NH GOP - Chairman Comments on Hillary Clinton's Visit to New Hampshire

CONCORD, NH- State GOP Chairman Fergus Cullen issued the following statement on Hillary Clinton's trip to New Hampshire today: "Hillary Clinton knows a thing or two about coming back against the odds to defeat Sen. Obama in New Hampshire, and it is within that context that I welcome her back to the Granite State, where John McCain is preparing yet another New Hampshire comeback of his own. Sen. Clinton's visit is designed to distract attention from Jeanne Shaheen's record of failed leadership and tax increases, and is a reminder that a Senator Shaheen would be just another vote for the Democratic leadership and not an independent voice for New Hampshire."




Sen. Clinton Attacked Obama's Character And Judgment:

Sen. Clinton Attacked Obama For Working For "Rezko, In His Slum Landlord Business." Sen. Clinton: "And I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in inner-city Chicago." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, CNN Democrat Presidential Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/21/08)

NOTE: On Wednesday, Rezko Was Convicted On Charges Of Fraud And Corruption. "A federal jury Wednesday convicted developer Antoin 'Tony' Rezko of corruption charges for trading on his clout..." (Bob Secter and Jeff Coen, "Rezko Convicted Of Corruption," Chicago Tribune, 6/4/08)

Sen. Clinton Called Obama's "Bitter" Comments "Elitist," "Out Of Touch" And "Not Reflective Of The Values And Beliefs Of Americans." Sen. Clinton: "Now, like some of you may have been, I was taken aback by the demeaning remarks Senator Obama made about people in small town America. Senator Obama's remarks are elitist and they are out of touch. They are not reflective of the values and beliefs of Americans." (Hillary Clinton For President, "Gov. Tom Vilsack, PA Mayors Respond To Senator Obama's Recent Characterizations Of Pennsylvanians," Press Release, 4/12/08)

Sen. Clinton Attacked Obama's Readiness To Serve As Commander In Chief:

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Said That While She And Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Had Crossed "The Commander In Chief Threshold ... You Will Have To Ask Senator Obama With Respect To His Candidacy." Sen. Clinton: "In this election we need a nominee who can pass the commander-in-chief test. Someone ready on day it defend our country and keep our families safe. We need a president who passes that test. The first and most solemn duty of the president of the United States is to protect and defend our nation. And when there is a crisis and when the phone rings whether it's 3:00 p.m. or 3:00 a.m. In the White House, there is no time for speeches and on the job training. Senator McCain will bring a time of experience to the campaign. I will bring a lifetime of experience and Senator Obama will bring a speech he gave in 2002. I thi nk that is a significant difference. I think since we now know Senator McCain will be the nominee for the party, national security will be front and center in this election. We all know that. I think it's imperative that each of us be able to demonstrate we can cross the commander in chief threshold. I believe that I have done that and certainly Senator McCain has done that. You will have to ask Senator Obama with respect to his candidacy." (CNN's, "Newsroom," 3/8/08)

Sen. Clinton Mocked Obama For Arguing That "Living In A Foreign Country At The Age Of 10 Prepares One To Face The Big, Complex International Challenges The Next President Will Face." Sen. Clinton: "Now voters will judge whether living in a foreign country at the age of 10 prepares one to face the big, complex international challenges the next president will face. I think we need a president with more experience than that." (MSNBC's, "Hardball," 11/21/07)

Sen. Clinton Attacked Obama's Policies:

Sen. Clinton Attacked Obama's "Continuing To Say That He Would Meet With Some Of The Worst Dictators In The World Without Preconditions." Sen. Clinton: "And I disagree with his continuing to say that he would meet with some of the worst dictators in the world without preconditions and without the real, you know, understanding of what we would get from it." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, NBC Democrat Presidential Debate, Cleveland, OH, 2/26/08)

Sen. Clinton Accused Obama Of Wanting "A $1 Trillion Tax Increase." Sen. Clinton: "I do not want to fix the problems of Social Security on the backs of middle-class families and seniors. If you lift the cap completely, that is a $1 trillion tax increase. I don't think we need to do that." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, CNN Democrat Presidential Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 11/15/07)

Sen. Clinton Said Obama's Health Care Plan "Simply Flunks The Test." Sen. Clinton: "Sen. Obama's plan does not and cannot cover all Americans. He's called his plan universal, then he called it virtually universal, but it is not either. And when it comes to truth in labeling, it simply flunks the test." (Sen. Hillary Clinton, Remarks On Health Care, Des Moines, IA, 11/28/07)


