Grover Norquist, conservative lobbyist and president of Americans for Tax Reform, suggested televised fiscal cliff talks during his appearance on NBC‘s “Meet the Press“ on Sunday morning. Norquist was part of a roundtable on the topic of budget proposals and the fiscal cliff.
“[The President] should get into a room with C-SPAN cameras there and negotiate,” Norquist said. He stressed that cameras would show for certain whether or not Republicans were being reasonable during negotiations. “Gotta have cameras in that room, none of these press releases after,” he added.
At the end of the roundtable talk, Norquist again came back to the idea of broadcasting the budget debates.
“We are going to get tv cameras in there,” he said. “What I’m tired of is people saying one thing in those negotiations and then holding press conferences…”
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), a leading budget negotiator for the Obama administration, lashed back against Norquist’s ideas of transparency.
“He talks about C-SPAN and transparency,” Van Hollen said. “The President’s plan is out there. It’s on the Internet. Let Speaker Boehner put your plan on the Internet.”
Host David Gregory cut off the show at this point, amid banter between Norquist and Van Hollen. But with all the confusion surrounding the budget debates, maybe Norquist has a good idea. Put the fiscal debates on TV and let the court of public decision make the call.