Tea party leaders warn: Don’t raise the debt ceiling

“I expect questions like raising the debt ceiling to offer the most insight into how the famous Republican discipline among its ranks holds or breaks,” Selzer says…

“The debt ceiling is a pivotal issue, a linchpin issue,” says Peter Bordow, a Tea Party organizer in Arizona.

“There needs to be a broad understanding of the effect of this decision, but I think we are inevitably going to need to swallow a difficult pill someday,” he says. “Not raising the debt ceiling may be that difficult pill.”

That position has been echoed by newly elected Tea Party-backed House Republicans, including Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania car dealer.