Republicans running for president slam debt deal

Nearly every Republican running for president is slamming the debt ceiling compromise between the White House and congressional leaders.

Some oppose it on the principle that it does not guarantee a balanced budget amendment or that it does not cut enough spending. And politically, the candidates opposed to the legislation are well aware that endorsing it could alienate them from Tea Party voters.

Michigan Republican Saul Anuzis, who ran for chairman of the Republican National Committee earlier this year, said primary voters “are ready for a fight and want our elected officials to stand on principle.”

“I think there is a tremendous amount of mistrust amongst the grassroots,” Anuzis told TheDC.

Yet Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, has come out in support of the deal that raises the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion.

“While this framework is not my preferred outcome,” Huntsman said, “it is a positive step toward cutting our nation’s crippling debt … I encourage members of Congress to vote for this legislation.”

His opponents feel differently. (RELATED: Boehner presses GOP to accept debt progress)

“While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal,” former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said.

Romney said he is against a plan that “opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table.”

The legislation calls for a bipartisan debt commission appointed by Congress to come up with more than $1 trillion in savings. Some Republicans worry that could lead to tax increases. And if a plan is not adopted by the committee, forced cuts, including defense spending, would kick in, something that also alarms Republicans.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann said the deal “spends too much and doesn’t cut enough.”

“Everywhere I travel across the country, Americans want less spending, lower taxes to create jobs, and they don’t want us to raise the debt ceiling,” she said. (RELATED: Biden pitches plan to Hill Dems)

A spokesman for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said the “deal is nothing to celebrate.” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said that “it will be a destructive failure” if it leads to tax increases and cuts to national security. A spokesman for Texas Rep. Ron Paul told The Daily Caller that the congressman is “strongly against” the deal.

Spokespeople for businessman Herman Cain and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum did not immediately return a request for comment on the deal. As for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who is expected to join the race, a spokesman said the governor “thinks the right track to go down is ‘cut, cap and balance.’ That was the approach he believed was best for the country.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4CKCEJHTVV6QV52YFNXNEDOTD4 bill kydes

    Nobody even comes close to Ron Paul. End the Status Quo. Please look in to him, everybody.

  • notalone

    Oh now Mitt – guess you know that you didn’t do it right and in the right time frame to suit sarah!

  • wt

    Take it to the “Baseline Conservatives”. 

  • Anonymous

    Cut , Cap and Balance was the only real solution to our real long term debt. Everyone in Washington is gutless. Boehner may be a nice guy but someone needs to teach him how to play poker. He had the winning hand and he folded………. Very disappointed  with the old Republican guard. Thank God for the new blood …. Maybe we still have a chance. No sense in trying to convince the Leftist as they will never stop spending the other guy’s money.

  • joeaiello

    Fine. The loons and insurance salesmen running for president have absolutely no shot at getting the job. President Obama will be our president until 2016 whether they like it or not.

  • Jim Buzzell

    We the fiscal conservative movement have been sold down the drain again, by the RIMOs in congress, in both houses, a those that blindly follow them.  There will proved to be no teeth in any thing agreeded to in this bill; and watch who within the party sits on this debt commission, it will be the same RINOs that approved the bill in its final vote.  I trust the 66 Freshmen in the house that voted NO on this bill; it is the rest of the house republicans that need to be replaced in 2012.

  • timbo

    Same story from the group of loonies now referred to as the republican nominees.

    So, if it wasn’t enough cuts. What would YOU cut? SS, Medicare, Defense? Do you think any of these people are going to cut the DEA? or farm subsidies? What a joke. 

    The most funny thing, is by saying this everyone on this board is going to call me a “lib”. I’m not liberal.