"I think in his heart the president is a very, very decent guy; he wants to do what most Americans want him to do: To reach out, bring people together," Sanders said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday.Also on the program was Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who pointed to more GOP hypocrisy:
"But what has happened is the Republicans have said 'no, no, no.' They have waged more filibusters than any time in the history of this country. They have been the party of 'no' and obstructionism. At some point, what the president has got to understand [is] they do not want America to succeed. They're into politics."
"Look at the small business bill," Rendell said. "Republicans have talked all summer about helping small business. And yet there was a bill with $30 billion of lending authority with elimination of capital gains on small businesses. And they held it up until Senator Voinovich cast the deciding vote. They held it up all summer long. It could have been helping small businesses three or four months earlier, had they acted responsibly."Rendell summed it up pretty well - the tea party has created an extremely simplified message. It is easy to argue science when you don't have to present any facts.
When Schieffer asked if there was a misperception about the Democrats' agenda and accomplishments, compared to how the GOP and conservative activists portray Democrats, Rendell said yes. "For two reasons, Bob: Number one, ours is a complex message. The Tea Party message is pretty easy and simple. Secondly, we just don't have it in our make-up, in our DNA to mislead the public. We don't go out there and talk like that."