Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) joins Soledad this morning to discuss the outlook for President Obama’s second term. On the negativity of Glenn Thrush’s comments to POLITICO, hours after Obama’s victory speech, he says, “I believe that for the American people the campaign ended last night. The question is, on Capitol Hill, will the campaigns end today? The solution to Americans’ problems, regardless of who won last night, was both parties on Capitol Hill working together.”
With Republicans maintaining their majority in the House, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) sees Obama’s re-election as a stalemate. Durbin argues a stalemate is impossible with the impending fiscal cliff in December, and the only solution is for Democrats and Republicans to work together to “avoid the cliff, reduce the deficit, cut spending, and raise revenue.”
His faith, he says, lies in the Simpson-Bowles debt plan. As a member of the super-committee, he and 10 other Senators out of 18 voted for it, including all three Republican Senators that worked on it.
In the interview, Soledad notes that Democrats secured more minority voters voters than Republicans, and asks if this will be a trend going forward. Durbin says that won’t be the case because of the lack of splits in key states like Ohio.
“We are a diverse nation. We should be a nation where both political parties appeal to all of the people in this country,” Durbin says.