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Rep. Cole Poses Doubts on Obama's Plans for Budget, Guns, Drones

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama's plea to House Republicans to include new revenues along with spending cuts to head off the March 1 sequester has apparently fallen on deaf ears.

Deputy Majority Whip Tom Cole told ABC's This Week Sunday that GOP lawmakers will hold the line on any tax increases because of how the White House got its way in the fiscal cliff deal last Jan. 1.

According to the Oklahoma Republican, "The president accepted no spending cuts back in the ‘fiscal cliff’ deal 45 days ago, so you get no spending cuts back then, then you’re going to get no revenue now."

The president wants a balanced package in an effort to stave deep automatic spending cuts that will immediately take an $85 billion chunk out of the budgets of the Pentagon and other government programs.

The 10-year plan, approved by a "supercommittee" of bipartisan lawmakers in 2011, calls for $1.2 trillion in cuts over a decade.

Meanwhile, Cole also addressed two other hot-button issues: overseas drone strikes and gun violence at home.

As for the president's sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, Cole said he expected congressional agreement on improved mental health programs and possibly enhanced background checks but expressed doubt that anything that would directly affect gun ownership will get through Congress.

In regards to overseas strikes against terrorists, even those who are American citizens, Cole suggested that perhaps the program should be scaled back since by only killing suspects, U.S. intelligence is missing out on gaining valuable information.

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Rep. Keith Ellison on GOP’s Softer Rhetoric: ‘Lipstick on a Pig’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sunday morning on This Week, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., dismissed recent gestures by prominent members of  the GOP suggesting a softening of Republican positions as simply “lipstick on a pig.”

“I think all of this stuff is just surface stuff. It’s like lipstick on a pig,” Ellison said. “I mean, the bottom line is, the Republicans have a core values problem, not a ‘who knows who Tupac Shakur is’ problem.”

Ellison was responding to ABC News political analyst and contributor Nicolle Wallace, who praised Marco Rubio on the roundtable. The Florida senator is seen as a rising star in the GOP and a member of the party that could help Republicans win more Latino support. Rubio recently endorsed a bipartisan senate proposal aimed at reforming America’s immigration system.

Rubio also gave an interview to BuzzFeed this week where he spoke at length about the late hip hop star Tupac’s lyrics.

“He’s everything we need and more. He’s modern. He knows who Tupac is. He is on social media,” Wallace said. “I mean, he’s got the policy.  He’s in touch with, I think, the lives of ordinary people.  And he’s a very accessible guy.  He talks about being a working dad and juggling his own priorities.”  

On the larger issue of the future of the Republican Party, Rep. Tom Cole,R-Okla., expressed support for GOP introspection after Gov. Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential campaign.  He did however say “the idea that this is some existential crisis, I think, is really overdone right now.”

“When you lose an election, you ought to be a little bit reflective and you ought to think back and you ought to begin to say, what do we need to do to do differently?” Cole said. “So I don’t want to be stupid.  But you also need to be principled and consistent in your values, and I think we are.  And, you know, we’ll see what happens in the next year or two.


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