GOP Rep. McCarthy to Obama: 'Get off the golf course' and 'get engaged'

The No. 3 Republican leader in the House took President Obama to task Friday, claiming he should put the golf clubs down and get directly involved in the budget talks with Congress.

"He's got to get off the golf course and he's got to get engaged," Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.

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"He has a responsibility as a leader," McCarthy said.

Although he referred to the president's golf game, McCarthy did not address the highly publicized golf game Obama recently played with House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP sees omens of a Dem wave in Wisconsin Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks MORE (R-Ohio), the GOP leader with whom Obama is expected to soon meet to deal with the budget deficit and debt-limit crises. 

The GOP's third most powerful congressman accused Obama of staying on the sidelines during the budget deficit talks lead by Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenOvernight Cybersecurity: Mueller interviewed Sessions in Russia probe | Comey met investigators last year | Dems demand social media firms probe Russian bots | Missing FBI text messages anger Republicans Biden on Russia: Easy to say we should've said more Poll: Biden, Sanders, Oprah all lead Trump big in 2020 match-ups MORE.

"Look, I think we can get to the point where we solve this problem," McCarthy said on Bloomberg TV's Political Capital with Al Hunt. "It is never going to happen if the talks are still all going to be Biden."

McCarthy shied away from the idea of a short-term solution or a temporary debt ceiling increase in order to buy time on reaching an agreement on entitlement reforms. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump: If there's no wall, there's no DACA fix Schumer: Democrats 'cut the best deal we could' Dems sour on shutdown tactics MORE (R-Ky.) suggested earlier this week that a short-term increase might be necessary.

The deficit reduction talks broke down earlier this week when House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRaúl Labrador, a model for Hispanic politicians reaching higher Eric Cantor: Moore ‘deserves to lose’ If we want to make immigration great again, let's make it bipartisan MORE (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) pulled out of negotiations, citing Democratic demands for tax increases as part of the deficit solution.

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