September 5, 2003
Dick Gephardt Gets Some of that Old Time Religion
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
Has Dick Gephardt started to see the light?
The following is a news release issued by the Gephardt campaign after Thursday's presidential candidate debate:
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"President Bush is a Miserable Failure"
Below is an excerpt from remarks Rep. Dick Gephardt made at tonight's DNC Presidential Debate
Albuquerque, New Mexico – "In 1993, I was the majority leader who led with Bill Clinton to get this economy straightened out. Bill Richardson was my chief deputy, we were out on the floor, we didn't get a Republican vote in the House or a Republican vote in the Senate, we passed it by one vote in both houses, Dick Armey said it would create a depression in the country. He was the minority leader. Let me tell you something. He wasn't wrong; he was dead wrong. You remember: 23 million new jobs in seven years, unemployment was at 3%, we took a $5 trillion deficit and turned it into a $5 trillion surplus, we know how to do this, I know how to do it. And when I'm president, we'll get this economy moving again. I'll get rid of the Bush tax cuts; I'll give everybody health insurance that can't be taken away from you. I'll have an energy program, that I'll call Apollo II that will make us independent of Persian Gulf oil. I'll have a pension program so that you can move your pension credits from one job to the other. I'll accelerate spending in the highway trust fund. These are important issues. This president is a miserable failure on foreign policy and on the economy and he's got to be replaced."
"We're all immigrants unless we are Native Americans and we need to recognize the hard work, the productivity, the loyalty, and the military service of people that are in this country and not of legal status. My bill is simple, it says you have been here for five years, you've worked for two years, you haven't broken laws, you can get legal status. It will bring power and productivity out of all these people. But let me go back to health care for a minute. Just let me say this, this issue is a moral issue. There are over 400,000 New Mexicans who do not have health insurance. Thousands of others everyday have anxiety that they are going to lose their insurance. I think the right thing to do is to get rid of the Bush tax cuts because my plan will put more money in the pockets of everyday families than the Bush tax cuts. Finally, why would we not want to go back to the Clinton tax plan, why would we want to keep anything of the Bush tax plan? It is a miserable failure."
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
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