Bradley claimed that American economy is robust and that the deficit has been reduced. Carol Shea-Porter pointed out that most Americans are working more for less and that deficits have skyrocketed under the Republican leadership.
"I'm astounded that he talks about efficient government," said Shea-Porter," because we all know what the cost of government has been since President Bush and Jeb Bradley have come into office. We have seen the largest deficits in history. We also know that the top 1% have been the ones who have gained from the income. When you look at the median, we have not had more money. And Americans understand that. They know that they do not have more money for pizza on Friday night, and the bills are larger. And it doesn't matter what this government tries to tell us. They know how to read those numbers. The top 1% are the ones who have picked up the tax breaks and the bottom are the ones who have picked up the tab."
Shea-Porter described the conflict in Iraq as a civil war. She also recommended redeploying troops in the Middle East -- a strategy which has been embraced by key military and political leaders.