WASHINGTON — Twin Cities radio listeners and television viewers were likely to have heard from Republican John Kline last week.
Kline, the most senior Republican in the Minnesota congressional delegation, conducted seven TV and radio interviews between July 19 and Sunday, appearing on Minnesota Public Radio, KTLK-FM, WCCO Radio (twice), Twin Cities Public Television, Fox 9 and WCCO-TV. The topic du jour: raising the debt ceiling and the “historic opportunity to change the way Washington spends money,” according to an update from his office.
Kline is one of the strongest supporters of House Republicans’ efforts to cut the federal deficit and cap future spending as part of a deal to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling.
Seven live interviews in a week is an unusually heavy media schedule for a member of Congress in a non-election year. But, as President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner demonstrated with their back-to-back nationally televised addresses last night, both parties are putting a premium on pitching their case for a debt limit deal to the American public ahead of next week’s deadline.
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