Fresh after the President Obama was declared president for a second term, many have been been discussing what’s next on Washington’s agenda.
The looming fiscal cliff is the major issue at hand, and the big question is whether or not Democrats and Republicans can work together to fix it. The White House released a statement saying talks have already begun with leaders in the House and Senate, and both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican House Speaker John Boehner have made statements indicating some willingness to compromise in the wake of Tuesday night's results.
Richard Socarides, Former Senior Adviser to President Clinton and writer for the NewYorker.com, and Lenny McAllister, Republican Strategist and contributor to The Chicago Defender, join John Berman to recap the results of the 2012 presidential election of 2012, concerns regarding the GOP and minorities, and of course, the fiscal cliff.
McAllister feels the Republican party needs “more inclusive leadership” and “more visionary leadership.”
“In 2010, we ended up seeing a lot more diversity from the Republican Party in regards to the candidates and people actually winning elections, both Latinos and African Americans.” McAllister says. "I would like to see the same exact thing in 2013 moving forward, but this time not have it just be a trend, have it be an actual movement. That’s something that the Republican Party needs to do if we’re going to lead a diverse America in the 21st century.”
Within his own party, Democrats have made it difficult for President Obama to negotiate in his first term, especially on the fiscal cliff and budget issues. Berman asks Socarides how complicated it may be for the president to make a deal this time.
“People are gonna be a lot more willing to make a deal,” Socarides says. “The consequences of not having a deal are so big...everybody knows that Americans want the parties to come together.”
“I think both sides are gonna have to compromise and I think they will,” Socarides adds.