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ICYMI: Highlights from Call with Fmr. Sen. Sununu and NH Sen. Maj. Leader Bradley

- May 16, 2012

Former U.S. Senator John Sununu (R-NH):

"If you look around the world at what's happening in Europe, what's happening in the financial markets, the seriousness of this issue, dealing with the budget, dealing with the debt really cannot be overstated. And the facts are that Barack Obama has undermined America's financial future like no other president in history. Five trillion dollars in new debt in the last three years. A $2.6 trillion healthcare takeover whose cost keeps going up. That isn't any campaign rhetoric, that's the White House and CBO budget analysis of the cost of the global healthcare takeover. And maybe most important and worst of all, Obama has provided no plan and very little expression of interest in addressing these issues. He's certainly issued the talking points. But his budgets have shown no substantive plans or goals to address the exploding costs of the Baby Boomer retirement.

"He was given an opportunity and failed to provide leadership when Congressional leaders put a deal on the table. And then analyzed from top to bottom, and the fact is that President Obama had a $4 trillion debt reduction plan that Congressional leadership put on the table with $800 billion in new revenues and he said no because he didn't want to offend his liberal base. And that kind of pandering to a political base when you have a tough deal but a good deal on the table is a total lack of leadership...

"He has had three and a half years to deal with the problem and it gets worse every single day. He thought $4 trillion in new debt was unpatriotic and irresponsible. He's gone beyond that in a much shorter amount of time. His budget for 2013 put up another trillion dollar deficit. It's impossible to claim that he's serious or capable of dealing with the problem when his 2013 budget...looks like business as usual and we can't afford that. Mitt Romney will reduce the size of government. He understands that when government is consuming 25% of the GNP, 25% of our economy, that's too big and its much larger than the historic norm...He'll provide the leadership. Mitt Romney won't ignore problems. Mitt Romney won't burden future generations with more debt which has been the operating procedure of Barack Obama..."

New Hampshire Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley:

"I think this is all about leadership we've had four years of campaigning from the Oval Office, it's time for somebody who has created jobs, that's Governor Romney, somebody who has actually cut spending in his home state when he was Governor of Massachusetts to assume the helm of our nation. The chaos that is happening in Europe will be happening in America if we don't reform entitlement spending in Washington. When Senator Sununu and I served in Congress, when I left Congress in 2006 our budget situation was manageable about a $150 billion dollar deficit, too high, but certainly not over a trillion dollars per year which is what we've seen under President Obama.

"Entitlement reform is absolutely necessary. Mitt has the leadership skills to work in partnership with the states to reform these entitlement programs, starting with Medicaid. That's crucially important, in New Hampshire...you know what we have done by implementing managed care for Medicaid. We've cut our state budget by 11% to manage revenues and expenditures. This is the kind of leadership we need in Washington. We have seen a failed leadership and we are on the brink of an ever cascading set of problems that we are going to have financially if we don't turn things around in November."

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/5.16.2012_NH.mp3

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