White House Confirms That Obama Is 'the Leader of the Democratic Party'

Deputy press secretary glosses over president's tested relationship with Senate Democrats.
1:36 | 05/15/15

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The question on the national defense authorization act you've laid out forceful case that the White House previously it out why the president would veto. That bill to pass the house. 41 Democrats voted for that don't know if third of the democratic caught. The president's also made the case very forcefully. For the Trade Promotion Authority bill TP pay. And you'd be hard pressed to find more than a dozen Democrats and house that are willing to agree with the president. And vote in favor of that so my question is simply cool right now is the leader of the Democratic Party it doesn't seem like the president. Is really. Showing much persuasive power with Democrats on Capitol Hill right now John I'm not sure that's true the president is the leader of the Democratic Party. If you look at the the legislative priorities the public policy priorities over the past six and half years now they enjoy. Broad support within the Democratic Party even those who disagree with him on this specific issue of trade. The president has not allowed his party affiliation to preempt him from working across the I'll. On issues that enjoyed bipartisan support. He'll be the first to admit that trade is a difficult issue for Democrats that because of past trade agreements not living up to the hype. That. There's a residue. It's a bad feelings. And it will be the first to admit that that's why he's insisted to make sure that we learn from the past and that's also why he believes that not. Passing its trade deal would lock in the status quo. And that's why he believes. That doing out would be a bad idea. So he's willing to work with Democrats on this he's willing to work Republicans on this.

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