(CNN) - Is that the sound of movement we hear? Across the talk shows Republicans and Democrats softened their positions on extending tax cuts, inching it seems towards compromise.
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) Minority Leader, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“I think it’s pretty clear now taxes are not going up on anybody in the middle of this recession. We’re discussing how long we should maintain current tax rates.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D) Majority Whip, on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
“Without unemployment benefits being extended, personally, this is a non-starter. The notion we would give tax cuts to those making over $1 million a year which is the Republican position and then turn our back on two million Americans before Christmas, 127,000 in the state of Illinois is unconscionable.”
Sen. Jon Kyl (R) Minority Whip, on CBS’ “Face the Nation”
“As one of the six negotiators there have been discussions about a lot of the other elements as well but at least in theory an agreement could be reached in the relatively near future.”
On this week’s other headline story, bipartisanship galore in condemning WikiLeak’s release of confidential diplomatic exchanges, arguing it endangered lives and international relationships.
Sen. John Kerry (D) Foreign Relations Committee Chmn., on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
“This is sort of a anarchical kind of act by someone who wants attention that is not revealing some truth about a government lying for a policy that’s been misled. This is just letting people in on the inside of something where it has great ability to undo our ability to protect the interest of our country.”
Republicans wholeheartedly agree, but also hit the Obama administration for failing to notice the original leak – allegedly the work of a low level U.S. serviceman.
Newt Gingrich (R) Former House Speaker, on “Fox News Sunday”
“You have a private first class who downloads a quarter million documents, and the system doesn’t say, “Oh, you may be overextended? I mean, this is a system so stupid that it ought to be a scandal of the first order. This administration is so shallow and so amateurish about national security that it is painful and dangerous.”
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