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Activists call cuts insufficient
Question of the Day
Three days after the founder of one of the largest tea party groups called Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, a “fool,” the head of the congressional Tea Party Caucus declined to defend her House colleague.
Rep. Michele Bachmann, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the “tea party coalition is hanging together more strongly than ever,” but she ducked questions about Mr. Boehner’s problems with the tea party.
Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, didn’t even use the speaker’s name, sticking instead to her talking points about $105 billion that she contends was misappropriated by Democrats in the Obama health care law.
Pressed by host David Gregory, the potential 2012 GOP presidential contender offered a lukewarm defense of Republican efforts, led by the speaker, to cut the federal deficit.
“What we are trying to do as Republicans in the House is look for every place we possibly can to cut spending. We have done our part to look for cuts,” she said, citing the GOP plan for cutting more than $60 billion during the rest of the current fiscal year from current spending levels. But, she said, “We can’t stop there.”
She added that she disagrees with Mr. Boehner on raising the debt ceiling.
“We are just giving Congress a license to keep on spending,” she said.
On Wednesday, Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips said in a blog post that “Charlie Sheen is making more sense than John Boehner,” and he called for a tea party-backed opponent to the speaker in 2012 if budget-cutting efforts don’t get more aggressive.
The comments from tea party leaders come as a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds the public’s support for drastic budget cuts could be waning.
In the poll, 80 percent of respondents said they are concerned about the federal deficit, but more than 60 percent, including swing voters, are also concerned about the negative effects federal cuts could have on their own lives.
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David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper’s coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper’s website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...
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