ability to travel and any future president's ability which I don't think it's a good night.

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