Sen. Warner Will Support ‘Any Deal’ to Raise the Debt Ceiling

By MichaelJames

Jul 21, 2011 8:54pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:

As one more sign of what the debt ceiling negotiations have come to, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said today that he would support “any plan” as long as it raised the debt ceiling, at this point.

“I’m going to support any deal that actually gets us to the debt ceiling, that’s the most important thing,” Warner said on a conference call this evening. “I’m going to vote for virtually anything that extends the debt ceiling. I’d even vote for a clean debt ceiling extension. Because I don’t think we  should be playing, you know, Russian roulette with our country and, indirectly, the world’s economy.”

The senator, a member of the "Gang of Six," was briefing citizens on a conference call hosted by the group “No Labels” to update people on the progress of the Gang of Six, and work the Gang might do even after a debt deal is reached.

Warner said that everything with the debt talks is changing in “real time” and that the viability of the McConnell-Reid plan to give President Obama power to raise the debt ceiling was on tap to be discussed at the White House discussion tonight.

The Gang of Six continues to work on its plan to reduce the deficit by $3.7 trillion over 10 years, even as other aspects of the debt ceiling negotiations rage on.

Warner expressed regret that the group was not able to get its proposal out months ago so that the group's members earlier could have answered all the questions and challenges the group is facing after its proposal was unveiled Tuesday, rather than trying to answer them at the 11th hour of the debt talks. He echoed the sentiment on the Hill that the Gang of Six’s plan could influence the debt talks – but that the proposal is best left for consideration after the debt ceiling is raised.

“We never thought of our deal as a debt ceiling-related issue,” Warner said. “We always thought of it as a longer-term process of action.”

-Sunlen Miller

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