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Ron Johnson: Obama And Treasury Warnings On Debt Ceiling Are "Scare-Mongering"

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Johnson added that breaching the debt ceiling on Oct. 17 would not lead to default "if the spending was properly prioritized." He told Salon that there would be no reason to increase the borrowing limit if "we weren’t running deficits," rejecting Treasury Secretary Jack Lew's argument that raising the debt ceiling isn't about spending.

At least eight other Republicans have publicly expressed their belief that hitting the debt ceiling isn't worrisome.