Obama to hit the road to avoid driving off the fiscal cliff
November 27th, 2012
06:00 AM ET
9 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. tinb

    Did you ever notice it's the LOSERS who scream the loudest for bipartisanship?

    November 27, 2012 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  2. slamboto

    I don't understand the republican party anymore. The only people they seem to put forward into the spotlight as spokespersons for the party are kooks – Donald Rump, Mitt Money, and Rich Sanitation. Occasionally we will get something out of the all knowing Newt GreenGrinch. But do not fret party members – the next republican candidtate for president – Bobby (Seik) Grinning of Louisiana has put together a winning strategy for 2016. He says "if we want voters to like us – we got to like them first!" Brilliant stuff I'd say.

    November 27, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  3. are122

    Maybe Pravda was right....Recently, Obama has been re-elected for a 2nd term by an illiterate society and he is ready to continue his lies of less taxes while he raises them.

    November 27, 2012 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  4. tinb

    Did you ever notice it's the l o s ers who scream the loudest for bipartisanship?

    November 27, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  5. Name ddel831

    Abyss work with congress, are you kidding me, they have a one word answer to everything offered, No.

    November 27, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  6. Bob

    Wow Chuk – remove Republicans? Are you advocating a dictatorship? Letting the cliff happen? Scary

    November 27, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  7. LarryT

    I don't know about the rest of you guys, but when I am in money trouble, I find it much more effective to reduce my expenses than to increase my income. Ultimately, I find I must not spend any more than I make or I end up in trouble. Just a thought...

    November 27, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  8. Michael

    Let the Bush rates expire on those making over $150,000, close ALL loopholes and remove all exemptions (especially Capital Gains) for those making over $250,000 ... they don't really need it, do they? I'd also make EVERY PENNYearned in this country taxable, no more hiding money in offshore accounts.

    November 27, 2012 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  9. Peter

    Congress majority is BLUFFING. Four figures are seared on their brain-2-0-1-4. However Obama has done the most democratic of things. Going back to the people, explaining in detail what is involved, before doubling down in his tug-o-war stance firmly.

    November 27, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    The guys who bash baselessly did not vote for him and have no right to comment–shut up. Idiots.

    November 27, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  11. Name ddel831

    At least the president tells the American people what he is trying to do. No one knows what is going on behind the closed doors of congress. They are making deals to all their friends and we will never know

    November 27, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  12. Catori

    Let's be clear "The Fiscal Cliff" is just the year end kick-in of sequestration. It is NOT an overall solution to our overall spending.

    Our Congress is so incapable of bending the slightest amount to compromise & finding common ground, that a Democrat senator could stand neck deep in water & deny it was raining, if a Republican Senator said "Yes, it's raining" – and vice versa.

    If we do "go over the cliff", it means that we will have across the board spending cuts kick in. It's true that those cuts are pretty arbitrary. But spending cuts are not exactly a BAD thing.

    November 27, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  13. Washington Is Out Of Touch with reality

    obama is out on his campaign to call himself lord and savior and to help drive the American Dream and your Freedom right off the cliff, but its all you non-working trash that elected him, but a storm is coming and obama doesnt see it, but soon

    November 27, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  14. Disanitnodicos

    Obama's solution for the fiscal cliff is called "Gibsmedat."

    November 27, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  15. Norm

    Oh how stupid some people are. Still fighting Obama's administration and still blaming the President for not working with Congress when it is just the other way around thanks to Grover Norquist. I fully agree with Chuk, it may hurt a little but do not give in to the Republicans. It technically is not a tax increase, it is only back to where it belongs before the Bush cuts. Grover Norquist wants the Republicans to honor his pledge which is treason to the American people as Congress is supposed to be working for American, not Grover. Why would any true blood American want some idiot, unelected non-american person to be our Dictator?

    November 27, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  16. Kevin

    wanna know what's going to happen? tax rates will go up, and so will the deficit.

    November 27, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  17. D45

    So exactly what is HIS plan?? Have not heard nor seen anything except raise taxes on the rich....He has not provided this country with leadership, he still plays the blame game...when is he going to grown up and be what he was elected for ....

    November 27, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  18. Gymy

    CNN, where is the President's program? Itemize and list it. All I see is an interest in raising taxes on those making more than $250K. That is like saying "I'm making dinner" and opening a can of beans. Where are the spending cuts; the more important part. The tax the rich aspect is less than 5% of any real solution.

    November 27, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  19. jason

    Lets stop giving aid to other countries! That is a good start. Lets raise taxes so we continue to give our hard earned money to other countries. I would like to vote where my tax dollars go. It would be education, military and new energy research. We can not help the world right now, we need to look after our own! The cost of health care and taxes is a major burden on the working class. To see where a good portion of our tax dollars is spent is salt in the wound.

    November 27, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  20. John Deatherage

    I am a small government, fiscal conservative. Raising the top marginal tax rates will have to be done but that alone will not solve the budget deficit. Spending will have to be cut dramatically as well. Democrats don't / won't cut spending & Republicans refuse to vote for tax increases. And the country suffers.

    My solution. Replace them all. Find people who will put country ahead of party politics.

    November 27, 2012 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  21. JPNAmerican

    I don't mean to be skeptical but didn't he try this with the debt ceiling telling Americans to call their representatives and tell them to compromise. Didn't work then.

    November 27, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  22. tired

    Link reads: "Obama promotes his fiscal cliff solution" Nice head fake there CNN. Someone who doesn't take time to read for themselves would think the president was actually trying to contribute to the process.

    Buried later is Carney's lame reasoning as to why the president is doing nothing more than he has done throughout his political career...throwing rocks from the sidelines. You people that voted for him are complete fools and completely lacking in critical thinking.

    November 27, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  23. Bill

    And how much will raising taxes on the rich raise? Where will the rest of the money come from? How come CNN and others don't question the President on things like this and just take him at his word?

    November 27, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  24. coastlinecascot

    When the government does not get what they need from the "rich". They come after all of us for more taxes. Do you need proof? Look at the income tax. It started as a tax on the rich. Now all of us pay. Well not the of us. but most Americans have to pay income tax. In CA we pay huge taxes all the way down to the very low income brackets.

    November 27, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  25. penguin

    Whatever we do to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" will require tax hikes and spending cuts. To the overall economy it doesn't matter how those increases and cuts are made. I think the best solution is to let the Bush tax cuts expire, deeply cut defense spending, moderately cut SS payments,eliminate all charitable contribution deductions, and vigorously pursue welfare fraud and tax cheats

    November 27, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
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