Paul: I’ll Do Everything Within My Power to Stop ‘Rotten, Disaster’ Budget Deal

Wednesday on Fox News Channels’ “America’s Newsroom,” Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said he would filibuster the new budget deal outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) negotiated with President Barack Obama because “It is a rotten deal. It stinks.”

When asked if he is willing to filibuster, Paul answered, “Absolutely. We’re borrowing a million dollars a minute now. So the deal they made, the deal they made with President Obama to give him unlimited borrowing power. This is extraordinary. Typically when they raise the debt ceiling, raise a certain amount. What we’re doing, he borrows as much as he wants until March 2017. This is, I think, is recipe for disaster. They also increased budget spending. Right-wing wants more military spending got what they wanted. Left, progressives wanted more domestic welfare, they got it also. So both of them have increased spending. There is nothing fiscally conservative about this.”

He continued, “It is a rotten deal. It stinks, and I haven’t met one Republican outside of Washington who thinks it is a good idea to give unlimited borrowing power to the president and to bust budget caps to spend more on the military, more on domestic spending. We don’t have a strong country if we keep borrowing. If we go further, further into debt, we’re making ourselves weaker and weaker. This is a disaster. I’m going to do everything within my power to stop it.”

He added, “What I want every America to know I’m the only fiscal conservative on the stage. The reason I say that is, I’m willing to hold the line on all spending, military spending, and domestic welfare spending, because we’re not a stronger nation and we’re not safer if we’re going further and further into debt. So this is very important and what distinguishes me from the rest of the field, because most of the rest of the field will go along with a deal like this. They’re willing to raise military spending to bust the budget caps. It’s a big mistake of the biggest threat to our national security is our debt and we have got to do something about it.”

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