Obama Adviser: ‘The Average American’ Vote Not Based On Unemployment Numbers

One of President Barack Obama’s senior advisers said Wednesday that the state of unemployment will not affect the way individual Americans vote in 2012.

One of President Barack Obama’s senior advisers, David Plouffe, said Wednesday that the state of unemployment will not affect the way individual Americans vote in 2012.

“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe, who ran Obama’s 2008 election, told Bloomberg. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”

Plouffe’s statement was highlighted by an article from The Hill, which, in an update, reported that “(t)he jobs report released on Friday showed the economy added only 18,000 jobs, much less than anticipated. The unemployment rate creeped up to 9.2 percent.”

“The remarks (by Plouffe) will likely irritate Democrats who think Obama and his political team have taken their eye off jobs,” the article read.

When asked about Plouffe’s statement at Friday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney echoed the adviser’s statements, saying “most people do not sit around talking about GDP and unemployment… They cannot sit around analyzing the Wall Street Journal or Bloomberg.” Carney said that Americans “base” their feelings on their “own economic situation.”


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