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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, to discuss the pending fiscal cliff. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, to discuss the pending fiscal cliff. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)  

Conservatives: Republicans have broader mandate than Obama

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

More than 100 conservatives signed a letter Wednesday to congressional Republicans arguing that the House GOP has a “broader” mandate to “fight for conservative principles” than President Barack Obama has to push his own agenda.

Addressing House Republicans, the conservatives wrote: “You have a mandate to fight for conservative principles that is arguably much broader than the one that narrowly reelected President Barack Obama claims to have for his leftist agenda.”

Those who signed the letter include: Ed Meese, Morton Blackwell, Gary Bauer, Richard Viguerie, Al Cardenas and Erick Erickson.

This mandate, according to the letter, is because in the House of Representatives, “the nation elected in 2012 one of the largest Republican majorities in the past 100 years.”

Republicans held on to their majority in the House of Representatives in November. They will have 234 seats in the new Congress. Democrats will have 201.

Democrats, however, netted eight seats in the House overall.

The letter to congressional Republicans comes as House Speaker John Boehner is working to negotiate a deal with Obama to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that will go into effect at the end of the year. (RELATED: Boehner: Latest Obama fiscal cliff plan ‘cannot pass the House or Senate)

Obama insists a deal must include raising taxes on wealthy Americans, something conservatives have refused to accept.