House Speaker John Boehner Thursday called President Obama’s visits to college campuses in three battleground states this week “pathetic” political posturing and said the president’s reelection campaign should reimburse taxpayers for the travel.
Obama traveled to universities in North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado to urge Congress to stop the interest rate on federal student loans from doubling July 1 from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Boehner said that Republicans as well as Democrats want to prevent the bump, but there is a predictable stand-off over how to pay for the $6 billion cost.
“Our country’s facing some major economic and fiscal challenges, yet here’s the president wasting time on a fake fight to try to gain his own re-election,” Boehner (R.,Ohio) said. “These are the types of political stunts and, frankly, they aren’t worth it and worthy of his office. This is the biggest job in the world, and I’ve never seen a president make it smaller.”
On Wednesday, the Republican National Committee filed a formal complaint with the nonpartisan Government Accountability office, requesting an investigation of the college swing and other recent Obama trips to see if the reelection campaign is defrauding the government.