Monday, November 01, 2010

Republicans and Democrats Spar Over Tax Cuts, Economy as Election Nears


As the hours dwindle down to the election on Tuesday, the talk Sunday was still about the economy and the two-sided coin of tax cuts and the deficit. On This Week with Christiane Amanpour, Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, squared off about both.

Amanpour’s question to Menendez about whether this election would be “as bad as 1994” brought a resounding no. He stated that the Republican brand’s “image was much better [in 1994] than it is today,” and that Democrats are faring better than they did then. He added that the Democrats’ “goal is to have them understand and channel their anger on election day against the Republican Party that brought us to the verge of economic collapse in November of 2008, when financial institutions in this country were ready to collapse.”

Amanpour challenged him about that. “A recent Bloomberg poll found that most Americans think that taxes have gone up since President Obama took office;” she said, “that the economy has shrunk; that TARP, the corporate bailout, won't be mostly paid back. I mean, all of those are untrue. Why is the messaging so bad?”

Menendez replied that “I think the challenge is, when you're hurting economically—and we have gone from negative job growth to positive job growth, from negative GDP growth to positive GDP growth—but if you're still unemployed, none of that news makes that much difference to you.”

Cornyn agreed about the cause of voters’ reactions, but disagreed about the cause of the economic problems. Amanpour turned the conversation to the subject of taxes and asked him about Obama’s plan “to raise taxes on the wealthiest and preserve them for the middle class.” Cornyn replied, “I don't believe we ought to raise taxes on anyone during a fragile economic recovery. …”

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