Senator Braun: “…it’s like we’ve had an epiphany, as Republicans. We better practice what we preach […] We don’t do that, so we gotta do better when we do get it back”
Washington Post: “The national debt has risen by almost $7.8 trillion during Trump’s time in office.”
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today credited U.S. Senator Mike Braun for criticizing his own Indiana Republican Party for their about-face on government spending. In an interview with MSNBC, Braun admitted Indiana Republicans like U.S. Senator Todd Young are partisan hypocrites because they added $7.8 trillion to the national debt during the four years of the Trump Administration. This includes the $2 trillion tax cut for big corporations and America’s richest, a law the entire Indiana Republican Party supported in 2017.
While Braun did call out Indiana Republicans for ballooning the national debt, he also refused to admit the reason the nation must raise the debt ceiling in the first place: to pay for the INGOP’s tax cuts, not President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda.
Indiana Democrats are fed up with Indiana Republicans for their partisan hypocrisy and trying to have it both ways on every issue. This is why Democrats have met Hoosiers where they are and are ready to champion solutions to today’s most-pressing problems facing their families. It’s why Democrats delivered on the American Rescue Plan and look forward to supporting the upcoming American Jobs Plan. Creating a better future for Hoosier families is priority, and Democrats are ready to deliver for them.
Mediaite: ‘We Better Practice What We Preach’: GOP Sen. Mike Braun on MSNBC Calls Out Own Party Over ‘Epiphany’ on Fiscal Policy
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) called out his own party over fiscal policy, saying that the Republican Party has had an “epiphany” on the matter.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson Reports, host Hallie Jackson said, “Let’s be super clear, though, Senator. Raising the debt ceiling, right, is about not defaulting on the money already spent. That was spent under somebody who you, you know, supported, one of your party’s former leaders, Donald Trump, right? That was money, those were bills that President Trump and that Congress racked up that you now have to pay. How are you not going to do that?”
Braun responded that he, at least, has been consistent when it comes to fiscal policy:
“That’s part of those trillion-dollar deficits that we had evolved to, even then. And I wasn’t for that. I didn’t vote to raise the debt ceiling when I was here in ’19,” he said. “One of the few Republicans that will practice what we preach. If you don’t have reforms, don’t accommodate it.” […]
The party overall has not been as consistent, Braun argued.
“Yes, it’s like we’ve had an epiphany, as Republicans. We better practice what we preach, when we do get the reins back, of lowering deficits and still being engaged in issues like reforming health care, being involved in a climate discussion with conservative ideas. We don’t do that, so we gotta do better when we do get it back,” he said.