Sunday, December 30, 2012

Labrador on ABC's This Week: 'Democrats Are Like Bank Robbers'

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

ABCs Jonathan Karl talks with GOP Rep. Raul Labrador.
  • ABC's Jonathan Karl talks with GOP Rep. Raul Labrador.

Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador wrapped up his first term in office the same way he started: by appearing on a Sunday morning news talk show.

In January 2010, the freshman lawmaker first appeared on NBC's Meet the Press, the first of four visits to the program. And this morning, Labrador showed up on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos (though ABC's Jonathan Karl was sitting in for Stephanopoulos today). This was Labrador's second visit to the ABC studios.

When asked about division within his own party, keeping a House deal out of reach, Labrador blamed Democrats.

"This is what the Democrats have wanted to do from day one," said Labrador. "They have tried to divide the Republicans to fight each other on taxes. I'm not sure they don't want to go over the fiscal cliff."

And the GOP congressman continued to pile on.

"Democrats are like bank robbers," said Labrador. "The money is not in the 2 percent. It's in the 100 pecent. [Democrats] want to raise taxes on everyone."

And when Karl challenged the congressman, saying, "You're not willing to compromise at all," Labrador fired back.

"I'm willing to compromise if we have cuts," he said. "In Washington, we talk about raising taxes today and we talk about making cuts 10 years from now. It happened under Reagan. It happened under Bush, and it's going to happen to us once again."

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