President Barack Obama used the failure of the congressional deficit reduction super committee to push for tax increases Monday, while portraying himself as a deficit-cutting, tax-cutting moderate eager to protect popular programs.

“There are still too many Republicans in Congress who have refused to listen to the voice of reason and compromise,” he said in brief appearance at the White House press room at 5:45 p.m.

Obama promised to veto any effort by Congress to delay the long-term spending cuts that to be triggered by the ideological disagreements between Republican and Democrats.

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