(POLITICO) The bipartisan congressional budget deal will be an easy target for the GOP presidential field during Wednesday’s prime-time debate. And GOP leaders are bracing for their carefully crafted work to be treated like a punching bag.
Top Republicans fully expect the accord to spur a new round of attacks on Washington’s leaders during the Colorado debate, the same day that the House GOP is expected to endorse Paul Ryan for speaker. But they’re ready and willing to take the abuse, reasoning that a night of public flogging before tens of millions of viewers beats a fiscal catastrophe.
And maybe it even gives some cover to the very candidates who are going to trash the agreement.
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