Senior White House adviser David Plouffe hinted that President Obama would veto the deficit-reduction bill by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, if it managed to get to his desk.
Plouffe was asked by host Chuck Todd on MSNBC if the president would send back “any bill that gets to his desk that has the debt ceiling as the trigger for the next round of cuts.”
He replied: “Well, yeah, and he’s been very clear about that, the administration’s been very clear about that.” When pressed further, Plouffe insisted that the bill is “never going to get to us, first of all.”
Citing 53 Democratic senators and a number of Republican senators who said they won’t support the Boehner bill if it passes the House, Plouffe said that the Senate has “made [it] clear” that the bill is dead “dead on arrival.”
“We should stop talking about the Boehner bill as if it’s some recipe for a solution here. It’s dead on arrival.”