Mitt Romney said his fellow Republicans were wrong to agree to a deal last summer that included a series or automatic cuts to defense spending in exchange for an agreement to raise the nation's debt ceiling.
The Republican presidential nominee said in an interview airing Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that GOP lawmakers made a "big mistake" in signing off on the deal, which prevented a U.S. default on its borrowing obligations.
"I thought it was a mistake on the part of the White House to propose it. I think it was a mistake for Republicans to go along with it," Romney said.
That deal included a series of automatic cuts, including $55 billion in cuts to defense spending, set to take place automatically in January. The automatic cuts, known as the "sequester," were designed to be so politically distasteful so that lawmakers would have an incentive to reach some alternative compromise. But they reached no deal, and the sequester looms just a few months on the horizon.
Umm...Mitt? You are aware who the numbers guy for the Republican side on this deal was, right? The chair of the House Budget Committee? Your pick for Vice-President? Paul Ryan? Is that ringing any bells with you, man?
Republicans are trying as hard as they can to get out of these defense cuts, but Obama has them over a barrel and they know it. He's outsmarted them AGAIN and they're simply counting on the media saving them. A real journalist would have immediately asked if this means Romney was disagreeing with the votes of his own veep pick, but of course, David Gregory.
But guess what? This time, if nothing is done, the GOP loses. Big time.
Have fun with that, guys.