President Obama told Democratic governors that "we know how to win national elections." But, he said, Democrats need to win state elections and focus on this year's mid-term elections.
"But all too often it's during these mid-terms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble because, I guess we don't think it's sexy or something," Obama said.
Obama was speaking the governors at a Democratic fundraiser at the St. Regis hotel in Washington.
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Obama thanked all the governors and those here to support our outstanding governors.
"Folks here in Washington like to talk abstractions, we get into a lot of ideological debates. The problem for governors is they actually have to do something," he said.
The work governors are doing is shaping the debate. The challenge in politics sometimes is that the national races get all the attention. But so often the policies that impact people day to day are being determined by governors and state legislatures.
"And if there's one message that I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who's interested in supporting Democratic policies, is that you've got to pay attention to the states."
You have to stay focused on what's happening in the states, especially during mid-term elections.
"Because we know how to win national elections. But all too often it's during these mid-terms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble because, I guess we don't think it's sexy or something." But states are where the action is, he said.
Obama said governors are implementing critical policies, made tougher by a Congress that doesn't always cooperate. What binds governors is the idea of opportunity.
If you work hard you can make it. Democrats recognize that government can't do it all, but has a critical role to play in helping families succeed.
Seeing right now the economy is creating jobs, businesses are optimistic this year, CEOs are saying they want to invest, unemployment rate dropping. But families are still anxious, they don't feel they are getting ahead.
Folks at top getting better and better, but poor are still feeling squeezed. So everything we do has to be focused on expanding opportunity.
Democratic governors are willing to implement opportunity agenda, creating jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, infrastructure, education.