(CNN) - Rep. Paul Ryan's budget has become a litmus test for any Republican considering a White House run, but now even non-candidates like Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels are weighing in on the budget chairman's proposed plan.
"Congressman Ryan's made tremendous contribution and nobody should criticize his plan unless they've something of similar dimension of their own to offer up," Daniels said in an interview with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger that is to air Tuesday night on "In the Arena."
The Ryan Plan, which proposes shifting Medicare to a voucher system for those under the age of 55, in the context of the 2012 House races, has delighted some Democrats, while concerning some Republicans. Daniels, who also served as a budget director during the Bush administration, is more sanguine on how voting for such a major change in Medicare will affect his party. He told Borger, "The cheap shots on Medicare were going to happen and we have to have that debate."
He continued, "I personally believe that it demeans the American public to say that we are so juvenile, we are so dim-witted as a people, that we cannot see an economic iceberg that is right ahead of us."
While he complimented Ryan's budget, he said he wished it had gone further, telling CNN, "I would have preferred Representative Ryan's budget if it had also addressed Social Security, if it had also addressed defense, if it had called for more sweeping pro-growth tax reform."