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Romney Comes Out in Opposition to Debt Ceiling Hike Deal
National Review ^ | 8/1/2011 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 08/01/2011 8:40:51 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

Mitt Romney, who has been noticeably quiet during the debt ceiling debate, issued a statement today in opposition to the current deal that would hike the debt ceiling.

“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,” Romney said in a statement this morning.

He said that if he were president he would have a “cut, capped, and balanced budget” and criticized the current deal for “open[ing] the door to higher taxes and put[ing] defense cuts on the table.”

Michele Bachmann announced her opposition to this latest deal last night, saying that Obama’s 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. The President continues to press for a ‘balanced approach,’ which everyone knows is code for increased spending and taxes. Throughout this process the President has failed to lead and failed to provide a plan,” Bachmann said.

“Someone has to say no. I will,” she added.

Jon Huntsman announced his support for the current deal, saying it was “a positive step toward cutting our nation’s crippling debt.”

“”Because the legislation promises cuts commensurate with the debt ceiling increase, forces a vote on a much-needed federal balanced budget amendment and provides the only avenue to avoid default, I encourage members of Congress to vote for this legislation,” Huntsman said in a statement released last night.

Huntsman also had some pointed criticism for others involved in the debate, noting “Some of my opponents ducked the debate entirely, others would have allowed the nation to slide into default and President Obama refused to offer any plan.”

Referring to the joint super-committee that would be formed to introduce a new plan before the second debt ceiling hike went forward, Huntsman said he would push members to propose a plan “that includes real cuts, entitlement reform, and revenue-neutral tax reforms — without any tax hikes.”

UPDATE: Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant weighs in, calling the debt deal “nothing to celebrate.”

“Only in Washington would the political class think it’s a victory when the government narrowly avoids default, agrees to go further into debt, and does little to reform a spending system that cannot be sustained by our children and grandchildren. While no further evidence was needed, this entire debt ceiling fiasco demonstrates that President Obama must be replaced,” Conant said in a statement this morning.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: flipflop; opportunist; romney; zots4romneybots
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Opportunist hypocrite slick mitty sees personal political gain over this position now, after he had supported a compromise up until this point.

If mitty fakes opposition to it, maybe that is one more reason to swallow this plan for now until we gain both houses of Congress in 2013 and can pass long-term substantive cuts to the unsustainable entitlements in our budget.

I do agree with Pawlenty (but not for POTUS) that this is "nothing to celebrate" but I also believe it does represent incremental gain in a larger war.

1 posted on 08/01/2011 8:41:00 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross
Just WOW!

You have to hand it to Mittie, he's proactive!

A true leader that everyone was following during the debates before making a decision.

2 posted on 08/01/2011 8:45:05 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Who is Romney?


3 posted on 08/01/2011 8:47:46 AM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: Servant of the Cross

True Leader we got in this one.... For sure.... Asshat is about a month late.


4 posted on 08/01/2011 8:48:18 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (BE BOLD SARAH)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Mitt is the Man! The only deficit hawk who can also save the planet from global warming and provide free government health care at the same time. /s


5 posted on 08/01/2011 8:48:21 AM PDT by San Jacinto
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To: Servant of the Cross

Wet finger...check

Put it up in air...check

determine way wind blows ....check


6 posted on 08/01/2011 8:48:28 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Servant of the Cross
Don't worry, He will be in support of this by the end of the day. He doesn't want to get boxed in on any issues.


7 posted on 08/01/2011 8:48:30 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Shameless pandering. Romney is cut out of the same political mold as Zer0 . . . IMHO.


8 posted on 08/01/2011 8:49:29 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Jon Huntsman announced his support for the current deal, saying it was “a positive step toward cutting our nation’s crippling debt.”

Is he in the race just to provide comic relief?

9 posted on 08/01/2011 8:49:39 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: EGPWS

This deal will do nothing that really needs to be done.

It will stand as a prelude to the credit rating downgrade and be associated with causing it.

Anybody that wants to get elected to anything needs to run from it fast.

But the even sadder thing is that the real solution (spending cuts that immediately balance the budget) aren’t in it.


10 posted on 08/01/2011 8:50:06 AM PDT by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: EGPWS
Yea, just like his twin Francois Kerry, Mitty "was for it before he was against it".

Romney 'Applauds' Boehner Plan

11 posted on 08/01/2011 8:50:24 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Opportunist hypocrite slick mitty sees personal political gain over this position now, after he had supported a compromise up until this point.

*******************

Yep. He must be getting desperate for the Hobbit vote.


12 posted on 08/01/2011 8:52:03 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Also just heard on Boortz (Erik E Filling In)
Sweet Billy Krystol has flipped flopped, as well.
Oh my. That what happens with Squisy RINO’s

Both of these hacks were for it just a couple days ago.


