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In Case You Missed It: Obama 2006 vs. Obama January 2011 vs. Obama April 2011 on the Debt Ceiling

- April 11, 2011

‘Obama 2006 vs. Obama January 2011 vs. Obama April 2011 on the Debt Ceiling’


Excerpts From ABC News

By: Jake Tapper
Monday, April 11, 2011

In March 2006, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., found the notion of raising the debt ceiling quite distasteful.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure,” he said …”

He did. It passed narrowly – by a vote of 52-48.

In January, I asked then-White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about those comments and that vote, given the president’s belief that the debt ceiling needs to be raised in May.

Gibbs said it was OK for then-Senator Obama to have cast that vote, since the outcome was guaranteed …

On Sunday, senior White House adviser David Plouffe revised that explanation.

“He believes that vote was a mistake,” Plouffe told Fox News Sunday.

And today White House press secretary Jay Carney said that “the president … regrets that vote and thinks it was a mistake …”

AP reporter Ben Feller asked Carney, “When did the president come to the realization this was a mistake?”

“Well, we asked him, and he made clear that he now believes it was a mistake,” Carney said. “And he understands that when you're in the legislature, when you're in the Senate, you want to make clear your position if you don't agree with the policies of the administration.”

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