Doug Schoen: SOTU's Low Ratings Prove Obama Unpopular

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2014 08:39 PM

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The low number of TV viewers for President Barack Obama's State of the Union address is a reflection of the fact that "the president is increasingly unpopular," says Doug Schoen, a Democratic political analyst for Fox News.

"I don't think the speech adds up to much at all," Schoen told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"He positioned himself against an even more unpopular Congress than he is, but if you ask me whether it's going to make any difference . . . The president is increasingly unpopular," Schoen said.

The address attracted about 33.3 million TV viewers Tuesday night, according to Nielsen ratings tabulator — the lowest total for a State of the Union speech since Bill Clinton's in 2000.

Schoen disagrees with former Sen. Rick Santorum, who earlier Wednesday told Malzberg that Obama has turned into a tyrant with his strong-arm approach to pushing a liberal agenda.

"President Obama is not a tyrant, and we do allow executive orders. Now, it's not the way we should govern . . . and I wish he had emphasized bipartisanship to a more substantial degree," Schoen said.

"But we have a system of checks and balances, and former Sen. Santorum would do better to concentrate on constructive approaches to government rather than extreme, and I daresay not useful or constructive rhetoric."

Asked about Obama's criticism of Republican lawmakers' dozens of attempts at repealing or revising Obamacare, Schoen said:

"What the president is going to do is try to create confrontation everywhere with the Republicans. That, to me, is very sad. I wish he had emphasized bipartisanship and how we can work constructively. He didn't do that."

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