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MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011, 3:48 P.M.

Risch Lashes Obama Debt Rhetoric

Idaho's junior U.S. senator lashed out Saturday against President Barack Obama's handling of the current national debt crisis, saying nothing should be off the table when it comes to spending cuts. Sen. Jim Risch's comments came during a lunchtime speech to fellow Republicans attending a state party meeting in Moscow. "This is a really difficult message I'm delivering here," said Risch, prefacing his remarks. "It's not a fun message to deliver, but I really don't feel I'd be telling you the truth if I didn't lay the cards on the table." He said the United States is creating about $4.5 billion of new debt each day and borrows 40 cents for every dollar it spends. "The entire budget of the state of Idaho is $2.5 billion," he said. "That is 12 hours of new debt for the federal government"/Holly Bowen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Dean Hare)

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