Published Monday, March 31, 2014 at 4:58 pm / Updated at 5:07 pm
JAMES R. BURNETT/THE WORLD-HERALD
He 'sucked less than Romney': Bob Kerrey harsh on Obama in British interview
From staff reports
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is speaking his mind about the president, telling London's Daily Mail that President Barack Obama suffers from “self-delusion” and that he only won in 2012 because he “sucked less than Romney.”
Kerrey went on to rap Obama for his oft-repeated health care promise that under Obamacare, Americans could keep insurance plans they liked.
“He had to know he was misleading the audience,” the former Nebraska governor told the British newspaper last week.
Kerrey also said that 2009 was the wrong time to attempt a health care reform, as the nation was just starting to recover from a deep recession. When it became clear the president was determined, however, it was a political mistake to give up on the public option of his health care plan, Kerrey said.
During his time in the Senate, the Democrat stood out as one of the few in his party who raised an alarm about spiraling costs of entitlement programs. He continued that theme in his Daily Mail interview, bemoaning the lack of political will for revising programs to ensure their continued solvency. The Washington environment doesn't allow for that, he said.
“It's the one thing 'R's' and D's' can agree on,” Kerrey said. “Don't screw with seniors.”
He also painted a glum picture of the future for Congress, saying it will take a president to break the gridlock in place today. Asked if that president was Obama, he was silent.
“I'm shaking my head 'no,'” he said eventually. “If he was up to it, he would have done it.”