Republican Party Split Between Deficit Hawks and Defense Hawks

Republicans must pick between painful cuts or accept additional revenues.

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole says it's better to cut deep than not at all, but California Rep. Buck McKeon wants to spare defense spending.
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"What we are seeing today is the last gasp of the Tea Party insurgency because once Tea Party policies start impacting voters it will become apparent how thin the support actually is," says Loren Thompson, chief operation officer of the Lexington Institute, a national security group in Washington. "There has never been a hard lined constituency on deficit reduction. The politics are on the side of jobs, therefore it is going to be hard to resist when constituents complain about cuts."

Thompson says being a Republican not opposed to sequestration in a military district is "a political death wish."

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