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Ron Christie: Obama Unveils 'Class Warfare' Budget

By    |   Monday, 02 February 2015 02:58 PM

The $4 trillion spending plan rolled out by President Barack Obama is "nothing more than political theater," and will only add to a national debt that has skyrocketed on his watch, Republican strategist Ron Christie told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Monday.

Christie also lambasted the president for claiming to be a deficit cutter, telling Berliner "we're running a significant national debt and … he wants to add spending on spending."

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"When you look at the fact that he claims that he's cut the deficit, it's not true," said Christie, a former deputy assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney. "If you look at the amount of money of the national debt, it has absolutely skyrocketed under this president. And so for him to try to claim some sort of fiscal mantle of responsibility with this budget is disingenuous to the American people he was elected to serve."

Christie called the budget, with its tax increases on higher incomes and $478 billion for public works, "posturing" and "class warfare."

Christie agreed with Berliner that Obama seems to be enjoying the role of antagonist-in-chief, sending proposals that he knows have no chance of passage to a Congress controlled by Republicans.

"He's been emboldened since the elections," said Christie. "He's been emboldened by the fact that the American people have spoken and said that they want the size and the scope and the influence of government to decrease and not increase, and the president is not only poking the eye of Republicans, but he's thumbing his nose at the American people, and he's having a ball.

"Wouldn't you have a ball if you had Air Force One to fly around the country and stand in front of adoring crowds?" said Christie. "But when it comes to leadership, that's what's always been so sorely lacking with this president."

Christie also wondered whether Congress, even under Republican management in both chambers, will have the resolve to rein itself in when it comes to handling taxpayers' money.

He called runaway spending a problem with both parties, and praised Ohio Gov. John Kasich for promoting a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.

Christie, who previously worked for Kasich in Congress on the House Budget Committee, also touted his former boss as a potential presidential candidate.

Christie also discussed other GOP presidential prospects. He commended Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who sits atop a new Iowa presidential poll after his breakout performance at the state's annual Freedom Summit, but added that other governors — notably Kasich — could also make strong candidates.

With former New York Gov. George Pataki telling Newsmax TV that he might enter the race, Christie said, "Gov. Pataki is a fine man; I just don't know whether or not he has what it takes when we talk about Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina [primaries], to have the organization and to have the ability to raise the money that would allow him … to go deep in the field. I just don't see it."

Christie also said he likes retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson — just not for president.

"Having spent eight years on Capitol Hill and four years in the White House I can tell you that experience actually counts for something," said Christie. "And with all of the challenges facing this country from domestic issues to international issues to terrorism, this is not the time for on-the-job training."

Christie said that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin did herself no favors with her Iowa Freedom Summit speech, which became an object of instant ridicule.

"Whatever air that was left in her balloon, that popped," said Christie.

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