Obama Attacked Sen. Clinton's Integrity:

Obama Accused Sen. Clinton Of "Willing To Say Anything To Get A Political Or Tactical Advantage," Eroding "People's Trust In Government" And Being Part Of The "Perpetual Campaign That ... Keeps Us From Solving Problems." Obama: "If you get the kind of looseness with the facts that Senator Clinton's displayed and you're willing to say anything to get a political or tactical advantage - that erodes people's trust in government. ... It makes them cynical. It's part of the perpetual campaign that is how Washington all too often operates these days and it keeps us from solving problems." (Mike Dorning, "Obama: Clintons Will 'Say Anything' For Political Advantage," Chicago Tribune's "The Swamp" Blog, www.swamppolitics.com, 1/22/08)

Obama Accused Sen. Clinton Of "Changing Positions Whenever It's Politically Convenient," Including On Free Trade, Torture, And The War In Iraq. Obama: "I think it requires us to be honest about the challenges that we face. It does not mean, I think, changing positions whenever it's politically convenient. And Senator Clinton, in her campaign, I think has been for NAFTA previously. Now she's against it. She has taken one position on torture several months ago, and then most recently has taken a different position. She voted for a war, to authorize sending troops into Iraq, and then later said this was a war for diplomacy. I don't think that it - now, that may be politically savvy, but I don't think that it offers the clear contrast that we need. I think what we need right now is honesty with the American people about where we would take the country." (Sen. Barack Obama, MSNBC Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Philadelphia, PA, 10/30/07)

Obama Attacked Sen. Clinton For Serving As "A Corporate Lawyer Sitting On The Board Of Wal-Mart." Obama: "[W]hile I was working on those streets, watching those folks see their jobs shift overseas, you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of Wal-Mart." (Sen. Barack Obama, CNN Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/22/08)

Obama Attacked Sen. Clinton's Experience:

Obama Ridiculed Sen. Clinton's Claims To Experience, Saying They Amount To "Osmosis, As A Consequence Of Having Been First Lady." Obama: "Sen. Clinton keeps touting her experience, but has no management experience that I can see in her resume. It's presumed through osmosis, as a consequence of having been first lady." (Carla Marinucci, "Barack Obama, In S.F., Takes On The Clintons," San Francisco Chronicle, 1/18/07)

Obama: "My Understanding Was That She Wasn't Treasury Secretary In The Clinton Administration." (CNN's, "American Morning," 11/20/07)

Obama Attacked Sen. Clinton's Secrecy:

Obama Attacked Sen. Clinton For Her Husband's Failure To Release Records From His Presidential Library, Declaring "She Can Release These Papers. She Can Get Them Released Soon..." Obama: "When she suggested somehow she didn't have control over whether or not these papers were being released--when what we're talking about here is her husband's presidential library. And when she is making a suggestion that part of the experience that she brings to this office is her experience as First Lady, then, I think, people have a right to ask some tough questions. She can release these papers. She can get them released soon, before the primary season is up. Certainly she doesn't have to wait until 2012 to have them released." ("'What She Can't Do Is Have It Both Ways,'" Newsweek.com, 11/12/07)

Biden Admits An Obama-Biden Administration Would March In Lockstep With Liberal Congressional Democrats On Economic And Foreign Policy


Biden Said The Policies Of An Obama-Biden Administration Would Be In Line With Congressional Democrats:

Biden: Our Agenda On The Economy And Foreign Policy Are Similar To Congressional Democrats. Reporter: "As you mentioned, you'll have to work with leaders on the Hill - that would include the Speaker of the House Pelosi, a Democrat, and the Senate Majority Leader Reid, also a Democrat. Can you give me some specific examples where your team might differ from their agenda, or are your agendas identical?" Biden: "Well, I don't know that, it's too early to tell exactly what it is. But look, not only are our agendas similar, in terms of how to deal with the economy, how to deal with foreign policy, how to deal with taxes, it's a view shared by a significant number of Republicans." (NBC - WSLS' Interview With Joe Biden, 10/27/08)


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Obama And Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) Have Both Called For Significant Cuts In Defense Spending:


Obama Said He Would Cut Billions Of Dollars In Defense Spending. Obama: "[I] will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems, and I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending." (Sen. Barack Obama, Caucus For Priorities Response, 10/22/07)


