Plouffe Pretends President Wants Cuts

David Plouffe made the talk show circuit on Sunday, furthering the new White House stance of having always been for deficit reduction.

The president will offer his own budget plan this week, senior White House advisor David Plouffe said on Sunday talk shows. The announcement comes four months after a flurry of budget blueprints, including one sponsored by the president's own deficit commission, and one week after Rep. Paul Ryan put forth his own bold conservative plan.

"As he (Obama) said previously, his health care law is $1 trillion in deficit reduction over the next two decades, but we have to do more there. We have to look at more spending here, carefully. As he said, we have to use a scalpel not a machete. And, obviously, this is a distinction with the congressional Republican plan that was announced this week."

The president is chasing after the voters he's spent two years driving away.

“You’re going to have to look at Medicare and Medicaid and see what kind of savings you can get,’’ Obama adviser David Plouffe said yesterday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.’’ The program was one of several on which he announced Obama’s planned speech Wednesday detailing proposed cuts — “with a scalpel, not a machete’’ — in the long-term deficit.