AP - Republican front-runner Mitt Romney says he would have supported a plan by congressional Republicans to cut spending and force a vote on a federal balanced budget amendment to address the nation's debt crisis.
GOLAN HEIGHTS — In a renewed attempt to force President Barack Obama's hand on the debt limit, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is pushing legislation that would ban federal spending on anything but interest payments on the national debt, Social Security checks, and military salaries.
House Speaker John Boehner's promise on Wednesday to balance the federal budget "over the next 10 years" was aimed at convincing Tea Party conservatives in Congress to hold their fire over a bill to temporarily raise the U.S. debt ceiling.
The latest debate among candidates for the GOP Presidential nomination was held on September 12 in Tampa, Florida. The news headlines are focusing on how the rest of the field hammered Rick Perry like a pi??ata, trying to bleed support from the clear front-runner. But I want to focus on the lengthy health-care segment of the debate, which moderator Wolf Blitzer did a good job with. Though there were a few bright spots, there were more moments of disappointment. Mitt Romney embodied both, while Michele Bachmann was merely the latter.
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum stood out tonight as the winners of the debate. Mitt Romney gave a solid front-runner performance and left pretty much untouched by his opponents. Meanwhile Rick Santorum came off as a much more likable candidate in this round-table setting than he ever has before.
[AP] - Minnesota rivals Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann sparred bitterly Thursday night during an eight-candidate Republican debate, trying to break out of the GOP presidential pack ahead of an Iowa test vote with huge consequences. Each seeks to become the main challenger to Republican front-runner Mitt Romney.
Congressional Republicans don’t want any more deficit spending–unless it’s deficit spending done through the tax code. They think they can play a good game of “chicken” when it comes to the statutory debt ceiling by refusing to raise it, as discussed in this AP story by Douglass Daniel (emphasis added):