NewsNation | November 06, 2012
>>> in former democratic congressional chairman congressman chris van hollen . thank you for joining us. i know you have a lot going on. let me get your feeling right now at this hour.
>> there are long lines for votes all around the country, including my home state of maryland . we're hearing the same thing around the country. i feel good with respect to the president's election. as you indicated, it's going to come down to the fewle battleground states , but the president has an edge in states like ohio and we detected a note of desperation from the romney campaign when they started to run these very deceptive ads with respect to to the auto industry that were so bad that even general motors and chrysler had to come out and call them on the carpet. that was clear a a sign of desperation from the romney campaign.
>> let me ask you what could concern you at this point. we have a couple questions out there. can an incumbent president win when the unemployment rate below 8% or has his economic message worked? they throw out the auto bailout and the impact in ohio. what gives you confidence at this hour?
>> i think the american people are fair-minded and they know the president inherited a really bad economy where we were losing 800,000 jobs a month and we've made significant progress since th then. we've seen job growth for 31 straight months. we're in a better position. the question has been should we continue that progress? should we accelerate that progress or go back to a set of policies mitt romney is recommending that we know help people like mitt romney but were a proven failure for the rest of the country? i think the americanoking at that choice, and that's what gives the president the edge.
>> congressman, let me play what house majority whip kevin m mccarthy said. he was on " morning joe ." we know a lot of the conversation from the voters is can anything get done in washington? here's at least some of his forecast of what is to be faced.
>> we are going to have a fiscal cliff between now and the end of the year from the debt limit to the looming tax increases to sequestrati sequestration. all those ideas have been passed by the house to solve those. it's the senate that has not acted. i hope there's a big change in the senate as well to move america forward .
>> what's your response to that, congressman?
>> kevin is right that we do have a fiscal cliff. we have a very different way of dealing with it. the president has put on the table a plan to deal with the fiscal cliff we should immediately extend tax relief to 98% of the american people . the republican position, the house tea party position has been no, no, no, no. nobody gets tax relief unless the very wealthy get a bonus tax relief. in other words, unless folks like mitt romney get a windfall tax break, the rest of the country cannot get tax relief. if you're serious about reducing the deficit, and we should be, you need to take the balanced approach that's been recommended by bipartisan groups that say you have to combine cuts but also revenue and ask folks at the very top to go back to paying the rates they were when bill clinton was president, which is the last time we had a balanced budget and the economy was doing just great.
>> i greatly appreciate your time. i hope to talk with you about the results tonight.