Texas governor Rick Perry on Thursday blasted Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner for raising a “white flag” to the Obama administration on tax cuts.
This despite the fact that, the same day, Boehner signaled he was backtracking from earlier comments that he would be willing to compromise with the White House on a plan to see the Bush tax cuts extended for all but the wealthy.
Perry, a Republican, also endorsed two tea party-backed candidates: Carl Paladino, a Republican running for governor of New York, and Christine O’Donnell, the Republican running for US Senate in Delaware.
Perry has made Washington a whipping post in his campaign for an unprecedented third term, and he hasn’t always limited his ire to Democrats. Perry told the AP he didn’t agree with Boehner’s comments last weekend that he could accept only a partial extension of Bush-era tax cuts. He suggested Boehner, who since backtracked, had prematurely raised a “white flag” on tax reductions.
On Sunday, Boehner told CBS’ Face the Nation that, while he favored extending the tax cuts for everyone, he would not vote against the Obama administration’s proposal to let the tax cuts lapse for households earning more than $250,000. On Thursday, Boehner appeared to backtrack on that comment, rejecting any compromise with the White House.
An analysis in the Washington Post estimates that the Republican plan to extend the Bush tax cuts for everyone would add $4 trillion to the national debt over 10 years. Aside from broad Republican support, the idea of extending the cuts to everyone is also gaining support from some Democrats. At least 38 House Democrats have signaled they support extending the cuts even to the wealthiest households.