Wednesday July 13, 2011 | 04:22 PM

Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd, isn’t completely dismissing the backup debt ceiling negotiations plan offered up by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to give President Obama the authority to raise the debt ceiling in increments unless Congress votes against the raises with a veto-proof majority.

“I still want to see the legislative details of the plan, but I’m not sure giving the president the authority to raise the debt ceiling is the best we can do,” Michaud said Wednesday. “But I agree with the minority leader that our nation can’t afford to default on our obligations.”

Michaud said he and most other members of Congress “genuinely want to reach an agreement. But I’ve been disappointed that leaders in both parties enter talks together only to go before the press afterward to seek political advantage. The time for talking points is over. It’s long past time that we reach a balanced deal so that we can move beyond this and focus on creating jobs and improving our economy.”


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