In what was billed a “big speech” by the White House, President Barack Obama took to the podium at an Associated Press luncheon on Tuesday to hit hard at the budget put forward by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. He called the plan, backed by the Republican-controlled House, a “Trojan horse.”
The president linked Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to plan, offering sharp criticism of both. “He said that he’s very supportive of this new budget. And he even called it ‘marvelous,’ which is a word you don’t often hear when it comes to describing the budget.” He added, to laughter and applause, “It’s a word you don’t often hear generally.”
He also swung at congressional Republicans for their approval of the $3.5 trillion plan, saying, “Instead of moderating their views even slightly, the Republicans … have doubled down and proposed a new budget so far right it makes the ‘Contract with America’ look like the New Deal.”
Obama said the proposal “breaks our bipartisan agreement and proposes massive new cuts in annual domestic spending.” He insists that it’s “exactly the area where we’ve already cut the most.”
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