Bipartisanship of governors meeting turns into shouting match

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Bipartisanship at the National Governors Association's winter meeting in Washington vanished Monday when several leaders talked smack during a news conference.

After both Democratic and Republican governors talked to reporters at the White House about "common goals" and "working together," GOP Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted President Barack Obama for the slow pace being taken in a decision on the Keystone Pipeline and ripped his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, ABC News said.


"This president and the White House seems to be waving the white flag of surrender," Jindal said. "The Obama economy is now the minimum-wage economy. I think we can do better than that. I think America can do better than that."

Gov. Dan Malloy, D-Conn., worked his way to the microphones to say he disagreed with Jindal on the minimum wage and the Keystone Pipeline, which would stretch from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico, carrying crude oil extracted from the tar sands in Alberta, ABC News said.

"That's the most insane statement I've ever heard," Malloy said.

"You just heard what I think just ended up being the partisan statement we heard all weekend," Malloy said of Jindal's remarks.


Jindal then criticized Obama on healthcare.

Later, ABC News said, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, reminded reporters Jindal hasn't paid his NGA dues.

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