"We are very, very committed to making sure that the middle class and workers don't end up paying the tab for a party that we didn't get to go to and the president is committed to that as well." – AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, speaking after he and other labor leaders met with President Obama to discuss preserving tax cuts for middle class families and ensuring the wealthy pay more in taxes.
"Republicans have a pretty good track record of not blinking. But they had a bright white light shine in their eyes on Election Day." – Jim Kessler, co-founder of the centrist-Democratic group Third Way, on whether the Republicans are ready to compromise on budget measures as the "fiscal cliff" approaches.
"He won fair and square. He got more votes, and that's the way our system works, and so he ought to be congratulated for that." – Rep. Paul Ryan, the former running mate of Mitt Romney, speaking about President Obama and the GOP loss of the presidential election