Nothing could be better for the country than making Obama a one-term president.
COLUMBIA — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn said Monday that congressional Republicans are acting with one primary goal in mind: To make sure President Barack Obama is a one-term president.
And it is that objective, Clyburn said, that has led to the most recent gridlock in Washington.
“All of this is about President Obama; it’s not about anything else,” said South Carolina’s 6th District representative.
Clyburn gave brief remarks to roughly 200 at a Columbia Rotary Club luncheon before he left to return to Washington for a late Monday vote to extend payroll tax cuts.
Clyburn said the GOP was responsible for backing off a deal for the extension, and Republicans also walked away from the table where the so-called “super committee” was charged with putting together a plan to avoid $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over the next decade.
Clyburn was a member of the 12-member congressional cost-cutting committee. But, he said, the committee had a 13th member standing right outside the door: Grover Norquist and his no-tax pledge signed by most Republican congressmen.
“Every time we got close to doing it one way, he would pay a visit,” Clyburn said in remarks to the media. “When (the GOP) took the position that closing tax loopholes would be tantamount to raising taxes, I knew then that the whole deal was doomed. You’re not going to be able to reach an agreement with that kind of irrationality.”