Democrats to Obama: Use the 14th Amendment
Leaders in the House say he shouldn't rule it out
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2011 12:27 PM CDT
President Obama delivers remarks at the National Council of La Raza annual luncheon in Washington, Monday, July 25.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – Desperate times: Some high-ranking Democrats say President Obama should invoke the 14th Amendment and raise the debt ceiling on his own. James Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, made the pitch to the Democratic Caucus this morning, reports the Hill. By doing so, Obama would bring "needed stability to our financial markets," said Clyburn. Members responded with applause, said caucus chair Rep. John Larson.

Obama hasn't ruled out the unprecedented option, but he has sounded iffy about it being a "winning argument." Says Larson on that front: "Circumstances could change [and] we just want to let him know that this caucus is prepared to stand behind him." Bill Clinton already has endorsed the idea. And Eugene Robinson argues in the Washington Post today that Obama may have no other choice.

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Achyvi
Jul 29, 2011 1:24 AM CDT
President Obama, PLEASE grow some balls, stop coddling these idiotic GOP children (who are NEVER going to "compromise", unless by which one means get exactly what and everything that they want), and just DO IT already!
realtruth
Jul 28, 2011 12:03 PM CDT
Could the Republicans Not Invoking the 14th amendment to Mandate Spending Cuts to protect the National Financial Security??? Either allowing MORE Debt or LESS Spending BOTH satisfies the perceived rule in the 14th Amendment.. What is the difference… If the 14th even can be used.. It Should HAVE TO BE used in a Not Partisan way.. It doesn’t seem it would be Legal to us it to implement a Lopsided Addenda that is obviously about to Split the Nation..
mekopro
Jul 27, 2011 8:00 PM CDT
Please get some balls Obama and use the 14th Amendment....you already have turned out to be somewhat of a puppet for the elite...show some balls now!