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. Get The Facts

    Dont Fall For The Republican Tactics In Playing The Blame Game

    This Is A Very Serious Matter Demanding Immediate Attention

    Republicans Care Only About One Thing Big Money. Our Country

    Is Under Siege... And Only You Can Help, Contact Your Congessman

    Today Inundate Them With Calls And Emails Demanding Them To Do

    Their Job And Avoid The Fiscal Cliff...

    December 23, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. John

    I think anyone standing up to the gun lobby, or the oil lobby, in the USA, is dicing with death. Whether we like it or not these people and the banks, unfortunately, run the world and cause wars just to satisfy their greed. If you look at European countries where death by guns equates to .01 of the population the NRA haven't got a leg to stand on but they do have the money and power to get their own way . . . it's called democracy . . . ha, ha, ha, you know just what the good old US defends everywhere else in the world. ha, ha, ha, again!

    December 23, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  3. AK_steve

    I can't believe the GOP is still trying to blame the President. The GOP has twice walked out on congress without passing a plan to address the fiscal cliff. Boehmer even said that it's now up to the President and the Senate Dems to come up with a plan. He was trying to shift blame after not being able to pass his own plan through his own party.

    The GOP are irrelevant failures who can't pass legislation even when they try (and we all know they prefer not to try at all). Yes, we are going to go over the cliff. And yes, it is the GOP's fault. And yes, the President will save the day. If the GOP don't like it, they have the opportunity to compromise. But compromise is a cardinal sin for the GOP – so we will go over the cliff.

    December 23, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. AtlJack

    If the Republicans are right that Obama wants to go over the cliff... They are dumb as bricks for making it easy for him.
    Obama came up to a 3% tax increase on incomes over $400k (meaning 99% would not get an increase) and put over a Trillion in cuts on the table– and Republicans spit on it.

    The far right is taking the GOP down.

    December 23, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    Yes he does.

    Obama wants to raise taxes on the middle class, to give him more money to squander, and then blame it on the Republicans.

    December 23, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. J. Snedeker

    imam obama's plan all along has been to bring America to it's knees. He's his father's offspring.

    December 23, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. jane

    The GOP is a dying bread.... their out-dated/lobbiest ideals will leave us with a one party system

    December 23, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. George

    It's back and forth.....not fourth.

    December 23, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  9. Larry L

    A good number of Republicans still believe the President to be a Muslim born in Kenya. They thrive on ridiculous conspiracies. The President has made several sincere efforts to compromise but Speaker Boehner can't get any support from the Tea Party radicals in the House. The same radicals caused our S&P rating to be lowered and continue to serve only the rich. In 2014 we clean house on politicians who only represent the radical right-wing.

    December 23, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  10. Logic N LA

    Typical! – they- Republicans in the House- have had 18 months to deal withthis but they thoughtthey would take back the White House and have their way. Well- they lost- thye lost seats in the House, they lost seats in the Senate and they did not get the Presidency. America does not wan thtier brand of politcs or financial ways.
    Comprimise or prepare to be voted out! You are not thinking of America!

    December 23, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  11. Martha in CF

    The redumblicans are at their blame game again.....Mr Rick McDaniel and J Snedeker -haven't you been listening to anything the president has been saying-The senate has already brought the middle class tax cut to the floor and it passed. The redumblicans have not even mentioned it in the house or brought it up for a vote.
    The GOPers are the ones hurting this country just so their rich buddies to not have to pay any more taxes...Sick and wrong.....

    December 23, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. John

    The President Is really for a deal all you Republican have to do Is get off the Pledge that most of you have sigh not to rise taxes. Any body making over 400,000 a year can afford to pay a little more In taxes. The only thing that stopping a deal to be done are the Conservative group and the TEA PARTY that are In the Republican Party. So If a deal Is NOT done It will be the Republican Fault , just like It was when American credit rating was down graded. The Republican Party hasn't done anything but said my way or the highway for the last two years. And that way NOTHING has got done In two years. The Republican need to lose Control of congress so thing can get done. What they better start doing Is Compromise or said good by In 2014.

