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Obama Calls Packers-Seahawks Outcome ‘Terrible’

TOBY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s a different kind of political football -- politicians on both sides of the aisle speaking out against the blown call made in Monday night’s NFL football game.

President Obama Tuesday called the outcome of Monday’s Packers-Seahawks NFL football game “terrible,” after a controversial call by the referees cost the Packers a win.

“I’ve been saying for months, we’ve got to get our refs back,” Obama said in response to a question from ABC News. He was referring to the use of replacement referees during an ongoing league lockout of official crews.

He made the remarks upon returning to the White House from a two-day trip to New York City for the U.N. General Assembly.

Mitt Romney told CNN he really wants to see refs with experience back on the field soon.

Earlier in the day, the NFL acknowledged that the refs Monday botched a late-game call upholding Seattle’s Hail Mary touchdown pass to lift them above Green Bay. But the league declined to overturn the victory.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Obama believes there was “a real problem with the call.”

“He said that what happened in that game is a perfect example of why both sides need to come together and resolve their differences so that refs can get back on the field,” Carney told reporters on board Air Force One.

Both sides in the lockout dispute met Tuesday to try to resolve the dispute, but resolution did not appear imminent.

Earlier in the day Paul Ryan also complained about the call, but he then drew a political analogy, arguing that the Obama administration has acted like the replacement refs.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an outspoken opponent of organized labor, took to Twitter to express frustration with the ongoing labor dispute between the NFL and the locked-out union referees.

“After catching a few hours of sleep, the #Packers game is still just as painful. #Returntherealrefs,” Walker tweeted.

Former speaker of the House and failed Republican presidential nominee Newt Gingrich also took to Twitter, knocking the NFL for standing by the call.

“Anyone watching the reruns last night could tell it was an interception not a touchdown. How could the nfl justify such a bad call,” he tweeted.

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Biden: Paul Ryan ‘Walked Away’ From Deficit Commission

ABC News(GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Vice President Joe Biden launched a new attack on Rep. Paul Ryan in his home state of Wisconsin Sunday, criticizing the Republican vice presidential candidate for not admitting in his convention speech that he was a member of the bipartisan deficit commission he railed against Wednesday evening.

“What he didn’t tell you is he sat on that commission,” Biden said at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay. “He sat on that commission, and he and his house Republican friends that he leads, had they voted with the commission, it would have been voted on, but he voted no. He would not let it go to the floor. He walked away.”

During his convention speech Wednesday, Ryan criticized the way President Obama initiated and handled the commission, but the Wisconsin congressman failed to mention his own role in it.

“[Obama] created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing,” Ryan said in Tampa.

Ryan was one of eight Republicans on the 18-member commission and was among three Republicans on the panel who voted against the commission’s recommendations, which failed to be adopted.

Biden also highlighted how the commission recommended $3 in spending cuts for every dollar raised in tax revenue, a proposal Romney and Ryan oppose.

“Congressman Ryan failed to mention any of that — a convenient omission I’d say,” Biden said.

“I love these guys how they claim to care about the deficit,” Biden said. “Ladies and gentlemen, the thing I most love about them is how they discovered the middle class at their convention. Isn’t that amazing? All of a sudden their heart was bleeding for the middle class.”

Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck called the vice president’s criticism “hypocritical.”

“It’s difficult to fathom a more hypocritical charge from the vice president,” Buck said. “While Paul Ryan worked tirelessly to bring fiscal responsibility to Washington, the president remained on the sidelines, ignored his own fiscal commission, and oversaw an unprecedented downgrade of America’s credit. Paul Ryan has led on this issue while Barack Obama has failed to muster up the courage required to keep his promise to cut the deficit in half.”

Biden repeated his attack on Romney’s foreign policy positions, including Romney’s stances on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and touched on the number of lives lost in each of those wars.

“In Iraq, where my son served for a year, we lost 4,488 fallen angels, 32,227 wounded, over 16,000 requiring care for the rest of their lives. Romney said it was a mistake to end that war by bringing all our warriors home. In Afghanistan, we have lost 1,980 fallen angels as of yesterday, and I’m precise because every single one of those lives deserves to be recognized,” Biden said.

The vice president offered a critique of Ryan’s Medicare plan, saying he and Romney supported “Vouchercare” not Medicare.

Biden, who some have nicknamed “Amtrak Joe,” spoke to the Green Bay crowd at the National Railroad Museum and recounted his frequent trips on the rails between Wilmington, Del., and Washington, D.C., declaring, “I am a railroad guy.”

“Whoever set this up hit a soft spot in my heart. I’m the biggest railroad guy you’ve ever known,” Biden said. “I have traveled round trip from Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington, D.C., a 250-mile round trip, over 7,900 times, man. I am a railroad guy.”

And Biden shared with his crowd his love for the Green Bay Packers, which started when he attended a Catholic school that was led by a group of Norbertine priests, whose abbey was based in Wisconsin.

“We always started homeroom with a prayer in Catholic school, and in our school it was the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost and Vince Lombardi and it would go from there,” Biden said. “We loved the Packers, man. If it wasn’t your favorite team, it was your number two team.”

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Obama to Meet with CEOs to Discuss Economy

The White House/Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- After taking his jobs push on the road Thursday, the president will spend Friday at the White House focusing on the struggling economy and football.

Friday afternoon, President Obama will meet with business leaders and CEOs at the White House to talk about the nation's economy.  It is not yet known who will be attending the meeting, which is closed to the press.

Later in the day, the president will welcome the Green Bay Packers to the White House to honor their Super Bowl victory.  Obama will also continue his tradition of recognizing the team’s work off the field and their contributions to the community.

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Diplomacy In Action: Senators Pick The Super Bowl

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers face off Sunday in Dallas in Super Bowl 45. We asked some of America’s lawmakers who they’re picking for the big game.

Sen. Jon Tester, D-MT, predicted that the Packers will cover the three-point spread in a high-scoring affair that will exceed the over/under of 45 points.

Across the aisle Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-UT, told said he likes the Steelers and the under, while making the predictions in very diplomatic terms.

“I think the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to win,” Hatch said. “They’re a tough team. They’ve got a great quarterback. I think Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback, too. But the Steelers have what it takes defensively to win this game.”

Some senators have a real rooting interest in Sunday’s game in Big D. Take Wisconsin’s new senator, Republican Ron Johnson.

“Packers fans can take great pride in the team’s tremendous run over the last few months. They’ve earned their spot in the Super Bowl by performing superbly down the stretch and winning tough games on the road,” Johnson said in a statement this week. “The Steelers are a worthy opponent, but I’m confident that on Sunday evening, the Packers will bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay.”

Of course, it wouldn’t be Capitol Hill if everyone just played along, so fittingly one senator declined to pick the game, opting instead to make a political point.

“If we were any good at predictions, we wouldn’t have a $14 trillion debt,” quipped Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK.

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