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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 04/29/2012

John Boehner: President Obama picking ‘fake fights’

House Speaker John A. Boehner once again called out President Obama on Sunday, accusing him of turning relatively uncontroversial subjects into political fights.

Reiterating an argument he made last week as the president pressed Congress to quickly extend low subsidized college student loan rates for another year, Boehner said: “The president is getting some very bad advice from his campaign team, because he’s diminishing the presidency by picking fake fights, going after straw men every day.”

Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke in an interview broadcast Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Boehner told CNN’s Candy Crowley that he and the president have a good relationship, but he then attacked Obama for his recent speeches attacking the GOP’s position on student loans.

“The point I’ve been trying to make here in the last couple of weeks is that the president’s bigger than this,” Boehner said. He cast his criticism as constructive: “Somebody needs to help him out, so I thought I would.”

In the interview, Boehner said that Congress will find a way to prevent the loan rates from climbing when they expire in July. “Democrats and Republicans, for months, have been working together, trying to figure out a way to resolve the problem.”

For more on what Boehner said, read this Post story.

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