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President Barack Obama accused Republicans of making a blunt political calculation after his election three years ago, deciding to resist his initiatives, skirt compromise and bank on the economy getting worse to bolster their re-election prospects.
Openly speculating in a CBS interview on the GOP’s strategy, Obama said Republications decided: “Our best bet is to stand on the sidelines because we think the economy is going to get worse and, some point, just blame him (Obama).”
“So we haven’t gotten the kind of engagement that I would have liked, ” Obama said in the interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
The president tried to frame what he predicted will be a “great debate” next year, when he’s up for re-election, as a “stark” choice between “a system in which the people who have benefited the most (should) do a little bit more, or they (should) not.”
President Obama: “GOP Chose to Stand on the Sidelines”