O’Reilly And Carville Clash Over Whether Clinton Cared More About Economy, Debt Than Obama Does


Bill O’Reilly continued his theme of what the biggest problem facing the country today is with James Carville. Carville cited a general economic trend downward since the 1970s and unemployment. After a brief clash, O’Reilly brought up Carville’s former boss, Bill Clinton, and challenged him on the difference in economic outlook between Clinton and President Obama. Carville disputed that, saying their only major difference is on style.

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Carville said that the economy is slowly but steadily improving, which led to him and O’Reilly briefly clashing over exactly how much better the economy is getting and exactly where health care cuts are coming from.

O’Reilly then turned to the Clinton issue, saying that the former Democratic president had a “very responsible fiscal policy” and didn’t try to “micromanage” the private sector. He accused Obama of being the biggest spending president in history and claimed at least Clinton cared more about the national debt. Carville argued that a key difference between the two presidencies is that the economy was starting to grow when Clinton got into office, but not with Obama.

But Carville maintained that by and large Clinton and Obama have similar economic beliefs. He said both favor raising taxes on the wealthy, both worked on getting health care reform done, and both signed free trade agreements. If anything, Carville said, the only difference between them is on style. O’Reilly insisted they have a fundamentally different economic philosophy. Carville pushed back, saying that Obama most likely just believes in “aggressive government during a downturn.”

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