Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said on Friday that Republicans could use the debt ceiling as "leverage" in negotiations with the president on Sean Hannity's radio show, reported the Huffington Post.

"We do have leverage because early next year the debt ceiling gets reached," Gohmert explained.

"And this president has got to have more ceiling. He's got to have it moved. Sean, we have leverage. And this is a good time to say that we're the ones promoting fairness. We're the ones that want everyone to pay their share. You talk a good game but put it up here where your mouth is."

The Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, wants House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to turn over more control of establishing the U.S. debt ceiling to the president, in order to avoid a repeat of the 2011 partisan showdown. That year, it could have forced the country to default on payments. Now, Republicans have indicated that they can use the looming debt ceiling debate to their advantage.

Democratic aides, however, don't think that the proposal is likely to become reality, and that an agreement to once again raise the ceiling will instead become part of the "fiscal cliff" deal.

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