President Obama takes fiscal cliff plan on the road

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December 10, 2012, 5:54 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts, Washington) - President Obama hits the road after trying to work things out with the top Republican in Congress - behind closed doors.  

Neither the White House nor Speaker John Boehner's staff said much about his sit-down with the president - who Monday takes his case straight to America's workers.  

In Michigan Monday - where employees have been fighting for the right to work - President Obama visits a union engine plant to explain why he wants higher taxes for the wealthy.  

Republicans say he needs to stay in washington:   

"The president thinks he has momentum, I think he is running on adrenaline from the campaign," Rep. said Marsha Blackburn/ (R) of Tennessee.

"He's been to Pennsylvania. Tomorrow he is going to Detroit. It's now time to govern. The election is over," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy/ (R) California.   

Monday, we may learn if any progress was made when House Speaker John Boehner sat down with the president at the White House Sunday.   

An aide gave no details, but says "the lines of communication remain open."  

"They've started to tango now. And, you know, any time you have two guys in there tangoing you have a chance to get it done," said Erskine bowles/ Fmr. White House Chief of Staff

If there's no deal, some Democrats say they're willing to go over the fiscal cliff - allowing big tax hikes and spending cuts.  

"I don't want to do it, the president doesn't want to do it. But we need to solve the problem," said Senator Dick Durbin/ (D) Illinois.  

But no one in Washington wants the middle class to pay more - and some Republicans want to take them off the table now:  

"It's not waving a white flag to recognize political reality," said Rep Tom Cole/ (R) Oklahoma.  
The deadline is now just three weeks away.   Erskin bowles - who co-chaired the deficit commission - says going over the fiscal cliff could send the country back into recession, with 9 percent unemployment.

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