Washington, Dec 12(ANI): US President Barack Obama has said Republicans are unwilling to focus on reviving the economy and their main goal is to remove him from office.
“When I came into office in 2008, it was my firm belief that at such an important moment in our history, there was no reason why Democrats and Republicans couldn’t put some of the old ideological baggage aside and focus on common sense, what works, practical solutions to the tough problems we were facing,” The New York Daily News quoted Obama, as saying at the television show “60 Minutes”.
Obama said his hopes were soon dashed since Republicans showed that they were interested in pursuing a different agenda to that of the Democrats.
“I think the Republicans made a different calculation, which was, ‘You know what? We really screwed up the economy. Obama seems popular. Our best bet is to stand on the sidelines, because we think the economy’s going to get worse, and at some point, just blame him,” Obama said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s statement after the 2010 US House mid-term elections had earlier provoked an outcry among Obama’s supporters.
“Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term,” McConnell had said.
Republicans refuted the allegation saying that Obama’s policies have failed to revive the economy or raise employment in the US. (ANI)