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Jon Karl: Democrats Want to ‘Hit the Republicans While They’re Down’

ABC News Reporter Jonathan Karl sat down with ABC News anchor Martha Raddatz to talk about President Barack Obama’s plans to capitalize on the government shutdown and the diminished stature Congressional Republicans are suffering from as a result. ABC News Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny said that he could see the outlines of a compromise on a budget forming in Washington. Karl, however, said that he is hearing that Democrats want to press their advantage over Republicans while they can.

Karl noted that Obama appears to be pushing towards a second term accomplishment while the Republican Party is recovering from the battle over the shutdown.

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“He’s still five years in almost, does not have a bipartisan legislative accomplishment,” Karl said. “Is he finally going to be able to work with the republicans on something?”

Zeleny said that he sees a small deal over taxes being possible.

“There is also the question a lot of Democrats want to hit the Republicans while they’re down,” Karl added. “They see a chance for another wave election in 2014. That’s not really something that, you know, would say compromise is in the air.”

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