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Well the the president has his agenda while -- -- in session as Peter Barnes just reported.
But is the president possibly making a mistake by hitting the campaign trail also soon.
Instead of remaining in Washington to care for the nation's fiscal affairs and foreign policy.
Here to help us answer the question is Andy card -- some considerable experience former White House chief of staff for president George W.
Bush and -- great to have you here.
Thank you very much and glad to be with you.
And it -- this is a it seems like a peculiar time for the president to be on the campaign trail three effectively three fronts and -- war.
Without question fiscal crisis before him.
And a political.
-- political battle of -- huge dimensions.
What's the deal.
Well first of all I thought his speech last week was.
More politics than it was policy.
And I was very disappointed and I actually thought with Paul Ryan in the audience he should not Arabs.
Use Paul Ryan -- a whipping boy I just thought it was wrong because Paul Ryan is the one that's actually put the most responsible package forward.
For congress to debate in the house has passed it for so why did I do think he's playing more politics than he -- policy on -- -- -- and we -- -- -- adult leadership in Washington right now without question manually -- let me ask -- ago.
Paul Ryan was there at the invitation of the president was -- not I know.
And I thought that it was rude that the president would invite Paul Ryan to be there and then proceed to attack Paul Ryan.
Pretty specifically and by name almost.
Certainly in terms of the specifics you talked about.
You know we want the president to negotiate in good faith with a congress that is the most responsive to the American people.
The other was over elected by the American people after the economic crisis.
And so they came to Washington as members of congress with a fresh view of the discipline the congress and and is expecting to get.
From the executive branch of government and I was hoping the president would say I heard the message I'm glad you're here delivering it I wanna work in good faith with you.
To bring more discipline to the federal government instead he all -- a campaign document.
There's going to be -- one that he runs on in my fear is that he won't negotiating good faith.
To keep the government working on the American people want the government to work.
They wanted to work with greater discipline and spending less money in my fear is that he just wants to -- politics.
Well it is he's been very up front about one part of that and that is that it's all about his reelection because -- -- Bennett that now officially Ferraro over two weeks.
You talk about good faith and yet here we have a president who negotiated with the Republican house leadership.
And in good faith and conceded four czar.
Post and then with a presidential signing said.
I'm not gonna do -- and this is the same fellow -- -- a candidate said he didn't believe in signing statements as a way for presidents to Enron congress what do you make about.
Speaking of good faith.
-- I think that he is practicing hypocrisy right now because he was very critical of George W.
Bush for having signing statements.
I actually defended article two in the constitution in the run a lot of people that do that.
But actually defend the president have a having a strong way to lead the executive branch of government.
So I don't like excessive intrusion from congress.
But I do think he's had -- -- -- -- and I thought that.
The fact that he was saying no to George W.
Bush and then yes when he's president just reflects the hypocrisy brought the office.
How do you think the president how do you think the house leadership or respond to the S&P downgrade on the outlook for US debt.
How serious is it to you what should it -- in the way of policy responses and political responses from both the White House and congress very quickly remanded.
Well first of all of the I'm not an expert on how S&P comes up with their analysis.
I do think the political process has to move forward at night I do think that what S&P said calls attention to the fact that the political process has got to work.
No member the congress should.
Allow the United States government to be able to borrow money.
I also think they should have forced some discipline on the executive branch so that we can bring the deficits under control -- bring spending under control.
So this is one time -- -- I'm.
Rallying the Republicans on Capitol Hill to say stand strong but ultimately worked for that which is perfectly good.
Don't fight for perfection that you know will shut down the government you want the government to work.
You want -- not only to be strong you want the rest of the world to respect it.
And so I do think we have to pass the debt ceiling eventually but I think there should be a lot of discipline in congress is the disciplinarian in the executive branch should be working.
With congress to bring that just -- -- the executive branch -- thank you very much for being with Andy card I've.
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