Fox News’ Alexis Herman, former Labor Secretary, said Friday that partisan bickering on both sides and the elevation of “personalities on each side of the aisle” are part of America’s current economic crisis.

Herman said to “Your World”, that President Clinton was her ex-boss and she had “reverseintuitively” brought together business, labor and Democrats, and helped bring about the U.S.’s last budget surplus.

Robert Reich’s successor from 1997 to the end, Herman said that the intraparty dialog has fallen so far that Herman does not recognize that part of her party.

“I think what I’m missing and what I want to see more of is less about the personalities, less about the finger-pointing and much more about the issues that are at stake and what is the overall good that we’re seeking together for the common good,” she said.


“I think the more we can talk about this current budget package and lift up the real priorities and not the personalities, which is what we seem to be doing in the media these days, we’ll be all better for it.”

Earlier Friday, a photo illustrating that went viral online, as West Virginia’s moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III clasped his face in his hands while seated behind Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer – as the Brooklynite loudly railed against Republicans and bragged that GOP “brinksmanship did not work” in terms of the now-averted debt ceiling impasse

Host Neil Cavuto noted Clinton and Herman ushered in a budget surplus despite a divided government – Democrats in the White House and Republicans in Congress under House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi.

“[A]Many people are familiar with the economic boom, the economy and Bill Clinton’s last presidency to enjoy surpluses. [while]We work closely with Republicans in areas like welfare to Work, Address[ing] the debt, don’t dismiss the debt. “We have not seen this since Secretary under Democrat-Republican presidents,” he claimed.

“[T]he environment itself, in which we communicated and collaborated, it’s very different,” Herman responded. 

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It is so partisan. It’s very difficult to find compromise and to seek that common good. I think in this administration when you talk about the business community — I was glad to see President Biden bring in business leaders in this conversation recently this week – But it was an ongoing process with the Clinton administration – and it was counterintuitive for Democrats to do it.”

“I believe this is the reason there was more of a bipartisan spirit when it came down to engaging business in real solutions.”