Obama to hit the road to avoid driving off the fiscal cliff
November 27th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama to hit the road to avoid driving off the fiscal cliff

(CNN) – As negotiations continue over how to thwart the looming crisis known as the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama will take his case on the road this week, urging Americans to support his push to let tax rates rise on the wealthiest Americans.

The president will tour a manufacturing facility and give remarks in the southeastern Pennsylvania town of Hatfield on Friday, the White House announced Tuesday. The campaign-style trip comes as another example of the president building pressure on Congress through public support, rather than the behind-closed-doors approach used in last summer's debt talks.

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Friday's trip will follow a week of meetings with other constituencies. He'll meet with small-business owners from across the country on Tuesday and host an event at the White House on Wednesday with "middle-class Americans who would be impacted" if Congress fails to reach a deficit-reduction agreement by the year's end.

Also Wednesday, Obama is scheduled to meet with business leaders. He took part in similar meetings with labor groups and business heads two weeks ago, shortly before he held a meeting with congressional leaders in the White House.

The clock is ticking as Congress and the White House work to hash out a plan that would prevent an enormous amount or "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts from taking place next year.

Both sides are stalemated over how to raise revenue as part of a deficit-reduction package. House Republicans call for changes in the tax code - namely the closing of loopholes and limiting of deductions - while Senate Democrats and Obama argue for the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts for households making more than $250,000.

While talks are ramping back up after the holiday break, a second meeting between the White House and congressional leaders has yet to be scheduled, though the president did reach out on Saturday to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about their efforts to avert the draconian cuts and tax hikes.

However, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney suggested in the daily briefing on Monday that holding direct talks with lawmakers might not be the best strategy for the president's agenda. Carney pointed to Obama's meetings with labor and business groups as a way to put indirect pressure on Congress.

Carney said "the notion that you can solve all problems over a cocktail" with politicians is somewhat overrated. Instead, he added that "engaging with not just the denizens of Washington but with the broader American public is very important to (Obama)."

"I think that some of the lessons that we learned over the last four years have to do with always being mindful of the fact that engaging the public on these sometimes chewy policy debates is important because they care," Carney continued. "And they have a deep stake in the outcome of the debate, so we'll continue to do that."

Last week, Obama's former campaign manager, Jim Messina, said the president's re-election campaign and its grassroots resources will "live on," most likely as a tool to promote the president's second-term policies.

Obama for America, the name of the campaign, already released an e-mail to its distribution list, educating readers on the president's fiscal cliff argument and rallying supporters to get behind him.

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Ted Barrett, Lesa Jansen, Martina Stewart and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    It's all in the hands of the rethugs and their ocd children the tea baggers that they have allowed to take over the party. How many of them were voted out in the last election?
    You then have traitor norquist who should be in jail but I take it that the FBI and DOJ are too busy doing something else?
    bo ner, toothman cantor and ms. lindsay better get their act together because they ARE the problem NOT the solution.

    November 27, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  2. lgny

    This headline has to be one of the worst mixed metaphors. It's the type of stuff that appears on Jay Leno.

    November 27, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  3. phoenix86

    I think that together with proposing increasing taxes on anyone, Obama should also outline how he plans to CUT SPENDING.

    November 27, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  4. John McCain

    Someone ought to tell the President that he can stop campaigning now.

    November 27, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  5. Shills

    Most of these attorneys WANT the fiscal cliff to come ... it's all about getting more $$ from us, to have more power and control, to spend and influence power for them and theirs including off-shore accounts, and to continue to pound the nails into The United States of Coffins. Both Dems and Republicans on this one folks.

    November 27, 2012 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  6. Gurgyl

    I do not know as to why these brainless idiots elected thugs from GOP in the BEGINING. Just remove GOP cult in 2014. Problem solved.

    November 27, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  7. tez07

    It might be that they cliff is the very compromise the politicians are hoping. It raises revenues (taxes in non-political language) for the democrats and cuts spending for the republicans. Lets all hold hands like Thelma and Louise and drive over this baby together........... Kumbaya everyone

    November 27, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  8. jesus c falcon

    Let's. Get partisan out, snd bipartisan in

    November 27, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  9. Bruce

    Yes, let's not work directly with Congress. Very bi-partisan of you Mr. President.

    November 27, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  10. Bruce

    President: "I'm ready to sign it now as long as you do things MY way".....

    November 27, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  11. freqflyr

    Didn't the president just spend 4 months on the road selling his tax plan? What a surprise 52% want to the top 3% to pay 90% of the federal income taxes. That's not a hard sell. Why isn't he selling the spending cuts that are also required so that we don't continue adding $1 trillion to the deficit each year?

    November 27, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  12. Roy

    Really you idiots on the left AND right should just do both. Expiration and closing all loopholes including the child tax credits.

    No family should be getting back more than it pays, period.

    November 27, 2012 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  13. bobnc

    How about he stay in Washington and show some leadership instead of running all over the country. My opinion is he getting out of town and is going to say look and see what THEY did nothing. Mr. President stay in Washington and force BOTH parties to do their job and COMPROMISE AND FIXS THE PROBLEMS INSTEAD OF CAUSING MORE.

    November 27, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  14. Sagebrush Shorty

    The new middle class are those on welfare. The old middle class is gone.

    November 27, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  15. daniel

    Yes!, Mr. Obama this is how you expose the weak GOP leadership who say some thing and do another...expose their true color. Lead them...the way you know how Mr. President.

    November 27, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  16. ray

    Now all he has to do is get the slow footed repugnicans to dump Norquist and come to the table in good faith to do the country's business.

    November 27, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  17. Matte

    It is time for the republican congress to get to work and make a stand to fix this economy. they should have learned by the voters turnout that they are view as the cause of the economic downfall and the stagnant economy. All the polls showed that 55 percent of America blame the republicans and congress for bad policy making decisions. Now you can try to get back on the good side of the American people and compromise in short get you crap together and work it out.

    November 27, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  18. guest

    a lot of talk about a plan as usual – but no plan in this story

    November 27, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  19. Marry

    The President will be able to count on our support! What has come out of the GOP does not look promising. I do think they need a little help to understand what we expect of them! 2014....????

    November 27, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  20. Leeford

    The Bush Tax Cuts were TEMPORARY cuts designed to expire. Allowing them to run their course and expire does not break the Republican pledge of not raising taxes, as they are not passing legislation that specifically raises taxes beyond what they are suppose to be. Rather than modify and extend the Bush Tax Cuts, the democrats should let them expire and put their own name (Obama Tax Cuts) on a new package. Let them include all the current rates minus the top 2% and see if the Republicans are really interested in signing a bill to "lower" tax rates.

    November 27, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  21. Qoheleth

    A fair shot for everyone! For the sake of the Nation

    November 27, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  22. ghost

    There should be no talks of revenue. Let the taxes expire for all and you will have your revenue. Then you can cut the taxes for the people that really need it. You do not need congress approval to get the revenue that is needed. I am one of those working poor that the repugs calls lazy and have my hand out. I do not have a problem with my taxes going up as long as the rich pay their share. If you think about it, they pay for the whole recovery since they are the reason we are in this mess. CREEPS.....

    November 27, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  23. speakup

    Looks like a fight is brewing? Get the popcorn honey, it Congress VS The American people!

    November 27, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  24. Mike

    Raising rates will only affect upper middle class people. Millionaires, like Obama, will still avoid paying the same percentages as most unless they eliminate the loop holes and deductions. This is the shell game these guys are playing.

    November 27, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  25. Gabbo

    Obama is such a stooge – who elected this clown ??

    November 27, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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