Jim DeMint: Obama will ‘get his wish’

December 13, 2012

Soon-to-be-former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) appeared on CBS on Thursday morning and  declared President Obama the victor in the "fiscal cliff" fight. 

"He's going to get his wish," DeMint said. "I believe we're going to be raising taxes and not just on the top earners." 

The conservative senator said that Obama had the upper hand because he wanted the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts to go into effect on Jan. 1 (a common refrain among Republicans). 

"It's hard to work with someone who is intentionally trying to take us over this cliff," DeMint said. "The president's proposal is not a plan, it's not a solution." Rather, he said, it's "a political trophy."

Obama has proposed freezing tax rates on most Americans while raising rates on the top 2 percent of earners. But if we go over the cliff, taxes on most Americans will go up

As the Jan. 1 deadline nears, both Obama and congressional Republicans have dug in on their positions on taxes. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) told his Republican colleagues earlier this week to prepare for a holiday season of tense negotiations in Washington.

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