NewsNation | February 13, 2013
>> let me bring in david price which by the way was the first stop for the president's post state of the union tour. thank you for your time.
>> thank you.
>> your colleague was just on with andrea mitchell and said the democrats need to produce a budget and everything falls into place, blaming the president and democrats for not producing a budget here. we are looking at sequester. mitch mcconnell said it will take place. some republicans believe that the democrats will be to blame for this.
>> well, the notion that the president should sit down and work with paul ryan and his colleagues is just flying in the face of what these guys have said themselves in recent days. remember john boehner said he wasn't going to do any more big deals or even try. he knows these folks in the republican conference won't vote for anything. mitch mcconnell said the discussion is over and no more talk of revenues. just a summary statement. what have they got to offer? are they sitting down to work it out? no. they offer yet another crisis and sequential series of efforts to shut it down so as to get their way. all they have got to offer is that and that means the sequester will come and a lot of republicans are saying let it come. in effect, don't worry about slowing down the growth rate and the job impact. let it come.
>> the belief is that republicans think if it comes, folks say here are the democrats and the president asking for tax revenue as a solution and perhaps that will bring on heat. i will have to bring up what speaker boehner said. just before the state of the union saying that the president getting personal and saying he has no guts to stand up to his own party. matt lauer asking about that on the "today" show. here's what he said.
>> during the debt talks, he didn't have the courage to take on the members of his own party. i had troubles with my own party. no question about it. it was never about the courage to step up and do the right thing for the country.
>> the president discussed the deal on the table back in december that included reforms to entitlements. he alluded to it last night in the state of the union , not in great detail. this notion that he is afraid to face the issues that might fire up republicans and progressives.
>> when you look at the debt and deficit deals of the past in the 1990s , four years of balanced budgets , let us pay off 400 million. those look very much like obama's december offer to john boehner which john boehner just couldn't get the votes for. remember boehner had a fall back plan that was less ambitious. he couldn't get the votes for that. now he said this discussion is over. what do we conclude? obama made a good offer. he reiterated last night and said we already cut a trillion and a half out of appropriated spending and some revenue out of the fiska will cliff deal and have a ways yet to go. let's have a balanced course as we work this out. the republicans have said we are not talking and the reality is the republican caucus is so extreme that they couldn't get the votes for a deal if they had one.
>> thank you so much very much. the president is heading out of your home state