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 RyanHispanic lawmakers face painful decision on Puerto Rico Sessions: Ryan 'needs to' endorse Trump soon Dole: Gingrich should be Trump's running mate 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 PaulLibertarian ticket will get super-PAC support Overnight Energy: Trump outlines 'America First' energy plan in North Dakota Overnight Regulation: GOP slams new Obama education rules MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzStephen Hawking: Trump a 'demagogue' Dems to Clinton: Ignore Trump on past scandals Meet the billionaire donor behind Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker 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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