Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'
December 3rd, 2010
07:34 PM ET
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Dem likens working with GOP on taxes to negotiating with 'terrorists'

(CNN) - Sen. Robert Menendez said Friday that if the Democratic-controlled Senate agrees to extend all of the Bush-era tax cuts it could be akin to acceding to terrorist demands. Republicans immediately blasted the New Jersey Democrat for his comparison.

Menendez asked at a news conference, "Does the majority not only have a responsibility to get something done but to get something done that makes sense for the country?"

"Do you allow yourself to be held hostage and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it might be perverse to the ultimate results? It's almost like the question of do you negotiate with terrorists?"

In a statement titled, "Menendez Compares GOP to Terrorists," the office of House Republican Whip Eric Cantor responded, " Um…No Senator, it is not. Not at all."

An aide to Menendez said the senator was talking about how the negotiations are proceeding, not about the Republicans personally.

"It's not surprising that some are eager to take a comment out of context in order to change the subject from the Republican millionaires-first plan," said spokesman Afshin Mohamadi. "The critical point for middle class Americans remains that Republicans have chosen to jeopardize tax cuts for every middle class family in order to guarantee an average tax cut of $104,000 for each millionaire."

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soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Marge

    About time the Democrats starting calling the republicans what they are,. They should ALL be doing this. What they have done and are continuing to do to this country is worst than what any terrorists have done to us.

    December 4, 2010 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. carly

    It is a perfect description of the GOP. They are totally out of touch with the needs of middle America.

    December 4, 2010 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. beowulf2

    Everyone should be treated equally under the law, even tax law. Progressive tax laws are an affront to our founding principles of equality.

    And this class warfare by the democrats is despicable.

    December 4, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
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