On Fox News Monday, Charles Krauthammer told On the Record guest host Kimberly Guilfoyle that Republicans should challenge President Obama to use his veto pen on bills like the Keystone Pipeline and tax reform, saying it’s time to show the American people “where the party stands” and demonstrate what could get done with a Republican in office.
In a recent interview with NPR, President Obama declared that he would gladly pull out his veto pen for any legislation he didn’t like brought by the Republican-held Congress. Krauthammer urged the Republicans to force his hand:
Now that it controls the House and the Senate, and now that Harry Reid is not there as the blocking guard for the president—that’s the reason he didn’t have to use the veto, he had Harry Reid—but with Harry Reid gone and Mitch McConnell running the Senate, they are able to enact agenda. They have an agenda. And they should be willing to pass whatever they can and to dare the president to go ahead and to veto.
Krauthammer recommended that Republicans first pass a few bills the president is likely to sign like trade negotiating authority previously held up by Reid due to his ties to unions. After giving the president a “win,” the GOP should challenge him directly on popular issues:
But then they should begin to work on stuff and challenge the president — Keystone Pipeline, tax reform, repealing the medical device tax, repealing the employer and individual mandates in health care reform. Let the president show where the party stands and let the country know that with a new president, a Republican president, this stuff, which is very popular, will be able to get through.