Romney Rips His Own V.P. Pick, Calls Ryan’s Vote to Cut Defense Spending a “Big Mistake”
Mitt Romney has been slamming President Obama for his administration’s plans to cut defense, but in an interview with NBC’s David Gregory, Gregory reminded Romney that his own party voted for those cuts. That’s right around the time when Romney inadvertently threw his running mate under the bus. Here’s an excerpt from the interview, which will air tomorrow:
MITT ROMNEY: Well, I want to maintain defense spending at the current level of the GDP. I don’t want to keep bringing it down as the president’s doing. This sequestration idea of the White House, which is cutting our defense, I think is an extraordinary miscalculation in the wrong direction.
DAVID GREGORY: Republican leaders agreed to that deal to the extend the debt ceiling.
MITT ROMNEY: And that’s a big mistake. I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it.
At this point, I guess it’s safe to say that Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan, are not on the same page, considering that Ryan voted for what Romney just called “a big mistake.”
But what’s even more apparent is that Mitt Romney isn’t at all concerned with cutting the debt, at least not in an even-handed and fair process. The Tea Partiers Romney wants to come out for him in the fall claim to be concerned about the growth of government. But if no one tackles defense spending, then government leaders won’t ever do much to thwart the size and growth of government.
So this election will demonstrate to us all whether the Tea Party actually believes in what they say they believe in, or whether they just hate President Obama.
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