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Democratic Congressman Calls Obama's Economic Advisers Pick Out of Touch
August 30, 2011

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Democratic Congressman Calls Obama's Economic Advisers Pick Out of Touch

Updated: August 30, 2011 | 8:37 a.m.
August 29, 2011 | 4:52 p.m.

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Democratic Rep. Dan Boren on Monday said President Obama's appointment of Princeton University economist Alan Krueger as one of his top economic advisers sends a signal that the president is out of touch with independent voters.

The blunt critique of Krueger, a labor economist picked Monday to head the president's White House Council of Economic Advisers, encapsulates the frustration some centrist Democrats feel toward the president.

"If the No. 1 issue is the economy and jobs, you don't get a labor economist from Princeton," said Boren, an Oklahoma centrist who is not seeking reelection next year. He argued that independent voters want the president to bring in someone with more business experience. "You get a Jack Welch-type, someone from the business world."

Boren argued that the Obama administration is insufficiently business-friendly.

Obama doesn't have to do everything the business community wants, Boren said. But he argued that-with the exception of former investment banker and now White House Chief of Staff William Daley-many of Obama's appointments have lacked experience in the private sector. The swing voters who decide elections are looking for a signal that the president is serious about getting the economy back on track, Boren said.

"I think what's on most independents' minds is: Is the president willing to work with the business community?" he said.

 





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