With nation split, Obama claims GOP senators too 'controversial'

Posted Oct 5, 2013 by Michael Krebs
With a recent Rasmussen poll showing a split in which Party to blame for the federal government shutdown, President Obama labeled first-term GOP senators too "controversial."
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the budget negotiations  in the James S. Brady Press Brie...
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the budget negotiations, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sept. 30, 2013.
White House photo
The federal government shutdown entered its fifth day on Saturday, a poll released by Rasmussen Reports on Friday demonstrated a split in the American public on which political Party should shoulder the blame. 50 percent of those surveyed by Rasmussen held the Republicans responsible for an "extreme" agenda, while 46 percent claimed the same of Democrats.
However, President Obama made it clear that the issue rested, as he sees it, with the GOP. In fact, according to Obama, in an interview he gave with the Associated Press, the first-term senate Republicans expressed too much of a "controversial" perspective.
"I recognize that in today's media age, being controversial, taking controversial positions, rallying the most extreme parts of your base, whether it's left or right, is a lot of times the fastest way to get attention and raise money," Obama said. "But it's not good for government."
GOP first-term senators include Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), all of whom are considered possible 2016 presidential contenders.