Republicans: Obama wants to go over the cliff
December 23rd, 2012
11:37 AM ET
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Republicans: Obama wants to go over the cliff

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers said Sunday they believe President Barack Obama wants the country to fall off the fiscal cliff for political purposes.

“I think he sees a political victory at the bottom of the cliff. He gets all this additional tax revenue for new programs. He gets to cut the military, which Democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame Republicans for it,” Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming said on “Fox News Sunday.”

His sentiment was shared by Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina.

“I believed from the very beginning and continue to believe that the president has no interest at all in not going over the cliff,” Mulvaney told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on “State of the Union.” “He wants to go over the cliff. Everything I've looked at and seen out of the White House.”

It’s a point Sen. Kent Conrad, D-North Dakota, took issue with on Fox.

“This conversation to me is exactly what’s wrong in Washington,” Conrad countered. “It’s he said, she said, blame the other guy.”

But it’s this type of partisan back and fourth which has fiscal cliff negotiations stalled and has put the country on the precipice of a potential economic crisis.

Still, Barrasso said there’s time yet for a breakthrough when both Congress and the president return to Washington after the Christmas holiday.

“I don’t want us to go over the cliff, I want to find a solution,” Barrasso said. “I think there’s still time. We’re coming back here on the 27th.”

December 27th that is - leaving lawmakers just five days for negotiations before the country falls off the fiscal cliff.

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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Democrats have been calling for for years and he gets to blame Republicans for it,”

    Really, House speaker couldn’t pass his own bill that is democrats scam give us break

    Thursday night we watched helpless House speaker, NOT GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY

    December 23, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  2. Heavensdevil

    And these Republicans wonder why people no longer take them seriously? The usual stance of the GOP stonewalling and obstructing until they get "their" way is no longer fooling the American public, or the President of the United States.

    December 23, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Ivan

    Why not go over the cliff,the repubs. don't want to compromise on anything the president has presented to them.

    December 23, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. plain&simple

    If these congress members are so smart and want to stop Obama from his "POLITICAL" play. VOTE FOR COMPROMISE!!!! Was that so hard?

    December 23, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Ivan

    And we know that the repubs. do not know the meaning of compromise,so I'm ready to go with the president over the cliff.Then just maybe the repubs. will look up the meaning of compromise.

    December 23, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    With all of the gnawing and gnashing of teeth by the left over the House Republicans refusing to raise taxes to support the freeloaders, some one should point out that they were elected to do just that.
    Obama was elected by the welfare crowd and the Repubs were elected by taxpayers that are finished giving handouts.

    December 23, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  7. Canuck

    Obama won the election, when in hell is he going to act like it??? I don't like Obama , but the Republicans disgust me. Merry Christmas....

    December 23, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  8. BKW

    Here's hoping that Obama"s motivation and decision making regarding the fiscal cliff issues is based on what he believes is best for the country rather than political gain. Ethically/morally speaking his heart appears to me to be in the "right" place.

    December 23, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. Independentandfedup

    If this fiscal cliff happens....I will then know that our elected officials have once again failed in their duties and I WILL PUNISH via the voting booth in the mid term elections!

    You will hear America then....we ARE TIRED OF THIS

    December 23, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  10. anonoymous

    So let me get this straight. the republicans say yes when the president says no. When the spesker brought the plan b to the republicans they said no but the president wants to go over the cliff? yeah right

    December 23, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  11. Kylie Brant

    It's clearly the GOP who cares more about ideology than country. Boehner and Obama were fairly close to a deal and then the Speaker did a bait and switch...and couldn't even get his own party to fall in line with him. At least two GOP Congressmen have been on TV saying they'd rather wait until the tax rates rise...and then cut them for people making less than $250,000. Then they can be seen as tax cutters rather than having raised taxes. Agenda before the American people. Is it any wonder a majority of people polled recently see the Republican party as too extreme?

    December 23, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Kr55

    The GOP doesn't have a leg to stand on. As soon as they made it clear they will not vote for tax increases in any capacity, they became 100% to blame for us going over the cliff. The complete unwillingness to compromise in any way should never be answered by the other side just giving in and abandoning everything they stand for, it sets a horrid precedent. It's the GOP who are just scared that Grover Norquist will make them lose their power because they voted for tax hikes.

