Two high-ranking Senate Republicans on Tuesday blasted President Obama for hitting the road in his efforts to pressure Republicans amid “fiscal cliff” negotiations.
“Everyone knows there’s a difference between governing and campaigning, although the president can’t seem to give up campaigning,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said at a press conference on Capitol Hill.
“We get it, the president won the election. The American people understand that, but now they expect him to step up and deal responsibly to help govern the country and deal with our fiscal problems,” he added.
President Obama is hoping to rally support for his stance on deficit-reduction, as lawmakers and the White House look for a deal to avoid January’s looming tax hikes and automatic spending cuts.
Obama wants Republicans to only extend the Bush-era tax rates for the middle class, allowing rates to rise on the wealthy. Republicans though want to extend the lower rates for all income brackets, a proposal Obama has rejected.
The president has taken his message to the public that going over the cliff would harm the economy and slam middle-class families with an average $2,000 tax hike.
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