Bachmann, Ron Paul fault Republicans on budget

DES MOINES, Iowa Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:06pm EDT

Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) makes remarks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 11, 2011. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) makes remarks at the Conservative Political Action conference (CPAC) in Washington, February 11, 2011.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Two possible Republican presidential candidates speaking in Iowa on Monday criticized their own party leaders for failing to cut enough from the federal budget.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul criticized both President Barack Obama's budget and a proposal by Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan in a speech at an Iowa college.

"Neither of those budgets will solve our problems, won't even come close," said Paul, speaking at the Dordt College Campus Center in Sioux Center Monday morning.

In a speech at an Iowa high school, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann criticized a last-minute budget deal reached Friday between Obama and congressional leaders which narrowly averted a government shutdown. The compromise plan would cut $37.8 billion in spending for the rest of the fiscal year.

"I broke with my own leadership this weekend..." Bachmann said at Pella Christian High School. "I'm very disappointed at the bill that came through... The voters expected us to defund ObamaCare."

Paul said both the Obama and Ryan plans accept the idea the government will want to run the welfare system.

"Ryan's, even though he makes an attempt at it, doesn't reject that notion. I do," Paul said.

Ryan is the new chairman of the House of Representatives Budget Committee and has offered a detailed proposal for holding down federal spending over the long term.

Congressman Paul also criticized spending on "maintaining our empire" and "being the policeman of the world."

"All great societies ... have ended for foreign policy reasons," Paul said. "That's what brought the Soviets down."

Paul said he also opposes raising the nation's federal debt limit.

Bachmann spoke extensively of her Christian credentials. She talked of trying to get a constitutional amendment passed in Minnesota that would ban gay marriage and about how she and her husband have been "sidewalk counselors" on abortion.

"I will not give up until we give life the position it deserves in the United States," Bachmann said.

Iowa's party caucuses early in 2012 are the first test of presidential contenders.

(Reporting by Kay Henderson; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Greg McCune)

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cummings01 wrote:
Go, Ron!!!!!

Apr 11, 2011 2:44pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:
Ron Paul will always resonate with a small %, less then 10% IMO, of people. However when you look at his policies in detail, while they may look great from an ideological perspective, they would never work in the real world.

Apr 11, 2011 3:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SmokeyJoe wrote:
@USAPragmatist, you say that as if our policies are working right now. Let’s see, 3 wars, trillions in debt, over a trillion budget deficit, 50 or so million on food stamps, 50 million with no healthcare, good jobs being replaced with low paying jobs that are hard to find, and we have both parties squabbling with each other over 12% of the budget, never even addressing the trillion a year we spend on the empire, which is the real reason we are broke now.

Yea, I guess those ideas don’t even look good on paper, and definitely don’t work either, but that’s what we do!

Apr 11, 2011 4:24pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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