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 BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist 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 BidenJill Biden to chair board of Save The Children Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey Top union offers backing for Ellison in DNC race 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 McConnellPoll: Senate should confirm Gorsuch Cardboard cutouts take place of absent lawmakers at town halls GOP groups ramp up pressure on lawmakers over ObamaCare 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 CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote 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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