From NBC's Mark Murray
In the GOP's weekly radio address, Republican New Hampshire Sen. -- and one-time Obama Commerce secretary-designee -- Judd Gregg blasted President Obama's $3.6 trillion budget proposal.
"What concerns many of us are his proposals in the budget he recently sent to the Congress that dramatically grow the size and cost of government and move it to the left," Gregg said. "It is our opinion that this plan spends too much, taxes too much and borrows too much."
He continues, "We believe you create prosperity by having an affordable government that pursues its responsibilities without excessive costs, taxes or debt. That it is the individual American who creates prosperity and good jobs, not the government. We believe that you create energy independence not by sticking Americans with a brand new national sales tax on everyone's electric bill, but by expanding the production of American energy."
Meanwhile, in a new TV ad, the liberal group Americans United for Change ridicules House Republicans, who this week announced a budget alternative that had no hard numbers in it; House Republicans say that the hard numbers will come out next week.
"For weeks the Republicans just said NO to the president's plan and refused to propose one of their own," the ad goes. "They finally presented their alternative. How many numbers were in their alternative 'budget'? That's right – none. A budget with no numbers? Tell the Republicans that Americans won't take NO for an answer. Tell them we want our President -- and America -- to succeed."