Obama: I Never Discussed My Seat With Blago

Prez-elect talks policy priorities, scandal in wide-ranging interview
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 10, 2008 10:05 AM CST
Obama says he'll keep an eye on long-term fiscal problems: "I'm already going to be inheriting a trillion-dollar deficit, even before we get started."   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – The president-elect opined on a variety of issues with the Los Angeles Times yesterday, including how his name will be announced at inauguration (Barack Hussein Obama, as per tradition):

  • Priorities: He'll start with "a serious investment" in infrastructure for "a green-energy economy."
  • Centrist Cabinet: He's not retracting his liberal campaign promises, and the "proof of the pudding" will come in accomplishments.

  • Selective bailouts: Regulation could have prevented the crisis, but it's no time to punish the auto industry, manufacturing's "backbone."
  • Muslim world relations: He'll be "unrelenting" in building goodwill, which includes his campaign promise of speaking from an Islamic capital.
  • Unions: "I want to strengthen the union movement in this country."
  • Free trade: He's all for it, and cautions against drawing "a moat around the American economy."