June 30th, 2010
05:12 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama criticizes GOP while calling federal deficit major concern

Racine, Wisconsin (CNN) - President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday that the federal deficit is a significant concern, but he also criticized Republicans for obstructing what he called commonsense legislation and siding with big business.

In a campaign-style speech and in answering questions from a crowd of about 1,400 people in economically hard-hit Racine, Wisconsin, Obama depicted Republican opponents as obstructionists to necessary progress for continuing recovery from what the president called "the great recession" that started under the previous GOP administration.

"We already tried the other side's ideas," Obama said, adding that the choice now facing the nation is to "return to the failed economic policies of the past" or to keep working to build a stronger future.

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    Anybody who would rather have had the near-senile McCain & wackjob Palin running things right now, would be crazy and clueless.

    July 1, 2010 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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