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ABC’s John Karl calls Jay Carney’s bluff: “But the president’s had five years” to turn the economy around

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In a rare interview, White House press secretary Jay Carney sat down with ABC’s John Karl Sunday to talk about the president’s forthcoming “State of the Union” speech, desperately trying to defend President Obama’s administration.

“In the ‘State of the Union’ Tuesday, a key focus for the president is income inequality. Many Republicans say the president is to blame for rising poverty. Senator Tim Scott told my colleague: ’7 million more Americans are living in poverty today that were not in poverty when Bush was leaving office,’” Karl asked.

“I assume Senator Scott didn’t note is that a lot of people were thrown into poverty by the worst recession since the Great Depression that was in full bloom when President Obama was sworn into office,” Carney tried to defend.

“But the president’s had five years. The economic crisis is in the rearview mirror, the Bush years are in the rearview mirror. Doesn’t the president bear some responsibility — his policies for the fact that the poverty rate has gone up? the gap between the rich and the poor is only greater,” Karl pushed.

“What I can tell you, the problem and the challenge that the president has identified has been in the making for over 30 years,” Carney insisted, balking at the assertion that President Obama’s policies add to the economic hardship for so many Americans.

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Betsi Fores is a content editor for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @ejfores.

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