Excerpts from Detroit Free Press
By: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
November 14, 2013
Detroit has been the subject of national attention as outside observers watch for the Motor Capital of the World to bounce back after tough economic times.
… I don’t want to just be an observer. I want our party to do our part to rebuild Detroit and advocate for the principles of free enterprise that hold the keys to the city’s success. We can offer solutions to get Detroit back on its feet…it is up to leaders in our party to convince the people of Detroit to give our ideas a chance.
So on Tuesday, I came to Detroit… I came to hear directly from business owners and community leaders about what they need to get the city moving and people working. This wasn’t a political event... It was about listening — about finding out what we can do together to revitalize our urban centers across the country.
Our discussion focused on issues such as increasing access to capital, economic empowerment and the importance of entrepreneurship to jump-starting an economy. Too often, ambitious individuals can’t get their businesses started because they can’t get financing…
Our political leaders need to find ways to fix this problem…
… Democrats may say they are committed to growing the economy and putting people back to work, but their policies have suffocated the economy and kept too many people in poverty.
The Republican Party believes in the power of the free-enterprise system, which has done more to help Americans move up the economic ladder than any government program…
Republicans are committed to doing our part to revive opportunity and restore economic growth. Working alongside of — and listening to — leaders like those I met in Detroit, we can address the needs of communities and remove the roadblocks to success.
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