The New York Times is reporting that Haley Barbour is supporting John Boehner’s budget deal. He told voters in New Hampshire last night:
I am pleased that the Congress has hit a single in the first inning on the deficit reduction that they got here as we’re going along, getting a budget for this year. For those who criticize the Republicans that the cuts weren’t enough, just remember that if the Democrat Congress had done its job – this was a budget that was supposed to have been adopted before October 1 of last year.
Contrast that with Tim Pawlenty’s statement from yesterday:
President Obama’s lack of seriousness on deficit reduction is crystal clear when you look at the budget deal he insisted on to avoid a government shutdown. It’s no surprise that President Obama and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid [D-Nev.] forced this budget, but it should be rejected. America deserves better. The more we learn about the budget deal the worse it looks. When you consider that the federal deficit in February alone was over $222 billion, to have actual cuts less than the $38 billion originally advertised is just not serious.