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GOP Congressman: Since We Can't Impeach Obama, We're Not Going To Confirm Anyone

"Nobody gets confirmed. Nada. Nobody. None. I don't care how good of a person you are. You're not gonna get it." The Senate, not the House, confirms presidential appointments.

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Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar last week said even though Republicans cannot impeach President Obama, they can refuse to confirm any of his appointments.

Speaking in Parker, Arizona, Gosar, a Republican serving in Congress since 2011, said that all people appointed by Obama should be blocked, no matter "how good of a person you are."

"You may not be able to impeach a president," he said. "But boy I tell you what: remember, we have the right of advise and confer. Nobody gets confirmed. Nada. Nobody. None. I don't care how good of a person you are. You're not gonna get it."

The House of Representatives does not confirm presidential appointments. That power rests solely with the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who does have the ability to block Obama's nominees, has repeatedly said the upper chamber would continue to confirm nominees.

Gosar, a Republican, had been telling his audience to imagine what it would be like if Obama went down as the president who "vetoed the most bills."

"Imagine this. Just imagine this," the Congressman said. "Barack Obama goes down as the president who vetoed the most bills and in the succeeding election cost his party another election."

He went on to say that Democrats who lost in the 2014 midterm elections had failed to pass bills and, further, that Obama and Senator Harry Reid had caused the Democratic losses.

"Do you know why the gentleman, Begich, lost in Alaska?" Gosar asked, referring to Mark Begich, the former U.S. Senator. "Not one amendment, not one bill got passed or offered by him in six years. I had fifty of them. Ones that passed. Kay Hagan: not even a post office. Harry Reid and Barack Obama cost them that election."

Later, after making the argument that Republicans should refuse to confirm anybody, Gosar waved what appeared to be a pocket-sized edition of the United States Constitution.

"This is about this," he said. "I'm here to win."

He proceeded to make a reference to the work of renowned Chinese military philosopher Sun Tzu.

"The Sun Tzu book I talked to you about always states, know your adversaries' strengths and your strengths and you'll never lose. Don't play to your weaknesses; play to your strengths always. Always play to an enemy's weaknesses, never their strengths."

Gosar concluded by suggesting that politicians "have a conversation with America, heaven forbid" and describing himself as "some little guy" who spoke in New York City.

"Explain to the American people what you're putting out there. Have a conversation with America, heaven forbid," he said. "This isn't rocket science. Talk plain language. This is your backdoor. If some little guy who represents District 4 can speak in New York City--I did."

The congressman was in Parker as part of his "Solutions Tour."

Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Christopher Massie at Christopher.Massie@buzzfeed.com.

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