Rival Plans on Debt Dilemma
Can Boehner and Obama reach a happy medium?
- Duration 5:00
- Date Jul 26, 2011
Can Boehner and Obama reach a happy medium?
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I thought would happen unless I was quite unprecedented because normally when we see.
The other -- response it's usually after a stated the union speech that is given by whoever the president.
Happens to be from you know what is a Democrat or Republican.
And you get the opposing party's rebuttal.
I don't recall maybe I'm wrong -- seeing something quite like.
This of the dueling.
Speeches on and putting out there and a different messages about how best to go about solving a debt prices.
-- my understanding is that's -- -- thing hasn't happened since 2007.
When the Democrats had a response I believe it was given by senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island.
To a speech President Bush delivered on the Iraq War so that -- haven for years since this has happened.
And I think that it was a really smart move for speaker Boehner ought to set that up and for the networks to carry it because what we saw from the president last night.
Wasn't on the serious political speech that offered no real solutions.
And that ignored some of the major developments that happened here in this city and Washington DC.
Over the previous 2448.
Hours become glanced over the president's role in rejecting a bipartisan deal.
It blamed everything on Republicans.
Skipped over some inconvenient facts for him.
And I think it was a smart move a savvy.
Play by speaker Boehner -- the Republicans to have that short five minute response to say you know what you just heard a caricature of our.
Positioned here's what we're doing.
And why and I really think that Boehner came off quite well.
Phoenix assassins 2000.
Seven you said that what you mentioned just now but I try to look at that was what they and other continuity -- talking with two main leaders and you're talking -- the house speaker.
Speaker of the house.
Going up against the president of the United States you know I've found that amazing and remarkable it's not all -- no doubt he's not your typical opposition.
-- speaking out.
Rebuttal about a presidential speech that kind of thing -- it was just amazing the way it is -- played and the stark contrast.
Between the two plants I mean it's very interesting and again Eric.
The president is not working off of his own plan heat still haven't given us an idea what his plan would be he's working off of what the Democrats I suppose he's yeah he's working -- -- PR plan out okay PR plan that case out right.
Let me say that -- at EU in the.
He's addressing the country from the Oval Office right and -- -- you get you can categorize it is on serious because.
There there are some issues that that they're just -- -- -- the reality that what the facts and it and it -- concerning a foothold shell was concerning.
Washington has swirled around these two guys right now.
-- I don't have a lot of confidence in either of them how much you think is beyond the holes I mean I as much as we have -- important thing president.
A deadline and there are those who our argument at this deadlines really.
Real or not and those who believe that you know it doesn't mean that we have as legitimate exactly on August 2 -- Believe the sky is falling with a lot of people -- believe help but I do believe that.
It if all -- if we get downgraded the entire country needs to understand that all of us we'll pay a greater interest right.
That cannot happen that that cannot happen exactly but I think.
How much is lost now in terms of this becoming -- political.
It's mired in so many with so much in terms of -- -- at stake for both Republicans and Democrats on the young and I think again that I as opposed to really dealing with the economics -- what we're talking and that this fiscal health of the country.
Guy what do you think.
-- -- so far -- that all we're dealing with.
Is a political machine in in play here and both sides thinking about their own political fortunes and President Obama hoping this is gonna be tabled.
Before the election season kicks -- -- -- high gear.
Well I think that is the key point the last bit of the question that you asked.
And when you're looking up the behavior of the president right now.
I it was very -- last night He was -- -- Republicans and mischaracterize.
Make this characterizing their position.
And then He also offered kind of a tepid endorsement.
-- Harry Reid's plan.
-- if you look at.
John Boehner is flat and Harry Reid's plan.
There are actually relatively similar -- -- I think is better and and they just announced a few moments ago a Republican leaders came out of a closed door meeting on Capitol Hill.
They believe they have the votes not only in the house but also possibly in the senate.
To pass speaker -- plan which would be a major development if in fact the whip count -- there are indeed but but at the end of the day if you look at reimburses -- plan.
They're not necessarily that far apart they both cut.
Reads cuts are a little bit thicker than Boehner Scott's hey girl don't raise the that bullet it's true that there's a lot organics -- -- cuts neither neither plan raises taxes tax is the one major difference Duma.
Is that Reid's plan gets the president passed the election.
Boehner is exactly is not and I think that's why you saw the president say let's go with Reid's plan because I don't wanna -- you wouldn't get again He mentioned actually the word you know.
Election you know -- in -- of -- very odd.