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Simpson added that Congress needed to "get off [their] can and do something" about the looming "fiscal cliff," which would see the Bush-era tax cuts expire for all Americans and dramatic cuts to domestic and defense budgets.

"If it's just kicking the can down the road, the can is now a 55-gallon drum filled with explosives," Simpson said. "You can't play that game anymore."

The former Wyoming lawmaker also warned that a failure to strike a grand bargain could result in the middle class getting "diddled the most" by the economy.