Obama: "I'm Confident In The Wisdom Of The American People" Not To Elect A Republican in 2016

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At a press conference on the sidelines of the COP-21 climate confernece in Paris on Monday morning, the president of the United States said that he not worried about a GOP successor reversing the deals he is making, he is "confident in the wisdom of the American people," and "anticipating a Democrat succeeding me."

REPORTER: To put a finer point on the climate change question, can leaders gathered here believe that the United States will keep its commitments even after you’ve left office, if a Republican succeeds you in the White House?

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Uhh. Just with respect to my successor, let me first of all say that I’m anticipating a Democrat succeeding me.

I’m confident in the wisdom of the American people on that front. But even if somebody from a different party succeeded me, one of the things that you find is when you’re in this job, you think about it differently than when you’re just running for the job.

And, what you realize is what I mentioned earlier, that American leadership involves not just playing to narrow constituencies back home, but you are now at the center of what happens around the world.

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