Decorah, Iowa – President Barack Obama slammed partisan politics and called on lawmakers to prioritize economic growth Monday, the first day of his three-day Midwestern tour, CNN informs. The president spoke in the afternoon at a town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa.
“The problem we have is not with our country. The problem is that our politics is broken,” he said.
“There are a whole host of ideas that we could be implementing right now that traditionally have had bipartisan support. The only thing that is preventing us from passing them is that there are some folks in Congress who think that doing something in cooperation with me, or this White House, that that somehow is bad politics.”
The president said he will release a detailed plan to boost the economy, create jobs and control the country’s deficit when Congress returns to Washington in September. Obama’s three-day Midwestern tour was billed by the White House as an opportunity for the president to talk about job growth and the effects of national economic policy with people in their own communities.