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Will 2016 Hopefuls Sink a Grand Bargain?
Posted at 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 13, 2012
Ezra Klein notes that among those Republicans rumored to be eyeing the 2016 presidential election, there are “a lot of politicians who made their names by promising to be the very best at bringing down deficits.”
“But what if we get some ‘grand bargain’ over the next year? Add that to the likely economic recovery over the next four years, and 2016 probably isn’t going to be about who can cut the most from the deficit… There are a number of powerful Republicans who would see their futures dimmed by a grand bargain that credibly puts deficits on a declining trajectory. That’s going to make it harder for them to agree to such a bargain.”
Top of that list? House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI).