President Barack Obama said that he thinks Democrats can maintain control of the Senate and defended his administration’s record during an interview with “60 Minutes” on Sunday evening.
When asked by “60 Minutes” host Steve Kroft what issues he would focus on leading up to the midterm elections, Obama said that he would focus on the economic recovery that he has overseen since he took office in 2008.
“I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis,” Obama said.
Despite the overall health of the economy, Obama admitted that most Americans aren’t feeling the effects of recovery.
“They don't feel it. And the reason they don't feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up,” he said. Obama then ticked off a number of initiatives, including raising the minimum wage and making sure that men and women are paid equally that would improve the lives of Americans.
Even though several forecasts show that Republicans are likely to take control of the Senate in November, Obama predicted that Democrats will retain the majority in the upper chamber. The president said he hopes to convince voters that the economy is getting better.
“Hopefully, they get a chance to hear the argument,” Obama said. “Because all I'm doing is presenting the facts.”