CHRIS WALLACE: But forgive me, sir. I mean, isn't the right time to have the adult conversation now before the election when you have this document? (Pledge To America)
JOHN BOEHNER: Chris, this is what happens here in Washington. When you start down that path, you just invite all kinds of problems. I know. I've been there. I think we need to do this in a more systemic way and have this conversation first. Let's not get to the potential solutions. Let's make sure Americans understand how big the problem is. Then we can begin to talk about possible solutions and then work ourselves into those solutions that are doable.
While on the campaign trail, GOP Senate candidate Ron Johnson also said he did not plan to lay out in detail what federal programs he would cut.
Excerpt:What is it exactly that republicans plan on doing that is so terrible that they are afraid to tell us?
"There's billions of dollars . . . that from my standpoint would be available for cutting. But I'm not going to get in the game here and, you know, start naming specific things to be attacked about, quite honestly," said Johnson during an appearance at the Milwaukee Press Club.