Pawlenty says he'd sign Ryan budget 

Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said on Thrusday that he would sign Rep. Paul Ryan's budget if his own plan couldn't pass. Good for him.

In the wake of the GOP defeat in New York's 26th Congressional district, the media is trying to push the narrative of Republicans running away from the plan. Ultimately, the big question is where the Republican presidential nominee ends up, which will shape the debate in the 2012 election.

Pawlenty, while being complimentary to Ryan, had seemed to be backing off the plan by emphasizing that he would release his own proposal that would allow seniors to remain in traditional Medicare rather than transition all of those 54 and under into a new system (the details haven't been released, but this makes it harder to get the numbers to add up). Though on the other hand, Pawlenty said he'll offer a plan on Social Security, which the Ryan budget did not touch.

Either way, today he said he'd still be open to signing the Ryan plan.

"If I can't have my own plan as president – I'll have my own plan – if I can't have that and the bill came to my desk and I had to choose between signing or not , Congressman Ryan's plan, of course I'd sign it," Pawlenty said in response to a reporter's question, CNN reports.

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