Countering Default Deniers, Paul Ryan Says Aug. 2 Is Drop Dead Date

House Republicans’ chief number cruncher pushed back on some of his fellow GOP congressmen in the so-called “hell no caucus,” who claim the Obama administration is lying or exaggerating the urgency of the Aug. 2 “drop dead” date for raising the debt ceiling. On Fox News host Sean Hannity’s radio show this afternoon, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the chairman of the Budget Committee, refused to agree with Hannity that the date was “artificial,” saying he’s run the numbers several times and concluded that Aug. 2 is indeed the day when Treasury “needs to start prioritizing bills,” give or take a day or two. Listen here: