Daily Fix Poll: Will President Obama's tough language toward Republicans pay off?
By Felicia Sonmez
President Obama turned his fire on congressional Republicans at his press conference today, chastising them for holding up legislation that would help small businesses and painting them as responsible for the country's dire economic straits.
"I understand there's an election coming up. But the American people didn't send us here to think about our jobs, they sent us here to think about theirs," Obama said in his opening remarks, blaming "a partisan minority" of Republican senators for blocking the small-business jobs bill.
He later charged that Republicans are offering "the same kinds of skewed policies that led up to this crisis."
The tough talk came two days after Obama delivered a searing address in Cleveland where he referred to House Minority Leader John Boehner by name eight times and claimed again that Republicans have not offered new solutions.
"There were no new policies from Mr. Boehner," Obama said Wednesday, referring to a speech Boehner delivered in the same city last month. "There were no new ideas. There was just the same philosophy we already tried for the last decade -- the same philosophy that led to this mess in the first place."
Could Obama's aggressive tack toward Republicans be the key to firing up the Democratic base this November, or might it backfire and instead fire up the GOP? Give us your thoughts in today's Daily Fix Poll.