December 6th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
Washington (CNN) – With the leaders in Washington locked in a fiscal cliff standoff, President Barack Obama will visit a “middle class” home in Northern Virginia on Thursday to promote his proposal in the negotiations, according to the White House.
A member of this particular family, the White House said, engaged in the administration’s #My2K Twitter campaign over the last week that encouraged Americans to ask questions of the president and share how the money saved by extending the Bush-era tax cuts for 98% of Americans will impact their lives.
“There’s no prospect in an agreement that doesn’t involve those rates going up on the top 2 percent of the wealthiest Americans,” Geithner said in an interview on CNBC Wednesday.
Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner continued to support closing deductions and loopholes but would not open the door to increased tax rates on the highest income earners.
Obama and Boehner spoke for the first time in a week via telephone Wednesday, according to sources. But the two did not move the ball forward on the top tax rates.
The negations will no doubt be a topic at the daily press briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. ET.
In the evening, the first family will attend the annual Christmas tree lighting on The Ellipse in the nation’s capital.