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|GOP Uses Lincoln's Birthday to Criticize Democrats
|In an event meant to honor President Abraham Lincoln as the world celebrated his 200th birthday, high profile Republican lawmakers wasted no time in bashing Democrat administrations past and present.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee compared the country's current economic situation to a college kid with a good chunk of money at the start of the semester and a credit card for emergencies. When the kid runs out of money and maxes out the credit card in three weeks, Huckabee says it's wrong to give him more money and another credit card, which he says is exactly like the current 790 billion dollar stimulus package on the table. Plus, he says some of President Barack Obama's cabinet picks are questionable. He says newly confirmed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner "doesn't understand that he has to pay taxes like the rest of us." Huckabee then wondered aloud how Geithner can oversee the laws when he can't follow them himself.
In honor of Lincoln, Huckabee said he was a very strong leader who stood by his convictions and led the country based on what he believed was right. He says Lincoln knew that some of the country disagreed with his stance on slavery, but that "the idea that every man is equal is not simply rhetorical, that it's reality, and we should live to the last drop of blood to protect that for every human being."
Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar introduced Huckabee. He rallied the hundreds of Republicans in the room by saying the party can become the majority once again in 2010, following what he calls a colossal Democrat failure. Edgar says that idea is not a guarantee, and the Republicans must re-establish themselves as the party of high ethics and fiscal responsibility.
(Illinois Radio Network)
|02 12 09 by Newsroom
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