Lawmaker Says Super Committee’s Success, Failure Won’t Affect 2012 Election

By Andrea Salazar

Jared Bernstein, Vice President Joe Biden’s former economic policy adviser, and Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) said that the success or failure of President Obama’s Joint Select Committee will not affect the outcome of 2012 presidential election.

“There’s a group of folks in Congress who think that Congress dictates the results of a presidential election,” Mulvaney said. “I think the presidential election stands on its own, and I doubt seriously if the outcome, one way or the other, of the super committee is going to impact the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.”

Bernstein echoed Mulvaney’s sentiment, saying “people are already operating from the mindset that these guys can’t agree on anything.”

The super committee is tasked with making recommendations to Congress on how it can cut the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade, but with its Nov. 23 deadline fast approaching, many are growing skeptical of the committee’s success.

“I don’t think its prospect for success is high,” Mulvaney said. “If I wanted to have new ideas about how to fix things in Washington, D.C., I’m not sure I would put Sen. John Kerry on the commission. That’s not exactly an influx of new ideas of how to fix problems.”

Originally for Talk Radio News Service.

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