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Obama rhetoric not helpful, Yoder says

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan.
Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan.

Rep. Kevin Yoder of the Kansas 3rd District said Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s rhetoric in Kansas City wouldn’t help bring the nation’s political factions together.

Yoder, a Republican, was responding to Obama’s call for compromise. “Stop being mad all the time,” Obama said in his speech at the Uptown Theater. “Stop just hating all the time.”

In an interview Yoder said the remarks won’t help.

“The relationship between the president and Congress is … non-existent,” Yoder said. “I’m not sure the president has any idea what members of Congress think about issues because there’s no communcation. That’s one of the saddest parts.”

At the same time, Yoder was one of 227 votes Wednesday to consider a lawsuit against Obama for allegedly exceeding his Constitutional authority. Yoder defended that vote, even as he criticized Obama’s rhetoric.

“The heat on this is only going to be turned up as we get closer to the election, Yoder said.