White House charm offensive does not extend to Ryan budget
March 12th, 2013
06:47 PM ET
2 years ago

White House charm offensive does not extend to Ryan budget

Washington (CNN) – In the midst of a congressional charm offensive, senior Obama administration officials are slamming a new budget proposal from top House Republicans as so full of gimmicks that it will explode the deficit.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, White House officials essentially accused House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of misreading last November's election results in releasing a spending plan on Tuesday that seeks to unravel much of the Obama domestic agenda.

Ryan said repealing the president's health care law, also known as "Obamacare," is critical to efforts to balance the budget.

"We will never be able to balance the budget if you keep Obamacare going because Obamacare is a fiscal train wreck," Ryan said at a news conference on Tuesday.

But Obama administration officials directed much of their frustration at Ryan's plan to reduce and flatten income tax rates. Those administration officials complained the House GOP tax cuts would leave a $5 trillion hole in the budget.

Despite those misgivings, White House officials sounded cautiously optimistic about prospects for a deficit deal with congressional leaders.

Following Obama's first visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday as part of a three-day stretch of meetings with lawmakers from both parties, the White House said progress was already being made.

Administration officials insisted the White House is unified behind the president's so-called "charm offensive."

But officials cautioned they are not limiting themselves to a purely insider approach.

As budget talks continue, the president will continue to make his case on deficit reduction to the American people at campaign-style events, senior administration officials said.


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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Catmandew

    Sounds to me like Obama's way or the highway so much for working with the other side of the aisle. Where is Obama's budget plan we haven't seen that yet! So put up or shut up as it goes. It is only a starting point anyways!

    March 12, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Paul Ryan has repeatedly proven himself to be in the pocket of the wealthy and completely out of touch with mainstream Americans. His proposals always take from the worker and give to the wealthy. What I don't understand is, why the news media gives this extreme obstructionist so much coverage.

    March 12, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Lyin ryans budget is doa and so are any presidential hopes for him and the gop for 2026 !!!!!! Count on it ,slob !!!!!

    March 12, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  4. Jeb

    Ryan hates "Obamacare" so much, he ran for President with the guy who invented it.

    More proof that the GOP is still trying to corner the market on crazy.

    March 12, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. cbr

    Paul Ryan needs to get over the fact that "ObamaCare" is here and it needs to stay.Millions of people do not want it voted down. The last election showed that he Democratic nominee won the election. His ideas are being accepted and people look forward to better health insurance coverage. He does not even have a health plan initiative.

    Those in Congress and those working for the federal government have the very best health insurance. Perhaps he would like to enact legislation which would give us all the same insurance. The sad part is our tax dollars are paying for his insurance, yet he is not willing to put this in writing. Truth is that we could not afford this change. The Republicans helped to bring about the deficit and they need to work with Democrats to hammer out a budget. ]

    March 12, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  6. Greg

    Paul Ryan can balance the federal budget – whether the one from President Obama or the US Senate -by creating a 3 percent a year tax on the wealth ($30 trillion-excluding homes) of the richest 1 percent of Americans. This would generate $900 billion in new taxes per year on top of existing taxes and thereby balance the federal budget! There would be no reason to eliminate Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid as Mr. Ryan had planned.

    March 12, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  7. EM

    And where is Obama's budget? Did the dog eat it again?

    March 12, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  8. Name Carl

    Shame on paul Ryan. Out to help the Rich and dump on the poor disgraceful. GOP Didnt learn anything from the Election.

    March 12, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  9. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Lyin Ryan and his budget suck and we told you that on Nov6 2012!!!!

    March 12, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  10. t

    ........The GOP JUST CAME OUT with a NEW program to help SSI and MediCare. It's BIRTHDAY PRESENTS...........That's right.............the GOP plan is..........to send ALL 65 YEAR OLDS that make LESS than $100K, a BIRTHDAY PRESENT..............
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    .....................a pistol,...and 2 bullets, .......in case you miss the first time..............

    March 12, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Paul Ryan is a greedy suckup who kneels before The Koch Brothers. He also looks like Eddie Munster!

    March 12, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that Paul Ryan really understood what happened in the November election. I think that he wants to have his way no matter what.

    March 12, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Howard's Daddy

    No need, the Ryan Budget is offensive enough as it is.

    March 12, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Ja

    Ryan need to go.back to the Adams Family

    March 12, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain: We don't have a spending problem; we have a Republican problem.

    Ryan's budget is the same heartless hack job he proposed in 2012 – AND HIS PARTY LOST!

    Paul Ryan defends his retread budget by saying he and other Republicans shouldn't abandon "their principles" of coddling the rich and trying to balance our federal budget on the backs of the more vulnerable among us.

    Fine. Whatever. I don't give a flying rat's behind if he doesn't "abandon" his principles.

    FACT: President Obama was re-elected based on HIS principles of having the wealthy pay their fair share and NOT gutting our social safety net.

    I am SO sick and tired of these Republicans! They LOST the popular vote in the House; they did NOT gain control in the Senate. And their candidate most certainly did NOT win the Presidency.

    Republicans are plenty represented – but they should NOT dictate the terms of the budget deal. PERIOD.

    Time to stop compromising, Mr. President. While you may believe they have our nation's best interest at heart, their POLICIES are all PROVEN FAILURES. Repubs need to learn that they don't always get what they want.

    Repubs will survive just fine, what with their fortunes and their wealthy benefactors. The most vulnerable among us don't have that luxury – and we are counting on President Obama and the Democrats to stand firm against Ryan's budget nonsense and continue moving our country FORWARD.

    March 12, 2013 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  16. freedom

    Paul Ryan has a sensible plan that will put Americans back to work, help our economy thrive again, and not be strangled by Obamacare. The citizens who voted for Obama still have time to speak out against Obamacare and make a difference. This administration has not be honest with the American people, and generations will suffer from it.

    March 12, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Let's see...lowering taxes for the rich and cutting benefits for seniors, sick, and poor. Ryan's budget cutting plan is flawed and heartless. Scrooge couldn't have come up with a more mean spirited budget plan.

    March 12, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  18. Larry L

    The "Lyin' Ryan" budget trashes Medicare. Enough said!

    March 12, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  19. Larry L

    The "Lyin' Ryan" tax rates don't apply to dividends, differed income, and capital gains – major sources of income for the rich. He is a lap-dog for the fat cats who uses lies and that "Oppie of Mayberry" crap to show how much of a "grass-roots" politician is... in spite of ther fact that he's never been anything but a politician. He's a weasel. We rejected Paul Ryan once and now his advice is just as inappropriate and dishonest as his deicription of his marathon accomplishments. "Lyin' Ryan"...

    March 13, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |