Senator Warns of White House 'Enemies List'

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A top Republican senator is suggesting the White House may be plotting a political strategy similar to that of former President Richard Nixon by creating its own "enemies list."

The charges come from Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a former aide and conference chairman for the Nixon administration.

According to Roll Call, Alexander warns the White House has made efforts to marginalize the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has gone after Fox News, repeatedly criticized banks and investment firms, and attacked insurance companies in the health care debate.

He also says the "enemies" campaign even extends to Congress.

Alexander likened the administration's actions to "street brawls and political campaign consultants."

"If the president and his top aides treat people with different views as enemies instead of listening to what they have to say, they're likely to end up with a narrow view and a feeling that the whole world is out to get them," Alexander said Wednesday.

"An 'enemies list' only denigrates the presidency and the Republic itself," he said.

However, White House spokeswoman Gannet Tseggai rebutted saying it is Republicans who "seem to be formulating lists of people and policies to oppose" while the president "is focused on tackling the list of critical priorities that Washington has ignored for too long."

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