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Crossroads GPS supports Boehner plan

Jeff Winkler Contributor

Crossroads GPS, the influential conservative super PAC, has come out in favor of Rep. Boehner debt limit proposal.

“Kudos to Speaker Boehner for showing President Obama what leadership is really about,” said Steven Law, president and CEO of Crossroads, in a statement. “President Obama may be willing to risk a fiscal Armageddon to get tax hikes, but Republicans need to be the voice of reason and responsibility.” (RELATED: Club for Growth still doesn’t like Boehner’s plan)

Boehner’s plan, which would reduce the federal budget deficit by $917 billion over 10 years, has come under fire from Tea Party activists who are demanding greater spending cuts. On Thursday, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips blasted the Speaker’s plan and defended those 40-some representatives who have yet to back it.

“Unfortunately, Boehner is not listening to those who elected him and is now pushing a plan with almost nonexistent budget cuts,” wrote Phillips on the group’s website.

In supporting the Speaker’s plan, Crossroads said that “further spending cuts are necessary, but they are unlikely as long as the president insists on tax increases as his price for accepting a larger budget deal.”

The super PAC, a nonprofit organization able to raise unlimited funds from large contributors, has been at the forefront of persuading the public against the Administration’s wishes to raise the debt ceiling before Aug. 2. In late June, American Crossroads, co-founded by President George W. Bush’s former deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, announced a $20 million dollar ad campaign against President Barack Obama.

The group has aired national ads critical of raising the debt ceiling, high unemployment, and Obama’s “blank check.” It has also targeted more than a dozen Democratic senators and representatives.

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