“It’s hard to work with someone who is intentionally trying to take us over this cliff,” DeMint said. He noted that “the president’s proposal is not a plan, it’s not a solution.” It’s “a political trophy.”

Obama campaigned on higher taxes, and “he’s going to get his wish,” DeMint remarked. “We’re going to be raising taxes. Not just on the top earners. Everyone’s going to be paying more taxes next year in this country, and I think that’s what the president wants.”