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But Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, has taken a subtler tack, avoiding the issue of the debt ceiling as he presses a more general assault on President Barack Obama's economic record. That has attracted the attention of his GOP challengers, who have begun to accuse him of ducking the most vital issue of the campaign so far.Read the entire article HERE
"The current debate is about what kind of leadership you're going to show," former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said in an interview Monday. "If you're running for president, you've got to show how you would handle a situation like this."
"The debt ceiling is a gut-check time for all Republicans on spending and size of government," said Alex Conant, spokesman for former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. "Apparently, Gov. Romney is still checking his gut to figure out where he should stand."
Pressed for a comment on the debt-ceiling issue, Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul forwarded a statement that said, "President Obama is responsible for frightening new levels of federal spending and deficits.…A vote on raising the debt ceiling has to be accompanied by a major effort to restructure and reduce the size of government." That quotation dates to April.