Fmr. WH Advisor: Obama Must Shift Political Strategy

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- With a new political power shift coming to Washington, D.C., what will the outcome be?

Former White House advisor David Gergen has advised presidents on both sides of the political spectrum. He told CBN News that the U.S. is in danger of taking a nose dive if it's politics as usual.

"We're also asking the question of whether America is going to continue to go up, or America is going to go down," Gergen said.

During Regent University's recent "Clash of the Titans" debate, Gergen questioned the direction America is headed. The man who calls himself a "raging centrist" talked more in-depth about the country's future.

"Decline is a looming threat for the United States," Gergen added.

He said President Barack Obama needs to move toward the center for things to get better.

"President Obama has gotten himself way out of position," he said. "He is perceived as way too far to the left for the majority of the country."

Gergen said the country gravitates to the center and center-right. He should know having worked for Republican Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan as well as Democratic President Bill Clinton.

His advice to Republicans is to have a clear set of priorities and be willing to negotiate with Democrats. His message to President Obama is to control spending.

"It cannot be emphasized enough that one of the biggest, most important reasons why great nations, why great empires have collapsed is because they've let their finances get out of control," he continued. "They've let their debts pile up. Their debt costs go way up. They can't pay their debts. They inflate their currencies. They pull back on their military side, and they go into decline.

Gergen said in addition to policies, people need to change. He advises the Obama administration to bring on board a couple of heavyweight chief executive officers to help grow the economy and improve relations with the business world.

"I've been really actually taken aback by how hostile they've become, and that is hurting growth," Gergen said.

Another group he believes should be welcome at the table in this time of uncertainty is the Tea Party.

"I think that we should not fear the Tea Party, nor should we sort of write them off as being wackos," Gergen added. "That's not the case."

"A lot of the Tea Party is about the energy," he said. "There is something about trying to restore something that has been lost -- a sense of values, a sense of thrift, a sense of more limited government, more individual choice."

Gergen, who's worked on both sides of the aisle, said choices need to be made by both parties to work together.

"It's important to have principles, but it's also important to be able to get together and work out problems," he said. "That's what we need in this country."

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