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RNC's Williams: Obama Plays 'Petty Politics' With Veto Threats

By    |   Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 12:19 PM

President Barack Obama is more interested in "petty politics" than in working with Republicans, or even Democrats, on matters that have broad public support, Republican National Committee deputy press secretary Raffi Williams told Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

Williams said Obama had insisted "ever since he had his robust defeat in November" that he had heard the message from the American people in the 2014 elections, but hadn't altered his position on issues.

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"What we've seen these first two weeks of Congress being in session is Obama has just pointed out, time and time again, that he's more willing to veto. He wants his way or the highway," Williams said Wednesday. "He's more interested in playing petty politics."

Williams said two examples were Obama's threats to veto legislation on the Keystone XL pipeline and raising the full-time workweek to 40 hours, both issues that had "bipartisan support" and were also supported by Americans and unions.

He said the president had been "dragging his feet for six years on the issues that matter and Americans care about."

It was "delusional" for Obama to claim a "victory lap" for recent economic gains, he said, because the "labor force participation is still in (former President Jimmy) Carter-era lows right now," and middle class wages were stagnating. Obama's claim showed he had a "strong disconnect" with what Americans were experiencing.

Obama's plan to offer free community college education to Americans was "small ball stuff" that would end up being costly to states and taxpayers, Williams said, adding the proposal would result in creating a "more bloated bureaucracy" for a program best left to the states.

"It's $60 billion for the federal government. But, when all is said and done, it's $80 billion, when you count the money that Obama wants the states to include as well.

"So, it's $80 billion, and we already have a $17 trillion debt," he said.

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President Barack Obama is more interested in "petty politics" than in working with Republicans, or even Democrats, on matters that have broad public support, Republican National Committee deputy press secretary Raffi Williams told Newsmax TV.
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