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ICYMI: Chairman Priebus: "Obama Won't Debate the Issues"

- October 3, 2012

Excerpts from the Denver Post


By: Chairman Reince Priebus

October 3, 2012

"...The debate Americans deserve is not the debate President Obama wants. With neither a successful record nor a serious plan, he is desperate to distract from the real issues.

"President Obama is a gifted speaker and won every debate in 2008. He will surely offer an impressively polished performance once again, but as we've learned the last four years eloquence alone will not solve our nation's problems.

"The president has added $5.4 trillion to the national debt. The unemployment rate has been above eight percent for 43 straight months. Twenty-three million Americans are struggling for work. More Americans are living in poverty than when he took office; more are reliant on food stamps as they see their wages shrink.

"Unable to defend this record, President Obama will make excuses. And he'll spend the debate dishonestly attacking Gov. Romney--exactly what he's been doing at campaign rallies and on the airwaves for months now...

"Gov. Romney has spent his life turning around difficult situations--and getting results. As a businessman he helped start successful companies...and save failing ones...

"When he was elected governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney found a state with a $3 billion shortfall. By working across the aisle, he was able to cut spending and cut taxes, while balancing the budget every year. When he left office the state had $2 billion in its Rainy Day Fund...

"We can expect similar results when Mitt Romney is president. The five point Romney-Ryan Plan for a Stronger Middle Class will pursue North American energy independence to create jobs and lower energy costs. It will ensure Americans have access to the education and skills training needed to succeed in the modern workforce. It will make trade work in the interest of America, cut the deficit to protect our investments, and champion small businesses, the engine of our economy...

"Voters deserve a president with a plan and the proven leadership capabilities to implement it. President Obama doesn't have this, and no amount of soaring rhetoric or empty promises on Wednesday night can change that."

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