Carson Suggests He Wouldn’t Raise Debt Limit
After being embarrassed over a question regarding the debt ceiling, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has suggested that he wouldn’t raise the debt limit.
“It’s the same crap every year. Why do we keep doing it?” Carson asked of the debt-limit showdown during an interview on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
“If I was president we wouldn’t be in this situation, OK, because long before we reached the deadline, I would have been saying we’re not going to raise the debt number,” Carson said.
“I’m not going to sign anything that in any way increases our obligations.”
The Hill reports:
Carson also penned a lengthy Facebook note late Thursday, saying a warning about the U.S. defaulting on its debt if the ceiling isn’t raised is “absurd Washington spin.”
“I think voting to raise the debt ceiling without the iron clad plan to balance the budget is dereliction of duty,” he wrote.
The candidate’s remarks on the debt limit came after he struggled to explain his position in an interview Wednesday, saying he wouldn’t sign “an increased budget.”
“I would provide the kind of leadership that says, ‘Get on the stick guys, and stop messing around, and cut where you need to cut, because we’re not raising any spending limits, period,’” Carson said in that interview.
The debt limit, which currently stands at $18.1 trillion, caps the amount of money that the government can borrow to pay for the spending that has been authorized by Congress.
The Treasury Department has said that the debt limit must be raised by Nov. 5, or the U.S. risks defaulting on its loans for the first time in history.
Action on raising the debt limit was thrown into limbo on Thursday, when Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made the surprise decision to withdraw from the race for Speaker.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday invoked GOP “chaos” in the House to push for a “clean” debt ceiling bill in both the House and Senate, free of any other changes to government spending.
Carson lamented on MSNBC that those opposed to raising the debt ceiling continually find themselves with their “back against the wall.”
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