Carney Can't Say How Many Democrats Would Support Obama's Plan
White House press secretary Jay Carney can't say how many Democrats would support Obama's plan.
Reporter: Senate Minority Leader McConnell tried to get a vote yesterday on the Senate floor on the President’s deficit reduction proposal and Senate Majority Leader Reid objected. What kind of Democratic support do you feel you have in the Senate?
Carney: ...These are the kind of political games that aren’t serious. It is absolutely the case that we need to have a serious negotiation about the serious issue of spending cuts and the like that will require a compromise. The fact that--
Reporters: Why is he afraid to put the President’s plan on the floor. Do you think you have democratic support?
Carney: We know that, and the filibuster is certainly an issue here, that we don’t have 60 votes in the Senate. So, I would not argue with the idea that the President’s proposal cannot at this time, or has not at this time, garnered Republican support. That’s what this debate is about. We are very confident that the Democrats support the principle that we need to have $1.6 trillion in revenue, asking the wealthy to pay more as part of a balanced package that the President has put forward. I understand that you’re going along with the gamesmanship here. We’re trying to be serious about these negotiations. We have put forward a proposal. We have seen no substantive proposal, especially on revenues, from the Republicans.