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Friday, January 29, 2010

GOP Rep. Mike Pence Presses Obama on Tax Relief after Obama gives 8-Minute Rambling Non-Answer - Video 1/29/10


Here is video of GOP Rep. Mike Pence questioning President Obama today at a GOP House Conference held in Baltimore.

After Obama made opening remarks, Pence asked Obama if would support an across the board tax cut. Obama launched into a combative answer that once again set forth a defense for his huge Stimulus Bill. At around the 7:05 mark of the video, Obama tells the Republicans "I am not an ideologue."

Obama spent eight minutes (Pence finished his question at the 1:05 mark of the video) with his rambling answer and never answered the question! Pence got a word in edgewise again at the 9:05 mark of the video and asked him again - "Will you consider supporting across the board tax relief as President Kennedy did?" Obama responded that he would "take a look at what you guys are proposing."

3 comments:

Anonymous,  January 29, 2010 at 2:37 PM  

Why did they not hold him to the line and insist he answer the questions and not ramble a bunch of BS. The whole thing was a bunch of non-answers.

Anonymous,  January 29, 2010 at 2:38 PM  

I thought it was an interesting exchange, and let's be honest, both the question and the answer were delivered, at least in part, using "political-speak." And at the end, Obama answered the question - he was not going to commit to something as broadly defined as an "across the board tax cut."

James January 30, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

"Across the board" is political-speak for, 'it has to include the rich and downtrodden'...

I liked the exchanges as well, though I noticed that the questions were loaded with several minutes of talking-points that lead up to a one sentence question. Why couldn't they just ask the questions, and President Obama give a simple, straight-forward answer?

I hope they have a lot more of these in the future, and televise them. Though I doubt the GOP will allow that to happen again.

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