Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina: "We Want Hillary Clinton To Be The Next President," "It's Her Turn And Her Time"

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Former Obama campaign manager and White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina said Priorities USA, the Super PAC he is co-chairman of, will support Hillary Clinton for president of the United States. Messina is also chairman of the 501(c)(4) Organizing for Action (formerly Obama for America).

In an interview with MSNBC's Ronan Farrow that took place on Sunday but aired Monday afternoon Messina complained about Citizens United, calling it "the worst decision of the Supreme Court in our lifetime." However, Messina then defended his use of Super PACS, saying he's going to "push back and I'm going to fight for the ideals I believe in."

"Look, I run a Super PAC and I think they should be outlawed tomorrow," Messina told MSNBC's Farrow. "But if they're going to have that kind of money, I'm going to push back and I'm going to fight for the ideals I believe in."

"You're pouring your money towards Hillary, correct?" Farrow asked Messina.

"Yep," Messina said. "We want Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States."

"It's her turn and her time," Messina also said. I think she would be the right leader for this country moving forward. And we're going to do whatever it takes to make sure she's the president of the United States."

RONAN FARROW, MSNBC: The Koch brothers pouring more than $800 million into this election cycle. That's a huge game changer.

JIM MESSINA, FMR. OBAMA CAMPAIGN MANAGER, CHAIRMAN OF ORGANIZING FOR ACTION: Look, I think the worst decision of the Supreme Court in our lifetime is Citizens United. Unlimited spending allows one couple of brothers to spend $900 million trying to win races. Turnout is down in politics since Citizens United. People are sick of divisiveness, they are sick of the ads.

Look, I run a Super PAC and I think they should be outlawed tomorrow. But if they're going to have that kind of money, I'm going to push back and I'm going to fight for the ideals I believe in.

FARROW: I was going to ask you about that. He is part of the problem. Your Super PAC, you have Priorities USA of course.

MESSINA: Yep.

FARROW: You're pouring your money towards Hillary, correct?

MESSINA: Yep. We want Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.

[mild applause]

MESSINA: Thank you.

FARROW: Alright, some Hillary fans here.

MESSINA: That's right. It's her turn and her time. I think she would be the right leader for this country moving forward. And we're going to do whatever it takes to make sure she's the president of the United States.

FARROW: Before we get to Hillary and the Democratic field in 2016, I want to linger on the subject of PACs a little more. You just expressed what has become a common liberal sentiment at this point about Citizens United, and yet you are partaking of the beneiftsa of the super PAC system and the flood of money.

MESSINA: Look, I do not believe you can unilaterally disarm and get outspend fifteen to one, and win an election in this country. People believe the lie if it is not countered. So we're gonna push back on the lies, but I think the system is broken and it should be changed.

Let me give you an example,m I am working on the Prime Ministers race in England right now, by law there they can spend 29 million pounds in the entire race, they can run 4 television ads, they have a real conversation with voters. It is about issues, they have higher turnout, and I think a better system than our system where we had to raise $1.1 billion to run an election campaign, though it was really fun.

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