GOP candidates respond to Republican budget
March 30th, 2012
01:34 AM ET
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GOP candidates respond to Republican budget

(CNN) – Republican presidential contenders are responding to a budget that passed the GOP-controlled House on Thursday, but has little chance of passing the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The plan, closely associated with House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan, bears some similarities to the budget proposals of the three major presidential hopefuls.

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In a statement e-mailed to reporters, Mitt Romney described the plan as "progress."

The House, he said, has "rejected President (Barack) Obama's vision of an America with higher taxes, unlimited spending and expansive government. Owing in no small part to the leadership of Paul Ryan, it has put conservative fiscal principles into action and passed a bold budget that directly addresses the drivers of our nation's spending crisis. The House budget and my own plan share the same path forward: pro-growth tax cuts, getting federal spending under control and strengthening entitlement programs for future generations."

The vote was almost entirely along party lines. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill, and 10 Republicans voted against it.

Rick Santorum raised the issue at a Wednesday evening event in Fairfield, California.

"I've been taking the message around this country that we need limited government, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution," Santorum said. "We need to have a spending program, while Paul Ryan's is a great program and I heartily endorse it, it's 5 trillion dollars in cuts over 10 years."

"We need 5 trillion dollars in cuts over five years if we are going to balance this budget," he said. "And we need to balance this budget. "

Newt Gingrich once drew Republican ire for describing a Medicare voucher system as "right-wing social engineering." A previous Ryan budget in headlines at the time continued such a provision, and the current bill would create a new Medicare exchange for future seniors, allowing them to choose between the federal program or a private program, with a subsidy to use towards either. The proposal also calls for block granting Medicaid, the federal health care program for low income individuals.

"I really think it's dangerous for conservatives to think that we can impose that we're so smart we're going to impose things," Gingrich said Thursday evening in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He recalled discussing his concerns with Ryan, and said the Wisconsin representative "responded very positively."

"What he's introduced this year is dramatically better, very defendable" than the previous plan, Gingrich said. "I admire both his intelligence and his courage because he's doing a lot of things."

The White House, which proposed a very different budget earlier this year, was critical of the plan.

"House Republicans today banded together to shower millionaires and billionaires with a massive tax cut paid for by ending Medicare as we know it and making extremely deep cuts to critical programs needed to create jobs and strengthen the middle class," press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement. "The Ryan Republican budget would give every millionaire an average tax cut of at least $150,000, while preserving taxpayer giveaways to oil companies and breaks for Wall Street hedge fund managers."

"The president has put forward a balanced plan that would reduce our deficit by over $4 trillion by asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share, enacting responsible spending cuts and achieving significant health savings while still investing in the programs we need to grow our economy and bring economic security back to the middle class and seniors," the statement said. "Any serious attempt at tackling our deficits must be balanced, fair and demand shared responsibility. The Ryan Republican budget clearly fails that test."

- CNN's Shannon Travis and Justin Lear contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Budget • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • Paul Ryan • Rick Santorum
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Logic N LA

    Any budget that does not include restoring taxes to pre- Bush cuts, is never going to work. Any budget that gets its cut on the back of the individual and not corporate america, is anti- American.
    Make cuts but not at the expense of health and welfare of our poor and elderly.

    March 30, 2012 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  2. Niko_in_Richmond

    "Romney described the vote as "unanimous," but it was almost entirely along party lines. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill, and 10 Republicans voted against it." – Surprising!!! Another Romney lie. Why would this surprise anyone???

    March 30, 2012 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  3. kathy smelser

    just remember Mitt R. stated that if people knew his plan for the country NO ONE would vote for him

    March 30, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  4. Louis in Wisc.

    Why when the Rubub's pass something that has ZERO chance of passing it's okay but when the Dems do it their trying to gain political points?? It's time to vote everyone of the only for the rich, teabaggers out of office and get back to making this country great.

    March 30, 2012 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  5. WilliamCPace

    People should never forget that real health depends how well you take care of yourself and not what health insurance you carry but I agree health insurance is important for every one. Search~"Penny_Health"~or online for dollar a day insurance plans.

    March 30, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  6. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that the Ryan plan assumes several facts that are not in evidence. One is that the wealthy are job creators. At this point, I haven't seen anything that throughly convinces me that is true. I say that many of these people who would be creating jobs aren't sole proprietors which would be reporting income on their personal taxes. Many more are small corporations; people shouldn't be reporting corporate income on their personal taxes unless it is an investment (dividend) or a salary. That is just for starters.

    March 30, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  7. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Someone needs to explain to Rmoney and his deluded fellow cult members that the so-called "conservative principles" they are touting are no more real or substantial than unicorn farts. To base a budget on false myths from the Cult of Ayn Rand is not sane or rational, it is essentially a death pact for average Americans who edge ever closer to serfdom as the GOBP continues to care only for the greedy, and not the needy. The Ryan travesty, which NO one should endorse because of its sheer dishonesty, is basically "tax cuts for the filthy rich, benefit cuts for everyone else." That is not "bold", "creative" or "progress." What it is, though, is a very stark example of the GOBP's class war on the poor and middle class.

    March 30, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  8. Scef

    Let the revolution begin.

    March 30, 2012 08:06 am at 8:06 am |