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Mitt Romney opposes debt ceiling deal

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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.

It’s official: Mitt Romney is against the debt limit-raising deal struck between President Obama and congressional leaders.

“While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican Members of Congress in,” the Republican presidential candidate said Monday morning, “I personally cannot support this deal.” (RELATED: Pawlenty camp calls deal ‘nothing to celebrate’)

“As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table. President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour and 59th minute,” he said.

Romney has taken a cautious approach to speaking out on the negotiations. Prior to Romney’s statement Monday, The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis wrote, “With the nation deeply embroiled in debt debate, GOP front runner Mitt Romney appears to be following different advice: Keep your head down and your mouth shut.”

As for the other candidates, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, says she’s against the plan while former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said he supports it.

  • lipton

    Good to see that Romney has jumped off the fence. Although Michelle Bachmann is closer to our ideals, can she get elected president? The fact is victory in 2012 is guaranteed with Mitt. Some say he is too liberal, I am not so sure. He needs to project a liberal image to get the popular vote. At heart he is a realist with a background in business and will address the nation’s problems.

  • Andsuzanne

    Mitt offered no ideas of his own before the deal was struck, dinging it after the fact demonstrates the same lack of leadership that he accuses Obama of having. I’m not impressed enough to vote for Mitt at this point.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone that has been following this story can see it for what it is,  just one more attempt at polishing their image in time for the 2012 elections. Three trillion over 10 years is just smoke and mirrors, not cutting, not reform. If the 3 trillion was cut  in August , maybe it would restore some faith in the citizen towards the government.  At best, the discussions have been high political drama and theatre. If passed as is, the next congress seated can change or wipe out the entire bill.  Seriously, isn’t it time to sweep out the garbage in BOTH parties and elect men and women who actually LISTEN  to the citizen?  How does America survive when she is governed by these self-serving and self-centered fools?  This entire debt debate has so far proven to be nothing more then a display of the ineptness of  our government at work, as if we needed more proof!