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Florida reaction on debt ceiling deal

UPDATED Monday morning. See the jump for more.

Florida lawmakers and politicos have been slow to react to the debt-ceiling deal Congressional leaders and President Obama announced tonight (story here) But the few voices out there are a mixed bag.

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, seemed okay with it. "Before conservatives go criticizing this agreement consider what would have happened if Pelosi, Reid and Obama were still in control," he tweeted.

South Florida Tea Party leader Everett Wilkinson called it "unacceptable ... We need real cuts, not hypothetical savings. If this were a game of football, this is the first quarter and the tea party just completed a 20 yard pass from our 25 yard line and now we are at the 45 yard line with a first down. There is a heck of a lot of game left, the tea party has the ball."

U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner also seemed unimpressed. "The only thing Washington is better at than out of control spending is declaring false victory," he tweeted.

U.S. Senate candidate George LeMieux: "This deal is no time for celebration; it offers no significant debt reduction for our children and grandchildren and no fundamental reforms that will solve Washington's spending addiction."

MONDAY:

U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, said on Morning Joe that he would vote against the plan.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, and the chair of the Democratic National Committe: "The President and Democrats' primary focus has been to ensure that we meet our obligations and avoid default while beginning to get our fiscal house in order. This deal accomplishes that. It puts in place a framework for long-term fiscal discipline and it makes a down payment on deficit reduction.The agreement sets the stage for a balanced package that includes revenues. But we're not over the hurdle yet. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this compromise and renew their commitment to working to together in a bipartisan fashion to move our country forward."

She added in a tweet:

"Bottom line: Dems protected Medicare, Medicaid & SS, secured balance w/defense cuts, set stage for more balanced plan. Won day w/compromise."

Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Sarasota, said on CNBC that he would support the deal.

--ALEX LEARY

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