Newt Gingrich Condemns McConnell’s ‘Last Choice’ Debt Ceiling Plan

By Eliza

Jul 12, 2011 5:56pm

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ABC News’ Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) reports:

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich condemned Sen. Mitch McConnell’s “last choice option” plan for the federal deficit , calling it "irresponsible."

“McConnell’s plan is an irresponsible surrender to big government, big deficits and continued overspending.  I oppose it,” Gingrich tweeted today.

“The answer to Obama’s irresponsibility is a principled ‘no,’ not a blank check,” Gingrich said in a second tweet.

At an event in Pella, Iowa Monday, Gingrich said defaulting would be a “violation of the Constitution.”  Gingrich has argued for no tax increases in the debt negotiations and urged Republicans to hold firm on their requirement of deep spending cuts from Obama.

"Don’t give him a penny more in debt ceiling than he accepts in spending cuts and if he only wants to accept enough spending cuts to get through the next 6 months that’s fine. Then six months from now, you’ll have another fight and get another round of spending cuts from it, but insist that we turn the corner and we move on a trajectory that gets us back to a balanced budget and then stay on that balanced budget long enough to pay down the national debt," Gingrich said Monday.

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