Clyburn: I Hope Obama Will ‘Accommodate’ GOP in Negotiations

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• December 10, 2012 4:44 pm


Rep. James Clyburn (D., S.C.) called on President Obama to "compromise" with Republicans in the fiscal cliff negotiations, in an interview Monday with Martin Bashir. Clyburn said he believes Republicans, in Bashir's words, are "coming to terms" with tax increases on high earners but said he hopes the president will "accomodate" Republicans:

MARTIN BASHIR: Rep. James Clyburn, thank you for being here. With just three weeks left until an agreement must be reached before the nation's economy starts to fall off the cliff, do you think Republicans are finally coming to terms with the fact that they did, indeed, lose the election, and they've lost the argument over protecting tax cuts for just the top 2 percent?

JAMES CLYBURN: I think so. I think that all of us know that in this business of politics, you tend to try to find some way to save face on some issues. What I like to call a "graceful exit," and I think that's what they're looking for now, and I would hope that the president will accommodate them because all of this is about trying to find common ground, trying to reach a compromise on these issues. After all, that's what politics is all about. Compromise.

Full interview: