President Barack Obama addresses supporters Wednesday at the Mississippi Valley Fairground in Davenport, Iowa. Obama touted his plans for the next four years to a crowd of 3,500 supporters on his first stop of a two-day campaign marathon.
It’s part of a larger Obama plan to boost manufacturing, one of the items Obama has touted and made part of his final television ad pitch on his agenda.
The Romney campaign and Capitol Hill Republicans, meanwhile, have dismissed Obama’s effort at repackaging his agenda as well as his dealmaking chops.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), speaking on Don Imus’ show Wednesday, said Obama repeatedly failed to reach out to Republicans in his first term.
“When’s the last time he asked [Speaker John] Boehner [R-Ohio] and Mitch [McConnell] to come down to the White House and maybe have a drink? Maybe have dinner?” McCain asked. Obama’s aloof stance has been a frequent complaint among Hill Republicans since the collapse of the grand bargain talks in the summer of 2011.
One GOP aide predicted Obama’s second-term success would depend on how much he reached out to the GOP immediately after the election.
“The more toxic he makes the lame-duck, the more he jeopardizes a second-term agenda,” the aide said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.