By Jordan Fabian - 09/15/15 02:01 PM EDT
President Obama will follow news coverage of the second Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday night, but he won't be tuning in.
“He has better things to do,” Press Secretary Josh Earnest said when asked why Obama is skipping the debate, which will air on CNN.
The president on Tuesday teed off on the Republican field for fueling an “anti-immigrant sentiment” in politics, saying candidates’ rhetoric is “contrary to who we are” as Americans.
“Unless you are a Native American, your family came from someplace else,” Obama said at a town hall in Iowa, an important early-voting state.
Earnest said Obama’s comments were not only aimed at the GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: 'Check out sex tape' of former Miss Universe Clinton camp debates media strategy vs. Trump Five things Trump can do to regain momentum MORE, who has called for mass deportations and the construction of a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border. Tough language on immigration has come from an “alarming number” of Republican candidates, Earnest added.