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ABC "Good Morning America" - Transcript

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ABC "Good Morning America" - Transcript

MR. CUOMO: We already heard from Barack Obama this morning about the economy, but with 50 days left in the election, the moves he makes politically are all-important.

Now, the Clintons have weighed heavily on his decisions so far, both Hillary and Bill Clinton, and they are still weighing in on this race and Barack Obama today.

(To Sen. Obama.) Do you think to yourself this energy around Palin and their campaign might not have existed if you had picked Hillary Rodham Clinton?

SEN. OBAMA: Well, first of all, you know, Senator Clinton, I think everyone knows, had to be on my short list. I mean, she was -- she ran a great race. She is one of the finest public servants that we have.

When I picked my vice president, my key decisionmaking point was who can govern, and who can help me govern? I didn't think about it in political terms. I think Joe Biden, given his experience not only on foreign policy, which is well acknowledged, but also the work that he's done fighting for working families and never forgetting where he came from made him the best choice for me.

MR. CUOMO: How do you explain Biden saying maybe Hillary would have been a better choice?

SEN. JOE BIDEN (D-DE): (From videotape.) She's easily qualified to be vice president of the United States and, quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me.

SEN. OBAMA: You know, that's Joe's classic generosity. I mean, I think that's part of what makes Joe so endearing is that despite the fact that he's been in Washington a long time, he's just a generous person and a self-deprecating person, and I think that was an example of it.

MR. CUOMO: But the selection of a vice president hasn't been the only hurdle for Obama. There's also been his tense relationship with former president Bill Clinton. the pair had lunch last week where Clinton predicted an Obama victory.

(To Sen. Obama.) Has he given you any advice about how to close in the election?

SEN. OBAMA: You know, we had a terrific lunch and I think his advice was in the direction that I was already feeling, which is I've got to talk to those folks who are having trouble paying the bills. And I've got to let them know I'm going to be fighting for them.

And if I can do that, that will override whatever other concerns that people have because their instincts are they know that we need change.

MR. CUOMO: You say that -- Michael Jordan. You see him as a little bit of an instruction about how to end the game. How so?

SEN. OBAMA: Well, I'll tell you what. When the game is close, you want the ball. You don't back down, and you win. You do what is required to win. And that's what we intend to do.

MR. CUOMO: And for all the pressure on his decisionmaking, one thing Barack Obama doesn't have to worry about is money. He took in $66 million in August alone. John McCain took in $47 million during the same period. So money will not be an issue for Barack Obama in these last 50 days.


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