White House field reax to budget deal 

The potential White House 2012 candidates that have commented on Friday’s budget deal are evenly split so far, but the big winner may have won before the deal was even done.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) are the only 2012ers so far to speak ill of the deal Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) cut. Bachman released a statement calling the deal a “disappointment” adding, “we’ve been asked to settle for $39 billion in cuts, even as we continue to fund Planned Parenthood and the implementation of ObamaCare. Sadly, we’re missing the mandate given us by voters last November.”

Sanoturm was slightly more circumspect speaking at the Spartanburg County GOP convention Saturday: “Well, I don't think Boehner pushed it too far, that's for sure. My concern throughout this entire process is that we had to be arguing over principle, not a few dollars — that if you're going to take the government to the brink, you've got to explain to the American people that it's not about four or five billion dollars, that it's about something that the American public thinks is important enough to fight over.”

Also speaking at the Spartanburg County convention, MS Gov. Haley Barbour and former Speaker Newt Gingrich were both more supportive. Gingrich told Politico: “I think John Boehner did a very good job getting a total of $70 billion in cuts. When you score them out over a ten year period they will be hundreds of billions lower in the baseline.”

Barbour also looked at the deal through a future lens: “I thought Boehner did very wisely. He took this as far as he could go. He made real savings, real cuts. And now, he's ready to move on strategically to the debt ceiling.”

Former Govs. Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty have not commented on the deal yet but IN Gov. Mitch Daniels may be the big winner. President Obama was supposed to speak in Indianapolis on Friday and Daniels had agreed to greet him there. The last thing Daniels needs as a Charlie Christ like photo of him embracing Obama. But with the budget showdown going down to the wire Obama had to cancel his trip.

No trip. No photo. No headache.

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