Erskine Bowles Thinks Ryan Budget Is “Reasonable”
These comments by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles were delivered about a year ago at the University of North Carolina.
It’s going to be very difficult for Obama/Biden to demonize Paul Ryan when mainstream Democrats such as Bowles have high opinions of Paul Ryan and the Ryan Budget.
“Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? We should get him to come to the university. I’m telling you this guy is amazing. ... He is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget that he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did, by $4 trillion. … The president as you remember, came out with a budget and I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously. The Senate voted against it 97 to nothing."
That’s a pretty damming statement of the Obama budget, and a ringing endorsement of the Ryan budget from none other than Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff.