GETTING CAUGHT spinning your own vote is something that’s becoming a common event for Mitt Ryan’s running mate. It’s the Medicare issue, where Ryan had the brass, as former Pres. Bill Clinton judged it, to criticize Pres. Obama for something he did, too, the sequester edition. To review:
The Budget Control Act included sequestration as a forcing mechanism for the supercommittee to reach a deficit-reduction deal, and the across-the-board cuts became law when the supercommittee failed. [The Hill]
As Romney hits Pres. Obama on the automatic cuts that Ryan agreed to and praised, the hypocrisy from Ryan is really something to behold as he basically lies about his vote in Congress.
CBS’s Norah O’Donnell has none of it.
Transcript of Paul Ryan is from Think Progress:
O’DONNELL: Now you’re criticizing the President for those same defense cuts you’re voting for and called a victory.
RYAN: No, no — I have to correct on you this, Norah. I voted for a mechanism that says the sequester will occur if we don’t cut $1.2 trillion in government. … We can get into this nomenclature; I voted for the Budget Control Act. But the Obama Administration proposed $478 billion in defense cuts. We don’t agree with that, our budget rejected that, and then on top of that is another $500 billion in defense cuts in the sequester.
O’DONNELL: Right. A trillion dollars in defense spending, and you voted for it!
RYAN: No, Norah. I voted for the Budget Control Act.
O’DONNELL: That included defense spending!
RYAN: Norah, you’re mistaken.
Except, Ms. O’Donnell is not mistaken.
“The Budget Control Act represents a victory for those committed to controlling government spending and growing our economy… The Budget Control Act marks a positive step forward in getting government spending control, but much hard work remains.