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 BoehnerRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Juan Williams: GOP fumbles on healthcare The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 BidenJoe BidenReport: Biden scolded hedge fund manager over late son OPINION: Democrats are going to keep losing if they can't articulate a vision Biden tells LGBT community to hold Trump accountable 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 McConnellMitch McConnellMeadows: Senate bill lacks conservative support to pass House Fifth GOP senator announces opposition to healthcare bill The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 CantorWhat to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes 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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