Radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh said
Wednesday that the two-year budget deal reached between Republicans and the White House guarantees that Hillary Clinton will be elected president next year because a key GOP weapon against the Democratic front-runner has been "neutered."
"The Republican Party cannot campaign by running around blaming the Democrats for destroying the budget, for overspending, for threatening the very fabric economically of the country," Limbaugh said on his afternoon show.
"They can't do it," he added. "This is the Republican budget deal that Barack Obama cannot wait to sign."
The two-year budget deal increases the Obama administration's borrowing authority by a trillion-and-a-half dollars, but it does not cut spending. The agreement is supported by Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
"So, the idea that the Democrat Party and their nominee, most likely Hillary Clinton, pose a grave threat to this country's future because of their runaway spending, their expansion of the welfare state, the expansion of the entitlement state, the creation of more and more dependents, we can't say that anymore," Limbaugh said. "A Republican presidential candidate is not saying that anymore."
He called the situation "over the top" and added that it demonstrated "how far the Republican Party has abandoned its own principles in putting together this budget.
"When you can't go after the Democrat presidential nominee for who she is and what she will do and why you don't want that to happen because you've already made sure it will happen, what in the world are you gonna campaign against her on?" he asked.
"What's gonna be the primary campaign message when all of this is off the table?"
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