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Durbin: GOP Will Own The Recession If We Don't Solve Fiscal Cliff Problem

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): The president wants to solve the problem; that's what he said during the campaign, that's what he is saying now. We cannot lurch as we have for the past two years from one crisis to another. Think of all the times the Tea Party Republicans and Speaker Boehner threatened to shut down the government, shut down the economy over the debt ceiling.

Listen, if we're going to have the certainty for businesses to invest, for workers to know that new jobs are being created, we've to get this behind us once and for all.

DAVID GREGORY, "MEET THE PRESS" MODERATOR: Even if it means going over the cliff?

DURBIN: I can tell you I don't want to do it, the president doesn't want to do it. But we need to solve the problem. We cannot allow a reckless position to drive this economy into another recession, a recession which the Republicans will own.

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