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Obama: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’ Who the Republicans Nominate

US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks on the economy and an extension of the payroll tax cut at Osawatomie High School December 6, 2011 in Osawatomie, Kansas. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

With the constant rumbling over who is leading the GOP primary, somebody finally asked the president who'd he rather go up against.

And it seems Obama couldn't care less. Part one of the president's 60 Minutes interview aired Sunday night, and in it Obama told Steve Kroft that there isn't really any difference in who he faces in the upcoming election.

“The core philosophy that they’re expressing is the same," Obama said. "And the contrast in visions between where I want to take the country and … where they say they want to take the country is going to be stark.” According to Obama, the central question of the election is, “Do [voters] see a more compelling vision coming out from the other side?”

So Obama's not worrying about his opponent just yet. “I think that they will be going at it for a while,” the president said. “When the Republican Party has decided who its nominee is going to be, then we'll have plenty of time to worry about it."

Kroft asked Obama about his mention of "income inequality" in a speech last week, asking if this doesn't suggest redistribution of wealth, which is (obviously) code for socialism. "People will say this is socialist Obama," Kroft challenged. "And he's come out of the closet." Obama responded that this is nonsense, that income inequality has nothing to do with socialism.  “Everybody’s concerned about inequality," Obama said. "What's happened to the bargain? What’s happened to the American deal that says, you know, we are focused on building a strong middle class?”

Watch the interview here.

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