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Gilmore: Voters Don’t See Optimism in Obama
CNBC.com | July 19, 2012 | 08:22 PM EDT

President Obama ’s negative attacks on Republican Mitt Romney are failing because voters are looking for optimism, former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore said Thursday on CNBC.

“The people of the United States expect the president to offer some positive leadership. He’s been there for four years. We still see three 23 million Americans unemployed or underemployed. We’re still seeing low growth in this country. They’re expecting to see something in the way of a positive message from the president so that people will want to put him back in office again for four more years, and they’re not getting it,” he said on “ The Kudlow Report .”

Gilmore pointed to a New York Times/CBS poll that shows 39 percent of respondents approved of Obama’s handling of the economy, while 55 percent disapproved.

The newest poll shows worsening numbers for the president, who had a 46 percent approval rating in April.

“The most important issue facing the people of the United States today is jobs and the economy and the future of their careers and their children’s careers. Instead, what are we getting? We’re getting attack after attack on irrelevant issues,” Gilmore said. “People of the United States are smart people.”

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