Paul Ryan: Of Course Mitt And I Were Gonna Enact My Budget!

This comes from the department of dodged bullets or missed opportunities, depending on your predilections. But independent of your point of view it’s a pointed reminder of the deceptiveness of the Romney campaign.

At the annual Pete Peterson fiscal summit yesterday, Paul Ryan told Chuck Todd (about 20 minutes in), “Do I want my budget to become the law? Yeah. If Mitt and I won, we were planning on putting it together.”

I suspect this moment passed unnoticed because to reporters and political junkies it was just a statement of the obvious — the Ryan budget is the GOP’s official policy platform, and their goal in 2012 was to sweep the elections and implement it swiftly. But that’s really not what Romney and Ryan wanted voters to believe on the trail.

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