Iowa newspaper gets OK to publish the President's "off-the-record" comments regarding policy goals for the first year of his second term: closing the deal on the Grand Bargain he's pursued since closing the deal on Obamacare, and immigration reform.
"It will probably be messy. It won't be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I've been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs," Obama said.
That's a reach for the "center" that ought to depress a few left of center types.
The second thing I'm confident we'll get done next year is immigration reform," Obama said. "And since this is off the record, I will just be very blunt. Should I win a second term, a big reason I will win a second term is because the Republican nominee and the Republican Party have so alienated the fastest-growing demographic group in the country, the Latino community. And this is a relatively new phenomenon. George Bush and Karl Rove were smart enough to understand the changing nature of America. And so I am fairly confident that they're going to have a deep interest in getting that done. And I want to get it done because it's the right thing to do and I've cared about this ever since I ran back in 2008."
And that's another reach for the "center" (Americans generally support easing immigration law) that ought to motivate a few south of the border types.