Ryan voted for debt-reduction ‘process,’ not for defense cuts, campaign says
By Felicia Sonmez, Tuesday, August 21, 5:23 PM
WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Paul Ryan was among the 269 House members – including 174 Republicans and 95 Democrats – who voted for last August’s debt ceiling deal, a sweeping compromise that set into motion the $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts set to take effect beginning in January 2013.
Ryan also declined an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) last year to serve on the debt “supercommittee,” the bipartisan 12-member panel tasked with devising a far-reaching debt-reduction deal to avert the defense cuts.
So how does the GOP vice presidential nominee reconcile his support for the debt-ceiling plan with his argument that President Obama is the one to blame for the looming defense cuts, a claim Ryan reiterated Tuesday afternoon at a helicopter museum in this Philadelphia suburb?
Ryan supported the “process” put in place by the debt deal, but not necessarily the substance, a spokesman said Tuesday.
“Chairman Ryan voted for a process for bipartisan deficit reduction,” Ryan spokesman Michael Steel said. “President Obama insisted on these crippling defense cuts and then went AWOL, campaigning full time. He now bears responsibility.”