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Sen. Kerry Weighs In On Nation’s Debt Crisis

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US Senator John Kerry, Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

US Senator John Kerry, Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP) – Sen. John Kerry is blaming “a few ideological extremists” in the Republican Party for jeopardizing the nation’s economy by refusing to negotiate a deal to raise the nation’s debt limit ahead of an Aug. 2 deadline.

Kerry told reporters Friday that Democrats are ready to make concessions on safety net programs but some Republicans have refused to budge from their demand that no taxes, even on the nation’s wealthiest, be part of that deal.

The Massachusetts Democrat said extra revenues are critical to any deal. Otherwise, he said, the cost of raising the debt ceiling will fall entirely “on the backs of working Americans.”

Republican Sen. Scott Brown has said he hopes Democratic and Republican leaders can work out a deal that makes needed cuts and prevents the country from defaulting on its bills.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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