Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called on President Obama to apologize for scaring seniors into thinking that the government would have to stop sending Social Security checks if a deal isn't reached to raise the debt limit by August 2.
“I frankly think the President should apologize,” Paul said at a press conference in which Republican freshman Senators released a letter they sent to Obama demanding he show more leadership on the debt issue instead of resorting to scare tactics.
Paul called Obama's approach “emotionalism” and “calculated political football.” To suggest that the government wouldn't be able to send Social Security checks would be “objectively false,” he said.
Even if no deal is reached by August 2, Paul said, the government would have money to keep paying military salaries, Social Security and Medicare benefits and interest payments on the debt.
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said that “The way this administration has scared markets I think is unconscionable.” He argued that Obama's statements could make turmoil following the August 2 deadline a “self-fulfilling prophecy.”
Johnson led an effort to have 13 Senate freshman Republicans sign a letter to Obama, which criticizes him for being late to the debt-reduction discussion and embraces the “cut, cap, balance” approach. You can read the letter here.