Daschle: Obama Needs to 'Show Energy' in State of Union

Friday, 24 Jan 2014 10:32 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said that President Barack Obama needed to "show energy" in his State of the Union address on Monday.

"He has to show a passion for the things that he wants to do in the second term," the retired South Dakota Democrat told Bloomberg Television in an interview to be aired on Friday. "I think there's a little bit of a feeling of lethargy right now."

Daschle, 66, served in the Senate from 1987 to 2005. He was majority leader from 2001 to 2003. He also served in the House of Representatives and now is a policy adviser with the law firm of DLA Piper LLP.

"He's had some setbacks," Daschle said of the president. "I think he needs to re-engage and re-energize."

The president is expected to discuss income inequality in his speech — including raising the minimum wage, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Daschle endorsed the topic, the Hill reports.

"I think to ignore it would make more of a statement than to devote time," he told Bloomberg.

He added that the Obama administration needed to be "more engaged" with Congress.

"I think the more engaged, the more creatively involved they are with members of Congress, with members of the media, with members of all stripes in Washington serves them well," Daschle said. "You've got to be engaged.

"And the more you're engaged, the more likely it is you're going to have the relationships that you're going to need when you're trying to move legislation," he told Bloomberg.

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