August 16th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

Obama rips GOP for excessive partisanship

President Barack Obama laced into his conservative Republican congressional critics Tuesday, accusing them of putting partisan political concerns before the country's interests.

Appearing before a crowd of farmers and small-business owners in the presidential battleground state of Iowa, Obama called on Congress to help boost an anemic economy by passing an extension of the payroll tax cut and a new road construction bill, among other things.

"America is going to come back from this recession stronger than before," the president declared. But I "need your help sending a message to Congress" that "it's time to put politics aside and get something done," he said.

Elements in Congress refuse to "put country ahead of faction," Obama said. It is time to "put country ahead of party and put the next generation ahead of the next election. That's what I'm fighting for."

Obama's latest salvo against tea party-backed Republicans came in the midst of the president's three-day Midwestern bus tour, ostensibly meant to promote administration's new rural economic development initiatives.

The president is scheduled to discussed a number of political and economic issues during a one-on-one interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday afternoon.

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  1. Dan Levitan

    Jon Stewart made a clear call ->

    August 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. marc varela

    Why can't elected officials work cooperatively for the greater good?
    Why can't they serve outside their vested interests and self aggrandizement?
    Why can't they work outside and beyond their comfort zone?

    Being elected and representative of all the people, they are regarded in high esteemed and should work with honor, dignity to the position they aspire for and were elected to. But in the outset, these peoples aspirations for a greater good can only be made in heaven.

    Right now it is just as murkier than mud!

    September 20, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
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