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For the first time since -- ten house Republicans confronting -- Obama as a group.
But it was an exchange between the president and a former Illinois General Assembly colleague that has grabbed everyone's attention.
Cashman Peter roster I'm going toe to toe with president Bob MacKey joins us that's to say thanks Greta and you served for the president in Illinois at a government right we're in the Illinois senate together for four years I don't so today since -- reported that that you -- a hard time that you said that congress fears that he is lead our nation.
To the same financial bankruptcy says.
Illinois -- now look.
Mean when when house Republicans and I think most of the country Greta here in the president's articulated view of how to fix the economy.
They hear the same sort of rhetoric that is led Illinois to be a financial basket case on other words.
Chase revenues the revenues under perform don't deal with the underlying spending problems.
And now what what's going on in Illinois almost ten billion dollars in unpaid bills.
Almost the second highest per capita debt of any state in the union higher than average unemployment rate.
A downgrade in the credit rating and all of these things are exactly what President Obama portends.
The -- he needs more and more and more revenue so he says that ten what he said look I mean Barack Obama is an incredibly.
Skilled guy as it relates to.
These types of questions when it all came down to it.
He doesn't have -- answer because there is known about what is city if what he said was so it's a bipartisan problem in Illinois and he goes back and wants to -- -- litigate Illinois history but I think what he's what he's his challenges.
How to create a bipartisan.
Agenda in this.
In this town when what he's doing is redefining terms so.
He's redefining tax reform not the traditional words of tax reform meaning you lower rates and use that.
The close loopholes to.
To lower rates that he wants to use it to say well we're gonna close loopholes to pay for more -- Catcher Tom price said why no press and no budget what was his explanation why he has no budget the senate as a budge in the house in the budget where again it was jobs you know it was he had a very difficult time.
Answering that quite what -- say yeah I mean it was like look at it.
You've you've listened to him he's got no substantive.
Answer when Tom price where they stand too busy you are there working -- -- -- series is like oh look it's gonna come in kind of avoiding eye contact.
A couple of weeks while it's late already.
He was challenged in the meeting.
Are you presenting this late.
-- a rope a -- effort after we pass the budget the Paul Ryan's leading us on you know it's all those sorts of things -- here this was a big attempt.
To -- and bring people together I thought look our members.
Respect the presidency and were respectful of him in that opportunity but he didn't follow through.
And these court -- how do you react to that -- a Lankford assess whether is just campaigning and that is only goal is to defeat there Republicans in the house well he didn't cancel his event tonight going to organized organizing for America.
And he's also got him you know always if you're trying to build confidence.
Don't go and say my.
First job on election night.
Is to call Nancy Pelosi and make a commitment that I'm -- thin the -- of the very people that I'm coming over here -- -- -- -- -- answer it -- when he when he was asked -- -- the question they say no I'm not campaign arm out there speaking to the people said of the organization for America is now up a policy driven effort and he -- I'm -- campaign for Democrats.
In the future he was very dismissive of the notion of reaching out.
To the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Nancy Pelosi and he essentially made an argument of -- like look this is my job this is what I'm gonna do.
Rub some dirt on it and get over it and meanwhile our folks are -- -- hearing.
How how are you using this office to create an environment where we're trying to work together.
-- to come up with a remedies that are custom -- country is desperately.
In it when he walked up at me today do you think that he -- this well well this went average of the -- really hit the skids.
Look I think the president lives sort of the happy life of low expectations when it comes to.
Interacting with house Republicans we were gracious we were courteous.
We were respectful but our members were very clear that we're not going to be pursuing.
This this revenue trap where he continues to be.
Articulating that the only way you can solve this problem.
Is that revenues Dave Camp chairman of Ways and Means Committee posed a great question he said look.
There's common ground to Mr.
President if you're seeing here in favor of some changes on Medicare that we don't know what -- changes are but if he's in favor of them and he says he is.
Then let's pass though is rather than waiting let's move forward on the -- -- he said now and my argument is Barack Obama is clearer.
And revenues in his demand for revenues -- is on -- you know.
There -- policies as -- relates to Iran there's more clarity.
About his desire for more revenues than any other team coming out of his administration hasn't thank you -- thank you.
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