Sen. Bennet on Gang of Six: ‘It’s Not Dead’

May 16, 2011 3:03pm

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Talks among a bipartisan group of senators to try to solve the nation’s fiscal woes seem to have stalled in recent weeks, with a separate set of talks led by Vice President Joe Biden taking a larger share of the spotlight.

But senators continue to root them on. On ABC’s “Top Line” today, we featured an interview with Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo. – who is not among the so-called “Gang of Six” – where he praised their talks and said they are continuing to make progress.

“It’s not dead,” Bennet told ABC’s Jonathan Karl, in the latest installment of the “Subway Series.”

“I don’t think it’s dead. And I think, in fact, I would say that has some of the most promise we have because we’ve got three Democrats, three Republicans, working together to try to come up with a plan.”

Bennet said Congress  has a better chance for a deal on the deficit this year than it will for the next three years.

“If we can’t come up with a deal this year, you know as well as I do that we’re not going to come up with a deal next year because of the presidential campaign,” he said. “So then you’re into the first year of the either the second Obama administration or a new administration. So that’s a three-year period.”

And Bennet shared a story about a recent congressional delegation trip to China that speaks to the depth of the US fiscal problems.

“The most embarrassing moment to me on that trip was when a government official said to me, or said the to the delegation, ‘You guys need to get your fiscal house in order,’ ” Bennet said. “I felt like being [in] a shareholder meeting for a corperation and the shareholder is saying, ‘No, we — you need to this or you’re being irresponsible.’ ”

Watch the interview with Sen. Michael Bennet HERE:

Also today, Amy Walter and I checked in with Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post. Tumulty told us Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., may be the biggest beneficiary of former Gov. Mike Huckabee’s decision not to run for president.

Watch that segment of “Top Line” HERE:

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