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September 7th, 2012
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DCCC chair Rep. Israel predicts President Obama will win election, but 'he needs a partner in Congress'

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) shares his opinion of President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Committee with Soledad O'Brien on "Starting Point."

"The President did what he had to do," Rep. Israel says. "Reminded the American people that he withdrew our troops from Iraq and be rejoined with families and made the decision to kill Osama bin Laden and did it. And he rescued the auto industry from devastation and depression."

"Was it the greatest speech in human history - no," he adds. "I don't think the American people are looking for a speech. They are looking to know what you've done to rescue us from a near depression and where are we going and what choices do we have? And that's what he laid out last night."

When asked if President Obama could overcome a Congress that is resistant to his policies in a potential next term, Israel argues that Americans know that some lawmakers have stood in the way of the President's goals.

"We have compromised over and over and over. We are up against a Tea Party Congress, every time we want to compromise, they say "compromise" is a dirty word. The President talked about the things he hoped to accomplish and things he put on table to reduce debt and rebuild the middle class and start small businesses, the American people know he couldn't accomplish those things because you have a Republican Congress instead of focusing on how you create new small businesses, spent two years trying to shut down Planned Parenthoods," he says.

He adds, "the President, I think, is going to win this election. But he needs a partner in congress. There's a deep sense of buyer's remorse set in with the Republican congress. They wanted a Congress that would focus on opening new jobs. They got a Congress focused on opening up new opportunities for millionaires. They wanted a Congress that will talk about opening up small businesses at home, jobs at home, they got a Congress protecting tax breaks for corporations and shipping jobs overseas. That why when the President says that is a choice, he's absolutely right. It's a choice between policy that's create jobs at home and expand the economy from the middle class out or Republican presidential candidate that thinks you can expand from the top down."

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