Senate Republicans don’t have much of an appetite to give President Barack Obama their version of question-and-answer time – not after seeing how Obama handled House Republicans last week.
“We’re always happy to hear from the president but I don’t really feel any compelling need to do it [on camera],” Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Republicans’ chief campaign strategist, told POLITICO.
The White House has suggested that it would like Obama to address the Senate GOP Conference, with TV cameras present. Obama administration officials are eager for voters to see Obama operate in a format he relishes – and handle his former Senate colleagues the same way he did last week to House Republicans at their annual retreat.
Asked about the White House invitation to Senate Republicans, Cornyn said: “For what purpose? Was it for photo op or is it serious? The president can invite Mitch McConnell, John Boehner or anybody he wants for a serious talk about issues.”
Wait, I thought Cornyn was a big, bad tough guy cowboy. And he’s afraid of a televised Q&A with the president — who is evidently weak and spindly?