President Barack Obama believes he would win re-election if he were able to run for a third term, according to a CNN interview published Monday.
Obama told CNN he would win because he achieved the “change” he ran on in 2008, asserting he successfully shifted America’s culture.
UNITED STATES – “In the wake of the election and Trump winning, a lot of people have suggested that somehow, it really was a fantasy,” Obama said of his change slogan in 2008. “What I would argue is, is that the culture actually did shift, that the majority does buy into the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism.”
“I am confident in this vision because I’m confident that if I had run again and articulated it, I think I could’ve mobilized a majority of the American people to rally behind it,” Obama told David Axelrod during the interview.
But, Obama didn’t mention Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton once said she would essentially serve as the third-term president of Obama’s legacy. Both Barack and Michelle Obama even campaigned heavily for the perennial Democrat, but Trump still won the White House.
Obama particularly campaigned hard for black votes after Clinton wasn’t able to get large numbers of minority voters. The president said during a speech in September that he would take it as an “insult” to his legacy if black and Latino voters didn’t come to the polls in November.
Exit polling nationwide revealed that black and Latino voters — as well as white women and men — didn’t come out to vote for Clinton in numbers close to Obama’s support in 2008 or 2012.
Obama still asserts he would win if he ran for re-election, even though President-elect Donald Trump won on several key issues that directly reject Obama’s goal for America.
Trump won on reversing Obama’s stance on immigration, as well as repealing and replacing Obamacare, the outgoing president’s biggest achievement. Voters in Florida, Michigan, and other key states flatly rejected Obama’s legacy in November, with much of America voting against Democrats up and down the ballot.
United States presidential election, 2016
The United States presidential election of 2016 was the 58th quadrennial American presidential election, held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Republican ticket of businessman Donald Trump and Indiana Governor Mike Pence defeated the Democratic ticket of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine. Trump is expected to take office as the 45th President, and Pence as the 48th Vice President, on January 20, 2017.
Voters selected members of the Electoral College in each state, in most cases by “winner-takes-all” plurality; those state electors in turn voted for a new president and vice president on December 19, 2016. Trump obtained the required majority to become President-elect of the United States, winning 30 states with 306 pledged electors out of 538. His victory had been considered unlikely by most media forecasts. Clinton received about 2.9 million more votes nationwide, 2.1% of the total cast.
In the Electoral College vote on December 19, seven total electors voted against their pledged candidates: two against Trump and five against Clinton. A further three electors attempted to vote against Clinton but were replaced or forced to vote again. Ultimately, Trump received 304 electoral votes, Clinton garnered 227, former Secretary of State Colin Powell received three, and Ohio governor John Kasich, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, former Texas congressmanRon Paul, and Native American activist Faith Spotted Eagle won a single vote apiece.
Trump will be the fifth person in U.S. history to become president despite losing the nationwide popular vote. He will be the first president without any prior experience in public service, while Clinton was the first woman to be the presidential nominee of a major American party.