Money & Politics with Larry Kudlow

Kudlow: This Issue Could Trump Economy with Voters


Until quite recently, it looked as if the economy was going to be the deciding factor in the election. But that may be about to change.

If new developments are any indication, national security could move front and center with trouble in the Mideast seeming to escalate by the day.

Could Mideast Trump Economy with Voters?

The involved Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who made inflammatory remarks about Israel, ahead of an annual UN meeting, saying that Israel has no roots in the Middle East and would be "eliminated."

Larry Kudlow was extremely critical of the way in which the President handled the nation's response.

“They didn’t walk out,” said an outraged Larry Kudlow.

Instead, the White House responded to the Iranian president's comments by calling them 'disgusting, offensive and outrageous.'

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran

“By listening to Ahmadinejad, President Obama dignified one of the worst dictators on the planet,” added Jed Babbin, former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense on The Kudlow Report.

But Kudlow's criticms go far beyond the rhetoric out of the UN.

Kudlow also takes issue with the way in which President Obama described the recent Mideast violence during an interview on the CBS show ’60 Minutes – violence that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

“Bump in the road. He called it a bump in the road. That sounds cavalier to me!” said Kudlow

"It is disgusting to have Obama describe the killing of an ambassador and three other Americans as 'a bump in the road' on 60 Minutes," said former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich on Twitter.

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In addition, Kudlow and other Republicans are also furious with the President for making comments such as “Israel is one of our closest allies in the region.”

According to Kristen Silverberg, former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Obama’s commentary is unusual by any standard.

On The Kudlow Report, she said, “There has been a bi-partisan consensus for many years that the US and Israel are the closest of allies. “What he said is  out of sync with a broad bi-partisan consensus in this country.”

In response to the GOP criticism of the President, White House press secretary Jay Carney said  "There is a certain rather desperate attempt to grasp at words and phrases here to find political advantage. And in this case, that's profoundly offensive."

“As far as I’m concerned this President is an absolute amateur,” said Kudlow.


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