Obama to Heavily Criticize Republicans in Speech

Posted September 9, 2009 at 5:48pm

When President Barack Obama goes before a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, he plans to deliver a searing attack on opponents of his health care proposals, accusing them of using “games— and “scare tactics for political gain.—

“What we have also seen in these last months is the same partisan spectacle that only hardens the disdain many Americans have toward their own government,— Obama will say, according to excepts of his remarks released by the White House.

“Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics,— he will say. “Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise. Too many have used this as an opportunity to score short-term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge.—

Obama attempts to portray himself as above the fray, asserting that his proposal includes Republican ideas despite the harsh rhetoric coming out of the GOP camp.

Republicans assert they have taken a principled stand against a proposal they say will break the U.S. Treasury and end with the government controlling the health care system.

Obama will issue a warning to his opponents that he will highlight what he says are their mischaracterizations of his proposal.

“I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it,— he will say. “I will not stand by while the special interests use the same old tactics to keep things exactly the way they are. If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out.—