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Rep. Darrell Issa: Obama Not 'Personally Corrupt'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- During the recent campaign, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa -- the incoming chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee -- told Rush Limbaugh that Obama is “one of the most corrupt Presidents in modern times.”

Monday, he took it back.

When Issa was pressed by ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, the congressman said that he “tried never to make it a personal statement about the president…I am not saying that the President is personally corrupt.  But his administration has to change direction particularly after tax payer money.”

Top of Issa’s list -- figuring out what happened to the $700 billion in stimulus spending.

“That $700 billion is gone, we have to figure out, one, where it went and two, how to keep it from going away that way again.  The American people cannot afford that,” he said.

Issa also rejected any temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts for wealthy.

“If anything this is wrong minded. In some ways you should say, ‘Look, if you invest today we will let you get a better deal three, four, five years from now because that is how you create jobs,’” he said. “Hopefully we will come to a compromise that does allow people to make decisions beyond just this tax year.”

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