Fiscal showdown could determine election victor's agenda

10/16/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will spar over their economic and fiscal policies tonight -- but the truth is that both candidates' ability to enact their proposals might be largely determined by the outcome of a lame-duck fiscal showdown. Congressional compromises and clashes in the run-up to Inauguration Day will significantly shape the election victor's agenda, experts say. "I think it's the whole ballgame for the second term," said John Podesta, the former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton.

View Full Article in:

New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Published in Brief: