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Dems Facing Tough Races In '12 Embrace Tax Deal


Kent Conrad (D-ND) speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol January 8, 2009.(Liz Lynch)

On the House side, Democratic Reps. Gary Peters (Mich.) and Gerry Connolly (Va.), both of who represent affluent, suburban districts, have declared their support for the framework. "The tax-cut deal announced yesterday by the president is consistent with what I have said a final tax package should do," Peters said in a statement that was quickly blasted out by the White House press shop. Peters also highlighted the need to work with Republicans, something that appeals to his suburban Detroit swing district. "It also is a hopeful sign that it will be possible for Democrats and Republicans to work together to find bipartisan solutions," he said. Similarly, Connolly -- who barely held on to his suburban D.C. district this year -- told National Review that he would back the deal. And Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley, who is considering a run for the Senate in 2012, also said she'd back the compromise. "I could go home and say this wasn't good enough, but the reality is for the hundreds of thousands of people in my district and the million-plus in Nevada, that wouldn't wash," she told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "Right now this might be the only stimulus we see for the economy for a long time." Dan Friedman contributed to this post.

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