White House press secretary Jay Carney dismisses Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s labeling of President Barack Obama as the “food stamp president” as "crazy."
The fact that the number of people on food stamps is at a record level is partly because eligibility rules were relaxed under President George W. Bush’s administration, Carney told CBS News
on Tuesday. Carney also blamed the economic downturn that began under Bush.
Gingrich has made the comment several times during the campaign, and the issue propelled a duel between the former House speaker and Fox News contributor Juan Williams during Fox’s Republican presidential debate Monday night
During that heated exchange, the audience booed Williams when he insisted that Gingrich’s use of the label sounds as if you are seeking to belittle people.”
Gingrich replied, to audience cheers and applause: “First of all, Juan, the fact is that more people have been put on food stamps under Barack Obama than any other president in history.”
In reaction on Tuesday, Carney told CBS Chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell, "It was the result of the worst recession since the Great Depression, that was brought on by economic policies that certainly predate this president."
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