'This Week' Web Extra: Jim Messina

The Obama 2012 campaign manager answers viewer questions.
5:11 | 03/24/13

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Hello I'm Michael -- -- NBC news deputy political director and I'm joined today by former Obama 2012 campaign manager. Jim Messina and Jim thanks so much for joining us this morning. And because we believe all politics and social at this week we're going to ask -- Some of the questions you submitted on FaceBook the first one comes from Larry Roberts who asks. What got -- interest in politics and who has been a major influence in his career. So I've been in politics my entire life I was in fourth grade -- -- Jimmy Carter's campaign and Roosevelt elementary school we were badly defeated by robbery -- -- college I've always cared about issues and substance and politics is always the best way to do that. And my mentor politics is -- Montana and Dave hunter. Who is the -- -- political operative ever met who took a skinny kid in college and taught him about politics. Next step is Patti Adams which -- who rapes and would -- feel was the pivotal point in the campaign that turned the tables in favor of President Obama. Who once that election became -- choice between president of -- vision to move this country forward and around these policies. How we thought we're gonna win that choice and so I think over the summer when the interests is clearly defined. I think continue to feel very very good about campaign. Thank you tell us was there a moment when you were most concerned about the president's chances on Election Day one point during the campaign where you are worried. I think after the August debt limit crisis and other institutional of them were numbers were. You know historically low. And then of course after the first to be torn. -- room is very very concerned even now and I believe we would win -- times but you know there are definitely some white knuckle moments. Next up is Amy Stevens Hugh is wondering what -- words would use to describe President Obama. Intelligence. And commitment and tells what I -- it ice. And -- whole lot of time with him or less warriors and this is a guy who is always the smartest guy in the room who understands -- Policy in understands what can we do to get it done. And I think committed there's many times the first first four years we -- -- political decision. Any do what was right for the country when everyone around him told not to be the auto industry -- to -- -- the best things we have done. When members of both parties should give up health care he can't get it. You know five different times during health care we -- an -- health care was dead. And five different times he put it together and passed a bill was made millions of Americans lives better that's why he's -- leader who you know I believe him. Ron Rivera -- is wants to ask you if you could choose a candidate on whose campaign to work and twice sixteen who would you choose and why. Well after getting to work for Barack Obama. You know that's a tough choice. A look at and all the candidates and -- I think is important someone who like President Obama. You know has -- -- -- -- has a vision for this country that's the kind of person who'll inspire me and a whole generation of Americans to work for. Looking ahead between sixteen do you think Republicans have a deeper bench to work with in terms of potential presidential candidate and the Democrats. I don't I think there -- -- problematic. Look I think. If you look at their current standing in the Republican Party nationally it's the lowest it's been thirty years in part because of decisions they've taken. On the issues and if you look at the 2012 primaries. -- -- governor Romney was forced to do so far right in the primary because of who -- base -- -- Republican -- -- -- got the general election he couldn't get to the center. -- positions on immigration reform. Social issues like contraception. There were incredibly damaging to him and I think until the Republican Party deals with its internal fights. Their nominees are gonna have real problems. -- Got a quick lightning round for you right now let's jump right and lightning -- and I like it iPhone or Blackberry iPhone no question. -- your favorite movie of the past year. I love Lincoln no surprise from political. And your comfort feared. Comfort food is macaroni and cheese and got to have it. And since we're right in the middle of March Madness I wanted to ask you who -- your final four picks and who's gonna when the whole thing. Flood crest of the University of Montana was defeated in the first round my alma mater. I have Louisville winning at all. I have Ohio State and fortunate picked Wisconsin. And there -- out of the tournament. Camera -- from the organs and there -- two so the president has Indian and you have I -- live now I am number one in my office pool right now. We'll see how long now asked -- -- thank you so much for taking the time to join us today and thanks to everyone who submitted questions. He sure to follow this week on Twitter at this week ABC band like us on FaceBook at FaceBook dot com slash this week. ABC.

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