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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / Sunday Shows

Democrat Says Obama Will Lose if Election Focuses on His Record

President Barack Obama, right, wipes sweat from his face as he stands with Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, left, widow of Army Spc. Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, May 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

photo of Juliana Gruenwald
June 3, 2012

Democratic adviser Robert Shrum warned on Sunday that President Obama will lose his re-election bid if the focus of the presidential race remains on the economy and the president’s record.

“If you let his just be a referendum, I don’t think the president can win because the truth of the matter is he may have created over 4.3 million jobs, he may have saved General Motors, but the country is still not back to where it needs to be,” Shrum said on the CBS’s Face the Nation. “This needs to be a choice election…And if [voters] have that choice I think the president is going to be just fine.”

Shrum made the comments in response to the poor job numbers that were released on Friday and the Obama administration’s attempts to contrast the White House’s efforts to restart the economy to Mitt Romney’s record on jobs as governor of Massachusetts and at a private equity firm Bain Capital.

 

Appearing on the same program, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, however, said it was “laughable” to claim the election is not a referendum on Obama’s record. “Are you kidding, of course that’s how you run elections,” she said. She added, “Really, it is his record that will win the election” for Romney.

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