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“You Can’t Spin That Vote”

RNC Communications - April 16, 2012

This morning, former U.S. Comptroller David Walker criticized Obama for his lack of leadership on the budget, and willingness to play politics rather than embrace real solutions. Obama’s two budgets have been unanimously rejected by both the House and the Senate, a show of bipartisanship which the White House can’t spin its way out of.

CNBC’s Joe Kernan: “David is this a record for how long it's been without a budget or has this happened before in periods of U.S. history?”

Former Comptroller David Walker: “Over three years without a budget.”

Kernan:  “Has it ever happened before?”

Walker: “Not to my knowledge we’ve been this long without a budget.”

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Kernan:  “Let's get back to what happened then. We understand this is -- there's an election coming and it's a divisive time. What did the President propose that allowed him to get zero votes? What was the -- what was the mechanism of what he was doing? What was the Obama administration thinking? Why did it get zero and then we'll go on to the social darwinism that we're hearing on the other side that shows how far apart. One gets zero and the other one you see grandma and grandpa out in the snow starving, supposedly according to the other side.”

Walker: “It didn't adequately address the structural problems that we have.”

Kernan: “Why not?”

Walker: “Because it's an election year and because the President did not embrace Simpson - Bowles and, frankly, he has not provided adequate leadership.”

Kernan: “He didn't get one person to vote for it? Not one?”

Walker:  “Last year, if you recall, Joe, last year the President's budget was defeated 97 to nothing in the Senate. This year it was defeated 414 to nothing in the House. You can’t spin that vote. Believe it or not, the White House is trying to spin that vote. You can't spin a 414-0 vote.”

CNBC’s Rebecca Quick: “He doesn't get any Democrats to vote for it.”

Walker: “Well, that’s what I’m saying. You didn’t even get anyone in your own party to vote for it.”

Kernen: “It’s bipartisanship.”

Walker: “A rare show of bipartisanship. But rejection.” (CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” 4/16/12)


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