Former White House spokesman Bill Burton called out Karl Rove Sunday for lecturing about President Barack Obama’s economic record when former President George W. Bush squandered a record budget surplus.
“[Republicans] won the House and since that time they have done nothing to produce jobs and put nothing forward to partner with the president to create jobs and move this economy in the right direction,” Burton explained to Fox News’ Brett Baier.
“Karl, At the GOP debate in Iowa, I asked all the candidates the question, whether would accept this deal in which Democrats agreed to $10 in real spending cuts for every $1 in tax increases,” Baier told Rove. “And every single hand on the stage went up, saying they would walk away from that deal, opposing any tax increases… When Democrats complain about idealogical rigidity in the moderate republican party do they have a point? ”
“Bret, with all due respect, that was a lousy question for a debate,” Rove charged. “Let’s set the record straight. There is rigidity in the political system and it starts with the president of the United States… I love it. The Republicans passed a budget, the Democrats in the Senate haven’t. The Republicans have passed a slew of job creating measures, and the Democrats in the Senate haven’t. And the president now sits here and lectures us about how we need to take action. What is his action? He has yet to put pen to paper and issue a jobs plan or a deficit reduction plan in the last nine months. So, please don’t talk to me about ideological rigidity. It comes from the White House.”
“I appreciate that you have an opinion on this, Karl,” Burton shot back. “But as someone who was a leader in the White House that turned a record surplus into a deficit, that got us involved in a war that we never should have been in, and turned the floor of the New York stock exchange into a casino, I don’t think the American people are quite ready to hear a lecture from you on good governance.”
“What the president needs in Washington are partners who will work with him to make progress in this country, not just people like Eric Cantor and John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, who would much rather see the economy do poorly so that they can score political points than see America succeed,” he added.
“Bill, with all due respect, do not question the motivations and integrity of the people on the other side,” Rove said.
“I don’t think all due respect means what you think it means,” Burton pointed out.
Watch this video from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Aug. 21, 2011.