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September 30th, 2010

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NRCC Announces Final Round of ‘Young Guns’ Candidates

Nine Republican Candidates Reach Top Level of Young Guns Program

Washington- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced today that nine new Republican candidates have reached ‘Young Gun’ status, the highest level of its three-tiered Young Guns program. With less than 35 days until Election Day, these new Young Guns are part of a strong pool of candidates who are frustrated with the Democrats’ job-killing agenda and aren’t willing to stand by any longer.

“The economy is suffering and Americans are in desperate need of new leadership,” said NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX). “Almost 15 million Americans are out of work and the nation is deeply in debt, but despite these obvious warning signs the out-of-touch Democrat majority continues to raise taxes and spend at will, leading the country further into recession. These Young Guns are dedicated to providing the fiscal discipline needed to create jobs and are determined to turn the page on the Democrats’ failed economic agenda.”

Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Paul Ryan (R-WI) as a member-driven organization, the Young Guns program has become an official NRCC effort dedicated to electing open-seat and challenger candidates nationwide. Reps. Cantor, McCarthy and Ryan remain actively involved in the Young Guns program, working together to recruit and prime conservative leaders for victory.

“The latest Young Guns class is a testament to the strength of our candidates this year,” said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA). “When these nine Young Guns come to Washington as new members of Congress, they’ll join our fight to change the culture of spending that the Democrat majority has forced on our country.”

“As America stands at a tipping point and in need of new solutions to cut the debt and grow jobs, we are excited to announce nine strong candidates who have earned Young Gun status,” said NRCC Recruitment Chair Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). “Eighty-seven candidates have earned Young Gun status, which is more than enough seats needed to take back the majority.”

“To combat Washington’s reckless spending and borrowing binge, the American people are in need of reinforcements in Congress,” said Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI). “These nine Young Guns will play a critical role in charting a new fiscal and economic course for our nation. We need a new generation of leaders that will fight to spur job creation now, lift our crushing debt burden, and reclaim the promise and prosperity of this great nation.”

The NRCC’s Final Round Of ‘Young Guns’ Candidates Are:

Dan Debicella (CT-04)
Sam Caligiuri (CT-05)
Mariannette Miller-Meeks (IA-02)
Steven Palazzo (MS-04)
Matt Doheny (NY-23)
Rob Cornilles (OR-01)
Keith Rothfus (PA-04)
Tim Burns (PA-12)
Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)

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