Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said the government shutdown has helped the public finally see through President Barack Obama – who thus far has been unwilling to compromise with congressional Republicans 11 days into the government shutdown, and days away from the government reaching its borrowing limit next week.
“I think that the public has seen through that and that's why he fell to 37 percent favorable and 53 percent unfavorable,” Gohmert told TheBlaze Friday. “He's never been there before because the people are seeing that to get what he wants.”
Gohmert was referring to an Associated Press poll of the president's favorablity ratings this week.
“He's willing to close down government and make good people – families that have lost patriots on the battlefield – he's willing to make all these people suffer just so he can get what he wants,” Gohmert continued. “That's not the way that America operates.”
Still, he said he doesn't have the highest confidence in the House Republican leadership, which met with Obama at the White House Thursday and offered a six-week extension on the debt ceiling to provide breathing room for further negotiation. Obama rebuffed the plan, but said he was open to more talks if Congress approved a debt limit hike first.
“We heard this morning since the president said yesterday afternoon, you give me everything I want, give me my debt ceiling huge hike and you give me everything I want funded and the biggest, bloated government I can get, then you'll be surprised at how many things I'm willing to discuss as a possible negotiation,” Gohmert said. “So unfortunately, I think some of our leaders took that as a way to figure out how to capitulate. I think most Republicans want to stand strong and they are looking for a way to do that.”
Gohmert was attending the Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. on Friday.
“I'm hoping the deal that I've heard is being put together does not end up being the deal is proposed to us,” Gohmert said.