Obama Spars With GOP

President chides Republicans for telling constituents he'll 'destroy America'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2010 2:39 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks to Republican lawmakers at the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore, Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – President Obama went toe-to-toe with House Republicans today, accusing them of opposing legislation for political gain. Obama chastised the Republicans for labelling health care reform as a "Bolshevik plot" and said, "The fact of the matter is, many of you, if you voted with the administration on something, are politically vulnerable with your own base," Obama said. "Because what you've been telling your constituents is, 'This guy's doing all kinds of crazy stuff that's going to destroy America.'"

Speaking at a House Republican event in Baltimore, Obama said he expects the party to challenge his ideas but was disappointed in the GOP's uniform opposition. He singled out moves conservatives theoretically support, like the stimulus, which contained "$300 billion" in tax cuts, Politico reports. "Let's face it, some of you have been at the ribbon-cuttings for some of these important projects in your communities," Obama said.

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