CONCORD – New Hampshire Republican Party Chairman Fergus Cullen issued the following statement regarding Obama foreign policy surrogate John Hutson’s recent Op-Ed in the Concord Monitor:
“John Hutson’s Op-Ed in Monday’s Concord Monitor left me scratching my head. Like many Granite Staters, I am more than perplexed at how Hutson can write that Obama, one of the most liberal U.S. Senators, is ‘standing by a conservative economic policy’ after voting twice in favor of the Democrats' fiscal 2009 budget resolution that would raise taxes on individuals earning as little as $31,850.
“Instead of trying to spin Obama’s economic plan, John Hutson would do well to stick to his role of being an Obama foreign policy surrogate and advisor. Although even in this area Hutson seems to have some views that defy logic, such as when he warmed up a crowd at an Obama event in Portsmouth by saying, ‘The U.S. is no longer a world leader in our foreign policy.We’re not even a world follower. We’re just an outlier.’
“Besides being outrageous, comments such as these are deeply troubling in that they are indicative of the type of thinking that serves to formulate many of Barack Obama’s shifting foreign policy positions.
“It is clear that Hutson has no business talking about the economy, but what is much more troubling are his comments on foreign policy. I believe he and the Obama campaign owe the people of New Hampshire some explanation of how exactly our country is not even a world follower but is just an outlier.”
“At the end of the day, Obama is standing by a conservative economic policy…” (John Hutson, “ Why this former McCain fan backs Obama” ConcordMonitor Op-Ed, 7/14/08, http://www.concordmonitor.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080714/OPINION/807140303
“At points, the Obama advisers verged on the foreboding. John Hutson, a retired rear admiral and judge advocate general in the Navy who is now head of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H. summarized the state of affairs as follows: ‘I'm very sad and very worried about what's happened to our foreign policy. I'm very worried that historians are going to look back at the early days of the 21st century and say that's where the U.S. got derailed, that's where we made a wrong turn, that's where the U.S. began to become the next former great power.’ He added: ‘The U.S.is no longer a world leader in our foreign policy. We're not even a world follower. We're just an outlier (emphasis added).’” (Alec McGillis, "Obama: ‘The man for theMoment,’” washingtonpost.com, 11/27/07, http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2007/11/27/obama_the_man_for_the_moment.html)
The Democrats' Budget Would Raise Taxes On Individuals Earning As Little As $32,000. "Under both Democratic plans, tax rates would increase by 3 percentage points for each of the 25 percent, 28 percent and 33 percent brackets. At present, the 25 percent bracket begins at $31,850 for individuals and $63,700 for married couples. The 35 percent bracket on incomes over $349,700 would jump to 39.6 percent." (Andrew Taylor, "Presidential Hopefuls To Vote On Budget," The Associated Press, 3/13/08)