GOP: Obama has ‘a lot of explaining to do’
January 25th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
7 months ago

GOP: Obama has ‘a lot of explaining to do’

(CNN) – Pre-empting President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday and the GOP response, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri on Saturday sought to get ahead of the conversation.

The President "has a lot of explaining to do" in his speech, Blunt said in the GOP weekly address, criticizing Obama's so-called "Year of Action," a blueprint for 2014 touted by the White House.

As both sides gear up for this year's midterm elections, Blunt said the President's focus on income inequality, a likely hallmark of Tuesday's address, fails to recognize the harm his administration's economic policies have done on that goal.

"This administration's agenda to create more government, more spending, more taxes, and more debt has created an inequality crisis of opportunity in our country. Those policies have been disproportionately hurtful to the poorest among us for the past five years," Blunt said.

Blunt said the President has pitted one faction of America against another.

"We don't need more class warfare, and we don't need more interference from Washington. No government program can replace what a good job means for the future of a family," Blunt said, pivoting to Obama's sweeping health care initiative, the Affordable Care Act.

The Missourian said Americans are suffering as the White House picks and chooses which parts of the law to follow, pointing to the President’s failure to deliver on a campaign promise that if consumers had an insurance plan they liked before the law took effect, they could keep that plan under the law.

Blunt also hit Obama over the potential for job creation, possible with the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which the Obama administration has yet to make a decision on, and the House-approved jobs bills stalled under Democratic leadership in the Senate.

"The President says he has a pen to sign executive orders and a phone to rally support. The Congress should insist that he find the Constitution and follow it."


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    This is going to be the year of the take over of America by Obama........as Dictator.......for REAL!

    January 25, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. Enough is Enough

    Yes he does, but he won't. You see -he is above the rest of us mere mortals – and his lapdogs in the press certainly won't demand answers.

    January 25, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  3. wendel

    the GOP are the ones that need to explain. Like why a government shut down why no help with health care why no jobs and why the attack on women?????? These stupid trolls and the idiots that vote them in should all be explaining why they keep wasting our time and money voting for something that has already pasted. It is going to take three GOP guys to rebut the presidents state of the union address. Really. ???? As a party you are still not sure and want to made nicey nicey to all your members. Hope everyone just turns you all off after the presidents speech.

    January 25, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Michael MN

    Really ? Sounds like the same lame response you have been making for the last 5 years , We all know you want America to fail so you can make one man look bad

    January 25, 2014 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Another senator bought and paid for by the Koch brothers, gives us that valuable insight into RWNJ talking points.

    January 25, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Thomas

    Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri.

    Green Eggs and Ham , where is Ted Cruz ?

    January 25, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  7. Malory Archer

    senantor blunt and other like-minded individuals had better hope President Obama speaks slowly, using only monosyllabic words if they're actually going to listen (that'll be a first) and try to follow along this year.

    January 25, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. chrissy

    So...does Senator Blunt have a financial interest in this proposed Keystone Pipeline?

    January 25, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. chrissy

    And by financial interest, i mean a personal one. How much money does HE stand to make?

    January 25, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. ChrisM

    The President does not have to explain anything. The republicans do have to explain why they are hell bent on blocking everything that would HELP the American people. That includes unemployment insurance, of which both Republicans and Democrats are HURTING !! That's right republicans, you obstructed and the Majority of the American people know it!!

    January 25, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  11. MaryM

    One question. What do the republicans have to offer? Anyone? does anyone know what the republicans have done to Help America

    January 25, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Shut up you out of touch jerk. You have no clue how to govern, that's why your party has been flushed down the tubes!

    January 25, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  13. g

    another republican that don,t need government ,till he needs government ,like the banks -bail outs

    January 25, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. freedom

    He should be brought before a Grand Jury like Nixon and Clinton. He has obstructed more laws that any president in history.

    January 25, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  15. Hector Slagg

    Aw, Humm,
    Naw, we already know his mantra. The Rich ain't payin their fair share.

    January 25, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  16. Pete

    @chrissy,god morning old friend...Does he have a so called vested interests in Keystone like Boehner had and was called out on the floor to apoligize ..He could have been brought up on charges because of conflicts of interests getting freebies but only had to get rid of his FREE KEYSTONE STOCK PORTFOLIO and took a seat in the corner for a while..If it had been a democrate he'd been tarred,feathered by Issa and his clowns ,nothing like double standards right chrissy!!!

