Dan Pfeiffer: W.H. not ‘negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest’
By JONATHAN ALLEN |
9/26/13 4:31 PM EDT
White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer likened House Republicans to suicide bombers, kidnappers and arsonists in a single interview on Thursday.
"What we're not for is negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest," Pfeiffer told CNN's Jake Tapper in laying out the president's refusal to compromise with the GOP to win an increase in the nation's debt limit. "We're not going to do that."
The White House position, increasingly fortified with high voltage rhetoric, has been that Republicans should agree to a hike without any strings attached. If the cap isn't lifted by Oct. 17, according to the Treasury Department, the nation will default on its debt.
Pfeiffer also offered up analogies comparing Republicans to kidnappers and arsonists.
He referred to a list of Republican add-ons to a debt-limit bill as "ransom demands," and said "it's not a negotiation if I show up at your house and say give me everything inside or I'm going to burn it down."