Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, the man who has been leading negotiations for the White House to avoid the fiscal cliff believes a deal with Republicans will be reached so long as the GOP is willing to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
"The only thing standing in the way of that would be a refusal by Republicans to accept that rates are going to, have to go up on the wealthiest Americans. And I don't really see them doing that," Geithner said.
One of the main reasons Democrats charge that the Republicans won't agree to raising rates is a pledge signed by most GOP members of Congress to a group headed by anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist.
Norquist was on the roundtable this morning and alleged that President Obama was not being "reasonable" in the negotiations and for threatening to blame them if the GOP doesn't "give [the president] everything he wants."
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) dismissed Norquist's role in the entire debate saying, "I met him for the first time this morning. Nice to meet him. But, you know, who is he?" adding that Norquist was getting more "attention" than he deserved in the process.
You can watch the entire program on our website including more from our conversation with Senator Claire McCaskill and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) on the fiscal cliff. Plus they give their take on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice including why Senator Corker thinks she will not be nominated to replace Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and how Senator McCaskill believes there is a double standard between Rice and Fmr. CIA Director David Petraeus.
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