Labrador makes appearance on Meet the Press

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by Justin Corr

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Posted on November 18, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 19 at 8:04 AM

Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Raul Labrador was a featured guest Sunday on the world's longest-running television program, Meet the Press. Labrador had a lot to say about the Petraeus scandal, the future of the Republican Party, and the issue in D.C. that affects the bottom line of every American and Idahoan, the fiscal cliff.

The first big issue Congressman Labrador addressed on Meet the Press was comments made by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) earlier in the show about the attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans. Graham says the White House, through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, may have tried to change the story of the attack. He says they argued it was a spontaneous demonstration, rather than a planned terrorist attack, all for political gain.

"I don't know what she knew, but I know the story she told was misleading," said Graham.

Labrador agrees. "Lindsey Graham is absolutely right. She was misleading on your show... She wanted the narrative to be different than what the intelligence community was telling her."

Moderator David Gregory countered, "The intelligence chairs do not agree with the assessment that somehow she was misleading. I think that's important for people watching this this morning. That debate will continue."

Next up in the discussion, the future of Labrador's party, the GOP.

"We have now lost the popular vote in five of the last six Presidential elections," said Republican strategist Mike Murphy. "This is an existential crisis for the Republican Party, and we have to have brutal discussion about it... The country's changing, and if we don't modernize conservatism, we can go extinct."

Rep. Labrador responded, "I agree with Mike a little bit, but we need to be careful that we don't completely shift the party. We don't need two liberal parties in Washington D.C."

The final issue, the country's approaching fiscal cliff. Gregory asked Labrador if he'd be willing to give up protection of tax cuts for the wealthy in a compromise to avoid the cliff.

"I'm not, if what it means is that we're going to raise taxes, and not decrease any spending," said Labrador. "What happens in Washington D.C., is that we do an increase in taxes today, and we promise that there's going to be spending cuts ten years from now, and it never happens."

NBC's Andrea Mitchell says everyone in D.C. wants a deal to avoid the cliff. But, she says they won't get it, unless as Labrador said, tax increases and spending cuts happen at the same time.

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