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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.”

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MarketWatch: Republicans, Democrats Draw Lines on Shutdown

by Lisa Mathias

In looking for a $100 billion cut from President Obama’s proposed budget request, which asks to freeze discretionary spending at 2010 levels, Republicans are at odds with Democrats on reaching an agreement. The debate reminds resembles a similar situation in 1995-1996, which prompted a government shutdown. Many are concerned about a shutdown happening again, but The WG’s David Winston says that won’t be the case:

Republicans are infuriated by Democrats’ claims that they are threatening a government shutdown, calling it a hyperbolic scare tactic that ignores repeated GOP leaders’ assertions that they weren’t seeking a shutdown. “Boehner has been very clear—publicly and in private with the Republican conference —that the goal is to get the [budget] passed, not to shut down the government,” said David Winston, a GOP pollster who advises congressional leaders.

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Statesman Journal: Will Obama dance around the budget crisis?

by Lisa Mathias

The Statesman Journal recently featured comments David Winston made in a presentation to Third Way, in an article focusing on the government’s current budget woes:

But, Winston said, Americans have largely viewed the debate over cutting the budget as typical ideological responses from both political parties.

“They are saying to both political parties, ‘go back to the drawing board,’ ” Winston said.

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