Jan 6, 2016 4:40 PM
California Congressman Darrell Issa is blunt in his assessment of President Obama's announcement Tuesday of executive actions related to the issue of gun violence.
"Was yesterday's press conference all about distracting from what's going on around the world? Absolutely."
In the interview with NH1 Radio Tuesday, Issa went further, giving this answer when asked if he thought the President's tears during the event were authentic: "I think they're not genuine. I think in fact, this was theatrics."
Congressman Issa comes to the debate over guns from a unique perspective. He chaired the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform during the investigation into "Operation Fast and Furious", where federal agents allowed the sale of guns to illegal traffickers in the hopes it would lead them to Mexican drug cartel leaders. Some of those guns were traced to several crimes, including the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2010.
Issa believes that none of the Executive actions laid out by the President would actually have prevented mass shootings in places like Sandy Hook Elementary or San Bernadino. He says enforcing existing laws-making sure the adjudicated mentally ill and convicted felons don't get their hands on guns-will help stem the tide of gun violence.
Issa was in New Hampshire campaigning on behalf of Florida Senator and Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio. Issa says for him, it's a question of who's the most electable candidate come November.
"He reaches out to a broader audience than most of the other-perhaps all of the other-candidates," says Issa. "He's inspirational. He really looks at the future and for me that was important."
Rubio trails Donald Trump in the latest NH1 Poll of Polls in New Hampshire. Issa says he believes Rubio is better equipped than Trump to deal with the challenges America faces here at home and aboard.
Issa says, "Donald Trump is an icon of marketing and self promotion-but you know, when the President travels overseas you don't have to advertise America, you have to deal with substance."
Some of the California Congressman's harshest criticism was reserved for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying her actions as Secretary of State "are so bad that nobody should consider her being Commander in Chief." Issa believes the Attorney General will "bottle up" the investigation into Clinton's use of a unsecure email account to send official correspondence until after the election this November, but adds "Did she violate the Federal Records Act? Undeniably she did."
Issa made several stops around the state using Senator Rubio's official campaign bus. He joked that he'll be sure to remove all his fingerprints so Rubio doesn't know he took it out for a spin.
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