By Justin Sink
“That’s what’s holding things up right now,” Obama said. “Keep in mind nobody is asking them to raise income tax rates. All we’re asking is to consider closing tax loopholes and deductions that the Speaker in the House John BoehnerJohn BoehnerDem drops out of race for Boehner's old seat Conservative allies on opposite sides in GOP primary fight Clinton maps out first 100 days MORE said he was willing to do just a few months ago.”
Republicans say they've already conceded higher taxes as part of the "fiscal cliff" deal last month, and that it's time for the president and Democrats to more seriously address the nation's debt. GOP leaders have also accused Obama of launching a political "road show" rather than negotiating with Congress.
“This is not the time to be out campaigning, it’s the time to solve something,” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told Fox News. “He’s going on the road tomorrow, 150 miles away, to hype this up and try to scare the American public when he can go one mile down and talk to Harry ReidHarry ReidDemocratic convention more about Fantasyland than America Unions want one thing from Hillary tonight: A stake in TPP’s heart Dems urge Grayson to end Senate bid MORE."
White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday Republicans didn't want the president discussing the sequester because polls indicated they supported Obama's approach.
"I guess that maybe they are opposed to the President talking to the American people about sequester because the American people overwhelmingly support the President's position on how to reduce our deficit, and reject overwhelmingly the Republican position, which is placing the entire burden on senior citizens and middle-class families and the like," Carney said.