By Mike Lillis - 11/13/12 10:54 PM EST
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) pushed back hard Tuesday against the notion that Democrats want to push the fiscal cliff fight into 2013.
Although some Democrats have suggested that going over the cliff would provide President Obama and the party the greatest leverage in the battle for a fiscal cliff compromise, Pelosi said House Democratic leaders want to finalize a deal before Jan. 1.
And she didn't mince words.
“I want you to be disabused of any notion that there's any widespread thought that it would be a good thing for our country for us to go over the cliff,” she said during a press conference in the Capitol. “We want an agreement. We want an agreement.”