December 8th, 2010
09:35 AM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – For the third day in a row, the White House is pulling out all the stops to convince some of their fellow Democrats to sign on to a controversial tax deal. Senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on five morning shows Wednesday, standing feet from the podium where just yesterday his boss defended his compromise with Republicans on extending the Bush-era tax cuts.
Appearing on CNN's American Morning, Axelrod tried to neutralize criticism by arguing the president's decision may not be good politics but it's good for the country.
"What we need to do is focus on what's good for the country, what's good for the American people, and move forward. Compromise by its very nature involves things that neither side like. We don't like the tax – extending even temporarily the tax cuts for the wealthy – more generous treatment of wealthy estates. That was the price Republicans demanded for a very significant package of tax cuts for the middle class and to help businesses grow and hire," Axelrod said.
This afternoon, Vice President Biden will pay another visit to House Democrats on Capitol Hill to discuss the tax deal. He might want to bring a tourniquet.