(CNN) - Through critical statements, Republican presidential candidates capitalized on the president's address Monday night that laid out his course for how find an agreement to raise the debt ceiling before the August 2 deadline.
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who has used her opposition to an increase in the debt limit as a cornerstone of her campaign efforts, accused President Obama of using "political gamesmanship" with the national crisis.
"Shame on President Obama for casting the American people aside as collateral damage, as he continues his political gamesmanship with the national debt crisis," Bachmann said in a statement.
Bachmann said Americans don't want the "balanced" approach the president called for and instead said spending cuts are needed to "put our nation on the path to prosperity."
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Obama is "lecturing the country instead of leading it" and failed to offer real solutions to fix the problem Monday night.
"Tonight's speech was all rhetoric and no results, and is another reason why President Obama needs to be removed from office," Pawlenty said in a statement.
Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania asked President Obama to "throw out the failed economic play book."
"President Obama said tonight that 'people are fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word,' but what the people are fed up with is a President who uses class warfare as a crutch to divide rather than focusing on solving the issues affecting each and every American," Santorum said in a statement.
Republican senators took their websites offline because they weren't interested in what the American people had to say. I'm sure their backline channels remained wide open to BP, Koch, and other big corporate donors/owners...
These three look like they are all singing along to the musical version of "I'm Living Proof Of The Peter Principle".
I am so sick of these Republicans unwilling to compromise one little bit. I believe President Obama has given all he can or should. These Tea Party radicals will do nothing but ruin our democracy – cutting education to the brink, slashing Social Security and Medicare and cutting taxes until we're bleeding red ink! Why the hell shouldn't these millionaires, billionaires and corporations pay a little bit more – is it going to mean one less Mercedes they can buy??? The Republican party needs to grow up and face the facts that TAX CUTS do not create jobs as has been evidenced over the past 10 years. Revenue has to come in to sustain our democracy. Get off your high horse, meet President Obama half way and get this deal done before it's too late!!!
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Bachmann must be having a migraine. Earth to you numbskull. We want a balanced approach. When my fat cat boss is upset that he has to pay more taxes, that's when I'll be satisfied....
Your post finally explains why some people think it's okay to raise taxes to handle a spending problem. Vengeance. You are angry at your boss apparently for being successful ( which by the way you got a job out of the deal ) and you feel Obama can punish him and that will make you feel better. Look at it this way. If his taxes go up and he owns the business, your job security just went down. I guarantee you the government will get paid it's taxes before you get your payroll check. Your boss can choose whether or not to employ you. He has no choice about whether or not to pay his taxes.
In the grand scheme of things across the country, if taxes go up some people will lose their jobs and others will not be hired. It's an undeniable fact. I don't think that's what America really wants or needs right now.
It is wholly disingenuous for these right nuts to REFUSE to acknowledge that war spending and GW Bush's tax cuts for the rich in wartime have contributed to this mess. Until they come correct, I will NEVER vote Republican.
Shame on all of you.no one has ever read "how to get along with difficult people". How do we teach respect to our youth when the people we put in office fight like a room full of school children. Instead of wanting to impeach the President how about impeaching the Senators who we elected that are bullies and causing the average American and the poor undue stress from your bad behavior! Grow up and do what you are hired to do! If you can't then quit!!!! For once a President who speaks the language of the people!!! Washington is a 3 ring circus
"When my fat cat boss is upset that he has to pay more taxes, that's when I'll be satisfied."
Probably unemployed as well.