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Sen. Jim Webb, D-VA.
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Trying to show that there's significant Democratic support for President Obama's tax compromise with congressional Republicans, White House officials have issued a fusillade of news releases of support from Democratic leaders.
From Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia who is up for re-election in 2012 in a state Obama won in 2008 and hopes to keep purple if not blue:
“I commend President Obama for his leadership in forging this agreement. The framework agreement for tax cuts and extended unemployment insurance shows great promise in reinvigorating our economy and putting people back to work. The proposal is the ultimate stimulus plan..."
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles:
“I would like to commend President Obama for his unwavering commitment to working families and those hardest hit by the recession and his refusal to sign onto any tax cut agreement that didn’t extend employment insurance or give additional tax cuts to small businesses..."
One White House news release was a variation of quotes from Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell Tuesday evening appearance on Chris Matthews' Hardball:
“The president did a good job. Number one, he only extended the millionaires tax cut two years. After that, we can go back and peel it back to Reagan-Clinton level. (Rendell ticked off a number of other elements Obama won, including an extension of the earned income tax credit and the college credit.)
“These important items will get this economy humming and those are the things we needed. The president didn't just concede; he got a lot back in return for the American people."
Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas isn't even a Democrat but can serve as a counterweight to two lawmakers who are, his state's very voluble senators who have both panned the deal, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democrat Patrick Leahy, said:
“Vermonters and all Americans are looking for Washington to produce results. If we are to address our country’s challenges, Republicans and Democrats can no longer take an all-or-nothing approach to governing.
“The compromise reached between President Obama and Republicans is a reasonable approach to helping the American people during this difficult time, while ensuring that tax increases do not burden the recovery. I hope leaders in Washington can build on this collaboration to address the most critical issue facing our nation’s long-term economic health, the national debt.”
Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx, from another Southern state that, like Virginia, Obama hopes to keep in his electoral vote column:
“President Obama and a bipartisan coalition of federal lawmakers have come together to extend unemployment benefits and tax cuts, both of which will give our economy additional time to heal. Working families would not experience a federal income tax increase for two years with this proposal. Without it, their taxes will be increased effective January 1,” Foxx said.
“The proposal will create jobs through a combination of payroll tax cuts, business investment tax cuts and unemployment help, many of which were endorsed by the President’s Deficit Commission. There is still much more work to do but this proposal is also an encouraging sign that bipartisanship will work in Washington over the next two years. I call on Congress to approve this measure without delay.”