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Joe Scarborough Dismisses Being Labeled A ‘RINO’: I’m ‘More Conservative Than Most Republicans On The Hill’

Scarborough Dismisses 'RINO' Label: I'm 'More Conservative Than Most Republicans On The Hill'

Taking a break from his exasperated criticism, Morning Joe‘s own Joe Scarborough commended Republicans on Wednesday for their “shrewd” move: their plan to raise the debt limit short term. Feeling more optimistic, Scarborough expressed “hope.”

Republicans are “being smart” by proposing a temporary extension, he said. “It’s one of the first shrewd moves I’ve seen the body do in quite some time.” Scarborough went on to add that when he and co-host Mika Brzezinski paid a visit to Capitol Hill, “Republicans I spoke with gave me hope.”

And not because they said they were going to compromise. “Actually, this is the great irony — you know, people, ‘Scarborough is a RINO,’ whatever — I don’t want them to compromise on spending cuts,” Scarborough said. “In fact, I want them to cut more than they will cut.”

That includes going further with cuts to Medicare and Social Security, as well as tax reform and defense spending. “I am Mr. Cut, call me Mr. Cut,” he said. “I am more conservative than most Republicans on the Hill.”

What gave him “comfort,” however, he said, was that Republicans seemed to understand “they’ve walked into traps time and time again. And they’re ready to start playing smart.”

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