Obama: Family Dog ‘Has A Much Higher Approval Rating Than I Do’

TAMPA (CBS Tampa/AP) — President Obama slammed Republicans governors for not giving his administration credit for turning around state economies.

During an appearance on WILD 94.1 in Tampa, the president said these governors, who went unnamed by the president, are the ones who want all the glory when the economy is doing better.

“To deny we’ve made progress over the last three years doesn’t make sense,” Obama told WILD 94.1. “I’ve noticed as I’ve traveled around the country there are a lot of Republican governors who are starting to take credit for improvements in the economy except when I show up and then suddenly they think we had nothing to do with it.”

The president said he needs a second term to “implement all the things” his administration has done, adding that there is more work to do to put people back to work.

“There’s going to be a big choice in this election about do we keep putting money in education, research and science and infrastructure … or do we give a $5 trillion tax cut to folks like me and Mr. Romney who don’t need it and really aren’t necessarily going to improve the situations,” Obama said. “That choice between two visions of America is going to be critical.”

The president also warned that Mitt Romney and Republicans will “wipe” all of his accomplishments in health care away if they were to take over the White House.

With his approval ratings hovering in the mid-40s, Obama jokes that the family dog is more popular than he is.

“Bo has a much higher approval rating than I do,” he said.

Obama will be holding campaign events in New Hampshire and Romney’s home state of Massachusetts on the start of what is expected to be a notable week for the 2012 campaign.

Obama was speaking at a campaign rally in Durham, N.H., and then holding fundraisers in Boston, kicking off a 2-day fundraising trip that will take him to Atlanta and Miami on Tuesday.

The trip kicks off a week in which the Supreme Court is expected to rule on Obama’s health care overhaul law, the most significant piece of legislation during Obama’s presidency.

Romney served as Massachusetts governor from 2003 to 2007. He formally announced his candidacy in New Hampshire and has a vacation home on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee.

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