Representatives Ron Paul of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the only presidential candidates among current members of Congress, broke with almost all of their Republican colleagues in the House Tuesday night when they voted against the GOP "cut, cap and balance" plan for deficit reduction.
"This bill only serves to sanction the status quo by putting forth a $1 trillion budget deficit and authorizing a $2.4 trillion increase in the debt limit," Paul said in a speech on the House floor.
Bachmann faulted the measure for not dealing with health care reform bill passed by the Democratic Congress last year, the Affordable Patient Care and Protection Act.
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Photo: U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, ( R-Texas) greets U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R-Minn.) before speaking at a rally by home school advocates, March 23, 2011, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa.: AP Images