GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Thank you for joining us again, Mr. Secretary. It sure sounds like the meetings on Capitol Hill this week did not go very well. Senator Mitch McConnell told The Weekly Standard that he burst into laughter when he heard your proposal, and we just heard Speaker of the House John Boehner say, ‘Let”s …
'The underlying issue here is that people have seen her far more as a political operative and not a principal'
"A nonserious proposal. The president is asking for $1.6 trillion worth of new revenue over ten years, twice as much as he has been asking for in public. He has stimulus spending in here that exceeded the amount of new cuts that he was willing to consider. It was not a serious offer."
'They must think John Boehner is Santa Claus, because that's a Christmas wish list, not a real proposal'