Obama: ‘I’m going to win’
Updated at 11:40 a.m.
President Obama said in an interview airing Tuesday that he will win reelection this year.
“I’m going to win,” he said in an interview with ABC’s “The View,” which was taped Monday.
Obama acknowledged continued difficulties with the economy present a challenge for his campaign, but also said that the election should be a choice between candidates. He said he hopes American voters will make a decision between his and Mitt Romney’s visions for the country.
“Don’t compare me to the almighty; compare me to the alternative,” Obama said, quoting Vice President Joe Biden.
Gay marriage was also discussed at length during the interview, and Obama notably declined to say whether he would push for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Obama said his administration views DOMA as unconstitutional, but came up shy of saying it should be repealed.
“Congress is clearly on notice that I think it’s a bad idea,” said Obama, who last week endorsed gay marriage for the first time.
The Justice Department has served notice that it will no longer defend DOMA, which holds that states don’t need to recognize gay marriages performed in other states and defines marriage at the federal level as between a man and a woman.
Obama has said he think the issue is a state issue.
While Mitt Romney has largely declined to make an issue of Obama’s shift in favor of gay marriage, Obama said he intends to talk about it in the run-up to November’s election to clarify the contrast between their campaigns.
“This is going to be a big contrast in the campaign, because you’ve got Gov. Romney saying we should actually have a constitutional amendment installing the notion that you can’t have same-sex marriages,” Obama said in the interview, according to ABC News.
At the same time, Obama said he didn’t think the election would be decided on gay marriage.
“This is not an issue that, as important as it is, is probably going to determine the election,” he said. “What’s going to determine the election is the economy and ... whether people feel as if American continues to be this extraordinary land of opportunity.”
Obama also called JPMorgan Chase “one of the best-managed banks in the country” despite the firm’s $2 billion trading loss.
“Jamie Dimon, the head of it, is one of the smartest bankers we got and they still lost $2 billion and counting,” Obama said. “We don’t know all the details. It’s going to be investigated, but this is why we passed Wall Street reform.”