In a more than hour-long speech on the economy this afternoon, President Obama took aim at Republicans for focusing on "phony scandals."
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Theyâ€™ll talk about government assistance for the poor, despite the fact that theyâ€™ve already cut early education for vulnerable kids, they've already cut insurance for people whoâ€™ve lost their jobs through no fault of their own.
Or theyâ€™ll bring up Obamacare -- this is tried and true -- despite the fact that our businesses have created nearly twice as many jobs in this recovery as businesses had at the same point in the last recovery, when there was no Obamacare.
That's what we've been fighting for, but with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. This needs to stop.