Obama's Open Mic
An open night, a cocky president.
President Obama had a candid, private conversation with campaign donors last night in Chicago.
Except, as it turns out, it wasn't so private. The microphone in the room that was on for the part of his remarks that reporters were allowed to listen to was accidentally kept open.
"Eliminating the health care bill would cost us $1 trillion dollars," the president said. "It would add $1 trillion to the deficit. So when Paul Ryan says his priority is to make sure, he's just being America's accountant and trying to you know be responsible, this is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill -- but wasn't paid for.
Here's the straight tape.
About the GOP attempts to de-fund Planned Parenthood, the president said he told Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was "'You guys want to have this debate? We’re happy to have that debate. We will have the debate on the floor of the Senate or the floor of the House. Put it in a separate bill. We'll call it up. And if you think you can overturn my veto, try it. But don't try to sneak this through.'"