July 25th, 2011
11:49 PM ET

Gergen: Obama, Boehner too partisan this late in debt talks

Televised speeches by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the U.S. debt crisis Monday were too partisan with just eight days before a deadline to raise the nation's debt ceiling, CNN senior political analyst David Gergen said Monday night.

"Had these speeches been given three or four weeks ago, I think they would have been welcomed as part of the political discourse - you know, let's have some fisticuffs, each side presses its point of view, appeals to the American people," Gergen said. "But to be given on the eve of a possible default, both individuals gave partisan speeches ... and I think each was intending to rally his own base."

"I think probably each fellow came out better with his base, but I think the country is so tired of the political posturing, and people really want leadership that finds answers and gets us off the edge of a cliff," he added.

The Treasury Department says the nation's $14.3 trillion debt ceiling must be raised by August 2. If it is not, the department says, the federal government won't be able to pay all its bills next month, and Americans could face rising interest rates and a declining dollar, among other problems.

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    people lets tell congress that they work for us anw we dont need them to work against us we pay thier BILLS,and they should pay this country bill or they dont get paid ,we need to take thier check for a month that would bring dow the debit as much monry they are making, where i work i dont get paid if idont work and that go for congress,stop messing up our lives and get to work cut your salary, hold up your pay ,forthe good of the people

    July 26, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. John

    This Republican stunt is just like what they tried to pull in Wisconsin. In Wisconsin they used fiscal responsibility as cover to go after unions. Now tea party fanatics are using fiscal responsibility to go after Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and 'Obama-care". This new breed of tea party "taliban" doesn't seem concerned with shutting down government. Now they seem to be going for their "moon shot"; let us dismantle the Democrat's government icons or we'll blow up the economy. It is nothing short of treason.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. Who

    First thing to do is to call your GOP reps and tell them what their job is (compromise) and that WE ARE THEIR EMPLOYER AND THEY ARE SUBJECT TO RECALL. The once you've done that, you can enjoy a beer and cigar.

    July 26, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. Deborah

    Let's tie future debt ceiling increases to a certain percentage of spending cuts with tax increases starting next year. But for this year lets stop dragging our partisan laundry through world laundromats and accept that we need to raise it.

    3 more ideas for the Republicans and Democrats in the spirit of compromise and thinking outside the box:

    1. Let's officially LOWER taxes by reinstating a partial Bush tax cut base, allowing taxes to go back to normal at half or a third for the next 3 years. At the same time cut ALL spending by 10 percent for that same time period. California school districts and teachers have been living with that reality for the last few years and have found a leaner machine can still do the job.

    2. Be honest about the social security fiasco which was caused by what should have been illegal borrowing from the fund and take that option off the table. No major changes for three years, but a real commitment to finding a way to pay America back first and fix this embarrassing problem...even if it means cutting benefits for every new senior enrolling for their first three years.

    3. Impose a two year flat tax experiment at two percent more than what is projected to equal what the average tax income was for the past 3 years. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    July 26, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tony Gerards ( Uncovering The Truth )

    @ Allyssa , thats exactly the plan of the world elite which is to raise the debt so much that the load is too heavy and the dollar crashes to the ground /resulting in the 1$ bill being only worth 5 cents on the dollar so the change the monatry system over and base it upon the gold standard and the bring us all into their one world order system, at which point the gap between rich and poor will be even wider because right now the value of the dollar is based on the price of a barrel of oil ,alyssa keep your head up its gonna be ok, dont b terrified !! Just b prepared

    July 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    This total nonsense between President Obama and house speaker Boehner is nothing more than a stare-down contest. I feel bad for Boehner in a way. He's being put out to pasture by his teaparty benefactors. I think to some extent that these votes he's making now are being coerced. But on the issue of letting the Bush era tax cuts expire, he needs to compromise. That is the only fair thing to do. I would like to see a tear in the eyes of the better off. If you can do at least one for us, would you please – please – please do away with that tax write off for "corporate jets. That is one loophole that just drives me up a wall. Why ? I don't know ! It just does.

    July 26, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. eneida cortes

    America should become a nationalist country. Stop sending financial aid to other countries and start taxing the big companies and the rich.

    July 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
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