At the daily press briefing today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had some push back from a journalist who questioned President Obama's rigid stance on raising the debt ceiling. Carney reaffirmed that the issue is non-negotiable.
Brianna Keilar, senior White House correspondent for CNN had an exchange with Carney,
Brianna Keilar: "It just seems hard to believe that the President would be prepared to breach the debt ceiling without engaging House Republicans..."
Jay Carney: "He doesn't breach the debt ceiling, Congress has the power of the purse strings..."
Brianna Keilar: "But it seems unlikely that he would allow them to breach the debt ceiling without having engaged them...to get to a point where there is a default, and the President has not stepped in to engage them."
He went on to say that Republicans are opposed to finding "compromise" or "common ground."
Frankly, the entire press conference is cringe worthy, as the misstatements from Carney are astounding. Another noteworthy exchange was reported by Fred Lucas of theBlaze. Fox News' Ed Henry asked Jay Carney "if he would be enrolling in Obamacare, to which he replied, 'Absolutely. … If I did not have employer provided health insurance.'"
The irony is that in 2006, President Obama, Joe Biden, and Harry Reid all voted no on increasing the debt ceiling, according to the Congressional records.
When the United States debt was at a mere 8.5 trillion dollars in 2006,
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies..."
Joe Biden said,
“The massive scale of other nations’ accumulation of our debt has added another level of danger and complexity to our international economic relations.” He said, “We need both more awareness, and more understanding, of this fundamental threat to our economic well being and the global economy.”
Harry Reid said,
Why is it right to increase our nation’s dependence on foreign creditors?…most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing…. any credible economist would tell you we should be reducing debt, not increasing it. Democrats won’t be making arguments to support this legislation, which will weaken our country. Weaken our country.
The full speeches can be found at Liberty Unyielding.
Jay Carney had a similar exchange with on ABC News’ Jonathan Karl last week, as reported by Matt Wilstein of Mediaite.