Hoekstra: Bush Was More Bipartisan Than Obama on National Security

The Michigan representative says Bush started out better than Obama.

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By Amanda Ruggeri, Washington Whispers

Bipartisanship? Not so much, says Michigan Rep. Pete Hoekstra, a Republican who is running for governor of his state and is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Hoekstra tells Whispers that he doesn't think Obama's election brought a new era of bipartisanship to the Hill. Rather, he says, the Bush administration actually one-upped the current administration in reaching out to the other side of the aisle on national security issues, at least at first. While the Bushies became "shellshocked" toward the end, "early on in the Bush administration, they did reach out a lot to Republicans and Democrats," Hoekstra tells Whispers. His best examples: the briefings on terrorist surveillance programs and enhanced interrogation techniques. "We're not seeing the same pattern of briefing or consultation with Congress on Guantánamo and other strategies that the president is laying out," he explains. "These are unilaterally coming from the president, without any consultation."

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