Obama, Boehner make new push to avoid deep budget cuts
Juan Williams speaks out
- Duration 6:05
- Date Feb 20, 2013
Juan Williams speaks out
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It's -- -- drastic spending cuts kick in cuts Americans all of us will feel almost immediately the president President Obama and house speaker Boehner.
Both making their case -- deep budget -- known.
As one big question looms will they strike a deal to avert Washington's latest.
And the says latest.
Fiscal crisis welcomed their -- -- happening now I'm generally they happen almost weekly about the real -- and that if we had a penny for every time we said fiscal crisis we can solve it.
That's for sure I'm John Scott today President Obama gives television interviews to eight local TV stations around the country.
It's part is -- plan to try to keep up the pressure on Republicans ahead of the march 1 sequestration.
Deadline now yesterday.
The president's campaign style push for a deal on full display at the White House he got in some jabs at Republicans.
While he's surrounded himself with first responders.
One group that could be hit hard by budget cuts.
Politico is reporting that more events like this one are planned and that the president's strategy.
Is to shame Republicans into cutting a deal.
He won't -- a bunch of first responders lose their job because you want us protect some special interest taxable.
Are you -- good to have.
Teachers laid off or kids not have access to head start.
Deeper cuts in student loan programs.
Just because you want to protect.
A special tax interest loopholes.
The best Adori Americans no benefit for.
That's the choice that's the question.
Meanwhile Republican house speaker John Boehner in a wall street journal editorial today writes it is President Obama who brought the country to this point.
Let's talk about a -- Juan Williams -- Fox News political analyst what do you think about the presidential blame game there one.
It's hardball politics John and they're playing the one card they have which is to try to put pressure.
On moderate Republicans -- hawkish defense type Republicans who know the damage it will be done.
To the Pentagon under this sequestration plan this is really.
Hardball coming out from the White House in which they will go to the grass roots because they don't think they can go directly to the congress to make a deal.
But go directly to.
The -- -- as I was saying and somehow get them to rise up and put pressure on Republicans back home.
This they do some -- deal we don't want that teachers got the first responders that you saw behind the president.
You wouldn't necessarily have to cut teachers and first responders isn't it isn't it true that there are other cuts that could be made.
If cooler heads would prevail here.
Oh sure -- -- look at cooler heads would prevail.
Then we could do it generally was talking about we could make a deal in general here get out of this constant clips and debt -- and all the rest.
But at the moment that -- that is seen by the White House and we have a guess the statement just came out.
From five for -- White House communications.
Directors saying you know what this is not.
Obama's gracious is -- not a deal the president's making this is up to the Republicans the Republicans he says.
Pass the budget plan that has expired because it was past the last congress where the loopholes that would come.
For closing that are proposed by speaker Boehner so now they're trying to put the ball back in the republicans' court so we see this ping pong back and forth John.
But we do not see the cooler heads you're talking.
Well but I mean that the president -- -- clearly there's going to be damage done to the economy of this sequestration goes through but the president seems to be hyping all of you know he's pushing all of these emotional buttons.
Head start and student loans and and all kinds of things like this.
That aren't necessarily going to happen.
Well they would happen under this sequestration as it's currently design I think your point is.
He could make changes in terms of those spending cuts to avoid some of the damage I don't know where.
The the Warner would -- in terms of those additional -- -- somebody else might be screaming down the line.
But you're right but the thing is again that would be seen in the Washington as of this you know very paralyzed and polarized moment as helping the Republicans out instead of saying.
Republicans you have to also name where you would.
Make these cuts and let people know what loopholes you would close.
And if you do believe that you have a plan.
Go ahead put it to a vote now they response from Republicans I think it's also very clear that the president they -- has not.
Dealt with them clearly in terms of emphasizing the spending cuts that they want they knew I had given him on spending cuts in past deals and they don't understand why his proposal in the proposal put forward by.
Democrats in the senate.
It requires about 50%.
Increases in -- And who were right because it was because they raise taxes in the fiscal cliff deal -- and that all got gobbled up and spent already and now the president asking for more easy not.
Without a doubt that's exactly what he's asking for that's that's what.
He's asking for in terms of closing the loophole so I don't know how you would consider that I know some people don't consider that raising taxes per say but the argument from the White House is.
That if there -- -- is more popular here -- raising taxes on the rich it's closing the loopholes for that.
Jet planes in the hedge fund operators in the big oil and gas and prescription drug companies so that's their -- they're saying this is all it all cut comes down to.
Is closing these -- -- Republican response from Capitol Hill you're raising taxes again and we already gave you some taxes and why don't you come back with significant.
Cuts in terms of spending.
That would really justify the fact that we have been here and dealing with you all along.
Well the old saying goes that you'd you'd be surprised what you can get done if you don't care who gets the credit and it seems like everybody is about assigning blame in Washington right now.
Sang you're right body -- it.