Jansing and Co | February 12, 2013
>>> the other big story , back in the states, tonight's state of the union address . where the president is expected to focus on the economy. and here's what senior adviser valerie jarrett said this morning.
>> he will demonstrate concretely how we have to of invest in manufacturing, making the united states a magnet for job growth , preparing our workforce, and making sure that if you work hard, you can earn a good living. and he will lay out very specifically how we want to accomplish that.
>> i want to bring in congressman tom cole , a republican from oklahoma, and also a member of the house appropriations committee . congressman, good morning. we don't have the details yet, of course, but when you hear the word "invest," it sounds like it means money. would you support more spending if it's about jobs programs, if that's part of this state of the union ?
>> well, probably not, in the way that i expect the president to lay out his position tonight. and by the way, congratulations on covering what you're covering right now. it's amazing. but back to the main point. look, i'm not sure that the president understands that to get things done, he's got to work with republicans. what i hope to hear tonight is what i didn't hear in the inaugural, that he'll reach out to the other side of the aisle and honestly to the 48% of the people that did not vote for him and find some common ground. so far, he hasn't done that. but i think to accomplish much in the next term, he needs to.
>> besides the word the president uses, a lot of people are going to be watching his tone and i want to play for you what senator joe manchin said this morning.
>> you want to hear that spirit of bipartisan, i mean, we need to come together. we really do. and the leader sets that tone. and i'm hoping to hear that tonight. i really am. when you're in that position, you keep taking a thumping every day, trying to bring people together, and you just never give up.
>> and in "the new york times," we have seen this, "he has shown an assertiveness, self-possession, even cockiness that contrasts with the caution, compromise, and reserve that he showed for much of his first term." so i'm wondering what you're looking for in tone, as well as in substance tonight.
>> actually, we probably agree a lot on that point. i've worked with the president on the fiscal cliff deal. i've worked with him on hurricane sandy relief. i'm working on him right now on the violence against women act . yet, we see absolutely no give on the other side in terms of how we are approaching issues like the sequester, like the continuing resolution, and like the debt ceiling crisis. all of which are in front of us. to solve those, and resolve them s successfully for the country, the president does have to work with republicans. that's something he's had a hard time doing in his first term, and now it appears he doesn't want to work with them at all. and that's too bad. this isn't 2009 . he doesn't have overwhelming majorities in both houses. to get something done, he'll have to bring a republican house on board to work with him, just like bill clinton did, it's not that hard to do. and he's going to have to work with a closely divided senate. so honestly, so far, we haven't seen much in terms of that tone or attitude. i'm hopeful we'll see a shift tonight, but frankly, i'm prepared to be disappointed. because i have been so far.
>> well, congressman tom cole , thank you so much for coming on the program.
>> thank you, chris.