13 posted on 08/01/2011 8:52:51 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Servant of the Cross

It’s going to be one hell of a problem for a lot of folks when it comes down to the choice being between the Kenyan and the Mormon.

Which is an idea you might as well get used to. Remember the up side is that the Republicans will probably be in full control of Congress, whatever happens, for what it’s worth.


14 posted on 08/01/2011 8:53:01 AM PDT by no gnu taxes
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To: Servant of the Cross

Mitt’s attempting (poorly) to appeal to the Tea Party base.

You’re right, we should swallow this bill. Letting this bill fail or internally fighting over it will play right into the left’s hands.

We could win the battle but lose the war if we don’t pass this bill.


15 posted on 08/01/2011 8:54:30 AM PDT by RockinRight (If we're "teabaggers" then they're "d-baggers.")
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To: EGPWS

“You have to hand it to Mittie, he’s proactive!”

Did he actually say he would vote against it? LOL


16 posted on 08/01/2011 8:55:02 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Sybeck1

True Leader we got in this one.... For sure.... Asshat is about a month late.

Where have u been? Romney, JUST A COUPLE DAYS ago came out in support of Boneheads Plan. Google for yourself.


17 posted on 08/01/2011 8:55:18 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Servant of the Cross

You know the deal stinks if even Mitt Romney is willing to take a stand against it.


18 posted on 08/01/2011 8:55:39 AM PDT by bwc2221
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To: tennmountainman

Has anyone heard Laura Ingraham this morning to see if she has flipped and flopped also? I can’t tune after last weeks Tea Party bashing.


19 posted on 08/01/2011 8:56:25 AM PDT by halo66
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To: Servant of the Cross

I marvel at the awesomeness of his doucheness.


20 posted on 08/01/2011 8:57:03 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

All conservatives are against the “deal”.

It means a huge tax increase or huge cuts to defense NEXT YEAR with only a $24 billion reduction in increase spending (i.e., no real cut) NEXT YEAR.

A catastrophe. Vote NO


21 posted on 08/01/2011 8:57:50 AM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Servant of the Cross

Had to double-check the wind direction before he would take a stand on this.


22 posted on 08/01/2011 8:58:59 AM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Cowboy Bob
Is [Huntsman] in the race just to provide comic relief?

He is sitting in the John McCain chair of "Media's favorite Republican".

23 posted on 08/01/2011 8:59:24 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Repubs and Dems are arguing whether to pour 9 or 10 buckets of gasoline on a burning house.)
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24 posted on 08/01/2011 8:59:47 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: RockinRight

We could win the battle but lose the war if we don’t pass this bill

Romney came out with a statement just a couple days ago, after Palin released her statement SUPPORTING Boneheads Bill.
And Now he’s against it?

And u think this kind of flip flop from “can’t make up their mind moderates” are capable of running this country?


25 posted on 08/01/2011 9:00:02 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Servant of the Cross

Ole Mitt stands for everything which really means he stands for nothing, unless there is something in it for him. He fits right in with the DC establishment.


26 posted on 08/01/2011 9:02:45 AM PDT by drypowder
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To: halo66

Well, Well Well, the floppers have come out in full force.
I don’t listen to Ingrate anymore either.

BTW, u do remember Romney releasing a statement, (not log after Palin’s tweet), SUPPORTING Boneheads Plan.


27 posted on 08/01/2011 9:03:28 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: no gnu taxes
Which is an idea you might as well get used to.

Yea, I've seen you spout that same nonsense on multiple other threads. As for me and my house ....

Nah baby, nah! I'm with Jimmy V - Don't give up; don't ever give up!

28 posted on 08/01/2011 9:04:03 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: tennmountainman

Affirmative...Mitt is a grandmaster Flip-Flopper!


29 posted on 08/01/2011 9:06:16 AM PDT by halo66
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To: Servant of the Cross

Thanks for the link. Facts are Facts.
Romney supported this bill just a couple of days ago.

It’s amusing watching these moderates flop like a beached whale.
I bet Rush, Hannity and OF COURSE Levin, will rip Romney and Krystol a new one. Actually, LEVIN will do the REAL Ripping.


30 posted on 08/01/2011 9:06:35 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: tennmountainman

Guess what, if this bill is passed, we’re screwed no matter who wins in 2012. So to those who say that passing this bill will help defeat Obama in 2012, even if that happens, consider it a Phyrric Victory.


31 posted on 08/01/2011 9:07:24 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Servant of the Cross

Ol mitt - leading from the rear, just like 0bama.


32 posted on 08/01/2011 9:07:39 AM PDT by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Romney just cut his own throat. I’m surprised. I expected Romney to be smarter. Pandering always looks like pandering.


