Republican response time
COLUMBUS - Ohio Republican Party Deputy Chairman Kevin DeWine released the following statement regarding the Democrat debate from Cleveland:
"Not surprisingly this debate really offered nothing new. It's the same old argument between a handful of Democrats who believe the answer to every problem is more government. And not surprisingly we as Republicans believe that government is best that governs least.
"We all know that this election is going to be about more than just hope and a few feel-good speeches. It's about leadership, it's about experience and a record of getting things done for Ohio and for this nation.
"Take a look at what has happened here in Ohio. More than a year ago, Ohio elected a Democrat governor who promised to turn our state around. Yet today, unemployment remains high, we lead the nation in home foreclosures and we continue to lose thousands of jobs a year.
"This debate offered nothing more than the same failed policies.
"The people of this state deserve leadership that doesn't increase their obligation to government and extend its control of their lives. And that is the real debate of this election and we look forward to winning that debate this November."
Tax, Spend, Retreat
Nothing new in Democrats' liberal debate
COLUMBUS - Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett today released the following statement in response to the Democrats' debate at Cleveland State between Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama:
"There's very little debate on what either Democrat would actually do as president: raise taxes, increase spending, and retreat on national security. While they quibble over who can raise taxes higher and further depress Ohio's economy, Republicans are focused on fiscal responsibility and keeping America safe," said Bennett.
"Senators Clinton and Obama plan to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on new healthcare bureaucracy when government has enough trouble processing our tax returns. They lack any credible plans to pay for these ill-conceived ideas that limit personal choices between patients and doctors.
"Their foolishness on trade is particularly striking because they ignore the fact that repealing NAFTA would drive up prices and cost thousands of jobs right here in Ohio, the fourth largest exporter of goods in the nation.
"Time and again, Senator Obama's grand rhetoric has not matched his meager record. His unwise and ill-considered foreign policy and his contorted positions on trade clearly show he is unprepared to lead this nation."