The economy is front and center this election year. It’s all about jobs, CNBC “Closing Bell” anchor Maria Bartiromo told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an interview for genConnect at the Aspen Ideas Festival. And President Obama and Mitt Romney are going head-to-head before the voters, to convince constituents they are the right man for the job. Watch Mitchell interview Bartiromo on the important issues facing both presidential candidates:
The three issues Bartiromo thinks government should tackle first, are: jobs; getting a handle on the long-term issues like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; and the divisiveness plaguing the country and governing process.
“Americans need to have a confidence that in fact our leadership, our government, are realizing that these are real issues – that these are ultimately going to be issues that are going to strangle us,” Bartiromo said. ”We need leadership to bring us together.”
But, Mitchell pointed out, neither Obama nor Romney have laid out concrete plans for how to lift up the economy. ”They don’t want to be specific,” Mitchell said. Instead, both candidates choose to attack each other.
“I am so tired of hearing how bad the other guy is,” Bartiromo said. “Let’s just focus on the issues – job creation, the fiscal issues we all face.”
genConnect is credentialed press at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colo., where we are interviewing the premier speakers and attendees at the conference. For more of our video interviews and articles from the Ideas Festival, click here.
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