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. roro

    The republicans are desperate. Just like Wayne LaLunatic, they blame everything and everyone except themselves. They are headed the way of the Whigs.

    December 23, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. jimmyjo

    This whole cliff WaS a compromise to raise the ceiling and fix the out of control spending and continuing debt increasing by the minute. REMEMBER? TWO YEARS AGO. HOW SOON WE FORGET...

    December 23, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  3. chuck

    The entire republican party is imploding,soon will be extinct at this rate...idiots. Now we have the NRA panicking as they stand to looser millions on "lost gun sales'; when the laws change. Boehner is a helpless fool...

    December 23, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. marcindc

    A stupid electorate should not be immune from the consequences of their actions. Stupid decisions should result in painful consequences. A slight majority of Americans voted back in power an inept community organizer and somehow expected things would change, not because he would change his inane liberal policies but he just needed more time. A simple thought for simple minds, but that is the community organizers demographics. Well dullards you got what you asked for. I hope the economy doesn't only go over the cliff but does a swan dive. The fiscal cliff was a creation of the party elitists through a series of soviet style economics in Washington to protect their own careers and special interests and not the American people or economy. This is a perfect time in American history to let the house of cards they built collapse. Much like free market bankruptcies the economy will come back more solid and reflect economic realities and not political talking points. Give the Democrats everything that they want. The world will not end and the sun will rise the next day. Every American that is capable should experience the true effects of having their earnings controlled and paying taxes at a rate the liberals decide is fair for you, paying the alternative income tax congress created and is subjected to the death tax. Every American should pay for a gallon of gas based on what the EPA decides and to support green initiatives that directly support the Democratic Party through election payoffs. Every American should be pitted against every other American and blamed for the results of decisions Obama and his merry band of socialist make. Every capable American should experience what it's like to earn and pay as you go and see what it’s like when there is no more money you can reach into someone else’s pocket and take simply because you can. Those electorates and states who voted for the same policies and reelected the community organizer should be the ones who suffer the most in terms of lost jobs, lost contracts, reduced benefits and opportunities for them and their children. Elections have consequences and you Obama voting half-wits are just starting to see the beginning of the change you voted for and deserve. Those of us who rely on our own initiative, drive and motivation will survive just. I personally don’t want a country created in the vision of corrupt liberal democrats. But election results are what they are and in the words of a famous Democratic President, congenital liar and adulterer “we feel your pain”.

    December 23, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. Dan5404

    No wonder he does. So do most of us, rather than accept the Tea Party's ridiculous do-nothing, fatalistic agenda. Their motto is, as it has been for the entire time they have existed: Do everything our way, or we'll commit political suicide and take the country down with us". Well, Obama and we Democrats are saying it's worth it to be rid of you in 2014.

    December 23, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Evergreen

    Why do these officials think the public has not been following negotiations just as closely as they have? No one has to tell us who to blame.

    December 23, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. SuZieCoyote

    So sad to see the GOP beat at their own game. Not.

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

    Well, if that's Obama is trying to do, it sure looks like the republicans are trying to give him as help as they possibly can.

    December 23, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. Brian

    Want to fix the money issue , all these political people are a waste of money. All that is needed is , the President , vise President , and a Governor for each state . Governors from each state communicate with the vise President in which discusses the issues from each state with the President. Congress and House of Reps , another waste of money. It should be left up to the every day people to decide what happens in The United States , now adays pretty much everybody has cell phones . That's how we should vote on issues . Those political people don't no what the people want , they just no what they want and that's NOT RIGHT !!!

    December 23, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. dreucalypt

    Clearly President Obama would rather make a deal, but not just any deal. He's under no obligation to enact Mitt Romney's platform.

    December 23, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So Republicans cannot bring up a vote to resolve the issues, and it's the President's fault. All they had to do was offer a little bait and vote on it, and then the ball would be in the Democrats lap in the Senate (unless McConnell decided to filibuster it).

    December 23, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Russ

    It is pretty clear who wants who to go over the cliff. The Repukicans still can't get over that they lost the election. This is their last ditch effort to throw their weight around. If the American public wanted their way we would have voted them into the White House. It is well known that they will get the blame not Obama. Obama had better stick to his guns on this. That's why we elected him. Not so the Republicans can keep protecting their 2%.

    December 23, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. KPark

    Until every state is required to have a nonpartisan group make redistricting decisions, we will continue to have one group of radicals after another stonewalling rather than governing because these extremists are in a "safe district" and do not have to worry about really governing. Therefore, they don't really care what happens to the country, only that they get reelected and continue to gain power and money. If you don't like the results you see now, MOBILIZE and get it changed!

    December 23, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Good for this nation–at least GOP thugs will be necked out in 2014 Election–we can pass nation's dire needed laws and take this nation forward to 21st century spectrum.

    December 23, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Ken

    Do we trust in a God given USA or do we run in fear needing personal assault guns. If latter our country will DIE an early grave and us also.

    December 23, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  16. Name lynn

    if the republicans and democrates come together and make the right decisions on the rich paying higher taxes like the middle class and poor then obama can make a speach and says finally its a dun dill

    December 23, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. Al Miller

    So now that Kent Conrad has blamed the other guy what will he take responsibility for?

    December 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. John

    This fiscal cliff is all on the hands of the Republicans. Their plan is to hold out for the next debit ceiling and then they figure they will have the upper hand. Obama would be a fool to give into them. The Republicans would do anything to make him look bad even if it distroys the country.

    December 23, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  19. russ in nc

    Notice that nobody is proposing anything that might address the 16 trillion dollar (soon to be twenty trillion dollar) problem.

    December 23, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. SuZieCoyote

    This just in. The GOP has decided to hold its collective breath until they get their way. Soon they will turn blue. Right now, they are cherry red.

    December 23, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. sdsparky

    Neither plan, reps or dems reduces the debt interest payments, both are bad. The govt. taxes and spends, until the spending is properly addressed, you can tax all you want,heck I don't care. Once a program is started it always expands and costs exceed the projections when voted on. Take a look at any fed spending chart, revenues have been fairly constant over the last 2 decades. Spending has gone parabolic, but every entitlement program is now a sacred cow, can't kill those can we? There's no cliff, just a long slope downward our children will pay for our inability to live within our means.

    December 23, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. ghost

    Rpugs will see in 2014 who is to blame for this country's problems. The only way to move this country forward is to get rid of the extreme repugs.

    December 23, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. donna in CO

    This claim is typical Fox News propaganda! Obama has made it abundantly clear that he wants to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. The GOP seems to have the emotional maturity of young children with their claims of, "It's his fault, not mine!" Let me remind you that GOP financial policies of corporate welfare and upward distribution of wealth, along with the Texas cowboy's costly wars got us into this financial mess. One way to start resolving it is to require the rich to pay their fair share of all taxes, including capital gains, and to end corporate welfare. The American public, including Republican voters, do not want the middle class footing the bills. That's what the election was all about. Obama didn't win because he's been a great president, he won because the voters did not want more GOP policies which only favor the rich. It's time to start listening to the voters. Wake up Congress!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. catmom


    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 |

    Oh for goodness sakes!!! Do not come on here acting as if there are NO Republicans receiving welfare benefits. Republicans thinking that is the reason the American people voted against Republican policies and ideology. The American people rejected Republicans TWICE and people like you need to deal with it!

    December 23, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. don

    The Republicans are a pretty cloistered bunch. They hang with their own kind and have no idea that there are valid opinions different from theirs. To call it a blind spot is to flatter the blinds' vision
    I think that's why they were so surprised when Romney got smoked.
    "Everyone they knew was for him!!"

    December 23, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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