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Politico: GOP anti-tax policy goes over the cliff

by Lisa Mathias

January 2nd’s Politico features a story on the GOP’s faltering anti-tax policy among the passage of the bill that addresses the fiscal cliff, which allows tax hikes on those earning over $400,000. The WG’s David Winston explains why the Republican Party faced such difficulty in keeping their priorities:

Republican pollster David Winston, who advises House GOP leaders, said the party must move on from a weak 2012 message on the economy and define something sharper moving forward: “One of the problems Republicans in Congress are having right now is they’re trying to have the economic debate that should have happened in the fall campaign that didn’t. As a result, they’re trying to both have an economic debate and manage a legislative process. That’s made it very, very difficult for Republicans in Congress as they face this situation.”

Read more: politico.com.

Bloomberg: Boehner to Regain Speakership as Party Decries Tax Vote

by Lisa Mathias

Today’s Bloomberg features a story on the probability that John Boehner will have a 2nd term as Speaker of the House, even as division within the Republican Party continues among the GOP’s failure to prevent tax cuts for higher-income earners in the bill recently passed in the House to address the fiscal cliff. David Winston explains one reason why the GOP was at a disadvantage:

“When you don’t argue the point at all, the other side wins,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist and adviser to Boehner. “The president went into this debate coming out of this campaign with the upper hand because no one had made an argument.”

To read the full article, click through to bloomberg.com.

Jansing & Co.: Republican Strategist: “Wait till the Debt Ceiling debate”

by Lisa Mathias

David Winston appeared on Jansing & Co. on January 2nd to discuss the bill that was passed in the House to avoid the fiscal cliff:

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WaPo: Tax fight sends GOP into chaos

by Lisa Mathias

Karen Tumulty for the Washington Post wrote about the GOP side of the fiscal cliff drama, and turned to David Winston to give input on what the party should do:

“You have to make an argument. You have to go out there and engage. You can’t just simply assert a position,” said GOP pollster David Winston, who advises the House leadership. “Part of the dynamic for Boehner is that he’s trying to have the debate over economic policies that should have occurred during the election, and he also has to deal with this piece of legislation.”

To read more, turn to washingtonpost.com.

LA Times: Obama offers scaled-back plan to limit tax increases

by Lisa Mathias

There was plenty of news on the fiscal cliff over the Christmas holiday, and the WG’s David Winston was quoted in LA Times, giving his insight on what needed to happen:

In a matter of months, a vote will be needed to raise the debt limit so the nation can pay its bills. That has the potential to create a replay of the 2011 battle that led to the current standoff. A new bill to keep the federal government functioning will also be due in the spring.

“Both sides need to recognize what the other can do,” said David Winston, a longtime GOP strategist who is close to the House leadership. “Republicans and Democrats, the last thing they want to do is go off the fiscal cliff.”

To read the full article, turn to latimes.com.

Politico: John Boehner to GOP: Stick together on taxes

by Lisa Mathias

Politico reports on the week’s talks and meetings regarding the fiscal cliff, focusing on what Speaker Boehner is urging House Republicans to do. Boehner has been citing data from our recent survey to help support his stance on taxes:

Boehner used a three-page slide show to prove his point, drawing on a recent poll by David Winston. The poll, displayed on blue pages and festooned by stars, displayed three statistics that bolstered the House Republican position on taxes: that tax rates shouldn’t go up on the rich, but the code should be reformed to eliminate loopholes and lower rates all while cutting spending.

Read more: politico.com

WaPo: ‘Fiscal cliff’: Consensus on increasing tax revenue, a wide gulf on how to do it

by Lisa Mathias

The Washington Post’s Lori Montgomery writes about the looming “fiscal cliff” and the negotiations taking place to fix the situation. The article quotes public support for the Republican solution to the issue as shown in our recent November survey:

They pointed to a new poll by the Winston Group, a GOP research firm whose president, David Winston, is close to Boehner. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed preferred a deal that wipes out “special interest tax loopholes and deductions commonly used by the wealthy” over an approach that raises tax rates on “Americans earning more than $250,000” on Jan. 1.

To read the full article, turn to washingtonpost.com.