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Congresswoman predicts GOP ‘obstructionists’ will raise Obama’s approval rating

Nicholas Ballasy Senior Video Reporter

Illinois Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky told The Daily Caller the public is “beginning to understand” that Republicans “simply want to do defeat’” the president and predicted that his approval rating will rise.

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“The president has a plan for creating jobs and the Republicans are obstructionists,” she told TheDC on Capitol Hill Wednesday. (RELATED: Ron Paul says Obama’s student debt plan is possibly illegal)

“People are beginning to really understand the difference between the Democrats who want to move forward to save our economy and the Republicans who simply want to defeat the president. This is not a viable strategy for our country,” she said. “They’re willing to — they’ve shown it — to bring the economy down. They’ve threatened to do it, they’ve almost done it in the past just to defeat the President of the United States. I think that we’re going to see those numbers change.”

Schakowsky was reacting to Democratic strategist James Carville’s Wednesday confession that he’s “worried” about Obama’s re-election chances. Carville said, “Nobody’s gotten elected with these kinds of numbers. So, I’m worried in the general election. I profoundly admit that.”

According to Gallup, Obama’s approval rating is at 42 percent.

TheDC asked Schakowsky if she thinks there is a GOP presidential candidate who can beat Obama.

“No, I actually don’t,” she responded. “I agree right now with the Republicans who are, you know, going up and down on this one and that one because no one I think has proven him or herself fit to be president.”

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