Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) says Republicans will be willing to work more with Democrats in the next four years if President Obama wins re-election this November.
In an interview with TRNS that was recorded at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, Whitehouse said an Obama victory would strip the GOP of its main reason for opposing Obama’s policies these past three-and-a-half years.
“Once he’s been re-elected, the fun kind of goes out of trying to deny him re-election,” Whitehouse explained.
Whitehouse accused Republicans of purposely blocking half a dozen jobs bills in the Senate in an effort to keep the economy weak under Obama. He speculated that GOP lawmakers would cooperate more with Democrats in a second Obama term due to the fact that “in 2014, all the members of the House are up, and if they haven’t delivered a better economy it’s gonna be on them.”
Regardless, Whitehouse said, a handful of the more “extreme” members of the Republican party will continue to oppose Obama no matter what.
“But I think that the middle will be more motivated to get things done.”