It appears that a few GOP presidential candidates have joined the Tea Party coalition and conservatives in disapproving of House Speaker John Boehner's, R-Ohio, plan to solve the debt crisis.
On Tuesday, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was the latest to throw in his two pence, praising Boehner for "courageously leading the fight" to stop President Barack Obama from adding to the nation's debt, but said he couldn't support his plan, USA Today reported.
"I am for the plan that will cut spending, cap it, and pass a balanced budget amendment, but unfortunately this latest bill does not accomplish that," Pawlenty said.
Boehner is rewriting his plan, but had proposed to cut $1.2 trillion in federal spending, while raising the debt limit by $1 trillion and implementing a "Super Congress" that would be composed of 12 members of both parties and both chambers and be given extraordinary new powers to speed legislation through both chambers, where it couldn't be amended by regular lawmakers who would have the ability to yay or nay. The new commission would also be burdened with finding the smallest amount of spending cuts before Congress could move forward with a second increase in the debt ceiling next year.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann also said on Tuesday that Boehner's approach is "wrong." Bachmann has adamantly stood by her words of not voting for an increase in the debt ceiling at all.
And former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, like Pawlenty, praised the man, but not the plan. Spokeswoman Andrea Saul told Politico yesterday that Romney "applauds" Boehner for "standing firm against raising taxes when our nations can least afford them."
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, however, on Monday supported Boehner, calling it "a good first step."