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article imageObama admonishes Texas reporter for interrupting him in interview

By Michael Krebs     Apr 20, 2011 in Politics
In a televised report carried on local affiliate WFAA News 8, President Obama faced tough questioning over his appeal in Texas and at the end of the interview told the reporter not to interrupt him again in any future interviews.
In an interview granted to Texas reporter Brad Watson of television affiliate WFAA News 8 in the White House's Map Room, President Obama engaged in an uncomfortable interview on the nature of the president's popularity in Texas. When the questioning ended, President Obama had some straightforward advice for Mr. Watson: ""Let me finish my answers next time we do an interview, all right?" Obama said.
The interview touched on the president's plan with regard to the national deficit. President Obama's solution of blending taxes on the wealthy with spending cuts is largely unpopular in Texas, but Obama explained that Texas is an ideologically different place.
"Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for historic reasons," Obama said.
The president had scheduled interviews with four Texas media outlets on Monday, according to Fox News. But Obama's re-election appeal in Texas is a question.
"We lost by a few percentage points in Texas," Obama told Watson. But Watson pointed out to the president that he had lost Texas by 11 percentage points, a wider gulf than "a few" would infer.
"If what you're telling me is Texas is a conservative state, you're absolutely right," Obama said.
The president has also received steady criticism from Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry over issues that range from energy policy to health care, but Obama dismissed Perry's positions, saying the governor happily received funding from the federal government.
"Governor Perry helped balance his budget with about $6 billion worth of federal help — which he happily took — and then started blaming the members of Congress who had offered that help," Obama said.
But regardless of the difficulties President Obama has no intentions of walking away from Texas.
"I never write off any states," Obama said. "I love Texas."
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