'Cliff' talks seem to follow old script: public lines, private events differ
December 7th, 2012
05:13 PM ET
10 years ago

'Cliff' talks seem to follow old script: public lines, private events differ

Washington (CNN) - High-level negotiations between the White House and Capitol Hill in times of divided government tend to follow a script.

This year's talks about how to avert the fiscal cliff, for the most part, appear to track a familiar line: The outside message from the top players is often different from what's happening on a parallel track inside the room where the final deal is being crafted.


Filed under: Congress • John Boehner • President Obama
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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Obama does NOT compromise. Not EVER!

    December 7, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. CBR

    Until the American people start to flex some muscles this fiscal crisis will not end. Our representatives and senators need to solve this crisis quickly and to make plans to continue discussions about the federal tax issues in January. Folks need to sit down and resolve the issue. This issue is not a matter of life or death but it is certainly an issue that will tell us how well Republicans and Democrats in Congress can work together.

    We all know money talks and if the pay checks of all members of Congress were withheld until they decided the fiscal issues we would see them working together to solve the issue. Well maybe by those who are not among the members who make over $250,000/

    December 7, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |