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Menendez On GOP Tax Cut Posture: 'Do You Negotiate With Terrorists?'

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"Does the majority not only have the responsibility to try to [get something done, but] to get something done that makes sense for the country," he said. "Do you allow yourself to be held hostage, and get something done for the sake of getting something done, when in fact it may be perverse in its ultimate result."

Then he added: "It's almost like a question of, Do you negotiate with terrorists?"

No doubt we'll be treated to a flood of (understandably) angry GOP denunciations. The question is whether Menendez "clarifies" his remarks when that happens, or whether he sticks to his guns.

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