Ben Carson says he will veto any bill to raise the debt limit if he is elected president.
In an interview with The Hill
, Carson expressed frustration over how Congress every year pushes the budget off until the last minute, threatening a government shutdown and forcing Republicans to make concessions that require the debt ceiling to be raised.
"If I'm elected, in January of 2017, we will begin to address the budget immediately," Carson told The Hill. "We're not going to wait until October or November to do it, when we're backed against the wall. And I will make it very, very clear that there will not be any budget signed that increases our debt ceiling. It will have to be done."
Republicans every year "wait until their backs are up against the wall and the gun is to their head, and you either raise the debt ceiling or we default and the world falls apart."
Carson's comments come as outgoing GOP House Speaker John Boehner announced a budget deal with Democrats that raises the debt ceiling until March 2017.
"I think the time to address that is at the beginning of the fiscal period, not at the end, because then you have other options," Carson said. "Now, they wait until it's too late to do anything else, and we keep raising the debt and compromising the future of the next generation. It is craziness."
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