Perez: Obama Will Be Remembered as ‘One of the Most Consequential Presidents’
Labor Secretary Tom Perez said in an interview on Sunday that President Barack Obama will “go down as one of the most consequential presidents in U.S. history.”
The Hill reports:
Perez, who is rumored to be under consideration to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s running mate, was asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about the qualifications needed to be commander in chief.
“I think you look at President Obama, and he has done remarkable work exercising judgment. His North Star is the middle class. Those who are in the middle class and want to stay there, those who are striving to get there,” Perez said.
“I think President Obama is going to go down as one of the most consequential presidents in U.S. history, as a result of his work in saving us from the precipice of the Great Depression. It could have been a depression but for his leadership. And it’s been an unmitigated honor to work with him and for him,” he added.
Perez, however, would not say if he is qualified to be commander in chief.
“I’ll leave that to the others to decide. I have been doing my job as Labor Secretary, and that’s my focus every day and that’s what I’m going to continue to do,” he said.
Perez also said he’s proud of his work as part of the Obama administration on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which Clinton opposes.
“President Obama and Secretary Clinton disagree on whether it is tough enough. I respect those differences. I’m proud of the work that I’ve done for this president and I’ll continue to do for this president,” he said.
“But the reality is, where we are in total agreement as a party is that we want to make sure that we put American workers first in everything we do and that we have tough enforcement. And this administration has been tough on China in dumping and Hillary Clinton wants to build on that progress and take it to the next level in moving forward,” he said.
“And that’s where we have dramatic agreement. And we have to compete against the rest of the world. And we can do that as long as there’s a level playing field. And that’s where, again, another source of agreement for everybody.”
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