Rev. Jesse Jackson says that President Barack Obama should have been “tougher” with Republicans and less compromising in debt ceiling negotiations.

“He has a propensity to be trusting, on the side of reconciliation,” Jackson told POLITICO July 29. “He kind of underestimates how ideological these guys are and how determined they are to destroy him.”

The activist criticized the White House for agreeing too readily to take war spending, taxes on the wealthy and corporate profits off the negotiating table, leaving programs for the needy as the only option left to cut spending. Jackson believes extreme right-wing voices are controlling the debate and that the president should have issued an ultimatum — that if Congress didn’t act, he would act unilaterally. “To me, that line needed to be drawn in the sand earlier on,” Jackson said.
Read more of Politico’s interview with Jesse Jackson.