Mack chides Haridopolos for opposing Ryan budget planby George Bennett | June 2nd, 2011
U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Cape Coral, told MSNBC today he doesn’t think much of state Senate President Mike Haridopolos‘ opposition to Paul Ryan‘s budget plan and its controversial Medicare component.
“I think it’s important that Republicans join together and support Ryan’s plan,” said Mack, who passed up a 2012 U.S. Senate bid and hasn’t endorsed a candidate in the GOP primary between Haridopolos, Adam Hasner and George LeMieux. “I’ll tell you why: if we fail to act, then the program goes bankrupt. So those who are choosing not to support either this plan or another plan are choosing to let Medicare go bankrupt.”
Asked by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd if he thinks it was a “mistake” for Haridopolos to oppose the plan in a GOP primary, Mack said “I do.”
Haridopolos avoided taking a position on the Ryan budget and got smacked down for it by a conservative talk radio host, then released a statement late Wednesday applauding Ryan but saying his plan “must be amended to provided greater protections for seniors.”
Haridopolos spokesman Tim Baker later clarified that Haridopolos would have voted against the unamended Ryan budget if he had been in the U.S. Senate. Said Baker: “If it’s yes or no to the current language, it’s a No.”