June 8th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Emanuel on what 2012 election is all about

All this on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

On "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this week: How America's shale gas revolution will change all of geopolitics, inside Rwanda’s transformation with President Paul Kagame and - in a preview to our special, "The GPS Roadmap for Making Immigration Work" - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on why the U.S. immigration strategy is "national suicide."

Also: Rahm Emanuel. The 2012 election boils down to two different people, with two different views of how to shape America. Rahm Emanuel is the mayor of Chicago, but in his previous job as White House Chief of Staff, he got to know President Obama pretty well. What are his thoughts?

"Who is going to fight for who in that Oval Office? And the auto industry, the financial industry, the housing - Mitt Romney said let it bottom out. To the president, those are people holding onto their entire American dream, as they see it," Emanuel tells Fareed. "And they're really different people with different experiences with different views about how to shape the future of this country. And I think that's going to be the fundamental core piece of what this election is about."

Watch more in the video above and from these excerpts from the show.

Emanuel on GOP:

Emanuel on pensions:

Topics: GPS Show • Politics

soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Patrick-2

    Whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama wins this election, the middle class will lose while the M.I.C.(military-industrial-complex) wins every time, dragging this country further into the red! What a vicious cycle!

    June 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • erks

      You are 100% correct, I would like to further add that no matter who wins:
      1. The Military industrial complex will continue to dictate defense and foreign policy
      2. The Oil companies will continue to dictate energy policy
      3. The banking/financial complex will dictate fiscal policy
      4. The Agricultural corporations will continue to dictate which crops are heavily subsidized, which GMO's are safe, and which countries the government needs to threaten to buy our frankenfoods or else.
      5. The Pharmaceutical corporations will continue to dictate which new drugs are safe, and what they can be used for (restless leg syndrome anyone?).
      I would also like to add that the Public Sector Unions are guilty of behaving in the same way. Nothing will change until people wake up and regain their democracy.

      June 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
      • jim

        You forgot to say that Obungle will try to claim credit for any of it that happens to turn out right.

        June 11, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
      • Scoto

        Well said and so true. However look at "Jim" below your post. This is what we are dealing with. No awareness of any of this just lets take a cheap partisan shot at a fellow Amaerican telling it how it is.

        June 12, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  2. JAL

    Will we take the S&P downgrade seriously? I interviewed at a defense contractor recently and they are still in the Bush era. I asked them about the sequester and those that did know about it, shrugged it off.

    June 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    What the GOP's and the Teabaggers are obsessed with the vocation of unseating Obama. The brinkmanship in the Congress is part of the game. They would hardly be able to deliver on what they campaign for.

    June 9, 2012 at 4:21 am | Reply
    • .

      Absolutely false. Where are the jobs? Our economy is in shambles.

      And tea bagging is something the football team did to your mother under the bleachers at half time. You popped out nine months later and we've been stuck with your stupidity ever since.

      And you're an idiot.

      June 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
      • Sal555

        Thats just a stupid comment....blaming it on someone elses mom when it was actually yours and the tea bagging went so hard and deep that it rendered you with a brain that malfunctions all the time.

        June 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  4. .

    The 2012 election will be all about the public sector unions versus the American taxpayer. We're at a tipping point. We either reform the public sector and remain America or we cave to the liberal ideology of redistributing wealth from those who produce to those who do not produce. And the new "rich guy" will be the private sector taxpayer.

    America or Amerika. Take your pick.

    June 9, 2012 at 10:39 am | Reply
  5. huxley

    Re: Shale gas

    I really welcome your well thought out commentary as always. Its also refreshing to see optimistic news about world events and the future of energy.

    However, I really have to express reservations that without green house gas solutions, we can not continue dumping green house gasses into our atmosphere for decades or centuries to come. We've only had a petroleum based economy for 100 years, and we've already made measurable changes to the global atmosphere. A recent study found 2012 temperatures were more than 5 degrees above historical 2000 century average. 5+ degrees is very significant, temperature swings of that magnitude bring on desertification or Ice ages. Even if the resources are there, we can not keep doing what we are doing now.

    June 10, 2012 at 12:00 am | Reply
  6. romney is far less secretive or ideological that obie....time for real change...

    enough of the finger pointer in chief.

    June 10, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
  7. Mike

    Fareed, following the Wisconsin votes and the fact that Rahm is cutting back the size of his government, you didn't think is was important to ask him about why he has a different approach than Obama?

    June 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  8. daniel p.

    One of the things Mr. Emanuel said on your program this afternoon struck a nerve with me. He stated, and I agree, that unions were going to have to understand that we can no longer sustain the current contract with their members and that a new deal will have to be struck to ensure the US has a better economy. But our government can’t sustain its current path either. I wonder if Mr. Emanuel will be the first politician to cut the salary, pension and healthcare benefits of his office position to ensure the same. Is he willing to take the same medicine he’s asking from the unions?

    June 10, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply

    Obama needs to cough up a plan on economy that an ordinary person can get it. Just waiting for re-election to take actions shows lack of leadership.Enforce regulations on corporations to fix the economy or give them a loose rope so they can run wild and create jobs. Obama is not responsible for creating jobs, its the damn wall street and investors that are taking this economy into ground. Its the wall street that is encouraging corporations to layoff to please investors.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:58 am | Reply
  10. joe anon 1

    who in chicago, besides jews and idiots, voted for this mediocre, neoliberal, zionist, wall st, lizard?



    puerto ricans?


    June 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  11. joe anon 1

    day of remembrance:

    any one remember waco and the branch davidians?

    no expiration date for this state crime.

    clinton and his advisor r. israel emanuel should be arrested.

    maybe the u.s. should be sectored into air strike zones and freedom seeking rebels should be given assistance.

    June 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  12. Bruce Haak

    Fareed – we follow your GPS show because you are bright,forsightfull, and objective. However, yesterday's interview with Rohm Emanuel was just a political ad for Obama....and therefore you let us down badly. It turned out to be a big plug for the democrats and you didn't provide the opportunity for any other viewpoint, i.e., how about having a republican and Romney supporter on the same show. They wouldn't necessarily have to be on at the same time but we were so turned off by the one-sided aspect of this interview.

    June 11, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  13. FareedIsTotallyRightCoughCough

    Shocking...a liberal on Fareed's show.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
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