"Well," Pence said, continuing his earlier thought, "less spending instead of more spending. What I was saying repeatedly, was that House Republicans needed to pick a fight. And I think John Boehner fought the good fight, I think he drove a hard bargain here. I want to see the details, but from what I know, it sounds like John Boehner got a good deal, probably not good enough for me to support it, but a good deal nonetheless."
Amanpour tried to pin him down. "You won't support it?" she asked.
"Well, look," he said, "this country's in trouble. We were asking for a two percent cut in the budget and that ended up being too much of a cut for this administration and for liberals in Congress."
Did Boehner fold too early?
Pence demurred, using a sports analogy to explain his reticence to complain. "I cannot bring myself to be critical of a basketball player that gets 2-on-1 all night. I cannot bring myself to be critical of John Boehner who squared off against the White House and liberals in Congress who couldn't accept a two percent budget cut and who dug in and were willing to shut down the government to continue to send a million dollars a day to the largest abortion provider in America."
Van Hollen also declined to say whether he would vote for the budget compromise, telling Amanpour he would wait until the details of the bill were finalized. But he said he did think the compromise would pass.