In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama warns the “raucous” election season should not distract from advancing policies that help working families. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama warned the "raucous" election season should not distract the country from advancing policies that help working families. Citing the legacy of the labor movement, Obama said he had sought to carry forward the goal of union movements - to make sure that working Americans benefit from economic progress. "That's the spirit that's made the progress of these past seven and a half years possible. We've rescued our economy from another depression, cut our unemployment rate in half, and unleashed the longest string total job growth on record. And we've focused on making sure that the gains of a growing economy don't just flow to a few at the top, but to everybody," Obama said. But there is more work to be done, said Obama, and the heated politics of an election year should not distract from ongoing policy goals. "Now, I know we're in the heat of a more raucous political season than usual. But we can't get so distracted by the latest bluster that we lose sight of the policies that will actually help working families get ahead. Because the truth is, that's what's caused some of the frustration that's roiling our politics right now - too many working folks still feel left behind by an economy that's constantly changing," he said. Some of those priorities should include insuring equal pay for women and paid maternity leave, said Obama.