President takes hard line with GOP in opening fiscal cliff negotiations

November 14, 2012

Here's how The Washington Post's Lori Montgomery and Zachary Goldfarb described President Obama's position as he opens talks with congressional Republicans on averting the "fiscal cliff": 

President Obama is... making no opening concessions and calling for far more in new taxes than Republicans have so far been willing to consider.

Obama plans to open talks using his most recent budget proposal, which sought to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy by $1.6 trillion over the next decade, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. That’s double the sum that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) offered Obama during secret debt negotiations in 2011.

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Democrats said Obama is likely to maintain a tough stance Friday, when Boehner and other congressional leaders are due to gather at the White House for their first face-to-face discussions about how to avoid the fiscal cliff. Fresh off a resounding electoral victory in which they kept the White House and picked up seats in the House and Senate, Democrats said there is no reason to compromise now on a central plank of the president’s platform. 

In a Washington Post-Pew Poll released Tuesday, 29 percent of respondents said they would blame Obama if an agreement over the fiscal cliff is not reached, and 53 percent said Republicans in Congress would be to blame. 

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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