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Frank Called For A 25 Percent Cut In Defense Spending. "In a meeting with the editorial board of The Standard-Times, Rep. Frank, D-Mass., also called for a 25 percent cut in military spending, saying the Pentagon has to start choosing from its many weapons programs, and that upper-income taxpayers are going to see an increase in what they are asked to pay." (Steve Urbon, "Frank Envisions Post-Election Stimulus From Democrats," The [New Bedford, MA] Standard Times, 10/24/08)




Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), And Rep. Frank All Support Higher Taxes:


Obama Has Called For Higher Income Taxes, Social Security Taxes, Investment Taxes, And Corporate Taxes, As Well As "Massive New Domestic Spending." "Obama's transformation, if you go by his campaign so far, would mean higher income taxes, higher Social Security taxes, higher investment taxes, higher corporate taxes, massive new domestic spending, and a healthcare plan that perhaps could be the next step to a full-scale, single-payer system. Is that what most Americans want, someone who will fulfill a Democratic policy wish list?" (James Pethokoukis, "Barack Hussein Reagan? Ronald Wilson Obama?" U.S. News & World Report's "Capital Commerce" Blog, www.usnews.c om, 2/12/08)


Obama Also Called For A Tax On Coal And Natural Gas. Obama: "What we ought to tax is dirty energy, like coal and, to a lesser extent, natural gas." ("Q&A With Sen. Barack Obama," San Antonio Express-News, 2/19/08)

Obama Called For A Windfall Profits Tax On Oil Companies. Obama: "I think it is appropriate for us to impose a windfall profits tax on our oil companies." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Charlotte, NC, 5/2/08)

Speaker Pelosi Said Repealing Tax Cuts For Upper-Income Americans "Certainly Are Not Off The Table." Speaker Pelosi: "We're not going to start with repealing tax cuts, but they certainly are not off the table for people making over half a million dollars a year." ("Dems Won't Rule Out Tax Hike On Wealthy," www.cbsnews.com, 1/8/07)


Majority Leader Reid Introduced Legislation That Included A Windfall Profits Tax. "This idea is addressed in 'The Consumer-First Energy Act of 2008' (S. 3044), introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. The bill, which contains a controversial windfall profits tax on the five largest oil companies, recently failed to get enough votes to be debated on the Senate floor." (David Goldman, "Oil Speculation: What Congress Wants," CNNMoney.com, 6/24/08)


Reid: "With A Windfall Profits Tax We Can Take Big Oil's Excess Profits ..." (CBS News' "The Osgood File," 4/25/06)

Frank: "We'll Have To Raise Taxes Ultimately. Not Now, But Eventually." (Steve Urbon, "Frank Envisions Post-Election Stimulus From Democrats," The [New Bedford, MA] Standard Times, 10/24/08)


Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi And Frank Voted In Favor Of The Democrats' FY 2009 Budget Resolution. (S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #85: Adopted 51-44: R 2-43; D 47-1; I 2-0, 3/14/08, Obama, Reid And Biden Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #142: Adopted 48- 45: R 2- 44; D 44- 1; I 2-0, 6/4/08, Obama And Reid Voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, CQ Vote #382: Adopted 214-210: R 0-196; D 214-14; 6/5/08, Pelosi And Frank Voted Yea)


FactCheck.org: The Budget Resolution Would Have Allowed Most Of The Provisions Of The 2001 And 2003 Tax Cuts To Expire, Effectively Raising Taxes On Those Making $41,500 In Total Income. "What Obama voted for was a budget resolution that would have allowed most of the provisions of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to expire. In particular, the resolution would allow the 25 percent tax bracket to return to its pre-2001 level of 28 percent. That bracket kicks in at $32,550 for an individual or $65,100 for a married couple. ... But as those of you who have filled out a 1040 know, that's not actually how income taxes work. We don't pay taxes on our total earnings; we pay them based on our 'taxable income.' The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center's Eric Toder told FactCheck.org that 'people with taxable income of $32,000 would have a total income greater than that.' In 2008, anyone filing taxes with single status would be entitled to a standard deduction of $5,450, as well as a personal exemption of $3,500. So to have a taxable income high enough to reach the 25 percent bracket, an individual would need to earn at least $41,500 in total income, while a married couple would need a combined income of at least $83,000." ("The $32,000 Question," www.factcheck.org, 7/8/08)

FactCheck.org: "Obama's Votes Indicate A Willingness To Raise Taxes." "Certainly Obama's votes indicate a willingness to raise taxes, and Obama has not been shy about saying explicitly that he will raise some taxes." ("The $32,000 Question," www.factcheck.org, 7/8/08)