By Russell Berman - 12/16/13 07:24 AM EST
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) on Sunday voiced support for the budget agreement negotiated by his fellow Wisconsin Republican, Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanMcConnell pledges to support Trump The Trail 2016: And then there was one Trump opposes Puerto Rico aid MORE, but he said the GOP would have to win more elections to enact more significant spending reforms.
Walker, a potential Republican president hopeful in 2016, praised Ryan for his leadership during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He initially declined to weigh in specifically on the two-year budget deal, but pressed on whether it was a good idea, he replied, “I do.”
The agreement, which restores some sequestration spending cuts in exchange for modest long-term budget savings, has come under criticism from some conservatives, including other possible 2016 contenders like Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rand PaulRand PaulMcConnell pledges to support Trump GOP operative Ed Rollins joins pro-Trump super-PAC Overnight Energy: Clinton makes her pitch to coal country MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzTrump wants to liven up GOP convention Obama jabs at Trump on immigration Trump: I’m open to Cruz as VP MORE (R-Texas.).
“If you’re going to bring conservative activists to the table, they have to see this for what it is, and it’s really a big wakeup call for the fact that if Republicans, in particular grassroots activists, want to see a stronger budget in the future, we’ve got to have some help in the United States Senate,” Walker said.
Ryan appeared separately on “Meet the Press” and defended the deal as a “symbolically large agreement” that showed how lawmakers could make divided government work.
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