Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis issued the following statement today on Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan to be his running-mate:
By choosing Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney is doubling down on the same failed policies that didn’t grow our economy, create good jobs, invest in the future, or pay down our debt. The Romney-Ryan agenda would end Medicare as we know it, raise taxes on the poor to pay for tax breaks for the rich, make college less affordable, and cut Social Security. The Romney-Ryan vision is wrong for Maryland and the country, and is the last thing working families need.
President Obama and Democrats know that we must build an economy to last that lays the foundation for sustainable economic growth where everybody gets a fair shake, everybody gets a fair shot and everybody plays by the same set of rules. That’s why the President is committed to moving us forward by cutting taxes for middle-class families, supporting manufacturing and innovation, giving more people the opportunity to go to college, and investing in infrastructure, science and education.
The choice in this election could not be clearer. We cannot move forward by going back to the same bad ideas that got us into this mess. We must move the country forward by reelecting President Obama.
Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis issued the following statement after Mitt Romney said that America doesn’t need “more firemen, more policemen, more teachers.” This sentiment was echoed by former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu and Newt Gingrich, both Romney surrogates, on Monday.
Mitt Romney is out of touch. Even though 700,000 public sector workers have lost their jobs since 2009 – the worst three-year stretch on record – and localities have been forced to increase classroom sizes and close public safety departments, Mitt Romney is trying to score cheap political points by demonizing teachers, firefighters and police officers. Rather than focusing on strengthening our economic recovery, Mitt Romney prefers to pander to tea party Republicans and continue the GOP’s ideologically extreme battle against government.
Under President Obama the private sector has now created 4.3 million jobs over 27 straight months of job growth. In Maryland, under Governor O’Malley, as we have weathered the impacts of the Bush recession, our state employees have sacrificed more than their fair share and have shouldered the burden of over $1 billion in cuts. To continue to create jobs and grow our economy, President Obama and Governor O’Malley understand that we have to do more to keep teachers in the classroom and police officers on the beat.
Mitt Romney doesn’t get it. But this comes as no surprise given that Romney has said he liked firing people, claimed corporations are people and said he’s not concerned about the very poor. Romney is proposing the very same policies that got us into his mess: tax cuts for billionaires, drastic cuts in education and Medicare, and fewer rules for Wall Street. That’s a vision that’s going backward. In 2012, we’re going forward with President Obama
Maryland Democratic Party Chair Yvette Lewis issued the following statement tonight on the results of the Republican primary in Maryland:
After grossly outspending his rivals, Mitt Romney bought another tactical victory in his ugly and revealing march towards the GOP nomination. But in his blind pursuit of Tea Party support, Mitt Romney has embraced extreme far-right positions that are out-of-step with the values of Maryland families and will hurt him with moderate and independent voters.
Mitt Romney has turned his back on students, seniors and working families by enthusiastically endorsing the radical and extreme Ryan budget. The Romney-Ryan budget gives massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires by gutting critical investments in education, research and development, and infrastructure, and ending Medicare as we know it. The Romney-Ryan approach has failed in the past and will not lead to economic growth.
In Romney’s ever-lengthening quest to appeal to the far-right wing of the Republican Party, he has adopted extreme positions on immigration, energy and women’s healthcare that are wrong for Maryland and America. Voters are already turning away from Romney and will not forget his lurch to the right in November.