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Obama: If I Were in Romney's Shoes, 'I Would Be Making the Same Argument' About the Economy


"You don't hear me complaining."

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President Barack Obama said you won't hear him complaining about rival Mitt Romney's bashing his handling of the economy, because if he were in Romney's place, he'd be "making the same argument."

In an interview broadcast Sunday morning on CBS, Obama agreed that the economy is nowhere near the level of recovery it should be.

(Related: Robert Gibbs Admits: ‘We’re Not Growing Fast Enough and We‘re Not Adding Enough Jobs’)

CBS' Charlie Rose said that with unemployment at 8.2 percent, the ineffectiveness of the stimulus and Obama's overall management of the economy, "yes it was a bad hand you were dealt, but you have not made it to what it ought to be -- that is the centrality of their campaign."

"Exactly, that is his argument, and you don't hear me complaining about him making that argument, because if I was in his shoes I would be making the same argument," Obama said.

(Related: President Obama to CBS: The Biggest Mistake of My First Term Was Not Explaining How Good My Policies Are)

Obama said it was still "important to know we did an awful lot in the first four years" and another term would ensure those policies to make the middle class "strong and growing" continue.

"The question right now for the American people is, which vision - mine or Mr. Romney's - is most likely to deliver for those folks?" he said.

Watch the full clip below, via CBS:

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