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December 11th, 2012
09:09 AM ET

Mayor Emanuel: 'This election was a verdict by the voters' on fiscal cliff

With just 21 days left before America goes over the fiscal cliff and automatic tax hikes and spending cuts kick in, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have been quiet about the status of negotiations.

On Starting Point this morning, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel weighs in on what this silence may indicate about the progress of talks.

"I’m confident that we’re going to reach an agreement," Mayor Emanuel says. "This election was a verdict by the voters... the president will be a tough negotiator because there were principles in play here that he was clear about."

Mayor Emanuel is joined by the president and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Javier Palomarez to discuss an initiative they're enacting to bring Hispanic businesses to Chicago.

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