It’s no wonder that Republican presidential candidates are divided over whether to increase the federal borrowing limit.
Their voters are, too.
Fiscal hard-liners in early-voting states say they won’t back someone who supports raising the debt ceiling under any condition. They say the debate in Washington gives the 2012 candidates a chance to show stark differences with Democrat President Barack Obama.
Other voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina say they are upset about spending. But they also say the debt ceiling must be raised as part of a broader deficit-reduction strategy.
Some candidates oppose an increase. But most have adopted nuanced positions.