Billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett called Republican presidential candidates “pathetic” and “stupid” for unanimously opposing tax increases as part of any debt-cutting deal with the White House.

Buffett made the remarks in an interview Monday with Charlie Rose after the talk-show host asked him what he thought of all eight GOP hopefuls rejecting even a 10-to-1 ratio of spending cuts to tax hikes at last week’s Iowa debate.

“That’s pathetic … stupid,” Buffet said.

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