Obama says his "stewardship" to decide '12 election

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Obama says his "stewardship" to decide '12 election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that the deciding factor for voters next year in his re-election campaign will be their verdict on his track record, not the Republican running against him.

"If next November, they feel like I've been on their side and I've been working as hard as I can and have been getting some things done to move us in the right direction, I'll win. If they don't, then I'll lose," Obama said.

"That is not to say that the other candidate is irrelevant. But I'm probably going to win or lose depending on their assessment of my stewardship," he told a television interviewer from KMBC 9 News of Kansas City, Missouri.

Obama's approval ratings have been sapped by high unemployment and the lofty price of gasoline. A survey earlier on Wednesday from Public Policy Polling put Republican front-runner Mitt Romney level with Obama at 45 percent.

(Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Bill Trott)