GOP: We’ll Do Better in Fiscal Fight This Time Around

Tuesday, 08 Jan 2013 02:03 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Republican lawmakers expect to fare better in the upcoming battle over spending and the federal debt ceiling.

"If we communicate effectively, I think we will be able to demonstrate to the American people that the president’s talk about a balanced approach was nonsense," Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin tells the National Journal.

The Journal says GOP strategists believe even another fight over sequestration and the debt ceiling “won’t carry the same costs, with party leaders confident that in this next round, the public is more likely to be on their side.’’

Still, a new Pew Research Center for the People & the Press poll found President Barack Obama is viewed as the clear political winner in the recently-cemented fiscal cliff deal

In the survey, conducted Jan. 3-6 among 1,003 adults, 57 percent said Obama got more of what he wanted from the tax legislation while 20 percent say GOP leaders got more.

Republicans took “a particularly sour view of the outcome,’’ with just 16 percent approving of the final legislation, according to Pew.

The poll also found only 40 percent of Republicans approve of how their party’s leaders handled the negotiations.

Terry Holt, a veteran GOP strategist and former aide to House Speaker John Boehner, told the Journal that “Republicans don’t have to change their stripes to succeed,’’ in upcoming negotiations.

“They need to leverage public opinion about spending and the deficits. The American people are there — they expect cuts. They anticipate some level of austerity-reform,” Holt said.





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