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Obama Debt Deal Shakes Trust of Supporters

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John McCormick and Lisa Lerer
Aug 2, 2011

Democratic lawmakers are openly questioning whether they can trust President Barack Obama to cut future deals with Republicans, while disappointment among party activists is raising doubts about their investment in his 2012 re-election campaign.

“Come on, got any other jokes?” cracked Representative Peter DeFazio, an Oregon Democrat, when asked if Obama bargained hard in negotiations with congressional Republicans.

After Obama backed off his demand for new revenue in the deal that passed the House last night to raise the debt ceiling and cut the deficit, several lawmakers said they don’t know whether he can be counted on to stand firm on raising taxes on the wealthy and protecting programs such as Medicare.

“There was caving this time,” Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, said. “Why don’t you think there would be caving next time?”

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