"Human suffering isn't something we should negotiate over a bill," Cain said. "Find the money. That's the difference between a business attitude and a business approach and maybe a political approach."
Cain told TPM that he'd vote for a bill that paid for disaster relief with deficit spending "if we can't get the Democrats to agree to offset it."
Cantor has said that any government relief for the victims of the tornado in Joplin, Missouri -- which devastated the town and is among the deadliest on record -- would need to be paid for with cuts from somewhere else in the budget.
Cain said the issue was too important to turn into a political football.
"It's one thing to say we're not going to approve raising the debt limit unless we find a dollar for dollar offset in cuts. [That's] fine," Cain said. "But when it comes to, 'We need to help people get their lives back on track after a natural disaster,' the statement isn't 'if we find the money.' We will find the money."
Monday, June 06, 2011
Cain to Cantor: Joplin is not a political football
Add Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain to the legions who are criticizing the politically tone-deaf Eric Cantor's contention that Joplin should not receive any federal tornado relief unless it is offset by domestic spending cuts: