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White House: Miami mayor backs tax deal

The White House is touting Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado's support for the president's tax compromise -- which is raising hackles within the president's own party. (Yesterday it was Charlie Crist's support that got touted in the administration's effort to rally reluctant Dems. However, though Regalado is in a non-partisan seat, he's Republican.)

"I applaud President Obama for working with Congressional Republicans and Democrats to reach a deal that extends tax cuts to all Americans while also continuing unemployment benefits," Regalado said in a statement that the White House just shot out. "Our country is in the midst of an economic crisis. Now is not the time to raise people's taxes ... nor is it the time to leave thousands of unemployed Miamians - or millions of unemployed Americans - out in the cold. Both would be disastrous to our local and national economy."

"In the City of Miami we made some very difficult decisions this budget year that required a lot of compromise too. We recognized that people are suffering and that raising their taxes would be wrong, so we held the line.

"Our economic recovery requires leaders that are willing to work with both parties and put the American people above partisan politics. I am happy to see that the President is listening to us and doing that."

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