Is Bipartisanship Possible?

Jan 29, 2010 9:00am

On World News we took a look at how possible bipartisanship is:

“There are a lot of things we can work on ah, including some of his ideas on education for example were very interesting,” Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz, told us. “But I must also say it was kind of difficult for Republicans to swallow a lot of the criticism that he aimed at us and then feel very good about cooperating in a new bi-partisan spirit.”


The Republican leader said “there’ll be a lot of things that we can agree on. The question is though, if the President maintains this larger government, bigger spending, bigger deficit kind of comprehensive proposals, that’s where he’s probably going to run into trouble. Not just with Republicans, but with the American people.”


Kyl said, “we do a lot of compromising up here Jake. But you don’t compromise on principle and if one of the ideas is that we have to put a cost on carbon that’s going to give us a lower standard of living, that’s going to make us pay a lot more every time we turn on a light bulb, I’m not going to support that simply because the President has proposed that and he’s been willing then to support something else then in exchange like nuclear energy, which he should support anyway.”


The gridlock isn’t just politics, he said, “there’s also a lot of principle on both sides. I mean, the reason Senators and Representatives get involved in politics is because they mostly are firm believers in a set of principles, either liberal or conservative.  And while sometimes you do compromise, because it’s important to do so, nonetheless you’re gonna fight for your principles as much as you can. And there’s nothing wrong with that.”


-jpt

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