GOP, Democrats Battle Over Payroll Tax Cuts

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich weigh in on fight to extend payroll tax holiday.
1:55 | 12/22/11

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I'm getting little testy out -- looks like everyone needs a break. But the one thing I don't wanna talk about is what you're dealing with -- down there. In Washington was deadlock on capital over the payroll tax of these candidates want to stay as far away from that is they can't. That's right Mitt Romney was asked over and over about it yesterday and he simply didn't want to take a position on this. Newt Gingrich has warned the Republicans that the president has a much bigger bully pulpit a much bigger microphone. They should be careful about this but. He hasn't directly waited either so this is something they would rather. Let the mess in Washington stay in Washington. And be out on the hey trail on their agenda you do you mentioned Newt Gingrich is warning Republicans and that they got to find a way to to to clean this thing up and an the house Republicans are getting an awful lot of that same. Advice from other Republicans from their colleagues. In the senate that they still seem to be holding firm. Are they are publicly you see them out there to speaker of the house he's going to be out again this morning. Taking a four line saying that a temporary extension of that tax cut is unacceptable. There and in Washington they want to negotiate a compromise but I've got to tell you George. I've been talking privately. With top dates of those house Republicans they know that they are hurting here they know they are losing the public relations battle they are losing it badly. And they say that ultimately they cannot let that tax cut expire they are well aware that they may well have to uphold on this but they're gonna fight this out Purcell and President Obama -- -- -- at least temporary political advantage. With all this after after -- quite -- difficult. A year he's gonna keep pressing the case no compromise on his -- correct. Absolutely no compromise from the Democrats they you love this battle because they think the Republicans are looking very badly. The one thing that the president doesn't like is he still here not Hawaii that's -- -- Promised us baker tells resolved at the First Lady in the girls went out last Saturday I think I'm sure you want to get Peterson as he can. -- -- kind of -- wanna get home as well as you say bottom line is is probably we'll get resolved before news.

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