The Washington Times - February 28, 2011, 11:01AM

Rep. Patrick McHenry, appearing on America’s Morning News Monday, said the $4 billion concession from Senate Democrats on budget cuts is just the beginning.

“Appears the Senate Democrats have acquiesced to our request for real budget cuts to the tune of $4 billion,” he told hosts John McCaslin and Amy Holmes. “Even in Washington, that’s real money.”

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He predicted more spending cuts to come.

“If we keep cutting $4 billion every two weeks until the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, that’ll equal $60 billion in cuts that we’ve asked for in the House and I think that’s a good deal,” he said.

The congressman, serving his fourth term in the House, also weighed in on the upcoming 2012 presidential race.

He warned presidential contenders that taking on President Obama would be a formidable task: “They ran one of the best campaigns in American history in 2008. Conservatives can’t just say he’s going to roll over.”

McHenry, 35, said he was “impressed with Tim Pawlenty.”

“If we have Mitch Daniels, Haley Barbour, and Newt Gingrich run, we are going to have an interesting race. Anytime you have Newt Gingrish on the stage with anyone, it is an interesting evening.”