Washington, Sept 19: Former US President Bill Clinton has empathized on Barack Obama’s weak poll numbers, but said the latter would see higher approval ratings once voters know who his Republican opponent will be.
“When you are out there running against yourself and people feel miserable, it’s hard to see your numbers go up,” CBS News quoted Clinton, as saying.
A recent CBS News/New York Times poll had found that Obama’s job approval rating has fallen to 43 percent, the lowest of his presidency. And his disapproval is at an all-time high of fifty percent.
On being asked about his views on Clinton former adviser James Carville’s comments that Obama should fire much of his staff if he wants to get re-elected next year, the former President said: “I understand what James was saying, but the right thing to do is what the president did,” in terms of outlining a plan for lowering the 9.1 percent unemployment rate.
“When he’s got a real opponent and people get to evaluate real alternatives, and they get to see how the Republicans respond to his speech … I think we’ll be in a different world politically,” Clinton added. (ANI)