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Ex-Va. Gov. Gilmore: Both Sides 'Got Something' in Budget Deal

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 07:19 PM

Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore isn't happy with recent salvos by House Speaker John Boehner, who said the Republican Party had to be more sensitive to women and then came out swinging at tea party groups he thinks are hurting the party.

"We can talk to women," Gilmore told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"There are [an] awful lot of single mothers with children out there that are living on a check from the government, which is a poor quality of life. There are women out there with husbands who have been laid off and can't find another job," he said Tuesday.

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Gilmore also didn't like Boehner's slap at groups like Heritage Action and Club for Growth, for their criticism of the bipartisan budget deal.

"I don't think it's helpful to have conservatives who are finding their voice through the tea party condemned by the Republican leadership," he said.

"I understand that the speaker is frustrated, he's trying to maneuver up there with all these liberal Democrats and he's trying to figure some way out of the box," Gilmore said.

"But what we've really got to do is all pull together and find a way to really find a way to address the true problems facing the nation, and the real problem facing the nation is the lousy economy, no jobs, no opportunity for young people, no opportunity for minorities, just a bad economy."

Boehner's jabs are "just a distraction," he says.

Gilmore says the budget deal, hammered out in part by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, will pass when it is voted on Wednesday in the Senate.

"It's going to pass because both sides got something for it . . . What the Republicans got was they escaped the problem of shutdowns and the problem of all these other kind of debt ceiling, and these things were just so unpopular with the American people," he said.

"So, they got out of that box and they got a little more money for defense, and Paul Ryan got something. He got to look like a compromiser.

"The Democrats got a lot, through. They got to break the sequester, they got $83 billion of additional spending, much of which, by the way, at least half of it, was going to domestic priorities. And that's what they really got out of it. They got an opportunity to basically keep the beat going on taxing and spending, so that's the problem, but ultimately at the end of the day, it was a political compromise."

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