Obama's fiscal cliff comments anger GOP
President's remarks indicate deal within reach
President Obama held a short event in an auditorium in the White House where he said a deal is within reach, but not yet reached.
Obama said it was notable that some Republicans seemed poised to accept tax increases when before the election they said there would be none, ABC News was reporting. But he pointed out that it would not be any sort of grand bargain. He was surrounded by some supporters and they applauded him at times. He told Republicans he would not accept spending cuts alone in future negotiations to deal with the debt ceiling or budget.
If there is a deal in the works, some Republicans immeidately pointed to Obama’s televised event at the White House as a complicating factor.
“I’m very disappointed in what the president had to say,” said Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who has worked toward fiscal proposals in the past, in a clearly frustrated tone of voice moments after the president’s event concluded.
Josh Holmes, the chief of staff in Sen. Mitch McConnell’s personal office had this to say on Twitter: "Potus just moved the goalpost again. Significantly."