Mitt Romney still has a nail biter of an election to get through, but his team is already planning for a mid-November in which Barack Obama is a lame duck, according to Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
The Washington Republican talked tonight to Rick Klein and Amy Walter on the ABC News / Yahoo! News live stream and said that Romney is going to be ready even in November to deal with tough issues like the so-called "fiscal cliff." His advisers have even started discussing which Democrats on Capitol Hill they might be able to work with.
Amy asked if Romney would be able to ask members of his own party to make tough choices.
"He's going to be working with us," said McMorris Rodgers. "I am very confident. Even now I've been working as his house liaison. He's interested in meeting with every member, hearing what their ideas are, what their priorities are. They've even talked to me about Democrats they could be reaching out to."
"To switch parties?" asked Amy.
"No. To work with them across the aisle on all of these important issues," said McMorris Rodgers.
"They're already making those kind of inroads and those kind of contacts," said Rick.
"Well, I'm not sure that they've actually called any Democrats, but they've already been.. there's already some thinking through the lame duck and those first hundred days and how they're going to approach it there's a real desire yes, to tackle the tough problems but to bring the people along and to get both the people and plans in place so that we're going to be ready to go," she said.