Record Herald: U.S. Senator Portman energizes the Fayette County Republicans at annual Lincoln Day Dinner
By Ryan Carter
February 18, 2014
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) rallied the base Monday evening at the 51st-annual Fayette County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.
Despite freezing rain that caused hazardous road conditions Monday night, approximately 230 enthusiastic Republicans attended the event at the Mahan Building on the Fayette County Fairgrounds. Portman had nothing but superlatives for Fayette County and its people following the dinner.
“I love this county…..it’s a great county,” said Portman, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, running a campaign on conservative ideas to help create jobs and get the deficit under control. “The people here are really receptive, open and friendly. It’s a county that is well-run and the finances are good thanks to the county commissioners and others, because they are fiscally conservative. It’s a great agricultural county but it’s also got some great businesses.”
During his speech, Portman talked at length about his concern about the growing debt.
“The Washington establishment is now saying let’s not have debt limit,” Portman said. “The President wants to make it rubber-stamped and say we’re never going to negotiate on it. This is a constitutional responsibility for us. My bigger concern is (the debt ceiling) is the only thing that has worked in the last three decades to reduce spending. This is maxing out on the federal credit card. I voted ‘No’ on the debt limit increase. Not because I wanted us to go into default, but we cannot continue to mortgage our future. It’s about what kind of country we’re going to leave for our kids and grandkids. I think it’s incredibly irresponsible for the President of the United States to say we’re not going to even talk about it.”
Portman also condemned the President’s health care initiative that has become law, typically referred to as Obamacare.
“It’s going to make things even worse,” said Portman. “The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group, comes out and says, ‘The equivalent of 2.5 million Americans are going to lose their jobs because of Obamacare.’ We can’t afford to lose 2.5 million more jobs. We’ve got long-term unemployment in record numbers. And yet, we now find out that Obamacare is not only going to drive up our health care costs, take away our choices, cancel people’s health care insurance, but actually make the economy even worse….make this economic recovery the worst since the Great Depression.”
Portman said that part of the solution is for Republicans to stand up and repeal Obamacare.
“We’re the party of optimism, the party of ideas,” he said. “We believe that America’s greatness is not because of its government, it’s because of its people. We believe that there’s nothing wrong with America that can’t be fixed by new leadership and new policies because ultimately, it’s about faith, it’s about family, it’s about hard work. It’s about the American people being able to be free from some of these constraints that frankly, Washington has put on them.”
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