Sen. Lindsey Graham said today that even an improving economy won’t help President Barack Obama get re-elected.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” the South Carolina Republican said that recent positive employment numbers are not strong enough.
“This is an anemic recovery after a long recession, 37 months in a row over 8 percent unemployment for the people in the United States, the longest streak since the Great Depression,” he said.
Graham said the president’s policies on health care and oil drilling have contributed.
The economy is “anemic at best, and the policies of the president are going to make it impossible for this country to recover,” he said. “Big things haven’t happened very well on his watch.”
Appearing on the same show, Sen. Charles Schumer said that Obama inherited much of the problem from his predecessor.
“The president was handed an awful situation, everyone knows that, greatest recession since the Depression, 700,000 jobs lost the year he took office, and now it’s turning around because of his steadfastness,” the New York Democrat 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.