Updated at 4:15 p.m.: An earlier version of their post included a misstatement. Cooper is seeking reelection.
Reps. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, and Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., are two members of the shrinking middle in the House of Representatives (It's shrinking even more: LaTourette is not running for re-election this year). They appeared on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" Thursday to talk about their efforts on debt and deficit reduction, sequestration and the looming fiscal cliff Congress will try to deal with after the election.
LaTourette, a Republican who is close to Speaker John Boehner, offered this answer when asked what election result would be best to get a debt deal done: "I hate to speculate on that. My opinion would be at odds with what I wish would happen to tell you the truth."
Host Chuck Todd gave LaTourette a chance to clarify, asking whether President Obama winning another term, an evenly divided Senate and a smaller House Republican majority would be the best outcome.
"That's right. I think that scenario would embolden our Speaker Boehner to go back to the president and try and recreate that big deal that they were close to a year and a half ago," LaTourette said.