When Obama suggests you never saw Democrats vote against raising the debt ceiling, he apparently forgot his own vote against raising the debt ceiling. The Obama who doesn’t want to negotiate today over the debt limit wanted to vote against it in 2006.
SHOT: Obama Argued That Republicans Must Support A Debt Ceiling Increase Because Democrats Did So When There Was A Republican President. OBAMA: “Democrats don’t like voting for the debt ceiling when a Republican’s president. And yet, you, but you never saw a situation in which Democrats suggested somehow that we would go ahead and default if we didn’t get 100 percent of our way. That’s just not how it’s supposed to work.” (President Barack Obama, Press Conference, 1/14/13)
CHASER: But In 2006, As A Senator, Obama Voted Against The Senate Resolution to Increase The Debt Ceiling. (H.J. Res 47: Adopted 52-48: R 51-3; D 1-43; I 0-1, 3/16/06, Obama Voted Nay)
- Then-Sen. Obama Said “America Has A Debt Problem And A Failure Of Leadership. Americans Deserve Better. I Therefore Intend To Oppose The Effort To Increase America’s Debt Limit.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA:”Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better. I therefore intend to oppose the effort to increase America’s debt limit.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Congressional Record, 3/16/06, p. S2237)