During the debates, Barack Obama blamed Congress for sequestration. He said further that sequester “will not happen.”
Go to 1:00 and listen to Obama claim sequester will not happen:
Recently, Barack Obama gave an interview to the DesMoines Register, an important liberal paper in the swing state of Iowa. Before the interview was published, he told the Register to pull the interview, which they did do.
There was an outcry and the Register finally released the transcript this morning. We now know what Obama was trying to hide.
This is the piece that Obama did not want reported:
THE PRESIDENT: Well, Rick, let me answer you short term and long term. In the short term, the good news is that there’s going to be a forcing mechanism to deal with what is the central ideological argument in Washington right now, and that is: How much government do we have and how do we pay for it?
So when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place, the commitment of both myself and my opponent — at least Governor Romney claims that he wants to reduce the deficit — but we’re going to be in a position where I believe in the first six months we are going to solve that big piece of business.
It will probably be messy. It won’t be pleasant. But I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I’ve been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs.
He said, “when you combine the Bush tax cuts expiring, the sequester in place…” In other words, he lied during the debate or he lied during the interview.
I think we all know he accidentally told the truth during the interview.