Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky,. on Sunday ripped President Obama for creating a “perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” as the White House presses lawmakers to extend jobless benefits set to expire for 1.3 million workers on Dec. 28.
Paul slammed Obama's latest push on jobless benefits, saying the White House wasn't doing enough to lift Americans, particularly minorities, out of poverty.
“I don't doubt the president's motives, but black unemployment in America is double white unemployment,” Paul told “Fox News Sunday." “And it hasn't budged under this president.”
The Kentucky senator said that while he supported unemployment benefits for 26 weeks, extending aid beyond that period would “do a disservice for these workers.”
The White House is hammering GOP resistance to the extension of such benefits, saying Republican leaders are out of touch with those who most need assistance.
“If Congress refuses to act, it won't just hurt families already struggling - it will actually harm our economy,” Obama said during his weekly radio address Saturday. “Unemployment insurance is one of the most effective ways there is to boost our economy.”
Paul on Friday traveled to Detroit to push for the creation of “economic freedom zones,” which he said would slash taxes and regulations to jumpstart economic growth in a city decimated by unemployment.
The Tea Party favorite was also pressed Sunday on his own presidential aspirations -- Paul's wife, at least thus far, is against a 2016 run.
Paul told Fox News that he was giving a potential White House bid serious consideration but that family concerns would certainly influence his decision.
On how seriously he was weighing a 2016 push, Paul joked, “You know, the thought has crossed my mind."