President Obama is playing “small-ball” politics by not addressing jobs and the economy, Sen. Kelly Ayotte told CNBC on Monday.
“It’s small-ball politics because he’s spending all his time talking about issues that don’t matter to the voters because he doesn’t want to talk about the dismal jobs reports we have had – over 40 months of over-8 percent unemployment,” she said on “The Kudlow Report.”
“We are facinging the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. We know if we don’t address it, we’ll go into a recession,” she added. “It’s deeply troubling, and he doesn’t want to talk about the big-picture issues.”
Ayotte took issue with the $16 trillion federal debt.
“We added $5 trillion to the debt during his presidency,” she said. “That’s why you hear him talking about what I call issues that don’t have anything to do with what’s going to drive this election, which is economy and jobs, so small-ball politics. Our country deserves better.”
Ayotte cast Obama’s proposal to extend the so-called Bush tax cuts on the first $250,000 of income for everyone as a tax increase.
“Essentially what they are saying is we’re going to allow this country to go into recession so we can raise taxes on a million small businesses, which 25 percent of the work force works for those businesses, and it just doesn’t make any sense. It’s absurd,” she said. “Also at risk, they want to basically go over the fiscal cliff and decimate the military just so they can prove their point on let’s punish those who have been successful.”
Ayotte said she would like to see “real tax reform,” which would simplify the code and lower rates for everyone. She did not mention how the federal government would fund the automatic cuts in military spending set to take effect.
“We have to get our economy moving, and that’s why we need new leadership in the White House with Mitt Romney because he understands us,” she said. “He understands that it’s the small businesses and the entrepreneurs that create jobs.”