Will Obama's gun control push hamper bipartisan efforts?
Joe Trippi weighs in on the reaction to president
- Duration 5:23
- Date Jan 18, 2013
Joe Trippi weighs in on the reaction to president
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When Republicans return to Capitol Hill next week they will focus on issues like the debt ceiling and upcoming budget battles.
But the president's sweeping effort to control guns including 23 executive actions.
Could make it harder than ever to reach any kind of bipartisan agreement.
Senator Rand Paul says he will fight to the president's executive orders he's accusing the president of acting more like a king.
-- our founding fathers were very concerned about having a separation of powers they didn't want to let the president.
Become -- king and I'm afraid that President Obama may have this king complex sort of developing I'm very concerned about this president.
Garnering so much power and arrogance that he thinks he can do it every once.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas seems to agree saying the president is high on power.
This is the president I think who is who is drunk the cool it.
He is feeling right now high and low power than any pushing on every front.
On -- You know I think it's really sad to see the president of the United States.
Exploiting the murder of children -- and using it to push.
His so an extreme anti gun agenda.
Let's talk about it -- Joseph Trippi Howard dean's presidential campaign manager he is also a Fox News contributor.
Is this the typical kind of thing when on when an administration begins its second term.
And you know the loyal opposition wants to take some shots.
Look I think there's going to be this kind unfortunately this kind of rhetoric on both sides now I mean it's a hot issue.
There are a lot of activists and money and support on both sides so -- When you use this kind of rhetoric its attacks it attracts more contributors and attracts votes for people from the -- people who support -- gun rights.
-- and again people who a gun control advocates wool.
Respond to the president in those in the rhetoric on the other side so I think we're gonna see more of this unfortunately.
Because I do think right now the American people want to see something done in the wake of of these latest you know big incidents up sandy hook -- -- I mean they wind.
They want something done they don't want this one to pass without something happening in that.
But that isn't what is this something is an assault weapons band is it universal.
Background checks and -- right do you think there's an overreaction to the president's -- three executive orders there.
They really weren't much in -- things like act you know ordering.
Studies and well what causes gun violence -- mean these were like you know massive.
Grabs for power so I think this rhetoric is -- is sort over does it but that the president generally does -- his battles he -- he casts his opponent says the Republicans in congress when it's fair to say that he's got an awful lot of democratic opposition to some of these proposals well.
Well no that's true and what's what's happening here is you know this goes back to individual districts and there are so -- -- that the country may be.
More control or or or or making some some action to make guns safer but it's different by district -- in inner cities.
Whether you're Democrat or and a Republican gun controls much more popular you get out in the rural more rural states.
More -- rural areas and -- Democrats who hold those some of those seats.
You -- 16%.
Or more own guns.
Are strong Second Amendment rights advocates and don't want anybody to impinge on -- on the right to bear arms.
And so you're gonna see a district by district although I think almost.
Beyond party he'll be it's it's -- being more where is that member of congress situated.
Now what kind of district is in not what party they're.
National Journal is just out with a piece they called the thrill is gone and here's one of the lines in and I wanted to get you to react to it it's that even many Republicans were swept up in the optimism.
After the 2008 election hoping that Obama could make a difference millions of Americans bought into the notion that he was somehow above partisan politics.
Four years later we all know better.
What do you think about that -- Well I do look I think I look the country's become very polarized on both -- area it is it say that's just the way it is that I think.
They're both both sides can take some of the blame for that I think on this -- on this issue of guns so John.
What's fascinating is.
It every the increase to do something about guns as happened across party lines even -- some of the polls this morning.
The 18% more Republicans.
More Republicans want to do something about gun control -- more open.
To some of these bigger.
Items like like an assault weapons Vander.
-- or are universal got background checks so.
This the right now there's -- the feeling it about doing something is is going across party lines.
Still more Republicans there are.
Defenders the Second Amendment to the accent they don't want.
See something change you'll see me as increasing we'll see if anything changes in this congress and with this administration.
Give -- -- -- -- today just thanks.