Conrad tied to Obama's failure to embrace Bowles-Simpson, book says

Obama's 2011 State of the Union address, however, ignored the plan — which had a combination of spending cuts and revenue-generating tax reform as well as cuts to Social Security. 

Later that year, Obama tried to engage House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerNancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party MORE (R-Ohio) on a deal with a similar structure but those secret talks failed. The failure of those talks is also tied to Gang of Six senate negotiations, in which Conrad participated. Those talks featured a plan that generated more revenue than BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerNancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party MORE and Obama had discussed, and roiled the secretive talks.

In hindsight, some deficit hawks have argued that running with the original Bowles-Simpson plan publicly could have been more productive.

The deficit commission reemerged last month as a campaign issue when GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanElection Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills Nancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? MORE (R-Wis.) hit Obama, in his convention address, for failing to embrace Bowles-Simpson.

The White House fired back that Ryan had served on the commission and had voted against the plan, making clear it did not have support in the House.

Conrad's office did not immediately provide comment on the book, an excerpt of which was obtained by The Hill.