Hey, c’mon now, he’s only had 55 campaign events in swing states, who’s to say he’s abusing it? Well, anyone with a lick of common sense.
When President Barack Obama jets to Scranton, Pa., Wednesday to promote his jobs package, he’ll log his 56th event in a presidential battleground state this year, putting him well ahead of President George W. Bush’s record-breaking swing-state travel in 2003.
Mr. Obama’s extensive travels this year have opened the president to criticism from Republicans that he is intertwining campaigning and governing at a time when he has called for bipartisanship on intractable national problems. Most of the cost is typically borne by taxpayers.
Probably safe to say he’s spent zero during this entire time. How dare the suckers even question him!
Carney said the logic of the article is flawed because Obama “expanded the political map dramatically,” and states including Virginia and North Carolina, which were not considered battleground states when former president George W. Bush visited them in 2003, are now in play for Democrats.
Carney argued that Bush traveled far more often to the traditional battleground states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Florida, and that it was unfair to count Obama’s visits to states that he “made competitive” for Democrats.
“The suggestion that [Obama] can’t make official travel to any state that is considered contested or close, we reject that,” Carney said.
Carney also rejected the notion Obama’s visits to the swing states were campaign-related, saying the president was getting out of Washington because he has the responsibility to “go out and meet with Americans.”
Especially at basketball games, where the real Americans are.
Jake Tapper, one of the few non-supine reporters left, had this exchange with the sniveling puke Carney.
He’s not very convincing.