It’s President Obama’s second trip to Colorado within a week and I had a chance to ask him a few questions before he took the stage at CU-Boulder.
Dianne Derby: Mr. President, the latest numbers show the unemployment rate in Colorado has increased over the last four months. Why should voters believe that will go down if you are re-elected?
President Obama: Obviously we are still going through one of the toughest times that we’ve had in my lifetime and because of the financial crisis we lost 9 million jobs. We’ve recovered 4.5 million jobs since that time and half a million manufacturing jobs and here in Colorado you’ve seen sort of progress in areas like wind energy, for example, and clean energy where because of the investments we’ve made you’re starting to see companies people being hired.
Dianne Derby: Your party says you inherited a bad situation. You’ve had three and a half years to fix it. What grade would you give yourself so far for doing that?
President Obama: You know I would say incomplete…but what I would say is the steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable and investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow over the long term.