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Ex-Sen. LeMieux: Obama Troubles Multiply

By    |   Thursday, 09 October 2014 09:37 PM

A report charging that senior White House aides sat on details about the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal is a "big problem" for President Barack Obama, who already has plenty of troubles this election season, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux said Thursday on Newsmax TV.

Florida lawyer and politcal analyst LeMieux joined "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner to discuss a litany of recent bad news for the president.

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Lowlights included panicked Democrats, November elections that could flip the U.S. Senate to Republicans, and growing criticism from within Obama's party for his handling of the Islamic State (ISIS) — the latest from former President Jimmy Carter.

"If Jimmy Carter is saying you've got a foreign policy problem, that really underscores the point," said LeMieux.

LeMieux said, however, that the potential migration of the Colombian prostitution scandal from the Secret Service to the White House is of another order of magnitude.

White House aides were told in 2012 that a prostitute stayed overnight with a presidential advance-team member at the same hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, where Secret Service agents and military service members also consorted with prostitutes, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

While several people in the security entourage were punished or fired, the allegation against the presidential staffer "was never thoroughly investigated or publicly acknowledged," even as administration officials "repeatedly denied" any White House connection to the scandal, the Post reported.

"The worst is not the crime, it's the cover up," said LeMieux. "If there is really somebody on the administration team who was involved with one of these prostitutes in Colombia, there's a real problem.

"This is not just whether or not you should engage in prostitution, or whether or not you should make our country look bad by committing a crime in a foreign country," he said.

"Here's the real problem: When you're traveling abroad on behalf of the U.S., other foreign governments — folks who are not our friends — will put people like prostitutes — spies — in place to compromise our officials."

"If someone in the administration was compromised by a foreign agent posing as a prostitute, that can be really bad for national security," said LeMieux.

And Obama can't look to his own party for support in tough times, LeMieux noted.

Stressed Senate Democrats don't want him nearby, but were reminded how tough it is to get separation last week when the president himself said that while he's not on the ballot, his policies are.

"Every one of them cringed because they're doing everything they can to localize their elections, to make it about their state, to make it about them, and not make it about Washington and Barack Obama," said LeMieux. "That's why no one will appear with him.

That's why no one will campaign with him.

"So when that comment comes out … Republicans jumped on that and said, 'That's exactly right, Mr. President. [Your] polices are on the ballot, and this Democratic senator voted for your policies 90 percent, 95 percent and 99 percent of the time,' " said LeMieux.

Republican candidates, meanwhile, are running "very focused, very disciplined" fall campaigns, he said.

"The goal for Republicans is, don't screw up between now and election day," said LeMieux.

"Run a good race. Block and tackle. Voting has started in most places around the country by absentee ballots and early voting will start soon. Get those votes in and win."

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