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David Jolly: I would have voted to raise debt ceiling



Maybe Republican congressional candidate David Jolly has decided he has his Republican base nailed down pretty well in Pinellas County and he needs to start reaching out more to swing voter independents in Congressional District 13. To our surprise, Jolly told Buzz that he would have voted to raise the debt ceiling, joining just 33 of 232 Republican House members who supported the measure Tuesday. Every Republican House member in Florida voted against it.

"I blame the President for refusing to negotiate any long-term spending cuts as part of a debt ceiling raise. It's the height of irresponsibility to not include spending cuts with the debt limit raise," Jolly said in a statement. "At the end of the day, though, if this was the only legislative option I would have supported it."

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 5:23pm]


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