December 30th, 2012

Sen. Corker: The president either lacks the courage or the will…

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley at noon ET, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) sat down with Crowley to discuss the latest with the fiscal cliff negotiations and to respond to Pres. Obama’s comments. A highlight is below and a full transcript will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sotu.html

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Highlight from Interview  – Sen. Corker
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CORKER:  And there’s never been any specifics.  And if I were a president, I certainly would lay those out before the American people.  I’ve been as involved with this as any senator in the United States Senate, other than Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.  I have never seen those cuts.  So I’d love to take those up on the Senate floor.

But let me just say this.  Like every American, I’m disgusted with where we are.  I know people are irritated at the president, they’re irritated at Congress, as they should be.  There’s no question that in the next few days or the next few weeks, we’re going to rescue most of the American people from a tax increase.  We’re going to do it.  It will be better to do it over the next day or two.  But what hasn’t happened in this debate is any discussion about real reductions, reforms in Medicare and Social Security, to save those.  And I think that is totally irresponsible.

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And there’s never been any specifics.  And if I were a president, I certainly would lay those out before the American people.  I’ve been as involved with this as any senator in the United States Senate, other than Mitch McConnell and Harry Reid.  I have never seen those cuts.  So I’d love to take those up on the Senate floor.

But let me just say this.  Like every American, I’m disgusted with where we are.  I know people are irritated at the president, they’re irritated at Congress, as they should be.  There’s no question that in the next few days or the next few weeks, we’re going to rescue most of the American people from a tax increase.  We’re going to do it.  It will be better to do it over the next day or two.

But what hasn’t happened in this debate is any discussion about real reductions, reforms in Medicare and Social Security, to save those.  And I think that is totally irresponsible.
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