Former President Bill Clinton said on Sunday that the White House jobs plan will work if Congress passes it, and he downplayed suggestions that President Obama's chances of being re-elected are in jeopardy.
"The polls don't mean much," Mr. Clinton said on NBC. "Right now, he's running against himself."
Making the rounds of the Sunday news shows on the eve of the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Mr. Clinton defended Mr. Obama against critics, including former Clinton administration adviser James Carville.
Mr. Carville last week in an article for CNN urged the Obama White House to fire his economic advisers, saying it was time to "panic."
"The president never does the country much good by panicking," Mr. Clinton said on CBS.
Mr. Clinton predicted the president's low poll numbers will climb once Republicans settle on their presidential candidate.
"When he gets a real opponent, then I think we'll be in a different world politically," he said.
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