President Obama on Wednesday called on Republicans in Congress to have a "sense of perspective" in the wake of the Newtown massacre and stop "finding ways to say no" to a deal on the "fiscal cliff."
"At some point there's got to be I think a recognition on the part of my Republican friends that, you know, take the deal," the president said, pointing to polling that shows that Americans agree with his position. "You know, they will be able to claim that they have worked with me over the last two years to reduce the deficit more than any other deficit reduction package; that we will have stabilized it for 10 years. That is a significant achievement for them. They should be proud of it. But they keep on finding ways to say no as opposed to finding ways to say yes."
"Sometimes they may not see an incentive in cooperating with me in part because they're more concerned about challenges from a tea party candidate or challenges from the right. And, you know, cooperating with me may make them vulnerable," the president said of House Republicans. "You know, I recognize that. But, goodness, if -- if this past week has done anything, it should just give us some perspective."
He continued: "And, you know, I would like to think that members of that -- that caucus would say to themselves, 'You know what? We disagree with the president on a whole bunch of things. We wish the other guy had won. We're going to fight him on a whole range of issues over the next four years. We think his philosophy is all screwed up. But, right now what the country needs is for us to compromise.'"