Bob Woodward says President Barack Obama got some of his facts wrong on sequester at Monday night’s debate.
book, “The Price of Politics,” has been the go-to fact check source for
the president’s answer, in which he claimed the idea of using deep,
automatic, across-the-board domestic and defense spending cuts to force
Congress to address the nation’s burgeoning federal deficit originated
from Congress, not from the White House.
“What the president said is not correct,” Woodward told POLITICO
Tuesday. “He’s mistaken. And it’s refuted by the people who work for
Woodward, a Washington Post journalist who was a key reporter on the
initial coverage of the Watergate scandal, said he stands behind his
reporting in the book, which drew upon sources involved in last year’s
deficit talks and detailed notes taken in the meetings.
Woodward reports in his book that White House Office of Management
Director Jack Lew and Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors took the
proposal for sequestration to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and
then it was presented to congressional Republicans.
During the debate, however, Obama said the idea originated on Capitol Hill.
“First of all, the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It
is something that Congress has proposed,” Obama said, adding his
strongest pronouncement to date on its future: “It will not happen.” (Continues)