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GOP Leader Suggests Obama Purposely Trying To Kill Jobs

Pete Sessions, a member of the House of Representatives from Texas, is the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee – the group tasked with defending and building on Republican representation in the House.

Based on an interview with the New York Times, it appears that Sessions is willing to make some rather provocative comments as part of his attempt to do so.

Sessions told the paper that the Obama administration is attempting to "diminish employment and diminish stock prices."

Why? Sessions suggested that the administration is acting as part of a "divide and conquer" strategy to make Democrats more powerful, according to the Times.

The seven-term Congressman added that Mr. Obama's policy plans are "intended to inflict damage and hardship on the free enterprise system, if not to kill it."

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Sessions' Democratic counterpart, released a statement this afternoon responding to what he called Sessions' "bizarre conspiracy theories."

"The latest remarks by NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions have no place in our current economic debate and reflect a Party more pre-occupied with offering bizarre conspiracy theories than offering credible solutions to get our economy back on track," he said.

NRCC Ken Spain defended Sessions' comments to the Dallas Morning News.

Sessions "was simply reiterating what many members of the Democratic Party have been saying over the last several weeks," Spain said. "He was addressing concerns over one-party dominance in Washington, and how it has further damaged our economy and undercut our free enterprise system."

Notes the News: "As evidence, Spain provided quotations from four Democratic House members, none of which reflects a view that Obama is intentionally trying to put Americans out of work."