    December 23, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  13. Fire the GOP

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    Why is it that the GOP TEA Party RINOs are always making up excuses. The idea behind compromise is finding a common ground. Both sides agree that the poor and working middle class do not need their taxes raised. SO PASS THAT ALREADY!
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    December 23, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. GOP = Greed Over People

    President O gets 51% of the popular vote, and Robme gets 47%.

    Ah, the sweet scent of irony!

    December 23, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. mcskadittle

    i am so tired of these tactics, the republicans negotiated as usual "IN BAD FAITH" then tried to pass their own bill knowing that it had no shot in the senate but were screwed by their own teaparty. If anyone is at fault its the republicans and the teaparty who seem think they won't be blamed for raising everyone taxes because they didn't vote for it

    December 23, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. rs

    The "party of Personal Responsibilty" has no clue and certainly isn't taking any in this debacle. They created the defict, they created the fiscal cliff; now they do...nothing.
    The GOP is simply an anti-American economic terrorist organization.

    Perhaps it is high time they get treated that way.

    December 23, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. Ramana7

    If you want to know what the American People want, the last ones you'd want to ask is the Republicans, unless by 'American People', you mean the top 2% alone.

    If Republicans were concerned more about representing the American People, they'd at least do what they agree with the President about, extend the tax cuts for everyone making $250,000 or less, or even as Obama offered, $400,000. Get that done and the stocks explode tomorrow. Fight over the rich next year, if they mean that much to you that you'd choose to hold the American people, the 98%, hostage for the 2%, then it's a victory, you can fight your hard line on them into oblivion for the next four years.

    It's political suicide in the general election, because it's NOT WHAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WANT! But there's someone else they fear more than the American people, and that's the Tea Party. The cancer within. Eating it's own, that's what cancer does. Causes your body to attack itself.

    They empowered them; they court them still. The GOP it seems to have reached its decline some time ago and we are likely to witness its plummeting fall in the next several elections. What is most despicable about this current GOP, for the GOP has not always been such a cowardly and selfish lot as we see today, is that they'd drag the rest of us down rather than just shake Obama's hand in the first place and show once again the GOP can still be the adult in the room, too.

    That's what the American People wanted after the election. Not sour grapes.

    December 23, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  18. HenryMiller

    "...and he gets to blame Republicans for it,”

    Which is why the Republicans should just stand back and let the Left ruin the economy as it pleases them. Then it's equivocally their fault. And, once the economic collapse is complete, the GOP can come along and clean up the mess left by the perennially childish Left.

    December 23, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. Pander Bear

    Waaahh!! We created this fiscal cliff when we refused to have a sensible discussion about the debt limit and now it's coming back to haunt us. Our BS political ploy failed and it's all Obama's fault! Waaaahh!!!! – The GOP

    December 23, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  20. John

    If he wanted to go over cliff, why did he increase the taxable net level to 400K, why did he offer up 800 billion in spending cuts...he had to do neither since the AMerican public already agreed with the 250K level by a 63-37% margin.....he gave where he didn't have to, in order to avoid the cliff, your distortions won't change that....

    December 23, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Namedino

    The rich are getting richer and the working poor are getting poorer

    December 23, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  22. Tony

    There is a plan C. Vote Republicans out of Congress. They are useless. They can't even pass their own plan.

    December 23, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Sounds like a lame attempt to shift the blame to Democrats. Even Speaker Boehner could not deliver votes from his own caucus for any compromise, no matter how small. Action speaks louder than words. The GOP/Tea Party brand is damaged goods.

    December 23, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  24. James Klimaski

    Obama's working on a bipartisan approach to the deficit and budget if he nominates Chuck Hagel to be Sec of Defense. He is beholding to no one but the American people. He is a combat veteran who will look out for the people in our armed forces. He clearly will not tolerate wasteful spending. Give him the job and help reduce the blotted military budget and our deficit.

    December 23, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  25. WhereIsPalin

    He made the statement on Fox News Sunday. Enough said.

    December 23, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
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