Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Republicans should continue demanding steep spending cuts as part of a debt ceiling deal, even if it means the government will default.
“What I’m advocating here is let’s use this as a point of leverage, give the president an increase, but don’t come away without real cuts from real caps and spending, and without a balanced budget,” DeMint said on Fox Business News Wednesday night.
“We’re at the point where there would have to be some, you know, some serious disruptions in order not to raise [the debt ceiling],” he said. “I’m willing to do that.”
A major player in the Tea Party movement, DeMint’s statements are likely to broaden the divide between the far-right and mainstream Republicans over the debt ceiling as negotiations with President Barack Obama continue.
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