Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Georgia) had this warning Friday for President Barack Obama about the fight over the budget:
"Strap on your chinstrap very tight because this junkyard dog is going to address spending cuts and entitlement reform in the debt ceiling debate."
Chambliss sent out that quote on Twitter and added a link to a political newsletter, Georgia Tipsheet, that elaborated on his comments in a conference call with reporters.
Chambliss's self-portrayal as a "junkyard dog" on spending comes after anti-tax conservatives blasted him for suggesting that tax hikes were part of the solution to rising deficits.
Republicans leaders say they will approve raising the debt ceiling only if accompanied by deep spending cuts. The government hit its borrowing limit this week, giving Congress about two months to raise the debt ceiling to keep the government from defaulting.
In November, Chambliss told 13WMAZ's Kenny Burgamy: "I care more about my country than I do about a 20-year-old pledge" not to vote for tax increases. That's the pledge promoted by anti-tax activist Grover Norquist.
Chambliss and fellow Georgia Republican senator Johnny Isakson voted this week for income tax hikes on the rich that averted the so-called fiscal cliff.
Then on Thursday, the head of the group Tea Party Express, Amy Kremer, predicted that Chambliss will face a primary challenge in 2014, complaining to CNN that he's not conservative enough.
When asked about Kremer's prediction, Chambliss told reporters on the conference call that tea partiers were his friends and that he maintained an "ongoing dialogue" with the various groups in Georgia.