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During this debt debate we've seen leaders trying to lead while the rank and file members haven't always stayed in the background.
Correspondent Molly Henneberg has -- part of the story here.
Posted on the website of Tea Party freshman Republican congressman Joseph Walsh of Illinois.
A video with strong words for the president.
We didn't -- Walsh is angry that President Obama has said that Social Security checks may not -- out if there's not a debt limit deal by August 2.
Walsh says that's not true it's a message echoed by all senate Republican freshman who sent a letter today to the president.
I think the president should apologize for politicizing Social Security.
Four -- threatening not to send out checks.
GOP house and senate freshman may be the New Kids On The Block but they aren't shrinking violet.
Many of them were elected to office by vocal passionate Tea Party voters.
And they see themselves on a mission in part to rein in big government spending and prevent tax increases -- The majority of the house -- approve a 100% of the spending.
That's a tremendous amount of leverage and we should use.
One political analyst says that has an impact on how far house GOP speaker John Boehner can go in the debt negotiation.
The very existence of these house Republican freshman have lent credibility to speaker Boehner when he says look.
There are not enough votes in the house for a tax increase.
President Obama also is feeling the pressure from his left flank.
He said that social security and Medicare may need some quote modifications.
As part of a debt deal to sustain them for future generations.
If there is a reasonable deal to be had on -- it is one that I'm going to preserve it.
That got a strong pushed back from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other liberals.
Today the democratic women of congress have come together to send a very clear message.
We must protect.
Medicare and Social Security we will not support.
Cuts if there are cuts to those programs a final deal around says it will be a tough sell for the president with his liberal base.
Which sees itself as the guardians of the entitlements.
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