Republican strategist Karl Rove says President Barack Obama has abandoned any thought of "substantive achievements" in his second term and will push instead to make Republicans "look extreme" to help the Democrats in 2014 mid-term elections.
"I think the President was basically declaring his administration is no longer about substantive achievements," Rove told Fox News' Sean Hannity Monday evening. "It's about positioning, about making the Democratic Party be more popular with his coalition, and try and win the 2014th elections by making the Republicans look extreme."
Rove, who was a top political adviser to former President George W. Bush, called on Republicans to respond aggressively.
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"Republican have got to respond not simply by blocking the bad stuff, but by taking their strength in the House to pass positive items that pile up over in the Senate," he said, acknowledging that most likely none of the bills passed will ever be really considered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
But Rove said at least the bills would provide the outline of GOP agenda that says to the American people that the president is more worried about gun control and other issues than tending to the nation's economic and debt problems.
"We're worried about getting jobs. He's over there worried about trying to get gay marriage. We want prosperity for your family," added, Rove, who is also a Fox News contributor.
"I think [the president's Inauguration Day speech] was completely political and not focused on the big challenge the country faces, which is getting our economy going," Rove said.
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