SPECIAL FROM THE NYT:
After sitting almost silently on the sidelines for weeks, Mitt Romney on Monday declared that he was opposed to the debt ceiling compromise hammered out in Washington over the weekend.
Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate, said in a brief statement that he would not support the bill.
“While I appreciate the extraordinarily difficult situation President Obama’s lack of leadership has placed Republican members of Congress in, I personally cannot support this deal,” he said.
In a statement just before a vote on the legislation, which Republican Congressional leaders are urging their members to support, Mr. Romney said that the bill “opens the door” to higher taxes and blamed the president for a failure of leadership.
“As president, my plan would have produced a budget that was cut, capped and balanced – not one that opens the door to higher taxes and puts defense cuts on the table,” Mr. Romney said. “President Obama’s leadership failure has pushed the economy to the brink at the 11th hour and 59th minute.”
Quick-draw artist. It's always the other guy. Always, in "our" guy Romney, just the dirty little desire to pick a fight. If it's anger and rancor you want, this is it.