On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, author and journalist Bob Woodward appeared on the program to promote his upcoming book detailing the early years of President Barack Obama’s administration. During the interview, Joe Scarborough was forced to admit that he had been misquoting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when he said, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.” Scarborough noted that the press had omitted the final part of that quote in which McConnell said that, if there was compromise, Republicans would be happy to work with Obama.
In the interview with Woodward, Scarborough admits that he had been reading misleading reports that only partially quoted McConnell and assumed that it was Congressional Republicans priority to block Obama and the Democrats from achieving their legislative objectives.
I’ve got to admit, just by reading press reports, I didn’t know the other side of the Mitch McConnell quote. And I think I, at least, owe him an apology here on the air because we’ve repeated it a thousand times where Mitch McConnell says, my one priority, my top priority is preventing a second Obama term. But you actually pull out what nobody in the media pulls out, and that’s the rest of Mitch McConnell’s statement.
“But McConnell went on to say — and it’s just never been reported — McConnell went on to say, but if he changes, I want to work with him, and basically that’s the attitude of if the guy will meet us halfway — and I see John Heilemann rolling his eyes around the set, but time and time and time again, republicans offered suggestions, and time and time and time again, the first two years, the president rejected them outright,” Scarborough concluded.
Woodward went on to say that even after the Republican’s won a sweeping midterm election in 2010, the GOP was open to compromising with the president. He says that House Majority Leader, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), went out of his way to court the president and offer to provide the assistance of his caucus if there could be mutually acceptable compromise during the debt ceiling negations in 2011.
“It was the John Boehner, the Speaker, who came to Obama, not the other way around,” said Woodward. “The Speaker came to Obama and said, ‘We need to work something out here.’ And he proposed – instead of tax increases – he proposed tax reform.”
Watch the segment below via MSNBC:
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