Democratic strategist James Carville, who said last week that President Obama should fire his staff and make a case for his own program to fix the economy, said on Tuesday that Obama made a “pretty good start” by firing his “own negotiating philosophy.”
On ABC’s Good Morning America, Carville said Obama’s speech on Monday, calling for a combination of spending cuts and $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue increases that would save $3 trillion over the next decade, was a step in the right direction. Obama warned that he would veto any deficit plan brought to him by Congress that isn't "balanced" between taxes and spending cuts.
“Look, I think he fired his own negotiating philosophy, which was a pretty good start," Carville said. "I think he is going to need some new people. And from everything I hear, there are going to be new people coming in.”
If the White House has a communications problem, Carville said, “well then, fire the communications people.”
"But you have to identify something,” he continued. “You can't have the kind of year they had and say we're going to keep doing things the way we did them.”
When asked if a primary challenge for Obama would be good for Democrats, Carville said: “No. Don't you think Ralph Nader has done enough damage to the country? He was single-handedly responsible for electing George Bush. He should consider retiring.”
Carville, a CNN political contributor, remains active in Democratic politics and is a party fundraiser.