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Rubio says no debt ceiling raise without spending cuts

Posted Jan 15, 2013 by William March

Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 07:16 PM

In an op-ed piece today in USA Today, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio declared he opposes raising the federal debt ceiling without imposing spending cuts—a position squarely in opposition to President Barack Obama.

“Any future increase in the debt ceiling must be accompanied by real spending cuts and reforms to unsustainable entitlement programs,” he wrote in the opinion piece. He said Obama “is once more asking Congress to raise it, no questions asked.”

In a news conference Monday, Obama said Congress, which authorized the nation’s spendingn must pay the bills for that spending, and “not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the American economy.”

It was the second major policy pronouncement in a week made in a major national publication by Rubio, who’s positioning himself for a possible presidential run in 2016. He outlined his views on immigration reform in a Wall Street Journal Saturday, advocating a path to legal residence and eventually citizenship for illegal immigrants.