Washington (CNN) - Out and about this Sunday talk circuit, Republicans worried aloud about all things Libya, the prospects for a long-term standoff and the U.S. decision to put its forces in a supportive rather than a lead role:
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) South Carolina, on CBS "Face the Nation"
“We're gonna have a stalemate if we don't change our strategy. The strategy should be to help the rebels help themselves, provide arms when it makes sense.”
Rep. Mike Rogers (R) Michigan, on NBC’s “Meet the Press”
"I think if you have a stalemate with Moammar Gadhafi still in power when you have this split country, where he still possesses stockpiles of some pretty awful stuff, i think you have to worry that he is a terrorist threat."
Sen. Marco Rubio (R) Florida, on “Fox News Sunday”
"A long stalemate, a civil war, all that will do is create conditions that are conducive to al Qaeda and all other groups that come in and really take advantage of it."
On the domestic front, the top budget Republican on the House side confirmed CNN reporting that his 2012 budget proposal proposes turning Medicare into a subsidy program in which seniors will buy their own insurance… while cutting a trillion dollars of spending out of Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor:
Rep. Paul Ryan, (R) Chairman, Budget Committee, on "Fox News Sunday"
"We save Medicare, save Medicaid. We save these entitlement programs. We repair our social safety net. And we get our country, a debt-free country for our children and grandchildren's generation. And we get jobs – we get economic growth."
Budget rhetoric remains at showdown level this Sunday with Democrats continuing to suggest there's no budget deal for 2011 yet because Republicans are kow-towing to quote extremists in the Tea Party:
Sen. Harry Reid, (D) Majority Leader, on CBS "Face the Nation"
REID: "The only attention they get is in the House of Representatives – they shouldn't be getting that attention."
SCHIEFFER: "Are you saying Speaker Boehner and Republicans who've been here awhile are afraid of the Tea Party?"
REID: "That's a good choice of words. The answer is yes."
Sen. Charles Schumer, (D) New York, on ABC's "This Week"
"Any group that says you don't cut oil subsidies to companies making billions and billions of dollars and at the same time says: cut student aid to help qualified students go to college. Yeah, I believe they're extreme."
It sounds worse than it may be… Across the board, Republican and Democrat, most lawmakers today seemed reasonably confident a 2011 budget deal is in the works to avoid a government shutdown next Friday...
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