By Daniel Strauss - 11/22/11 08:05 PM EST
Republicans have criticized Obama for failing to lead on the deficit-reduction panel’s negotiations and charged that the committee’s failure is a result of a lack of leadership by the president.
“Three different times this president stepped up,” Durbin said Tuesday on MSNBC. “Twice directly to Speaker [John] Boehner [R-Ohio], once to Vice President Biden and [House Majority Leader] Eric Cantor [R-Va.] and said, ‘Let’s negotiate the real thing.’ Each of those negotiations the Republicans walked away. So I think the president was where he should be, on the sidelines saying, ‘Your special committee, your responsibility, I’m going to back ya up if you get it done.’”
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