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September 8th, 2011

Republican Presidential Candidates Respond to Obama Jobs Speech

Statement by Texas Gov. Rick Perry on President Obama’s Speech

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s speech to Congress:

“President Obama’s call for nearly a half-trillion dollars in more government stimulus when America has more than $14 trillion in debt is guided by his mistaken belief that we can spend our way to prosperity.

“Like the president’s earlier $800 billion stimulus program, this proposal offers little hope for millions of Americans who have lost jobs on his watch, and taxpayers who are rightly concerned that their children will inherit a mountain of debt.

“America needs jobs, smaller government, less spending and a president with the courage to offer more than yet another speech.”

Cain Responds to President Obama’s Speech on Jobs

(Stockbridge, GA)- Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain responded to President Obama’s speech on jobs tonight, saying:

We waited 30 months for this?

Santorum: “Many say the President is a failure, but I disagree – he’d have to improve a whole lot to even be considered a failure.”

Verona, PA – Former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) made the following statement in response to President Obama’s jobs speech before a joint session of Congress this evening.

Senator Santorum said, “Many say the President is a failure, but I disagree – he’d have to improve a whole lot to even be considered a failure.  The President’s speech tonight was more of the same failed policies and empty rhetoric that got him elected and got us in this mess.   Sadly, the President seems to have forgotten his own charge that our country should come before party or his own even re-election.  Instead President Obama kicked off his campaign for reelection in the most disingenuous way possible – by using the Congress as his political toy.  His failed plan to spend over $400 billion more that we do not have, create further tax instability for workers and employers alike, and use federal tax dollars to prop up government is only made worse by the political theater we saw tonight.  Regardless of what he says, the President is guilty of political malfeasance that was no clearer seen than by his campaign’s email fundraising appeal sent shortly before his address this evening.”

President Obama and the national Democrats used tonight’s address to raise money through an email solicitation just over an hour before the President entered the House Chamber.  In his email to supporters, President Obama says that he is “about to head to the Capitol to ask Congress to ask on [his] plan to put Americans back to work” and that it is up to his supporters to “pressure Congress to act – or hold them accountable if they do not.”  This was not a policy speech to the nation, but a political speech using the Chamber of the House of Representatives as the backdrop.

Senator Santorum’s jobs plan, which was released on July 5th in the Mississippi River manufacturing town of Burlington, IA, focuses on reinvigorating the “great middle of America” that has been lost over the past several decades – specifically the manufacturing sector.    Rather than focusing on further extending unemployment benefits or government aid, Senator Santorum focuses on actually putting people back to work and not furthering the numbing dependency on government.

Among the many initiatives in the Santorum jobs plan are:

  • Cutting the corporate tax rate for domestic manufacturers from 35% to 0%;
  • Repatriating foreign income at a 5% tax rate rather than the current 35% to bring those revenues home to be investing in America;
  • Increasing the R&D Tax Credit from 14% to 20% and making it permanent;
  • Reducing the regulatory burden currently stifling American innovation, including complete repeals of ObamaCare, Sarbanes-Oxley, and Dodd-Frank; and,
  • Expanding domestic energy exploration to lower energy costs for manufacturers and create good paying manufacturing jobs.
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