Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday fired back at President Barack Obama’s aggressive push for extended unemployment benefits, saying that like “most liberals,” he makes “big-hearted, small-brained policy statements.”
“They can make all these emotional arguments, but their policies haven’t worked and unemployment is still a horrific problem in our country,” Paul, a Republican, told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
Earlier in the day, Obama ripped Paul’s belief that expanding benefits harms the country.
“I have heard the argument that says extending unemployment insurance will somehow hurt the unemployed, because it saps their motivation to get a new job . . . That really sells the American people short,” Obama said.
“I can’t name a time when I met an American who would rather have an unemployment check than the pride of having a job,” the president said.