Obama Mocks Republican ‘Hunger Games’ For 2016; Slams Scott Walker

Barack Obama speaks about the economy at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin, July 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB
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In Gov. Scott Walker’s home state, President Barack Obama mocked the size of the Republican 2016 field during a speech today and took a shot at the Wisconsin governor.

“I’ve lost count how many Republicans are running for this job,” he grinned. “They’ll have enough for an actual ‘Hunger Games.’ That is an interesting bunch.”

Obama slipped into campaign mode, criticizing Republicans for lowering taxes for the wealthy, and failing to raise the minimum wage.

Alluding to Walker, Obama criticized his state’s education cuts. He also praised unions, reminding the audience that their “right to organize and bargain collectively has been attacked” by Republicans in the state.

“If you end up having polices that cut education, help folks at the top, aren’t expanding opportunity then it’s not going to work,” he said. “Top down economic works, middle class economics works,” he said, as the crowd applauded.

Although he was in Wisconsin, he pointed out that the neighboring state of Minnesota was doing better economically. He says that’s because it passed progressive policies.

He also boasted that Obamacare is working too, contrary to the claims by Republicans who warned that it would hurt the economy.

“Republicans were saying Obamacare would kill jobs and crush freedom and bring about death panels, and turns out we’re still celebrating the Fourth of July,” he snarked.

He warned the audience against listening to 2016 Republicans, who are on the campaign trail suggesting his administration is taking the country in the wrong direction.

He suggested the Republicans were now following Democrats by talking about the middle class again.

“We were talking about the middle class before it was cool, before it was trending,” he said. “They talk the talk but they don’t walk the walk.”