Senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs acknowledged Sunday that the economic recovery is not happening quickly enough.
"We're not growing fast enough and we're not adding enough jobs," Gibbs said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We've made progress but we've got a long way to go."
Gibbs' admission came on the heels of Friday's weak jobs report that said just 80,000 jobs were added in June.
"I think we are coming out of the hardest economic time in our country's history," he prefaced.
"--which we've been doing for four years," host Candy Crowley interjected.
"We have been, and typically when you come out of a recession the depth that we were in...it takes a while to dig out of that hole," Gibbs said.
Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, said November's election will be about "two different visions": Mitt Romney's conviction about giving tax cuts to the wealthy, or Obama wanting to grow the economy "from the middle class out."
"We have to grow this economy like we did for years and years and decades from the middle class out," he said. "Let's continue to add opportunity, let's bring this American dream back, let's guarantee that if you work hard and play by the rules, you will have a chance to get ahead, that your children will have a chance to get ahead."
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