June 12th, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Top Democratic Strategist James Carville says Obama's economic message is not working

Democratic Strategist and CNN Contributor James Carville says President Barack Obama needs a new economic message.

Democracy Corps, Carville's nonprofit public opinion research group, released a report from focus groups showing that the President's focus on economic issues is wrong.

The report said, "These voters are not convinced that we are headed in the right direction... the current narrative about progress just misses the opportunity to connect and point forward."

We asked our OutFront Political Strike Team about whether Pres.  Obama can win on the message that the economy is recovering?


CNN's Erin Burnett talks to White House economic adviser and Director of the National Economic Council, Gene Sperling.

Filed under: Economy • Political Strike Team • Politics
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. carpentaro

    Well done! Some questions that seem to be too hard to answer. The \"inherited\" bit is wearing thin. At some point, those running things are going to have to take ownership. Blaming as an excuse?
    Keynesian stimulus has the side effects of inflation and unemplyment. That is where we are now. The choice to embark on a Keyensian economic path was, well, Obama\'s. He should have known the downside of his policy decisions before he chose them, maybe he needs more informed advisors.

    June 14, 2012 at 3:30 am | Reply
  2. hazel toney francios

    What is wrong with u American .I am from ST.VINCENT and i am so happy for u because the world is not attacking u MR OBAMA IS THE BEST THING EVER happen to u everyone can,t get a job for us in the west indies romey is fake look at his massage rich is doing fine O please live and let your brother live rommey is power hunger .the world love obma .fake rommey

    June 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  3. RogerS

    Your "graphs" on the economy and Obama's participation were the most unfair presentation I have ever seen, especially coming from a commentator that has the business background you have. How can you start from 2007 when Geoge W was in charge and started this whole economic disaster along with the financial community with whom you were so closely associated ?

    June 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  4. Nancy

    How about mentioning the fact that the president has proposed a jobs plan and a transportation plan but the Republicans will not let then pass. Why? Perhaps the fact that they feel they will do better in November if the economy is not doing well might have something to do with it. Blaming the president is easy but it shows a lack of knowledge about what's been happening. Anyone with a basic understanding of economics realizes that the solution to the bad economy 2 years ago was a bigger stimulus – primarily something like a jobs program to rebuild our infrastructure – but the Republicans wanted to make the discussion all about the deficit. There'll be time to fix the deficit once the economy gets going but you can't get it going without spending money. Basic Econ 101. One wonders how much they've wanted to fix the economy right from the beginning. Why should they; they just want Obama to fail anyway. Disgraceful. Their political selfishness has cost the middle class dearly. And CNN among others doesn't really want to say that because they've been scared into sounding too "partisan". So the American people don't get to be reminded about the facts.

    June 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  5. Stephan Sanders

    Erin, you are doing an awesome job...unbiased hard hitting down the middle reporting. i am an avid FOX viewer but a conservative libertarian by values. I am thoroughly enjoying what you're doing right now! Keep up the hard work tiger! =^;;^=

    June 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  6. Mil555

    Bravo Erin! Thanks for pointing out that this economic mess, is Obama's fault. Thanks CNN for hiring a right leaning host instead of the normal minority lovers you usually hire. I watch Fox most of the time and decided to give the show a shot. I was surprised to see someone take a Carville statement to support our tea party cause. People like you give us hope that the south will rise again. Keep up the good work.

    June 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  7. Chris

    I used to enjoy listening to your program, but after your simplistic analysis of James Carville's statement tonight, I doubt if it's worth my while. I had a hard time listening to you analyze a depressed economy as if it was a running tap that as soon as it is turned off stops running and sucks up all the years of flooding that it has caused. Really? Obama never told you that he was a magician. I doubt if James Carville himself sincerely supports Obama's Presidency. Have you ever summoned up courage to ask Mitt Romney what he will do to fix this economy apart from blaming Obama. Did you ever have the illusion that in the face of the Republican gang up against the recovery that magic will happen? Give me a break!

    June 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  8. Neil

    Just a observation...You have a good man trying to turn things around for you folks! let's face it, your finances were in a mess when he started and you won't fix it in 5 minutes. He's doing a good job and if he doesn't get a second term I guess you get what you ask for......just saying.
    Just a nobody from Canada.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  9. Robert

    Answers please for us Republicans!!! Need last five years of Romney's tax sumissions. Why foreign accounts and security implications of foreign countries putting money into his accounts. Who are Romney's bundlers?? Need specifics. Remember China/Thai and Clinton!! Is 15 percent tax bracket fair share when lobbyist are behind this? Why can't US come to grips with medical insurance like the other countries? Why should that be included in the cost of a vehicle or other product sold especially overseas. Need answers if Romney expects to influence electorate.

    June 12, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • vote4mikesummers

      Obama would be toast if the GOP endorsed universal, single payer healthcare like the rest of the industrialized world.

      June 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  10. kevinkatovic

    I don't want to sound too well silly when I say this. There just isn't enough canadian's in the stock market to fund america's debter nation. Eventually you run out of canadians to fleece. I don't want to say Obama is a One Off president he certainly has his support but I do believe Romney is gathering steam and fickle america (Florida) seems to have a way of eventually refreshing the political scene. Mind you it already feels my opinion is 2 to 1 and such a far walk from the end of road Obama.

    June 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
    • vote4mikesummers

      I fear for the US.

      Obama can't compete with the huge sums of money the GOP can rustle up. He needs to corner the GOP somehow.
      Can he?

      The US is sick. Recovery is slow. And big corporate interests are squeezing the people and blaming Obama. How do you fix that when the GOP controlled Congress constantly says NO?

      June 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Reply
      • kevinkatovic

        I know this has nothing to do with this but would you trust a guy named after a water company?


        June 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  11. Mike Summers

    Obama will likely not win on the economy alone.

    He needs to tie it together with healthcare reforms and other policy directions.

    Then, he will win. And he needs to become more proactive with congress and send a few bills for them to refuse on purely political basis.

    June 12, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply

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