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Host Chris Cotter Approves As Rep. Pence Blames Obama For Debt Ceiling Problems

Reported by Guest Blogger - July 14, 2011 -

By Brian and Ellen

Tuesday's Your World (7/12/11) featured an interview with Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) on the debt talks. Pence made a transparent effort to make the problem President Obama’s. Substitute host Chris Cotter not only didn’t challenge Pence’s spin, he overtly agreed with it.

Pence said, "First and foremost, the American people know this is the President's problem more than anyone else's… We're in this mess because of the runaway spending and the failed economic policies of the President… We need to see leadership from the leader of this government. We need to see this President step up and put out a plan (Cotter murmured approval)… What we need to see now is for the President to recognize this is his problem. It's his responsibility."

Pence went on to demand that Obama come to Congress and say, “What do you all need on behalf of the American people?" Pence added, "And that, very simply, again – more than a dollar in cuts for any dollar increase in the debt ceiling, statutory caps and the time has come to make any increase in the debt ceiling contingent on sending a balanced-budget amendment to states.” In other words, Obama should “lead” by doing the Republicans’ bidding.

Cotter nodded his head and said, “Yeah” in agreement throughout Pence's prescription.

NOTE: This post originally and erroneously stated that the interview happened on Wednesday, 7/13/11. We apologize for the error.

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