Mitt Romney warned in Michigan on Tuesday that if Congress cuts the budget too quickly, the economy could contract, a popular idea with economists but a huge departure from Republican orthodoxy that insists spending cuts will boost growth overall.
"If you just cut, if all you're thinking about doing is cutting spending, as you cut spending you'll slow down the economy," Romney said. "So you have to, at the same time, create pro-growth tax policies."
NBC, which reported the above quote, reached out to small government group Club For Growth, whose vice president for government affairs, Andy Roth, was unsurprisingly upset.
"It's hogwash," he said. "It confirms yet again that Romney is not a limited government conservative."