President Barack Obama did not speak correctly about sequestration at Monday’s debate, legendary reporter and author Bob Woodward said on Tuesday.
“What the president said is not correct,” Woodward told Politico.
“He’s mistaken. And it’s refuted by the people who work for him.”
Woodward discusses the issue in his latest book, “The Price of Politics.” He said that White House Office of Management Director Jack Lew and Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors took the sequestration proposal to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
It was then presented to congressional Republicans, Politico reports.
But during the debate on Monday with GOP challenger Mitt Romney in Boca Raton, Fla., Obama said the idea of the across-the-board budget cuts originated with Congress.
“First of all, the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed,” Obama said. “It will not happen.”
Woodward told Politico that Obama might not have been aware of how the issue developed.
“It’s a complicated process — and in fairness to the president — maybe he didn’t know that they were doing this because it’s kind of technical budget jargon,” Woodward told Politico.
“What I wrote — it’s specific date, time, place, participants,” he added. “What I’ve reported is totally accurate. Call Nabors and Lew. Or ask the White House. I mean, they know that’s accurate.”
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