October 30th, 2010
10:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Top pols stress the economy, and a little politics too

(CNN) - Three days before Election Day, the president and the top Republican in the House delivered economic themed messages laced with political rhetoric.

In their weekly addresses Saturday, President Obama and House minority leader Republican Rep. John Boehner told the American people why their party is the right one to jumpstart the American economy.

"Around kitchen tables, I'm pretty sure you're talk about other things: about your family finances, or maybe the state of the economy in your hometown," Obama said. "Whatever the outcome on Tuesday, we need to come together to help put people who are still looking for jobs back to work."

"Across our nation, Americans are looking at President Obama's policies and asking – 'where are the jobs?,'" Boehner said. "We've tried it President Obama's way. We've tried it Washington's way. It hasn't worked. It's time to put the people back in charge."

Toeing their party lines, Obama encouraged new infrastructure jobs and an environment that fosters entrepreneurship. Boehner touted the Republican's "Pledge to America," and stressed the importance of fiscal responsibility and tax cuts.

Despite the larger messages of job creation, the addresses were not delivered without swipes at the other party.

Obama pointed his finger at the Republicans, calling out recent comments by Boehner and Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

"I know that we're in the final days of a campaign. So it's not surprising that we're seeing this heated rhetoric. That's politics," Obama said in reference to the comments. "But when the ballots are cast and the voting is done, we need to put this kind of partisanship aside – win, lose, or draw."

Boehner took a hard line approach, criticizing the Obama administration's policies.

"These problems didn't start under President Obama. But instead of fixing them, his policies have made them worse," Boehner said. "A 'stimulus' spending spreeā€¦ a job-killing national energy tax, a government takeover of health care."

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Filed under: 2010 • issues • John Boehner • President Obama
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. the real ib

    Obama hasn't got a clue on the economy; he's to busy campaigning of course that is all he is good at except to spend money that we don't have and blame it on the republicans

    October 30, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  2. bs

    Can the democrats stop Bloomberg from increasing the MTA fares ?

    October 30, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Jd

    Obama doesn't care about people. Period. He cares about an ideology. And that ideology is based on government control. Everything he does is based on convincing 51% of Americans they don't like the other 49%. As for his "driving the car". This has been 4 years of a Democrat Congress and two if total Democrat control. That's a lot of driving to go no where. He would be awesome in NASCAR.

    October 30, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  4. Clwyd

    If the republicans win control of the Congress, either one or both houses, I will sell all my stocksand hope others will do so as the Wall Street Special interests of Big Oil and Business have seized control of our government and with the Robert's Court allowing unlimited funding there will be a return to the bushwhackers policies that almost ruined America once and now forever!

    October 30, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. Peace

    Anyone who is putting America into heart, should not consider at all to vote to any Republican. They are pulling back and not forward our progress. Once one mess up again in these coming 2 years should carry the burden. It does not matter who is in power, but also those who voted them to be in power again. We have seen it before, GOP can not do the nice job to the people. People be wise and say NO as you did in 2006 and 2008. You will come to regret when it is too late to save something!

    October 30, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are working hard to get elected but never lifted a hand to help the American people, they sat back for 2 years and voted NO to jobs. Republicans don't care about jobs for the American people in fact they profited during the worst economy. Republicans have one interest only and that is to continue to enrich the rich, wall street, banks and big corporations. Don't let anger be your measuring stick to put Republicans back in office, they're betting on that, you better think about it.

    October 30, 2010 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  7. Ks

    When all is said and done.....the voice of the people will show support for what is right for this country. i see all these polls that seem to indicate a tidal wave of the far right taking charge....who are these polls polling? i don't think the common every day struggling person is being asked of their opinion.....naysayers keep assuming that we don't care enough to come out in these mid term elections....we are coming out in a strong show of force...like it or not.....We are rooting out these extreme right wing idealogs that are bringing out the worst that this country has seen.....we will give this congress and president more time to get things done. tneir policiies may not make sense to you but they are reasoonable and are making a dkfference to the poor and middle class. true change doesn't happen over night nor in span of 2 yrs. we will vote and refuse policies tnat affected the majority for last 10 yrs......

    October 30, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. ron

    Boehner and his party can't create anything to jump start the economy, they sent 8 million jobs overseas during the GOP disasterous run.

    October 30, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. a in austin

    You get what you vote for. For those republicans who have not done squat the past two years except draw a paycheck, shame on you! Americans are hurting – they just aren't the same ones you represent and have you bought and paid for.

    October 30, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |