Romney comes out against debt ceiling agreement
August 1st, 2011
10:46 AM ET
9 years ago

Romney comes out against debt ceiling agreement

Washington (CNN) - Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is coming out against the debt ceiling deal reached late Sunday by the White House and Congressional leaders.

In a statement Monday, the former Massachusetts governor said he opposes the framework because it calls for a special Congressional committee that will consider tax increases and cuts in military spending.

That plan, Romney said, "opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table."

"President Obama's leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the eleventh hour and 59th minute," Romney said. "While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama's lack of leadership has placed Republican Members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal."

For weeks, Romney has avoided weighing on the specifics of the debt ceiling negotiations between political leaders in Washington, drawing scorn from Democrats and his Republican presidential rivals.

Romney did support the "Cut, Cap and Balance" legislation that would have dramatically slashed federal spending and forced a vote on a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

That plan passed a House vote but was dead on arrival in the Senate.

His opposition to the debt agreement puts him on the same side of the issue as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, the GOP candidate nearest to him in the polls.


Filed under: Debt • Deficit • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. A Repulbican

    He'll be for it it later, as he's a BIG flip-flopper.

    August 1, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is not much of a leader if he merely parrots Michelle Bachmann's positions. It is like he waits to see what she will do, and then he agrees with her.

    August 1, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Mark

    Putz. that's all i can say about him.

    August 1, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. DA

    Oh Boy here we go!! How funny he is ready to say he doesn't support the bill, but yet did anyone hear what he would do? Nope! Oh yeah it is easy just to say 'I support what my party wanted', but where is your plan Romney? I swear the media and their scared commentators who don't 'go in' on those they interview and get real answers is scary to me. Put these clowns on the spot, ask the tough questions, ask the question the American people really want you to ask!!! Learn to 'GO IN'!!!

    August 1, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  5. beef

    Good for you, Mr. Romney. Come out and make a statement AFTER the fact, without ever weighing in when the debate was occurring. Just what a true leader should do!

    August 1, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. Bill

    This guy is a twit.

    August 1, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/Dutch, Bad Newz, VA

    I swear these guys will do anything to protect their tax cuts/tax spending. I hope the special committee puts revenues on the table first and foremost. Romney is against anything the President is for.

    August 1, 2011 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Brian, NJ

    Well he just lost my vote. I thought Romney was the reasonable one but this shows he is AFRAID of Michell Bachmann. So as usual he changes his position rather than making a stand. Shows he has no spine. We spend $800 Billion in defense, China spends $90 Billion and they are laughing all of the way to the bank. Everyone was happy with the tax rates under Clinton/Gingrich that gave us a SURPLUS. It's a no brainer to go back to those rates AND cut spending.

    August 1, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  9. Knucklehead

    If you're not willing to consider defense cuts, I don't want you for President.

    August 1, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. gt

    sound like a monday morning quarter back...

    August 1, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. ThinkAgain

    Romney's an idiot! The President's job is to outline his spending priorities, which he did. Congress is supposed to actually write the budget.

    The failure is and always has been caused by the Republicans' insistence to do everything they can to make President Obama fail. Their latest move was to try to make our country default on its debts (meaning bills we currently owe) and extort us into cutting programs they don't like.

    Romney, you and your GOP are nothing but a bunch of treasonous cowards who have no qualms trying to take our country down.

    SHAME ON YOU!

    August 1, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  12. johnmccain

    Armchair quarterbacking at its finest. Big silence while the drama is unfolding and "thoughtful" opinion after all is done. Is he complaining of lack of leadership???? Hahaha!!! Go home mittens...

    August 1, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. FM

    In which room was Romney sleeping in when the negotiations, discussions and voting were taking place. You just only wake up now!! Sorry, you are good for nothing.

    August 1, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    That plan, Romney said, "opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table."

    The rich SHOULD pay their fair share – it's the least they can do for the country that gave them the opportunity to make their wealth in the first place.

    Regarding cuts to defense, the military has their own list of cuts that can be made without endangering our national security. Let's start with that. I'll take their recommendations over Me-and-my-family-have-never-served Romney any day.

    August 1, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. rworthington

    Wow...this guys is back! Did he get lost on his way to make any comments about the debt celiing debate the past few weeks...what a joke!

    August 1, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. WTF?

    Quick draw Romney! What a joke!

    August 1, 2011 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. UsaGod help us

    Where was this fool when the debate was going on.. Mitt whateva stay away and let people who cares about this country do their work...

    August 1, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Michael Barron

    Really Mitt! Glad to see you entering the debate after weeks of being silent.. oh wait the debate is over ... You sir have no leadership ability... You will not Beat OBAMA.

    August 1, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. TXJim

    Im still waiting to hear your idea Mitt... besides cut cap and balance... that one failed.. so we are still waiting to hear what you would have done?

    ....... still waiting...

    ........still waiting.. ...crickets.... crickets....

    August 1, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. Ken

    Who cares???

    August 1, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. cindy

    Easy to speak in hindsite huh? you certainly didn't have any ideas or solutions. Please feel free to keep it to yourself

    August 1, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Empty political posturing. 'Now that the deal is done and nothing can be done about it, and I'm not even a member of Congress, I will show my base how forcefully I can talk about how much I dislike this agreement.' So brave of him!

    August 1, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Rudy NYC

    His opposition to the debt agreement puts him on the same side of the issue as Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, the GOP candidate nearest to him in the polls.
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    Does that mean Gov. Romney has lost his mind?

    August 1, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney has shown himself to be an opportunist who tests the direction of the wind before taking a position. By taking the same side as Bachmann, it shows that he is ready to pander to Tea Party hobbits. Romney cannot be characterized as a moderate or extreme conservative because of his shifting positions. His shifting positions show his flaw...a lack of character to be presidential material.

    August 1, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Romney's goal is the same as the GOP's: Make President Obama a one-term president. Not job creation, not investment in our nation's future, not addressing our very real challenges in ending two wars that are draining our nation's coffers, not ensuring our long-term growth and stability. Not shoring up the average American.

    This is what the GOP is all about folks – regaining power and protecting the wealthy. Period.

    – If doing so ruins our nation's credit standing – oh well.

    – If millions of Americans suffer – oh well.

    – If ignoring the will of the people happens (we DID vote for President Obama and a Democratically-controlled House and Senate in 2008) – oh well.

    The GOP cares only about its wealthy benefactors. It pays lip service to hot-button social issues to get the ignorant to the polls where they can once again vote against their own self-interest. Period.

    August 1, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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