Rove: Obama in 'Deep Trouble,' No Harry Truman

Sunday, 21 Aug 2011 10:58 AM


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Karl Rove, the former top strategist to Republican President George W. Bush, said Democratic President Barack Obama’s economic policies have “utterly failed.”

“Americans are fed with up with it,” Rove said today on “Fox News Sunday.” Obama had a Democratic Congress for two- thirds of the time he’s been in office and he still hasn’t met goals for improving the U.S. unemployment rate, said Rove.

“The president has yet to lay out a plan,” said Rove. “There is no plan.”

Republicans passed a budget and “a slew of job-creating measures,” said Rove. Obama has not debuted a jobs or deficit- reduction plan in the past nine months, he said.

Bill Burton, former White House deputy communications director for Obama, said on the Fox program that the president has seen 2.3 million jobs added to the economy.

Obama will lay out a plan for jobs and “Republicans can work with him or fight to stop progress,” said Burton.

Burton also defended Obama’s vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, saying no one can fault him for taking the time with his daughters before their school year begins and that “most Americans don’t need to see a lot of bickering in Washington” now.

Deep Trouble

“The president is in deep trouble” said Rove, referring to Obama’s approval rating on the economy dropping to a low in Gallup polls. “I don’t think Barack Obama is going to be able to pull off Harry S. Truman.”

Recent public opinion polls have showed Obama’s job approval rating below 40 percent, the lowest of his presidency.

Rove said Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor, may get into the presidential race.

“Next week, she has a robust schedule” that seems “pre- presidential,” said Rove. He also said Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin is getting a lot of pressure to seek the Republican presidential nomination, along with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and both will have to consider that support in deciding whether to run.

Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum said on Fox that he has a good track record and would go after entitlement reform.

“I’ve gotten things done,” said Santorum, 53, a Republican candidate whose political career was derailed in 2006 when he lost a re-election bid. He entered the race for next year’s Republican presidential nomination June 6.

“I think I’m the best candidate for this”, he said, adding that he is “the one who can accomplish things.”

--Editors: Ann Hughey, Gregory Mott.

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