Sen. Roy Blunt: New Term, 'Old Combativeness' From Obama

January 21, 2013 - 10:25 AM

Roy Blunt

Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Asked by "Fox News Sunday" how President Obama's "new combativeness" is going to work in his second term, Sen. Roy Blunt, a Missouri Republican, said Obama's attitude is nothing new:

"Well, it seems to me it is a lot like the old combativeness. Remember the president said during the campaign that you can't solve problems from inside Washington. There is only one guy that can actually lead in Washington in a way that can find a solution to big problems and that's the president."

Blunt told "Fox News Sunday" host Mike Wallace he'd "like to see the president take advantage of the second term" by advancing a specific agenda, something he did not do in his first four years.

"He speaks in general terms, he likes the executive order approach a whole lot better than the legislative approach, and you really can't get all that far with executive orders. You've got to get -- you've got to legislate and you've got to legislate realistically. You've got to realize you don't control the entire Congress."

Blunt said Obama must propose something that a divided Congress -- a Democrat-led Senate and a Republican-led House -- "can, at the end of the day, be for. Or you just continue to kind of patch things together, in ways that don't come up with real solutions."

Blunt called for Obama to adopt a "cooperative leadership effort" with the Congress.

Just passing a budget would be a "step in the right direction," he said.

President Obama's major legislative achievement in his first term was Obamacare.

White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe told CBS's "Face the Nation" that Obama's second-term priorities include continuing to grow the economy, focusing on the middle class -- as well as "balanced deficit reduction, investments in education and manufacturing, immigration reform, and gun safety."