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Scott Walker, Paul Ryan to Call Out Obama on Anniversary of Debt Speech

State GOP leaders announce press conference Tuesday in Wauwatosa to remind president of his 2008 campaign statement against adding to the national debt.

As political statements go, this should be a barn-burner.

Republican heavy-hitters Gov. Scott Walker and Congressman Paul Ryan will hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday, the day before Independence Day, to commemorate the four-year anniversary of President Barack Obama saying it would be "irresponsible" and "unpatriotic" to add $4 trillion to the national debt.

At a campaign event in Fargo, ND, on July 3, 2008, Obama said:

“The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents – No. 43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back – $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic."

Nicole Tieman, Wisconsin communications director of the Republican National Committee, said: “President Obama campaigned on a promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term and on a claim that adding $4 trillion to the debt was 'irresponsible' and 'unpatriotic,' but four years later and after adding $5 trillion to the national debt himself, President Obama’s broken promises have placed an unsustainable debt burden on the hard-working families of Wisconsin."

"Mitt Romney has a record of cutting taxes and balancing budgets, which is exactly what Wisconsin and our country needs to get our economy back on track.

"He, along with common-sense reformers Scott Walker and Paul Ryan, will work for Wisconsin. Our state’s small businesses and middle class families cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama’s promise gap on fiscal responsibility but delivering fiscal recklessness.”

Brad Courtney, chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, will also speak at Tuesday media conference.

The press-only event will be at the Wauwatosa Victory Center, 1233 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 111.

Bren July 04, 2012 at 04:16 AM
When we say "Scott Walker said" or "Scott Walker promised" I hope we're all page in understanding that he's just repeating what he's told. The 250,000 jobs meme was just a prevarication to help him get elected. There's no intention on seriously pursuing that campaign promise whatsoever, just as he never intended to negotiate with public employees as he is on record as promising to do. Why even bother discussing these things?
Bren July 04, 2012 at 04:20 AM
; )
Eric July 04, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Recent experience suggests the federal government runs its largest deficits when one party simultaneously controls the house, senate, and presidency, for instance the first 2 years of the Obama administration and the first 4 years of the Bush 43 administration. Doesn't seem to matter which party, but total control = hubris and overspending. Mixed government yields a mixed bag, increased spending but at lower rates in most years, and a balanced budget at the end of the Clinton years.
The Anti-Alinsky July 05, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Good to hear you are alive and well Bren. I noticed you mentioned that your father is Republican. Is he Conservative? We have alot of RINOs out there, what we need are more good Conservatives like Congressman Ryan and Governor Walker. People who know that we need to get this country back to work, even if it is a little painful for some. Since blowing smoke is Barack Hussein Obama's specialty (literally and metaphorically), there is no way Congressman Ryan could pull it off.
Steve ® July 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Keith is super good with monies and holds creditable authority when speaking about such matters. Yes Keith, blame the 6 trillion+ in spending by Obama on Bush. Don't want the sheep to figure out what is really going on.

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