Buchanan: Republicans should stand their ground on tax hikes
Former presidential candidate on fiscal cliff deal
- Duration 5:57
- Date Dec 1, 2012
Former presidential candidate on fiscal cliff deal
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Well not a side appears to be the budget on these fiscal cliff showdown negotiations and just yesterday.
Speaker John Boehner declared we're at a quote stalemate syndicated columnist and former advisor to presidents Nixon -- Reagan.
Pat Buchanan is doing here studios right now welcome to our great to have you with thank you very much what I'm glad to have you here asking you do you think the president really wants to have any real negotiation or -- to show.
To say that if Republicans stand up to him and that he can accused them of holding up the process blame them -- high taxes and then he continues -- his legacy.
I think what the president believes -- he has the -- -- he's got a good victory he won her seat in the house and senate he can pretty much dictate to the Republican Party.
I think what we saw yesterday -- Wednesday.
An -- real contempt toward the Republicans and that offer that was made one point six trillion in new taxes fifty billion in stimulus spending.
And I think the Republicans have made a -- sort of a semi fatal error.
They indicated that look will give on taxes.
Basically we give up our virtue our beliefs it's only a question of how much we're gonna give.
I think Republican should walk out of the talks with the president of the United States terminate them.
Go back to the hill pass an extension of the bush tax cuts pass an extension of the payroll tax cuts that would prevent us going off to fiscal cliff.
If the Democrats except it.
-- Harry Reid do what you want on this issue but this is where we are.
I think the Republicans have made a mistake.
Indicating they would go along with 800 billion in taxes and now what you've got is we negotiated -- Do you think those Republicans caved into the pressure and I've already said that they would accept some kind of tax hike.
It's exactly the point Republicans have indicated they are far more afraid of going over the cliff than the Democrats are.
Barack Obama is acting very tough saying I'm ready to go off the cliff.
Unless you give me XY and Z.
And that's -- Republicans made a mistake in my judgment went after realizes.
If they pass -- extend all the tax cuts and send them over to this they have done their job.
And if we go over the -- then it will because of the president of the United States it will be his economy.
It will be his presidency on the line also the country.
If Barack Obama believes that deeply in the Clinton tax cuts.
Let them go back into effect for the entire country.
And let's see if the country believes they're good for America.
The president out campaigning again.
He's acting as though he received a 90% mandate when indeed the only -- half the country's mandate what impact you think this is having right now on the psyche of the.
GOP at this point the cabinet have effect from secular president and he is acting like he did win a huge victory and he did -- a substitute victory.
And I think what has happened to the Republicans it is.
They are fearful.
Are all these taxes going up and they're trying to negotiate a bargaining in good faith to give away something.
And in shape if you give us -- that make us look good.
Don't humiliate us but the Democrats rules that humiliated the Republican Party in making that offer.
And I think for their own dignity their own principles their own beliefs but Republicans are honestly.
We think that extending tax -- payroll and bush tax -- is what is good for the economy -- what's good for America it is consistent with our principles.
And consistent with our beliefs and you're not -- -- put a gun to our head.
And tell us to give give up all these -- so we're gonna vote these things and these will prevent us going off the cliff.
If you -- him.
President you can take us off the cliff.
But you're gonna be the one to do it.
Let me ask you just do you do that the political will at this point.
To have those Republicans say no -- -- walk away from these negotiations and put to a vote in the house over the air attacks.
No one else Republican leadership is I'm sure than in the Republican caucus there people who are -- look let's not give up our principles president -- -- -- the opposition party.
But we ought to stand for what we believe in and they ought to do what they think is right.
But my question is whether mr.
Boehner cantor and -- Republican leadership.
Whether they've in effect under pressure maybe from their contributors.
Are saying we gotta do deal we got to do a deal we got to do a deal.
Once you walk in through negotiations and we can't afford to walk out here without a deal.
You're in addition to manage just to negotiate.
And that is visible to the Democrats want to Democrat to -- And I might Madonna when -- -- grabbed the Republicans by the head table gonna root -- which is in all your little protests against taxes and rub it in the air for awhile.
And and for their own -- Think this has to do with the visit and you do with the fact that Republican Party seems to be going -- some soul searching right now after the election and trying to find.
Perhaps a way to -- remake itself to have to be more appealing to some constituents I think.
-- the Republican Party is it a defining moment there's no question about it.
Mean look a lot of Republicans and we gotta give up on immigration where reached that's not helping us with -- we've got to give up on the social issues we can't have.
-- these -- -- things going on every now but the one thing that holds the party together.
-- that brings us altogether neo cons and pay -- -- senator is the fact that we stand for.
Smaller government less taxes we believe the private productive sectors -- to go.
We -- the party the private sector Barack Obama leads the party of government.
And we just order a stand for our principles and beliefs and look if you go down to defeat can go down to defeat.
Yeah there's a revolutionary slogan.
It's called the worse the better you know you want -- over the cliff.
President Obama you take us over that cliff -- to see if the American people like if that's what they want then you ought to be sitting in the Oval Office if not.
We'll have a certain point fourteen Pat Buchanan great to have you here today thank you so much for your insights to pleasure to have you here.