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Mayor R.T. Rybak gives Democratic response to GOP debate

In his high-profile political role as vice president of the Democratic National Committee, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was tapped to provide the official Democrats’ response to Thursday night’s GOP presidential debate in Iowa.

He didn’t think much of their efforts, focusing his eye-rolling on Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, without mentioning Minnesota’s own congresswoman, Michele Bachmann, by name.

Rybak’s statement:

“With just a few weeks to go before the Iowa Caucus, tonight’s debate was the GOP presidential field’s last big opportunity to tell Republican voters in Iowa exactly what they think they’ll want to hear — and that’s precisely what the Republican candidates did tonight. For the Tea Party extremists who will help crown the next Republican nominee, they got their fill of right-wing buzz words and out-of-touch policies from Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and the other candidates tonight. We all heard more promises to provide deep tax breaks to the very wealthy and big corporations and more support for extreme economic policies that would end Medicare as we know it, slash Social Security benefits, and cut critical investments in education, job training, research and development, and just about every other initiative important to job growt

“Unfortunately, if you’re one of the millions of middle-class families in America still struggling to make ends meet, the Republican candidates had only one message for you tonight: you’re on your own. Mitt Romney’s economic plan offers a mere $54 for the average working family — yet he continues to dismiss a payroll tax cut putting $1,500 back in their pockets as a ‘little Band-Aid.’ Just five days ago, he casually offered to make a $10,000 bet — which is more than what most middle-class families bring home in four months. And tonight, when Romney came under fire for his endless list of flip-flops on virtually every major issue, he failed to explain how his metamorphosis from liberal candidate in Massachusetts to the so-called “conservative” we see today was anything but cravenly political. Instead, he ducked the questions and desperately tried to move to the right of Newt Gingrich — America’s original Tea Partier who has endorsed the devastating ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ Plan, which would cause our economy to bleed jobs and make immediate and devastating cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. These are failed policies that haven’t worked before and won’t work now – and quite simply, America’s middle-class families cannot afford to go down that path.”

Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Luke Weinhagen on 12/16/2011 - 01:46 pm.

    Imagine for a moment a make believe country.
    This make believe country is in big trouble. It is out of money and it’s people are scared.
    In this country there are two groups of people.
    These two groups want to fix the problem in very different ways.
    One group screams: “Cut the warfare, keep the welfare”
    The other group screams: “Cut the welfare, keep the warfare”
    Then an old man comes along and says: “I know this wont make anyone completely happy, but the best thing to do might just be to work together. Cut half the welfare and half the warfare.”
    “He hates us all” says the first group.
    “He wants to make us weak” says the the second.
    And they continue to argue until the little they had left is gone and both welfare and warfare are no more.

    I am confident that any of our children would see the lesson here and grasp the wisdom of the old man, yet much of the media and the political machine continue to call this old man crazy and tell us we don’t really want what the old man has to offer…

  2. Submitted by Madeline Anderson on 12/19/2011 - 09:36 am.

    Guess Rybak was too busy to worry about 3900 Target jobs leaving Minneapolis.

  3. Submitted by Tina Liebling on 12/19/2011 - 11:33 am.

    Luke, that analogy might work for a kids’ story but it is irrelevant to the current situation in this country. A more accurate “make believe country” would have a homeless person and a billionaire. The homeless person says, “It’s not fair that you have everything many, many times over and in your quest for more you took away my home and my job.” The billionaire says, “Give me more. The more I have, the better it is for you.” Would a wise elder tell them to split the difference?

  4. Submitted by Jim Roth on 12/19/2011 - 12:34 pm.

    Madeline, I don’t think Target asked Mayor Rybak or discussed it with him. So I’m not sure what you think he could have done.

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