President Obama and House Speaker Boehner both reiterated their positions on how to avoid the fiscal cliff yesterday, with the president demanding $1.6 trillion in new taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and Boehner insisting that the government can raise revenue without increasing taxes.
Maryland Democrat Rep. Chris Van Hollen discusses the negotiations on Starting Point this morning, saying that Speaker Boehner has been "willing to compromise, but he hasn't been willing to show anyone how."
Van Hollen, who was heavily involved in Obama's reelection campaign, also responds to the controversy Mitt Romney caused yesterday by saying that the president was reelected because he offered the members of his base coalition "extraordinary financial gifts from the government" to turn them out to vote.
"Governor Romney's comments were way off base," Van Hollen says. "To go after the president's vote on the basis that we protected more young people from catastrophic health care costs... I think is going to strike the American people as very off kilter and clearly some of the Republican governors and others recognize that it's another Romney mistake."