Ayotte’s ‘Oops’ Moment on Deficit Reduction

When Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner testified before the Senate Budget Committee, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte was vocal in her criticism of the administration for not embracing the Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction recommendations — until she was asked about the report’s proposals for raising revenue.

Geithner was responding to questions by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and at one point turned the tables on her. He asked Ayotte if, given her “affection” for Bowles-Simpson, she would support its tax reform that raised trillions in revenue for deficit reduction.

“Are you willing to embrace the broad balance of Bowles-Simpson? Then there is a lot to talk about,” he said.

Ayotte would only say that it is up to the president to take the lead on the budget.