Selling The Budget

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 8:45am

President Obama continues his town hall meetings and selling his deficit plan.

Here's the choice: President Obama wants to raise taxes on the wealthy to cut the deficit by four trillion over 12 years.

Republicans would do it in 10 years and cut nearly half a billion more, without raising taxes, but with deep cuts to social programs.

New York Representative Chris Gibson said, "A pro-growth, fiscally responsible budget. And I look forward to that debate going forward."

President Barack Obama said, "The Republican budget that was put forward I would say is fairly radical. I wouldn't call it particularly courageous."

It's a sharper tone from a President who's stuck between working with Republicans to raise the debt limit and working against them on the campaign trail.

President Barack Obama said, "I will not reduce our deficit by sacrificing the things that would make America great."

Candidate Obama had the online generation in his pocket three years ago, so Wednesday he stopped by Facebook to tap that audience again.

But three years later, it's a much tougher crowd.

John Harwood of CNBC said, "The economy is down, a lot of people are unemployed, some of them that were enthusiastic have lost a bit of their edge."

As the President campaigns out West, lawmakers are back home trying to sell their budget plan.

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