House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, leaves after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, following the GOP caucus. Boehner and the other House Republican leaders are calling for Obama to come up with plan they can accept for spending cuts and tax revenue to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" of automatic tax hikes and budget reductions. From left are, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. and Rep. James Lankford, R-Okla. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading conservative who’s resigning from the Senate is predicting that President Barack Obama will win the battle over raising taxes.
South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint calls it "a political trophy" within Obama’s grasp. Appearing Thursday on "CBS This Morning," DeMint says, quote, "The president’s proposal is not a plan, it’s not a solution."
Asked why Obama and congressional Republicans can’t agree on a plan to avert a fiscal cliff in less than three weeks, DeMint says both political parties have "failed" the country.
On Obama, the senator says, "He’s going to get his wish. I believe we’re going to be raising taxes and not just on the top earners."
DeMint is stepping down from the Senate to become president of the Heritage Institution, a conservative think tank.