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Nov132010

Defeated Veteran Democrat: ‘Taxes Are Going to Have to Go Up’

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Despite President Obama’s suggestion that he is willing to compromise with Republicans to extend all the Bush tax cuts at least temporarily, not all Democrats are willing to follow him down that path.

Amid a liberal backlash against the president, Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., told ABC News there's not “any way in the world” he would agree to extending the tax cuts for upper-income Americans – even if it’s only done so temporarily.

“I would suspect most Democrats agreed with the president when he campaigned against allowing tax reductions for millionaires and billionaires -- took that very seriously. I certainly did,” Kanjorski said. “As a matter of fact, I can declare today that I can’t think of any way in the world that they would get me convinced to vote for the continuation of the tax cuts, whether it be temporary or permanent.”

Kanjorski lost his seat in last week’s election, after serving nearly 26 years in Congress.

“We’ve got to go back and educate the electorate as to what happened or why, but then stand on principle and stay with the same position -- particularly on the tax issue,” he said. “I think you just have to concede taxes are going to have to go up. I mean, I want to return to the Clinton era, where we had a balanced budget,” Kanjorski said.

“I just think that’s responsible government. I don’t care whether you’re a Republican or a Democrat. And we should require that.”

Kanjorski lost to Lou Barletta, the same Republican candidate he had beaten twice previously – a signal, he said, that a “wave across the country” cost Democrats about 5 percent of the vote on average.

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