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To discuss the politics behind the president's deficit reduction plan Fox News digital politics editor Chris -- -- hi -- Okay doing great -- tax this idea of setting up class warfare it's generating the most buzz and everything we heard today so your thoughts on whether or not.
Is the president -- haves -- the have not here.
Well sure to a degree because what his base has been clamoring for.
As He talked about possibility of entitlement reform as He talked about working with Republicans on these impasse is over the debt ceiling over the continuing resolution to fund the government.
He took a lot of heat from the west.
What this is today.
Was a marker by the president to say to his base to his political base.
I hear you and we're gonna go after these folks and we're gonna get some -- from them because really or if you take it all the way back to December during the lame duck session.
When the president cut a deal with Mitch McConnell to maintain the bush tax rates at their current level.
The left of the Democratic Party has been growling mad at the president and it's only intensified as the economy is worse and and he's been unwilling to go for the big kind of keynesian stimulus package that they want.
And that yeah Seacrest it's just the spending the I'm going stimulus kicking in policy again it's just not working yet He continues.
To stick by this line in the sand he's drawn so at the very least -- What do you think this strategy is here if you do look at the speech today the presentation of the jobs in the deficit reduction plan.
Is by way of again setting up a campaign platform -- we approach election year here.
Well the president's problem.
From my point of view because I'm just and cynical politics you -- know about the money but the president's problem from my view.
Is that He has a shrinking electoral map there are fewer and fewer states where it looks like He can be.
Very competitive and there are more states where it looks like -- the eventual Republican nominee will be competitive.
That's not a position that an incumbent wants to be it generally at this what you wanna be growing the -- But he's already facing trouble in Florida Ohio.
Pennsylvania other places Nevada it's a tough spot for him so what he's facing is.
Doing base against the base he's got a fire up the democratic base and get them out in a low turnout read a low work turnout election.
That turns off a bunch of people in the middle.
And let's his enthusiasm in let's really -- and re in -- liberal base match an enthusiastic conservative base and hope that He can win.
Yet can He do that despite the challenges of electric despite the challenges gonna face.
With this up proposal in congress can -- the very least establish himself as a fighter for jobs with unemployment above 9% here.
I think He will find his base will continue to be very very skeptical because what the president generally does well we call him a goldilocks kind of politician where He always looks for some people say we should do too much some people say we should do let due to little I wanna do it right -- the middle.
And that's not really what is is based wants to hear.
This proposal won't please them for a period of time but I'm afraid with the president's facing is an enthusiasm gap that's gonna make it very hard for next year.
What talking about -- enthusiasm -- also face.
Summary cents an -- us -- say scandals but some credibility questions with -- you know the light square -- -- investments -- where do we stand with those have they been pushed aside now what the plan is is -- strategic timing here they go and it kind of rear their ugly heads again.
That this plan will probably dissipate pretty quickly as since everybody knows that it's not going to pass.
Because even moderate senate Democrats are unlikely to -- embrace any sort of tax increase right now.
Those scandals the -- scandal the fast and the furious at the ATF.
Now light squared.
Those things have staying power those things have long term problems for the president.
Largely because it undercuts 1 of his central arguments look.
He says you may not think that I'm doing a fantastic job as president I'm a good guy and I'm above politics if He loses that brand.
He really doesn't have a way to get elected.
Alright Chris star -- it was great talking to you.
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