Mitt Romney opposes debt ceiling deal

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.