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John Kerry Responds to Bush Radio Address

Location: Des Moines, IA

Secretary O'Neill is right, and George Bush still can't see what's wrong in Iowa and New Hampshire

January 10, 2004

For Immediate Release
Des Moines, IA -

"Today, in his radio address President Bush had the audacity to tell the nation that his tax cuts for the wealthy "got this economy going again." It's just more proof that President Bush's former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill was right. As this Bush-league, jobless recovery continues, George Bush looks at the economy like "a blind man in a room full of deaf people."

"The President can't see that on his watch 29,000 manufacturing jobs in Iowa have disappeared, while his Administration rewards Benedict Arnold corporations with billions of dollars in federal contracts and tax incentives to take jobs overseas and profits offshore. The President turns a blind eye to Iowa's seniors who suffer with the lowest Medicare reimbursement rate in the country, while the Administration rewards $139 million in lobbying by the drug companies with $139 billion in windfall profits from a Medicare destruction bill."

"The President can't hear the voices of New Hampshire seniors and low income families freezing at home, struggling with soaring heating bills as oil prices climb above $34 a barrel. This Administration can't hear those voices from out on the golf course this weekend in sunny Arizona on an 'energy junket' with energy corporations and their lobbyists. The President doesn't hear that 20,000 jobs have been lost in New Hampshire, including 550 workers from Tyson Foods in Manchester who just got handed pink slips."

"Iowa and New Hampshire have the chance to end the radial direction George Bush is taking our country, and choose a President who doesn't just see what's happening, but who has the vision to turn our economy around."

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