Presidential candidate Rick Santorum says Republicans failed to come up with a substantive debt-ceiling deal and the only federal spending cuts that are guaranteed are minimal. Santorum also bashed three members of Congress running for president, saying if they couldn’t even lead the debt-ceiling battle how could they run the country.
“Well, I took some swipes . . . they didn’t do what we needed to be done,” Santorum told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Thursday. “We needed to balance the budget —we need to limit the size and scale of government — what they did with this proposal was kick the can down the road.
“They did get some cuts, but everyone knows those cuts in the first two years are small — those are the only ones that really can be controlled,” the former Pennsylvania senator said. “And then in two years, there may be a new Congress — hopefully, a new president — and maybe we can get more. But if this president is re-elected, I can tell you those cuts are not going to take place.”
Santorum singled out criticism for Reps. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich. , as well as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., saying even though they voted against the debt-reduction deal, they couldn’t get their fellow Republicans to do the same.
“The swipe I took was that you’ve got, you know, three members of Congress who want to run for president, who are out there talking how they’re going to be the ones that should lead the country, and they couldn't even lead the Republicans to do what they said they wanted to do and vote again the bill,” Santorum said. “So I don’t know how if you think you can — you want to be president and lead the country — and if you can’t lead Congress, it doesn’t speak well for your ability to lead the country.
“I didn’t see anybody following their lead or them bearing a leadership role in this very critical time as they’re out there saying they want to lead the country, and I think that's an issue that people need to look at,” he said.
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