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August 20th, 2012
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Rep. Neal on 'Newsweek' cover story: Argument that problems started on Obama's watch doesn't stand up

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan together again today on the road in New Hampshire at a town hall. They are likely going to face more questions about the Medicare plan, which they spent much of last week promoting separately on the road.

Congressman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), member of the House Ways and Means Committee, weighs in on this week's "Newsweek" cover where author Niall Ferguson says President Obama's biggest failure has been in leading the nation from the executive branch. Rep. Neal says it's hard to lay the blame at the President's feet.

"I think that this argument that this problem started on Barack Obama's watch is really one that doesn't stand up under the magnifying glass of critical analysis," Rep. Neal says. "I hope that the media as the referee would point out that there are a number of serious issues that confront the country. And there's a unique opportunity during the course of a campaign given that every campaign has an argument to talk about the really big issues that confront America. This ought to be done in the form of a long conversation and not just in sound bites. The result of which I think would uplift not only the spirit of the American people, but give greater confidence to the economy as well."

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  1. Cowboybaby

    Still blaming Bush?? Pathetic.

    August 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mark Newsom

    Taking over a Presidency is like buying a used car. You see what's on the outside, you look under the hood, maybe have a mechanic check it out. And then you buy it. One week later you're at the mechanic trying to figure out why it’s vibrating or sputtering or won't start. The difference is that, President Obama was not on the outside. He was part of Washington and knew the condition of the office and decided that he wanted it anyway. You can't blame the new owner of the car for the condition it was in when purchased, but, it is now his car and he is now responsible for what he does with it. If the crank shaft is bent, putting on a new belt won’t solve the problem.

    August 20, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse | Reply

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