Skip to comments.Sequestration will not happen, Obama says in final debate
Posted on 10/23/2012 5:49:59 AM PDT by SkyPilot
Sequestration will not happen. President Barack Obama made this assertion Monday night during the third and final presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla. "The sequester is not something that I proposed," Obama said, of the $1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts set to kick in on Jan. 2. "It's something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. The budget that we're talking about is not reducing our military spending. It's maintaining it."
Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney used the debate to outline their different approaches to reducing federal spending.
"We're going to cut about 5 percent of the discretionary budget excluding military," Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor said he would balance the budget within eight to 10 years by reducing spending on a number of programs.
"Number one I get rid of is 'Obamacare,'" he said. "There are a number of things that sound good but, frankly, we just can't afford them. And that one doesn't sound good, and it's not affordable, so I get rid of that one from day one; to the extent humanly possible, we get that out. We take program after program that we don't absolutely have to have and we get rid of them."
Mitt Romney, left, as Republican presidential nominee, and President Barack Obama, right, during the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Fla. (AP graphic)President Obama challenged his opponent's call to cut $5 trillion by closing loopholes and deductions while asking for an additional $2 trillion on defense spending.
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This statement by Obama is simply incredible. For months, he has refused to meet with Congressional leaders to come up with a plan to stop what even his own Defense Secretary says are "devastating" cuts to Defense.
When cornered during a debate with Romney, he said last night that sequestration will not happen. The problem is, it is now law and will take place in January if nothing is done. Perhaps 1.5 million jobs will be lost if sequestration takes place.
A White House underling has tried to spin this into saying what Obama meant to say was "should" not happen, but the President nor his campaign has clarified this incredible statement from last night.
President Barack Obama startled Washington during Monday night's foreign policy debate when he said billions in automatic Pentagon cuts will not happen" a line that could weaken his bargaining power during an epic spending and tax fight expected when Congress returns. Obama was responding to criticism from Republican rival Mitt Romney that American national security is at risk if the defense cuts are triggered in early January. "First of all, the sequester is not something I proposed, it's something that Congress proposed," Obama said. "It will not happen."
Obama signed this into law to take place. How is he going to get around the Constitution so this does not happen considering the Senate won’t be cooperating as usual in putting out anything the House sends it?
And the Lord Obama stretcheth out his hands and proclaimed, “The sequestration will not happen.” And forthwith, the military fell prostrate in righteous fear of the power of the Lord.”
Is he lying deliberately or is he simply delusional?
I guess I’m dumber than a rock, but will somebody tell me the meaning of the word “sequester” as it’s used in this situation?
Of course 0bama has never met a lie he didn't like. 0bama must seriously believe he is Dictator!
I don’t believe what he says until concrete action is taken to avert sequestration.
This is a bad, bad thing and it can be laid at Maobama’s and Harry Reid’s doorstep.
Obamessiah LIED... he said “will not happen”, but AFTER the debate the White Hut “clarified the issue” = “What he meant was it “SHOULD NOT HAPPEN”. There is a chasm as big as the Grand Canyon between “will” and “SHOULD” and Obamessiah has no intention of keeping ANY statement or so-called “promise” he made regarding ANYTHING because he is a LIAR!
Obama thoughts: I will soon be in a position where the Constitution and the Congress no longer matter. The Congress renamed the Peoples' Assembly will be convened and recessed as I see fit to proclaim the wisdom of my leadership.
sequestration is the poison pill no one ever expected anyone to have to take
obama expects the GOP to be the party of adults, to cave on their party principles, fall on their swords, raise taxes, and prevent sequestration from occurring
then the democrats will gleefully blame the results of a tax-increase-induced insta-recession on the GOP
could not have happened without boner and the pubs in the house...
this is not a democrat thing, nor is it a pub thing, it is a politician thing, us versus them...
Sequestration should have been defined in the first paragraph.
We’d better keep a close eye on this guy when he loses. It’s a long time till January and he will do incredible damage if left unchecked.
