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Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) says she likes 'what Tom Cole has to say' about getting past the fiscal cliff

It has been more than three weeks since the election, but with partisan gridlock potentially holding up everything from a resolution to the fiscal cliff to appointing a new secretary of state, it's looking like Washington is settling right back into its old ways. There are however at least two Republicans in Congress with no reason to tow the party line. In fact, they share the same last name. This morning, husband-and-wife team, outgoing Florida Congressman Connie Mack, and outgoing California Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack join “Starting Point” to discuss solutions and positions regarding the fiscal cliff.

Rep. Bono Mack says if she has to be signed up with a camp she agrees with recent comments made by veteran Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma. Cole was chided by House Speaker John Boehner for his statements Wednesday suggesting to extend the Bush-era tax rates on all but the wealthiest Americans. Bono Mack says although she and her husband disagree on this particular proposal, she thinks “Tom [Cole] presented a very thoughtful articulate position.”

Rep. Mack says, he however does not “happen to agree with his wife and congressman Cole,” and lawmakers need to continue to look for ways to cut spending. The Florida congressman adding that, “now is the time for the president and for Speaker Boehner to lead. That is what we need in this country right now in this country – leadership.”

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