“President Obama Invokes Newtown Shooting to Press ‘Cliff’ Compromise”

By  (@devindwyer) ,  (@marykbruce) , (@jparkABC) and  (@sunlenmiller)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2012

Invoking the somber aftermath of the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., President Obama today appealed to congressional Republicans to embrace a standing “fair deal” on taxes and spending that would avert the fiscal cliff in 13 days.

“If there’s one thing we should have after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what’s important,” Obama said at a midday news conference.

“I would like to think that members of that [Republican] caucus would say to themselves, ‘You know what? We disagree with the president on a whole bunch of things,'” he said. “‘But right now what the country needs is for us to compromise.'”

House Speaker John Boehner’s response: “Get serious.”