Gang of Six Grows to a Gaggle of Eight

The original Gang of Six came together last year to hammer out a deal to solve the debt ceiling crisis but failed to reach an agreement in the end.

Question_Mark_Maze_Button_RevPresident Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will crisscross the country during the next month offering different visions for how to fix the country’s fiscal mess.

But in Washington, the senators in the Gang of Six — plus two newbies — will have a secret retreat next week hosted by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) to start cobbling together a plan to avoid the looming fiscal cliff.

For this round of talks, the bipartisan group has added Sens. Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), who has grown close to Obama as he tries to capture Colorado this election season.

Senate insiders confirmed the upcoming session, although the group will not disclose its location.

“This group continues to meet and work toward a bipartisan solution,” Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.

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Source: John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman | Politico