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Daley: ‘Nothing’ Obama Can Do to ‘Fundamentally Change’ Relations with Business Leaders



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Bill Daley, President Obama’s former chief of staff, spoke with National Review Online tonight about the White House’s relationship with business leaders. He told NRO that it would be difficult for the president to win over more corporate professionals in the final chapter of the campaign.

“There is nothing in the next 60 days or 59 days, whatever is left, that, I think, the president can do to fundamentally change that relationship,” Daley said.

But Daley sees a sliver of hope. “I think they’ve not given him a clear look,” he said. “Maybe President Clinton’s comments will shake them to take a second look, I hope.”

Here is the transcript:

NRO: What does the president need to do to close the deal with the business community, to get their support?

Daley: I don’t think there is a business deal to be closed. My sense is that there are a lot of issues there. The economy continues to be difficult. There’s a lot of anger all the way around by people about some decisions in certain business sectors. I think the president — there is nothing in the next 60 days or 59 days, whatever is left, that, I think, the president can do to fundamentally change that relationship by so many in the business community. I think they’ve not given him a clear look. Maybe President Clinton’s comments will shake them to take a second look, I hope.



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