    December 23, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  13. Donald Watkins

    No, President Obama is not eager to go over the fiscal cliff as some republicans think. He is simply doing what the American people elected him to do.Well, be on notice Grande Ole Party, All of America is watching to see which of you sign your political pink slips. The people in this country are about to take their country back and send special intrest packing.So go ahead and please those people with all the wealth in the country,remember 1 percent against 99 is not the best odds. Those 99 percent are the ones who put you in office to represent them.And those 99 percent will be the ones to wave goodbye to you in the next election.

    December 23, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  14. Independent jim

    t the dems won the election

    December 23, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. littlelizard

    Some in the GOP ( or at least on the right) seem to think that alot of the problems with the economy is the spending on "entitlements", etc. And going over the cliff there will not only be tax increases( which they obviously don't want) but also cuts in "entitlements". Maybe they should check to see what is exempt from cuts by going over the cliff. There will not only be tax increases, but there will be NO cuts to SS, Medicare, Medicade, VA benefits, SNAP, plus other programs for the poor, etc. There is actually quite a list. Just goggle " fiscal cliff exemptions".

    December 23, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    No,we want the gop trash to go over the cliff in 2024 for good .88% of gop congressmen take bribes,ops, i mean campaign contributions from the nra slimballs and only 23% of dems take the so you tell me who the problem is ,maybe if they were the bye and gop trashes kids they might have a change of heart ,anyway ,all the gop trash will be gone in 2014 elections!!!!!!!!

    December 23, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    The Republicans can't get their own House in order and still find time to blame Obama. When have we heard this before? Perhaps the House should vote on the already approved Senate bill which advocates lowering the tax cuts for ALL Americans making under $250,000. How long should that bill need for debate? An hour or so?

    December 23, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. john

    I think we should go over the "fiscal cliff" for all the reasons stated in the first two paragraphs of this article! I do however think that Obama would accept law with the tax structure he wants, it is the Taliban that rejects the common sense aspects of the presidents "plan."

    December 23, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. alien

    The house of representitives are either braindead or treasonist obstructionists.... or both.

    December 23, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  20. Triiton

    So both parties are more interested in their own politics and jobs than the rest of 311 million of us? What we have here is a class of people who are not afraid of the public, our outpouring of anger, or the effects of this. You see its because us sheeple can not do anything to prevent this. We DO NOT control this country any longer. I wonder if we ever did? Until these idiots are kicked out of OUR capital then nothing will change. Thank you far right and far left for ruining this country.

    December 23, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  21. fatlip11

    Wouldn't it be great if the republicans would just stop lying and start working for the American people? Sheesh. Give up on protecting the richest of the rich and work on a fair plan for ALL Americans!!!

    December 23, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  22. Liz the First

    Some things never change. repugs are still as delusional as they were during Obama's first term. they don't know how to govern and they hate Obama so much that if he offered to outlaw abortion, they'd vote NO. this country won't start making real progress until every repug is voted out of office. Obama has put out specific proposals and all these morons can say is 'he's not serious.' that, in republican speak means 'he's not doing things exactly how we want it done.' it's time for them to remember who won in November!!! the American people voted to re-elect Obama. the American Idiots voted to leave Boehner and his fellow traitors in congress.

    December 23, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Dave Harris

    If Republicans wanted to prevent the 'fiscal cliff', they could easily do so. If going over it is Obama's plan, why aren't they trying to prevent that? Just more GOP craziness.

    December 23, 2012 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Zan

    If the GOP wanted to look credible as a negotiator, they should have followed Boehner on Thursday's vote. They are just making excuses for their failures now. They're best hope now is to cut out the fanatics and talk with the Democrats in the house. Boehner needs to set the example and show he is a leader and not a figurehead for his dysfunctional caucus.

    December 23, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  25. Lionel

    Same old Republican lies, we have had it with those people holding the American economy hostage.

    Vote them out in 2014.

    December 23, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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