The president says he's not worried about the emerging field of Republicans who will try to defeat him in 2012
After spending the last couple of days ridiculing the Republican presidential field as an "unreasonable" bunch, President Obama on Tuesday insisted that he's not thinking too much about the GOP contenders looking to send him packing.
Asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer whether he was worried about the GOP field, Obama responded with a cool confidence that belies a dismal approval rating that plummeted to 39 percent in a Gallup daily tracking poll earlier this week.
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"I figure I'll let [the Republicans] winnow it down a little bit," Obama said. "When they decide who they want their standard-bearer to be, then I'll be ready for them."
Obama made his remarks in the middle of a three-day bus tour through rural America that has had an unmistakable campaign feel. In public remarks in Minnesota and Iowa over the last two days at town hall meetings and rural economic forums, Obama has criticized GOP congressional leaders and said they're standing in the way of repairing the economy. He's also rebuked the GOP field for being shortsighted.