House Speaker John Boehner told me this morning he and his members will oppose the Senate-passed bill that would extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits until February. "Two months is just kickin' the can down the road. And the American people are tired of that," the Speaker told me.
However, he did maintain a bit of optimism about reaching an agreement for a longer deal. When I asked if there would be a compromise before Christmas, the Speaker simply responded, "How about tomorrow?"
Decision 2012 was also a major focus for us as Mitt Romney picked up two big endorsements over the weekend: Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) and the influential Iowa newspaper The Des Moines Register.
Governor Haley made her inaugural Meet The Press appearance this morning to lay out her case for why she endorsed Mitt Romney.
Governor Haley told me she didn't want the Republican candidate to be, "associated with Washington."
She said of Mitt Romney, "This is a man who knows how he's gonna lead in the first 30 days. He knows what he wants to accomplish in the first six months."
I also spoke with presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who levied a few attacks on frontrunner Newt Gingrich. When discussing a heated exchange between the two of them, Bachmann said he was "condescending".
"It sounded like he was talking down to me as though I was one of his students. I'm not one of his students. As I said, I am a serious candidate for the presidency," the Minnesota congresswoman said. She also called Gingrich "memory challenged."
You can watch our entire show on our website, including our political roundtable on the state of the race with GOP strategist Mike Murphy and Washington Post columnist EJ Dionne.
We'll be back next week on Christmas Day. If it's Sunday, it's Meet The Press.