11 News Anchor Dianne Derby Interviews President Obama

It's President Obama's second trip to Colorado within a week and I had a chance to ask him a few questions before he took the stage at CU-Boulder.

Dianne Derby: Mr. President, the latest numbers show the unemployment rate in Colorado has increased over the last four months. Why should voters believe that will go down if you are re-elected?

President Obama: Obviously we are still going through one of the toughest times that we've had in my lifetime and because of the financial crisis we lost 9 million jobs. We've recovered 4.5 million jobs since that time and half a million manufacturing jobs and here in Colorado you've seen sort of progress in areas like wind energy, for example, and clean energy where because of the investments we've made you're starting to see companies people being hired.

Dianne Derby: Your party says you inherited a bad situation. You've had three and a half years to fix it. What grade would you give yourself so far for doing that?

President Obama: You know I would say incomplete...but what I would say is the steps that we have taken in saving the auto industry, in making sure that college is more affordable and investing in clean energy and science and technology and research, those are all the things that we are going to need to grow over the long term.

And I even had a chance to have a little fun with President Obama as we ended the interview.

Dianne Derby: Thank you, Sir.

President Obama: Thank you, enjoyed it.

Dianne Derby: Tim Tebow or Peyton Manning?

President Obama: Oh I'm not going to get into that.

We reached out to the Romney campaign. Tonight, they're in Charlotte, North Carolina to have a presence during the Democratic National Convention. I asked Governor Romney's senior campaign advisor, Matt McDonald, what his reaction is to President's Obama giving himself a grade of 'incomplete.'

Matt McDonald: I think that for President Obama the question isn't a grade on an A to F scale but it's a pass/fail grade at this point. The question that is on the lips of the people here in Charlotte who are gathering, both the media and the delegates, the people in Colorado and the people across the country is are you better off than you were four years ago and it's a pretty simple answer for alot of people is that they aren't.

Dianne Derby: What specifically will Governor Romney do to make us better off in four years from now?

Matt McDonald: Part of what we saw at the convention in Tampa is Governor Romney connect with the American people and speak from the heart and talk about who he is and what his values are and where he wants to lead this country. But the other thing is he put forth his plan for how we get the economy moving. That includes an increased focus on education reform, that includes an increase in energy production with the goal of making North America energy independent by 2020, it includes a simplification of taxes and regulation to help support small businesses, fair trade.

11 News has put in another request asking for a one-on-one interview with Mitt Romney. We will let you know what happens.


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