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ICYMI: Highlights From Conference Call With Rep. Steve Chabot & RNC Political Director Rick Wiley

- September 22, 2011

Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-1):

“While I was pleased to see President Obama recognize the significance of the Brent Spence Bridge project, his Administration has made it clear that their recent focus on the bridge is sadly nothing more than a political ploy to pressure Republicans into supporting yet another stimulus plan.

“It is also important to note that there is nothing in the President’s so-called Jobs Plan that indicates money will be spent on the Brent Spence Project …

“We must develop a rational process whereby critical infrastructure projects, like the Brent Spence, will be objectively identified and funded based upon merit.

“By turning this into a political issue, the President risks derailing good-faith efforts to establish this process …

“If they were serious about this and it was something other than politics, they could have included funding in the 800-plus billion dollar stimulus bill, which they did not …

“We welcome him, but we think he’s a little late to the process."

RNC Political Director Rick Wiley:

“Today is just another example of what we have pinned him as the campaigner-in-chief. This is the second visit to Ohio, a crucial battleground state … in the past two weeks. Vice President Biden made a trip in there as well, and it should come as no surprise how purely political this trip is …

“Instead of coming to Cincinnati to talk about real solutions that would put Ohioans back to work, he’s trying to sell Stimulus Part Two, or his campaign spending bill, trying to gin up support when we all know his Stimulus Part Two is $1.5 trillion in new tax increases …

“President Clinton said we should not be raising taxes. So when you have the former President coming out against your ideas, you know something is wrong.

“And if you look at his trip into Ohio, it comes on the heels of some horrible polling numbers. There have been eight public polls that have been released in Ohio touting Barack Obama’s job approval rating, and in all eight of those public polls, he fails to get to 50% …

"So with numbers like these it’s not surprising that he continues to come into Ohio, because we all know Ohio is crucial and critical to his re-election efforts …

“He has a situation out there where his poll numbers are in the tank in battleground states Indiana, Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, the list goes on … So the path to his re-election efforts are becoming muddier by the day …

“Perhaps the President would be better suited to focus his energy on rebuilding bipartisan bridges with Republicans rather than burning them with American job creators.”

Click Here To Listen To The Full Audio: http://www.gop.com/audio/09.22.2011_cincycall.mp3


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