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Sen. Kent Condrad (D-ND), who chairs the Senate Budget Committe, urged President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday not to rush into a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff too quickly, arguing that an early announcement may impede the likelihood for passage given the large amount of stakeholders involved in its outcome.
"Look, I'm not in the room, so I can't say with certainty, but I am very hopeful that they are would be wise on their part not to come too quickly with a deal because that would give all the interest groups a chance to get organized and try to kill it," Conrad told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "And we know that on the right, on the left, special interest groups are just salivating at the chance to attack any agreement, because, look, any agreement is going to have controversy attached to it."
"The sooner you reveal the details, the sooner all the interest groups organized to try to kill it," Conrad added.
Asked by Mitchell when the moment for such a deal ought to be, Conrad named Tuesday, December 18th as the opportune date.