White House press secretary Jay Carney was pressed on Sunday by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl over promises the president made last year during his State of the Union address that never came to fruition.
“If you look at last year’s State of the Union address, the president made some specific promises. Raise the minimum wage, immigration reform, background checks for gun purchases — none of that happened,” Karl said. “Isn’t this year only going to be harder?”
“Those were calls for action that involved Congress,” Carney countered, adding President Barack Obama was “very disappointed” the Senate failed to pass legislation further regulating gun purchases and saying he is optimistic Congress will pass immigration reform this year.
Karl then asked Carney if he thinks passing the Affordable Care Act will still have been worth it if the Democrats lose control of the Senate.
“You already lost the House because of Obamacare,” Karl said. “Will it have been worth it if you lose the Senate?”
“This is not about politics,” Carney answered. “So the answer is, it is absolutely worth it, no matter what happens.”
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