Jobs Bill is Defeated as GOP Candidates Talk Economics

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Republican presidential candidates, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (L) speaks as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. (Phelan M. Ebenhack-Pool/Getty Images/Getty)

Tuesday night in New Hampshire, candidates for the Republican nomination for president sat around a table and traded visions of how to fix the ailing economy at a debate sponsored by Bloomberg. While the Republican presidential hopefuls were pillorying President Obama's response to the recession, their compatriots in the Senate were busy defeating the president's $447 billion jobs bill. Two Democrats also joined the majority. So where is the jobs bill going next? And what alternatives, if any, are the Republicans offering?

Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, and Ron Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush and fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, analyze last night's debate.

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Interesting how Bachmann's off handed and good natured jibe is wildly and sensationally over emphasized in this report but the President's job bill which just last month was massively hyped to be his greatest triumph is now suddenly no big deal and admittedly a crass political ploy.

So what is supposed to be a prestigious and non-partisan address like a joint session of Congress which an economically hurting nation patiently waited for until after the obligatory posh Presidetnial vacation was just a self serving political speech that he knew was a policy failure from the start? Is that appropriate and was the nation subject to an elaborate political ruse by their President seeking re-election at a time of a profound economic crisis?

Oct. 12 2011 11:31 AM

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