Monday, March 10, 2014
Former Gov. Angus King has picked up the endorsement of the other half of the Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction duo.
Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming has endorsed King, the King campaign announced today. Simpson, a former assistant republican leader in the Senate, co-chaired the bipartisan deficit reduction task force that came to be known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. The commission's plan calls for a combination of spending cuts, tax reform and tax increases. It wasn't adopted by Congress but is still shaping the debate about debt reduction in Washington.
The other co-chair, Erskine Bowles, is a Democrat and former chief of staff to Pres. Bill Clinton. Bowles endorsed King earlier in the campaign and came to Portland in September to appear at a King campaign event focusing on the debt and deficit. King has called the commission's plan a good framework for congressional action, but says he does not agree with all of its proposals.
Simpson, like Bowles, said King's status as a moderate independent and his experience as an independent governor could help him serve as a bridge in Congress.
"Today, Congress' sterile inability to make important compromises is truly threatening the state of our nation," Simpson said in a statement released by the King campaign.
"While Angus King may not be wedded to Simpson-Bowles in its entirety (few are!), he views it as a fine framework to build upon. The fact is that playing one party against the other isn't going to get us anywhere fast anymore," he said. "We need people in Congress who can build bridges, encourage compromises, and actually make things happen for the sake of our nation's future - not for their own election or re-election."
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