Issa on Boehner plan: “I think we have the votes”

As Republicans continued to close ranks around House Speaker John Boehner's debt limit plan, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., expressed confidence that the measure would have the votes to pass.

“I think we have the votes, ” Issa said on a conference call with bloggers. “I don’t think all the people whose votes we have yet know it.”

He said he would release a letter to collegues explaining why he supports the Boehner plan and why it shouldn't be compared to the vote to bailout Wall Street banks.

“This is a good idea,” Issa said. “It may not be far enough. It may not be everything I want. But remember, Speaker Boehner has been working with a disingenuous, move the goal post by his own admission, President. So he has limited options if he’s going to both save money and save the American financial markets.”

Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican Freshman from Texas, said he was originally leaning against the Boehner proposal, but said he did some “soul searching,” and decided that, “you can’t sacrifice the doable for the perfect.”

He said once he explains to his constituents that we need to tackle the debt problem in pieces, they understand.

“I’m learning that you can’t eat this debt problem in one bite,” he said. “You have to break it into bite-sized pieces. Cut, Cap and Balance – great program – it was the touchdown. But you know, it’s 3rd down and 2, I’m going to take the running play, and hand the ball to my running back, John Boehner.”

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