While appearing on Fox News with Greta van Susteren Tuesday, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin did not mince words.
“President Obama does not know what he is doing,” she said, with regards to the debt crisis now facing the country.
Palin went on to say the President is making the situation worse with demands for more spending and higher taxes.
“He’s exacerbating the problem!” Palin exlaimed, adding, “He’s making it worse by wanting to incur more debt, grow government and not presenting any kind of plan to the American people…”
She also observed that while Obama is “getting pretty good” at fearmongering, he has yet to present any plan to the American people, a point that caused contention between White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Fox News’ Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.
Fox Nation provided a transcript of the exchange on Tuesday:
ED HENRY, FOX NEWS CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: …If you basically have this Boehner plan that you say can’t get through the Senate and you’ve got a Reid plan that the Republicans don’t think you can get through the Senate or the House and you’re saying we want a compromise, what was the point of giving a prime-time address to the nation without an Obama plan and say neither of these other plans can work? Where’s his plan?
JAY CARNEY, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I understand the idea that there is not an Obama plan is like point…
HENRY: But there’s not one on paper.
CARNEY: …point No. 1 on the talking points issued by the Republican Party. I get it.
HENRY: No, no, no. That’s not a talking point. Show us the plan. It’s not a talking point. That’s unfair. Where’s the plan?
CARNEY: First of all, the president put forward in detail his principles at George Washington University…
HENRY: Principles. Right. That’s not a plan.
CARNEY: …quite a lot of detail. The president stood before you, I can’t remember if you were here Friday night, some of you weren’t because you cut out early, but a lot of you were (GROANS FROM THE PRESS) and he put forward in detail with numbers what he’s willing to do. He then referred from the podium to the fact that White House officials would be briefing in detail.
When asked about the hypocrisy exhibited by Democrats on the issue of a balanced budget, Palin responded by calling it “inherent” in the “politics as usual from these Washington, D.C., characters.”
“They say one thing as candidates,” she said, then flip-flop after they get into office. She explained:
Well, look at President Obama. When he was a senator, he said he didn’t think that raising taxes during a bad economy was a good idea. Now he thinks it’s a good idea. He said, too, that raising the debt ceiling back then was a bad idea and it was a reflection of poor leadership. Well, now he wants to raise the debt ceiling and incur more debt, Greta.
According to Palin, the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan supported by Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and passed by the House of Representatives, “is the right plan” because it cuts “overreach of government” and caps spending at levels that make sense, while following up with a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.
The Senate killed the bill and President Obama threatened to veto it before the House vote.
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