Obama: Christie sounds like a candidate
October 3rd, 2011
09:43 PM ET
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Obama: Christie sounds like a candidate

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hasn’t yet declared whether he’ll jump into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination, but President Obama indicated that at least one of the moves he’s making is right.

“If the guy’s thinking about running for president, he’s going to say a lot of stuff,” he told ABC News in an interview Monday.

“I think in Republican primaries saying nasty stuff about me … probably polls pretty well,” the president said.

But Obama disputed Christie’s main criticism of his leadership.

The governor called Obama a divider in a recent speech at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the president lobbed back a similar accusation, saying New Jersey residents might not call their own chief executive a uniter.

President Obama said he believes the nation would agree that he’s done everything possible to work with Republicans.

“I don’t think the American people would dispute that, at every step of the way, I have done everything I can to try to get the Republican Party to work with me to deal with what is the biggest crisis of our lifetimes,” he asserted.

“And each time, all we’ve gotten from them is ‘no.’

“I’m the first one to acknowledge that the relations between myself and the Republican Congress have not been good over the last several months, but it’s not for lack of effort,” the president said.

“It has to do with the fact that … they’ve made a decision to follow what is a pretty extreme approach to governance.”

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • President Obama
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. 66Biker

    “And each time, all we’ve gotten from them is ‘no.’

    Actually, they have also done an enormous amount of whining, posturing, lying, and wasting billions of dollars of tax payer money. But what else is new? They're just doing what they do best.

    October 3, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. AmericanSam

    Agreed. Anyone who has been paying attention to the news knows that President Obama has time after time after time reasoned and pleaded for compromise with the Republican Party, only for them to demand their way. Thank you, President Obama, for finally realizing that you can't reason with unreasonable people. Please stop trying to do it, and please call them out for the bigots they are.

    October 3, 2011 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. A Democrat in North Carolina

    Yor are right President Obama it dont matter what you try to do the Republicans is not in it with you you sided with in the past but look where it got you but yet some say its you that are not working with the Republcans. But above it all Mr. President im still praying for you. Keep fighting! and dont give up. If GOD be for you who can against you!!

    October 4, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  4. MissBri

    Finally...about time the president put them on blast...good for you...you have my vote!!!

    October 4, 2011 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  5. enough of lies

    whats the matter obama, afraid, really afraid, you should be, We The People are coming and WE Are Coming For You. You Will Be Fired.

    October 4, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  6. Steve-Illinois

    Now living within your means, paying your bills on time, and not spending money you don't have, is considered extremist! Who would've thunk? PAYGO anyone?

    October 4, 2011 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I just love how so many conservatives have suddenly jumped on the fiscal holy wagon all of a sudden. I love the denial that our current annual deficit is a result of Bush policies, not Obama's. Bush's last year saw a $1.5T deficit. Just yesterday I read someone accusing Obama of adding $6.5T to the deficit. It would be funny if the people were not so serious in their beliefs.

    I don't think liberals like deficits at all. The facts demonstrate that it has been conservatives administrations that have significantly run up the deficit far more than liberal administrations. The newborn budget hawks didn't care while a conservative administration created the annual deficit problem, but are quick to rail about just as soon as a liberal administration must suffer through to fix it.

    October 4, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  8. Paul

    As I recall it was to republicans that decided they couldn't live with paygo.

    October 4, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Seattle Sue

    Do you think this new Republican Hero Christie will last any longer than the last Hero Perry has lasted. Once the facts start coming out he will fall in popularity.

    October 4, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |