The White House today issued a veto threat against the deficit reduction bill being offered by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, saying that were it to be “presented to the President, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto this bill.”
House Republicans point out that the threat that “the President’s senior advisers would recommend” a veto is not the strongest one White House’s issue.
That language is “If the President were presented this bill for signature, he would veto it.:
Which is true.
And in that space, House Republicans see wiggle room for the president to sign the Boehner legislation, though no one is sure it will even pass the House, much less the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., declared it dead on arrival.
The White House insists Republicans are wrong about the wiggle room, but officials have been careful to avoid definitive language.
-Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)