Obama: I Could Have Won If I Could Run for POTUS Again
President-elect Donald Trump tweeted his response to President Obama's comments later in the day Monday.
President Obama said that he thinks he would have won against me. He should say that but I say NO WAY! - jobs leaving, ISIS, OCare, etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2016
In a recent interview, President Obama said he could have been elected to a third term if such a bid were constitutional.
Obama told former senior advisor David Axelrod on his 'Axe Files' podcast he is confident that if he were able to articulate his platform for a third time, he would have "mobilized a majority" of Americans to support him.
The president said he spoke with some Americans who disagree with him on politics but who have applauded his "vision" for the country, the New York Post reported.
He also said that at a recent dinner with senior staff, he teared up a bit while describing the last eight years:
"I got through about four minutes of the thing and started getting the hanky out," Obama said.
President Franklin Roosevelt was the last and only president to serve more than two terms, which before the 22nd Amendment was formally adopted was a customary limit going back to George Washington.