Conservative radio talk show host stated during his program on Wednesday that if the CNBC debate moderators do not ask the GOP candidates about the budget deal, “the fix is really in.”
Limbaugh’s reference is to the budget deal brokered by outgoing House Speaker John Boehner, which raises the debt ceiling until March, 2017 and increases spending to defense and domestic programs by $80 billion over two years. The new spending is divided equally between defense and domestic, with $50 billion slated to be spent in FY 2016 and $30 billion in FY 2017.
“Those increases would be paid for with savings from changes to the Social Security Disability Insurance fund and Medicare payments to doctors and other health-care providers. New revenue would be raised by auctioning off portions of the government-owned broadcast spectrum, selling oil from the strategic oil reserve and cracking down on audits of large business partnerships,” the Washington Post reports.
One of President Obama’s main objectives has been to lift the sequestration cuts instituted by the 2011 budget agreement, which the new plan would do.
Limbaugh observed regarding Wednesday night’s scheduled debate, “I fully expect the moderators to ask these various candidates if they endorse the Republican budget deal — I mean, that’s a sitting duck. If that doesn’t happen, then the fix is really in.”
The House is slated to vote on the deal on Wednesday, despite objections by conservatives regarding the new spending. New House Speaker Paul Ryan, who was not involved in the budget negotiations between the White House and Republican and Democrat congressional leaders, said the process “stinks” and promised a “new day” under his stewardship.
Limbaugh predicted dire consequences in 2016 for the GOP if the budget deal is embraced. “So how does the budget deal pave the way for Hillary Clinton? Folks, it’s real simple,” the talk show host told his audience. “Over half of any Republican candidate’s campaign arsenal has just been neutered. The Republican Party cannot campaign by running around blaming the Democrats for destroying budget, for overspending, for threatening the very fabric economically of the country. They can’t do it. This is the Republican budget deal that Barack Obama cannot wait to sign.”
“What’s gonna be the primary campaign message when all of this is off the table?” Limbaugh wondered.
He added, “So I will be eager to see. This just argues more and more for a presidential candidate that’s not part of this apparatus. And eventually it may even happen tonight, if there’s some bright-eyed, bushy-tailed debate moderator tonight. ‘Can I see a show of hands of candidates who agree with the Republican budget and support it?’ That’s a sitting duck. That’s just waiting to happen tonight,” said Limbaugh.