After weeks of contentious negotiations in Washington, Willard M. Romney managed to stay relatively quiet on the debt ceiling debate. (So much so that The Daily Caller, quite brilliantly, put him on the back of milk carton).
Now, just hours before the deadline, the GOP frontrunner finally gave a hint of what he would do in the debt ceiling debate, if he were in charge.
“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,” said the former Massachusetts governor in a statement. “President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour and 59th minute. 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.”
Interesting Romney chose to weigh in the eleventh hour and 59th minute.
NBC’s First Read points out, “Republicans tied raising the debt ceiling — a routine move by past presidential administrations — to spending cuts, not Obama.”
As for other 2012 contenders, Jon Huntsman is for the plan while Michele Bachmann opposes this plan and raising the debt ceiling.