33 posted on 08/01/2011 9:07:39 AM PDT by tlb
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To: freeangel
Did he actually say he would vote against it? LOL

No, he didn't, LOL. Neither did Pawlenty. Bachmann will be voting againt it, putting her money where her mouth is. Palin was tweeting her support to Congressional members for voting against the first Boehner bill, so she gets a pass too.

He [Romney] said that if he were president he would have a “cut, capped, and balanced budget”

Oh, please, tell us exactly how you as President would subvert the Senate and how you as the Executive branch of government would make an end run around the Constitution and enact legislation? Facepalm.

34 posted on 08/01/2011 9:09:16 AM PDT by lonevoice (schizoprenic hostage taking hobbit terrorist)
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To: Servant of the Cross
"Romney 'Applauds' Boehner Plan
National Review June 26, 2011
Former Bay State governor Mitt Romney supports Speaker John Boehner
as House Republicans move forward."
Romney Comes Out in Opposition to Debt Ceiling Hike Deal
National Review 8/1/2011
“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,”
Romney said in a statement this morning."

35 posted on 08/01/2011 9:09:57 AM PDT by Diogenesis (No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. - Mark Twain)
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To: Diogenesis

Beat you to it with my post #11.


36 posted on 08/01/2011 9:11:23 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: dfwgator

It’s also being reported that REAL Cuts do not begin until 2014.
I wonder how those House GOP Freshmen feel now.
DC used them and played them.


37 posted on 08/01/2011 9:13:32 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: halo66

Yep, heard her this morning. At one point she said that the Tea Party just likes to say they were screwed, no matter what. She had the head of the Tea Party Nation on and slapped her around awhile. Then she had Michele Bachmann on and slapped her around too. Ingraham has morphed into her patron, Bill O’Reilly.


38 posted on 08/01/2011 9:21:19 AM PDT by lonevoice (schizoprenic hostage taking hobbit terrorist)
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To: Servant of the Cross

How is the debt ceiling any different than the scheme that brought down the housing market? Loaning money to a group that cannot repay it. It is subprime mortgaging on a national scale and our children will be the ones to pay for it.


39 posted on 08/01/2011 9:21:30 AM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Looks like little Mitt is playing the part of “McCain at election time.” All of a sudden, a super RINO sell-out becomes a conservative!!!!


40 posted on 08/01/2011 9:21:50 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: Servant of the Cross

Ah, yes - moistened finger into the wind. Just pathetic.

Colonel, USAFR


41 posted on 08/01/2011 9:25:03 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
Who cares if it cuts defense? We can cut and easily defend ourselves, and I don't want to defend the rest of the world.

I wouldn't even if we had money. Now that we're broke, defending the rest of the world at the cost of running up the deficit is practically treasonous.

42 posted on 08/01/2011 9:25:28 AM PDT by trickamsterdam (District: Red-light...)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Really? Mitty just got a boost in my estiamtion - as did Bachmann.

See:

“Jon Huntsman announced his support for the current deal, saying it was “a positive step toward cutting our nation’s crippling debt.”

Huntsman is a leftist RINO like no other. What self-repsecting Republican would have served this disgrace of a President???

Huntsman’s support CONFIRMS it was a bad deal.


43 posted on 08/01/2011 9:27:43 AM PDT by ZULU (Crapo, Coburn and Chambliss are a herd of renegade RINOs.)
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To: commonguymd
Some guy that Drudge says Romney rejects deal...

No governmental power of that I'm aware, so why's it news?

44 posted on 08/01/2011 9:46:54 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: lonevoice

Thanks for the update...her true colors sure are showing!


45 posted on 08/01/2011 9:52:17 AM PDT by halo66
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To: dfwgator
Guess what, if this bill is passed, we’re screwed no matter who wins in 2012.

so true.

46 posted on 08/01/2011 9:58:59 AM PDT by newfrpr04 (Don)
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To: Servant of the Cross
From the Politico article:

It puts him in the same column as Michele Bachmann, who is rejiggering her Iowa schedule to vote against the deal.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/60374.html

47 posted on 08/01/2011 10:12:04 AM PDT by CharlyFord (t)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Is [Hunstsman] in the race just to provide comic relief?

No, he's there to make Romney appear to be an actual contrast to Obama by comparison. Doubt it will work, but I'm guessing that's the plan.

48 posted on 08/01/2011 10:15:19 AM PDT by kevkrom (This space for rent.)
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To: halo66
They sure are! I forgot to mention she also said Boehner and McConnell deserve our gratitude and we should thank them.

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49 posted on 08/01/2011 10:21:47 AM PDT by lonevoice (schizoprenic hostage taking hobbit terrorist)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Jon Huntsman announced his support for the current deal, saying it was “a positive step toward cutting our nation’s crippling debt.”

Sure...maybe like: a positive step on a walk around the world and you’ve walked all of 200 feet....10,ooo miles to do though.


50 posted on 08/01/2011 10:41:47 AM PDT by oust the louse (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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