    January 25, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Liz the First

    It's this clown's party that has a bunch of explaining to do, for why they feel it's ok to not do their jobs because they don't like the results of TWO presidential elections. why they think they can work for 1% of the American people and throw the other 99% under a bus! for why they think it's ok to run roughshod over the rights of women and minorities and try to turn this country into a theocracy! i'm waiting, rethugs!

    January 25, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    The Kochs have purchased a million acres in Canada next to the oil property. Blunt is merely doing what paid for senators do. It is rumored that the brothers could make over a hundred billion dollars. Roy and the elected republicans will get a big donation if they can pull this off.

    January 25, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Don't blame me I'm obama

    More excuses. Obama is a joke and the economy, foreign affairs, domestic big govt handouts, etc. all failures. But u libs sure can't blame Obama, he has NOTHING to do with any of that. What ignorance this blog drums up. Gotta be someone else's fault, sure can't be the president, unless of course a republican is in the WH. The ignorance of the public shall never be underestimated, as on glorified display on cnn...

    January 25, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. Carlos

    For all you Obama supporters, what has he proposed in the last five years to make this country better? Unemployment has been at a rate of at least 7% for the past 5 years: his signature healthcare law is a disaster with millions of people losing their existing coverage because it doesn't meet the administrations standards, and Americans are now being forced to buy something they may not want or may not be able to afford, and if they don`t, they will be taxed. What has he done about the NSA spying on Americans, in complete violation of the 4th Amendment? What has he done about the illegal gun running program of shipping guns to Mexican drug
    cartels? What has he done about apprehending and bringing to justice the people responsible for the killing of 4 Americans in Benghazi? It seems to me our dear leader is not doing his job, and is now trying to create a distraction for everyone by speaking about this " income inequality". It sure seems to me that Obama really isn`t doing his job, yet people are still standing by him.

    January 25, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. YoonYoungJo

    Gotta disagree with the GOP on this one. The President has been trying to rebalance the inequality. We need bigger government to do it, because obviously the 1% aren't going to do it by themselves. It's like the billionaires telling Warren Buffet, "If you want to pay more taxes, you can write the government an extra check, no one is stopping you". The problem with this? No matter how wealthy Buffet is, his extra check doesn't make a huge difference does it? The 1% only help the 99% if there is massive profits in it for them. Not saying all the 1% is like this but most are. What's sad is, the 1% is somewhat justified in doing so. Its human nature for one. And as I have learned the 99% are just as greedy. If the roles were reversed the 99% that make it to the 1% would do the exact same thing the current 1% are doing now.

    January 25, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, I don't know Mr. Blunt. I wouldn't worry too much about Obama at this stage of the game. I'd be more concerned about why Preibus wants to shorten the primary season in 2016. Apparently he and Republican leadership have no problems shutting one half of the Republican party out of the nominating process. Which half do you think is going to get shut out?

    Guess it doesn't matter to Preibus who wins the "primary" as long as an unvetted candidate is nominated sooner rather than later. Rather a slap in the face for ALL Republicans, not to mention the chaos this is going to create by not allowing for vetting and party participation and ... oh, I don't know ... enthusiasm; but hey, don't take my word for it, I'm only a by stander.

    Shut the moderates out and they'll have no option but to vote Democratic. I know first hand how that works: Been there, done that.

    Yeah. I know. We're gonna talk libido's and baby killing and God's vengeance on a country gone wild. And blame the MSM while you folks figure out how to quash those voters you all find so unnecessary to the Republican brand and voting process.

    2016. When voters are not required to participate. At least not in the GOP.

    Benghazi.

    January 25, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Chris

    5 years of broken promises. The gap in income inequality is growing not shrinking, more millionaires in Senate and the White House, National debt approaching 20 trillion, unemployment numbers are some of the highest ever. Government regulations on the coal industry driving them on the brink of closing down. Yet China has probably 3 times the pollution we have from NO regulations. Where are the JOBS? Where is my $2500 a year in health savings? Where is the end of the recession? Or is it going to be worst than Jimmy Carter Era? My health insurance went up $1000 a year. I am making less money a year for the last 3 years. Tell me again how Harry Reid and the White House are helping the middle class?

    January 25, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. just me

    Do these guys all get their talking points from the same source? Volume discounts at lies. R us.

    January 25, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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