"We have always been at war with EastAsia"
I think he is correct. The Congress will eventually maintain the current tax policy and actual sequestration will not take place. It may be in early February rather than late December
but there will be no actual sequestration.
Fox said that Axelrod was “spinning” the president’s statement from “will” to “SHOULD.”
We’ll have to see what the MSM decides that we heard the president say. (sarc off)
And Obama came up with the idea of the sequestration, so he lied about that, too. If Democrats need confirmation of that, it’s in Woodward’s book, and he’s still a saint in Dem circles because he brought down Pres. Nixon.
0bama was very forceful when he said that sequestration
“Will Not Happen” - “should” is not even close.
Does not square with “will not sign anything that does not raise taxes on the wealthy”
He made it sound like he will prevent sequestration. More proof that he just does not understand the budget or the laws that govern us (and him).
Or far more ignorant and incompetent than his supporters know.
Remember no one seriously calls himself an "A-Hole". Everyone else though just knows it by listening to him.
Mitt played it exactly right - he avoided all the mines that had been laid for him and Zero came through by giving Mitt's folks enough ammo to carry the next couple weeks. Mitt 56% Zero 42% Virgil Goode and other spoilers 2% (I can dream...).
I have been watching this guy for four years and every time he gets up before a crowd of people he lies.
Maybe barry thought sequestration had something to do with horses.
Lighten up. Obama’s contracted Joe Biden disease.
A huge number of those cuts hit the military (over half). That means 10's of thousands of military jobs will vanish in states like VA.
Obama's lying. Sequestration is law and now has to happen. If Romney becomes President he'll figure a way out of the problem.
The difference between Obama's declartion last night (in front of an international audience of millions of people, including the entiring voting public and the media) between "SHOULD NOT" and "WILL NOT" is gargantuan.
It is the difference between over a million jobs, the difference between the military capability of our nation, the difference between sending our nation deeper into a Recession it never climbed out of, and the difference between our next debt crisis - which is right around the corner.
How the presstitutes can allow Obama to weasel out of this incredible statment by allowing a campaign underling to spew post-debate statements in the "spin room" is incredible.
As has been stated here, Sequestration was the Obama White House's idea! Even Bob Woodward has documented this. The debt deal talks solidify these facts.
Moreover, it is NOT defense spending that is breaking the back of this nation. It is entitlements - the very thing that was "off the table" during the debt ceiling negotiations because the White House and Democrats will not address them.
The Democrats and Obama, instead, chose to hold a gun to the head of our military, which is going to suffer 50% of the up front, automatic cuts. Moreover, how many of you believe the Democrats won't find some way to keep funding their pet domestic programs while allowing defense to be further gutted under Obama II?
This is a trainwreck.
Obama should be asked by the press night and day from now until election day "What are you going to do about sequestration?" Either he is going to work with Congress to stave off these cuts that will gut defense, or he will sit by and do nothing - - which is exactly what he has been doing for months!
I know one thing - I am 100% positive that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid wet their pants last night when Obama made this gaffe or declaration - take your pick. It undermines their entire lie about what sequestration really is, and how bad it is.
After the debate, his people backed down on that!
WHAT???? How much balder can a lie get???
Maybe Romney should've had Bob Schieffer check the transcript!
White House reversing itself already. Actually, they reversed themselves last night after the debate was over.
“Megyn, you mentioned the sequester earlier, the massive cut to the Defense Department, the Pentagon, thats coming up on January 2. The president said tonight that the sequester will not happen. That was a key moment. And it did make news. Well now, the White House, the campaign is back-pedaling. David Plouffe saying in the Spin Room just behind you, pressed on this, he said repeatedly to reporters, everyone in Washington agrees the sequester, quote, SHOULD not happen. And asked again, and he said it should not happen. So apparently WILL not happen has become SHOULD not happen. “
Of OB gets re-elected it’s going to be a cold dark January.....and that’s just for starters.