Steve King: Obama Having 'Largest Tantrum Ever'

Friday, 04 Oct 2013 11:39 AM

By Melanie Batley

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President Barack Obama's willingness to allow a government shutdown and his refusal to negotiate over Obamacare could go down in history as the "largest political tantrum ever," Rep. Steve King says.

The Iowa Republican said Thursday on CNN that GOP lawmakers repeatedly have tried to reach an agreement on the budget but the president and congressional Democrats refused to engage or "come to the table" to make a deal to avert the shutdown.

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"The American people have rejected Obamacare and the president is willing to put all of that on the line to save his namesake piece of legislation, which I think could go down in history as the largest political tantrum ever," said King, a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

"You can't negotiate with people that refuse to negotiate. It's just that simple right now," he said.

King described the closing of the WWII Memorial in Washington as a result of the shutdown, a "spiteful" act by the administration.

"It was built for [the veterans] and they were shut out," he said. "I think that's the image that Americans have in their minds right today."

King said that while he wants an end to the shutdown and to see people come back to work, he also wants to see an end of Obamacare. Its implementation, he claims, would be worse than any "bump in the economic road" associated with shutdown.

"The public has rejected Obamacare every single month since it was passed. It was passed on a partisan agenda," he said. "If we allow Obamacare to be implemented, we can never recover from it . . . It will diminish the trajectory of the American destiny by turning us into a dependency society."

Urgent: Should GOP Stick to Its Guns on Obamacare? Vote Here.

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