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Republican Boehner facing difficult decisions

SHIFTING BALANCE:After US President Barack Obama’s re-election last month, Republicans concede that the Democrats have the upper hand in the fiscal talks

AFP, WASHINGTON

In his weekly address on Saturday, Obama said he was willing to find ways to reduce health costs and make more entitlement spending cuts, but as for asking “the wealthiest Americans to pay higher tax rates — that’s one principle I won’t compromise on.”

Potential future Republican leaders like Senator Marco Rubio are unlikely to want to bend to White House will.

Rubio, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, gave the Republican response to Obama’s address — and said “tax increases will not solve our US$16 trillion debt.”

Boehner has said that, too, but his position is tenuous. On Friday he left open the possibility for compromise on a tax rate rise.

In past negotiations, such as last December’s battle over extending the payroll tax holiday, some Republicans felt Boehner gave away too much.

Hashtags on Twitter — #boehnermustgo, #fireboehner — have recently left little doubt that some Republicans are fed up with his handling of the talks.

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