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Democrat Boren Says Obama's Too Liberal, Unpopular

Thursday, 16 Jul 2009 08:20 PM

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Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., became the first congressional Democrat on record to declare President Barack Obama a political liability, according to Politico.

One of the most conservative members of the Democratic Party, Boren gave what Politico described as a “scorching interview” with the Oklahoma Gazette this week -- saying the president isn't only "very unpopular" in his district but should be more centrist.

Like Bill Clinton.

“Barack Obama is very unpopular,” said Boren, who represents Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District. “He got 34 percent of the vote statewide, and less in our district. If he were to run for re-election today, I bet it would be even worse.”

Obama is simply too liberal, Boren said.

“It would be a lot nicer if we had someone who was in the middle,” he said. “Bill Clinton won our district. A lot of people don’t remember that, but he, in 1996, carried this district. I think if you have someone who governs from the middle, who’s pragmatic, who works with both parties. President Obama talks a lot about bipartisanship. If you look at some of the legislation, he may have one or two Republicans.”

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