"A fresh set of ideas were brought to the table today. Some are good, and some will need to be improved, but they're out there in the open for anyone to see and debate. This budget is a starting point, not a final product."
"Paul Ryan putting forth a plan, good place to start. There's some problems with it. And I will tell you that honestly, not as a Democrat or Republican, but as a farmer from Montana. But if we get everybody in a room, the same way they did with the debt commission, I think we could come up with a plan."
While the quotes sound very similar, they're coming from two bitter rivals in the hotly-contested Montana Senate race. The first quote is from Rep. Denny Rehberg's (R) Tuesday statement and the second is from Sen. Jon Tester's (D) Wednesday appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
National Democrats have been closely monitoring how Republican candidates respond to the Ryan budget proposal. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee issued a statement noting Rehberg, among other GOP Senate candidates, is considering the Ryan plan. And they have quickly gone after candidates who have acknowledged supporting Ryan's proposal.
But some of the candidates, especially those representing Republican-leaning states, may prefer to let the DSCC do the dirty work for them. If Tester's response is any indication, you're less likely to see knee-jerk opposition to the Ryan plan from such candidates -- which isn't all that different from many of the Republican reactions.
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