McConnell: Obama Not Serious About the Deficit

by Andrew Stiles

On Face the Nation today, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) offered a frank assessment of President Obama’s willingness to confront the nation’s fiscal problems. Host Bob Schieffer asked if McConnell thought the president was “serious about trying to get something done” on deficit reduction, and the Republican leader, who said he’d had a number of private conversations with Obama and other White House officials, responded: “No I don’t.” The GOP is prepared to tackle the difficult issues like entitlement reform, McConnell said, and the political environment is ripe for it, but unfortunately Obama is still on the sidelines:

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