(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) called President Barack Obama the “worst President that we have had” during a panel discussion at the Young Americans for Liberty’s (YAL) sixth annual convention held in Arlington, Va. on Wednesday.
“Ronald Reagan said that he was a libertarian. And he may have not always followed libertarian principles, but he was closer to libertarian than any other Republican president that we have had in recent history," Labrador said.
“So - and because we haven’t had close enough Republican candidates - we keep losing to people like Barack Obama, who’s the worst president that we have had."
When asked by the panel host whether libertarian ideas would improve the Republican Party, Labrador replied: “We’ve had fights all over the United States about the establishment against the grassroots and the establishment against young libertarians. And I keep reminding my Republican colleagues that if you want to continue to have a bunch of old people with old ideas in the Republican Party, you will no longer have a vibrant party.”
“But if we can invite young people that will actually bring new ideas, and will bring new energy to the party, [then] we will be the dominant party of the United States – the same philosophy with the same ideology that we have had as Republicans for a long period of time,” Labrador said.
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) echoed Labrador's statements, focusing on the current assault on the U.S. Constitution by politicians in Washington.
“We are losing our Constitution – I don’t know of a time in the history of America where the Constitution was disintegrated farther than it has during this period,” McClintock said.
“And we’re seeing the separation of powers disintegrate before our eyes, seeing a President now asserting the authority to pick and choose which laws to enforce, which laws he can ignore, who must obey those laws, who needn’t obey them - now even asserting the power to legislate on his own with his pen and his phone.
"That is something that is antithetical to the design of the American republic and the separation of powers that has produced the most successful, prosperous and happy society in history of human civilization,” McClintock said.
Labrador and McClintock were joined on the panel by other House members who belong to the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC), a grassroots membership organization dedicated to advancing “the principles of individual rights, limited government and free markets.” They included Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kent.), Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) and Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.).