Politics & Policy

Santorum Repeats Call for Balanced Budget

Former senator Rick Santorum (R., Penn.) reiterated his call for a balanced-budget amendment as part of a debt-limit agreement on CNN’s State of the Union this morning.

Host Candy Crowley quizzed Santorum on what concessions he would make to entice Democrats. Santorum replied, “I would be making the case that’s not being made right now by this president that we are in a severe crisis and that it is a crisis of spending.”

When Crowley pressed further, he admitted, “I would be willing to do less spending cuts now in exchange for a balanced-budget amendment in the future.” He added that he hoped Republicans would stand firm on the amendment.

Reflecting on his past service in the Senate, he joked with Crowley that Washington only solved a problem when its back was to the wall: “We need a wall in Washington, D.C.” Once a balanced budget is required, “then the whole dynamic changes. That’s how Washington will change, not really before that.”

Later, Crowley asked Santorum if he would support eliminating subsidies for oil companies to close the deficit. Santorum responded, “I’ve already proposed a phasing out of energy subsidies.” As president, he said he would put certain tax deductions on the table but “I would absolutely not put any rates on the table.”

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