Halperin’s Take: State Vs Federal

On “Morning Joe,” Mark Halperin says the president’s experience with the GOP in Springfield is very different from what he has found in DC.


Halperin: “Let’s not totally discount the fact that before he was an adult he had a more diverse life than probably anyone who’s ever been elected president.”

Scarborough: “How many Republican friends did he hang out with? That’s the key. How many conservatives?”

Halperin: “I think on that side, Republicans in Illinois, because remember he did work with the Republicans in the legislature, were a lot like the DemocratsĀ  in Texas that George Bush worked with. And I think they both got a skewed perspective. Democrats in Texas, Republicans in Illinois, are not like their counterparts in Washington. They’re more moderate. They’re more centrist. And I think when they got to Washington both those presidents found working with the other side was harder than it was for them at home.”

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