Thornberry says presidential election biggest since WWII
By John Ingle
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The November presidential election is the most important contest for the top seat in the country's government since about World War II, said Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, during a Wichita County Republican Women meeting Monday.
He also likened this election to the 1980 decision that pitted unpopular incumbent President Jimmy Carter against California's Ronald Reagan. He said the country knew it needed a change, but until the fall of 1980, the voting populace didn't know if the movie star-turned-politician could be trusted to bring the country out of economic turmoil.
Thornberry said President Barack Obama has failed at leading this country out of an economic downturn, but the current Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is the right answer at the right time to meet the needs and make the tough decisions facing the United States.
"The most important thing is for Romney to talk about what he's going to do for the country," the congressman told a packed room.
Thornberry said Romney's background in business in which he created jobs and managed debt makes him the ideal candidate.
Romney's selection of Ryan as his running mate also made the ticket stronger. Thornberry said Ryan possesses three things that make him the best candidate: a big brain, a big heart and a small ego.
The House of Representatives and Senate are supposed to pass a budget by April 15 each year.
Ryan has led the charge in the House, providing a comprehensive budget that addresses key issues, the congressman said.
The Senate hasn't passed a budget in four years, and Obama's most recent budget attempt didn't receive any votes, Thornberry said.
"Having (Ryan) on the ticket ensures we are focusing on the big things that matter," he said.
Ryan has drawn criticism from the left for his stance on making tough decisions on entitlement programs such as Medicare and Social Security reform.
Thornberry said it's time to have an "adult conversation" about the issues and stop burying heads in sand.
The congressman characterized the Obama campaign as targeting specific demographics that are more receptive to his message, based on studies and political polls.
He said campaigning to individual groups is not representative of the country.
"I think it's important right now to talk to all Americans, not pick us apart in little segments," Thornberry said. "The potential we could do with the right decisions ... is enormous."
The congressman went on to talk about other issues, including one that hits close to home in this area — oil and gas production.
He said the Obama administration has placed restrictions on oil and gas production, but through advancements in technology, more oil has been produced in the past five years than ever before.
"There are lots of folks who say we can be energy independent if we can get the government off the neck of oil and gas," he said.
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