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It's so warning in the budget battle with three liberal groups to progressive change campaign committee democracy for America.
All telling democratic lawmakers that -- they support the president's budget which calls for cuts to Medicare and Social Security is might just reported.
They could face a challenge from the left in the next election.
Joining us now is Bob Cusack managing editor of the hill and -- from the right kind of predictable what about this stuff coming from the left Bob.
I mean -- this is remarkable six months after the presence.
Re election and his you know very liberal inaugural address now we have these groups saying if you support the president a democratic president.
We're gonna come at the end Rick.
You know we've -- last few years the Republican Party they've dealt with.
Their base and we had Tea Party candidates -- centrist candidates and that has ripped open the party.
Now we're seeing it on the left where.
Democrats say on the left if you -- gonna attack.
Social Security or Medicare change eligibility age change the point -- for paying Social Security.
-- -- -- -- But we've seen some effectiveness.
On the part of those right groups to affect.
Republican lawmakers what do you think about the possibility that some of these some of these threats from the left could actually sway some votes.
Well in primaries Rick it's very difficult to gauge who's gonna come out to the polls and we've seen that on -- up Republican side over the years Christine O'Donnell.
Beating Mike Castle a few years back and then she lost the general election so.
This is a problem for Democrats you know these groups on the left are serious and also they have.
Many allies on Capitol Hill there are many liberals in in not in the house and the senate.
That have publicly warn the president not to do this and the president has said I'm willing to take on my base and he's also gotten some plaudits for that from Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan.
For proposing this budget we don't know yet what is in the budget but is going to be a very different type of budget that we've seen over the last four years from president.
I wanted to ask you about that because again we are were only getting these reports we haven't seen the actual document.
We won't do that we won't get to do that until tomorrow but based on what we're hearing based on your reporting on Capitol Hill how much compromise is the president really willing to make.
You know I think he's willing to make some some compromises on Social Security -- on Medicare I think it's gonna be less so he's gonna go after some of the providers.
Drug industry companies in his budget -- one idea that he floated two years ago in his talks with speaker John Boehner.
Was to raise the Medicare eligibility age but to 67 I don't think that's going to be in there.
But changing the formula for Social Security payments that is likely going to be in there and that is something he's gotten some cover from.
From Nancy Pelosi and as well as Harry Reid but but liberals in their caucus are gonna you know they're going to be objecting very strongly.
-- tomorrow and on the right to there are reports that the president is once again going to call.
For taxes to be raised on the wealthiest Americans.
-- Republicans went along kicking and screaming.
And voted for the first tax hike in twenty some odd years.
Right at the beginning of this calendar year what's the likelihood that Republicans would once again.
Vote to raise taxes a single anyone -- -- I don't think any time soon not in the spring but.
The bottom line is that the debt ceiling fight looms this summer so there's gonna have to be some type of deal on that whether that set.
A grand bargain on entitlements and tax -- -- just.
Aspects of tax reform but the big issue is is whether tax reform is going to be revenue neutral or you gonna take some of the tax increases and use some for debt reduction Republicans want say hey -- put -- -- raise taxes in one area we should -- them in another so.
That's the rub right there and that's what the import of this document is is fairly significant because it is a step towards -- GOP but the GOP says we'll listen.
We we you and I agree on on Social Security change let's make that change but the presence has no there must be tax increases along with.
Last question Bob all this plays out head of the second dinner date that the president -- to have with Republican leaders in the United States senate that dinner tomorrow night.
Just a few hours after he releases his budget.
What do you -- gonna come from.
In that the first dinner was kind of a smashing success a lot of the Republicans.
Who went to that dinner.
Praise the president now we haven't seen a lot of bills being sent.
But to the White House so.
I think this is a key meeting is going to be different group of senator Republican -- then what -- that the first one that the first one -- more centrist this one is going to be more leadership type officials so I think this is going to be.
Probably the most important dinner that the president has had -- Republicans on capitol.
And a long time Republican senator from Georgia Johnny Isaacson one of those who will be at that dinner -- join us live in the next hour in the meantime Bob Cusack thanks so much.
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