Sachs says Obama 'should have done better'

Economist Jeffrey Sachs says he will still support US president because "alternatives would be much grimmer".

    Jeffrey Sachs, the renowned economist and special adviser to Ban Ki Moon, the UN secretary general, has spoken to Al Jazeera about his thoughts on the upcoming US election.

    Sachs criticised both the Democratic and Republican parties, but said he would back President Barack Obama, having supported him over his last term, because "the alternatives would be much grimmer".

    "President Obama could and should have done better," he said. 

    "Unfortunately, the US policy-making is pretty deeply affected by our vested interests whether its Wall Street, big energy or big healthcare.

    "So we have a kind of politics right now that is not so much subject to the hope and change that President Obama campaigned for in 2008.

    "Both parties cater to the upper and middle classes, they don't really pay much attention to the poor."


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    Interactive: How does your country vote at the UN?

    We visualised 1.2 million votes at the UN since 1946. What do you think are the biggest issues facing the world today?

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.