Some folks in Congress would rather see their opponents lose than America win: Obama



Washington, Aug 16: US President Barack Obama harshly criticized the Republican candidates for their opposition to raising taxes as part of a deal to lower the nation's debt, during his three-day Midwest bus tour.


Obama, who started the bus tour focusing on the economy, cited comments made by Republican presidential hopefuls at a GOP debate last week.

"I know it's not election season yet, but I just have to mention the debate," where Republicans said they would not increase taxes under virtually any circumstance, Obama said, adding: "Think about that. That's just not common sense," The Washington Post reports.

Although he avoided announcing any new idea, Obama repeated calls for pairing measures to tame the deficit to eventually boost the economy.

Blaming Congress for failing to compromise over measures to do both, Obama said: "You've got to send a message to Washington that it's time for the games to stop. It's time to put country first. Some folks in Congress ... would rather see their opponents lose than America win."

As Obama visited Minnesota, Republican front-runner Mitt Romney released an ad that featured several state residents suggesting the president should have stayed in Washington to focus on the economy.


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