In remarks earlier today in Cincinnati, Ohio, President Obama presented himself as willing "to work with [Republicans] to reduce the deficit." Indeed, the president stressed he was so commited to helping Republicans that he'd even "walk the dog or wash their car."
THE PRESIDENT: But they can't tell you how they're going to pay for it. And the truth is they can't pay for it without raising taxes on middle-class families.
But then, on top of that, they want to spend another $2 trillion in new military spending, they say, without adding to the deficit. But they don't tell you how they're going to do that. The only thing they can do is to keep trying to bluff their way through until November and hope that you won’t call them on it.
But understand, Cincinnati -- look, I want to work with them to reduce the deficit. I've said if the Republicans need more love -- (laughter) -- if they want me to walk the dog or wash their car, I'm happy to do it. (Laughter.) And I genuinely believe that most Americans -- Democrats or Republicans -- they just want us to solve problems. (Applause.)
So I'm ready and willing to work. But I refuse to ask middle-class families to pay over $2,000 more so that millionaires and billionaires can pay less. (Applause.) I refuse to cut clean energy investments and put 125,000 clean-energy jobs here in Ohio at risk just to give me a tax cut or Romney a tax cut. I refuse to ask more than 360,000 Ohio students to pay more for college, or kick children out of Head Start programs, or eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor or elderly or disabled, just to pay for a tax cut for wealthy folks who don't need it. (Applause.)