Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday morning accused each other's parties of seeking to sabotage the economy in order to make political gain in next year's elections.
"They believe a weak economy means a weak president," accused Reid, seeking to explain Republicans' unified vote against Obama's jobs package on Tuesday night. "They have blocked this jobs package in hopes of doing political damage to the president."
But McConnell quickly defended his party's position against Reid's attack, accusing Democrats of seeking to portray Congress as "broken" in order to run against it in the 2012 election.
"Nothing could be more ridiculous than to suggest that Republicans are rooting against the economy," said McConnell. "The White House has made it clear that the president is praying for gridlock so that he has somebody besides himself to point the finger at next November. "