WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says his willingness to compromise with Republicans on tax policy doesn't mean he's
reluctant to stand behind core principles.
Asked at his news conference if he's too easily given to deal-making, Obama said, "Look, I've got a whole bunch of lines in the sand."
He called making tax cuts permanent for the middle-class "a line in the sand."
Obama said his job is "to make sure we have a North Star out there" for the American people. He said that at any given time, he may not be able to get "my preferred option." Obama likened criticism of the new tax compromise to the second-guessing he heard because the massive health care overhaul failed to include a public option.
He said, "Somewhat that was a sign of weakness and compromise."
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