“Instead of eating out as the president and senators did last month, I suggest they eat in. With their budgets tight in the struggling economy, many families are doing exactly that. It’s only fitting our leaders do the same with the government facing such a large budget deficit.”
The RNC chairman offered to pay for the fast food delivery.
“I’d like to offer to order pizza for them and have it delivered to the White House,” he continued. “I know I’m not invited to dinner, but as RNC Chairman I’m happy to do my part to foster a spirit of bipartisanship if it means we can tackle the debt and deficit — and achieve real spending and tax reform.”
At Wednesday’s dinner, Obama is expected to discuss his budget, which will be rolled out earlier in the day. Priebus used his offer to take a swipe at Obama’s fiscal record, saying a night in with pizza might teach the president something about basic economics.
“If we’re lucky, maybe the pizza will serve to illuminate an important economic point for President Obama: instead of redistributing the slices, the best way to make everyone happy is to make the pie bigger,” he said. “It’s as true for dinner as it is for economic growth and opportunity.”
Obama will dine with 12 Republican senators on Wednesday night at an as-of-yet undisclosed location.
In early March, Obama sat down with a different set of Republican senators for a two-hour meal at the Jefferson Hotel.