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Hoeffel Calls for Urgent Action to Solve Problems at Home and Abroad

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Location: Scranton, PA


HOEFFEL CALLS FOR URGENT ACTION TO SOLVE PROBLEMS AT HOME AND ABROAD

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"Since Republicans are in charge of both houses of Congress and the White House, you might think they would make good on their ideas about 'making government run more like a business,'" Hoeffel said. "Unfortunately, it turns out that their business model is Enron and WorldCom. Arlen Specter has loyally backed a Bush-Cheney agenda that's turned surpluses into deficits by putting tax cuts for millionaires ahead of investments in better schools for children, in health care for seniors and veterans, in more police on our streets. He's their Senator now, not ours."

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"Senator Specter wants to stay the course in Washington , but I know we have to change course," Hoeffel said. "Like John Kerry and John Edwards, I know we can't do better by standing still or continuing Bush-Cheney policies that are hurting us at home and abroad. But that's exactly what Arlen Specter seems satisfied to do - claiming that he can 'bring home the bacon' to Pennsylvania when down in Washington he's actually voting for an agenda that's done nothing but shrink the pie for working families and communities in our state.

"What's missing in Washington is a sense of URGENCY that responds to the reality of people's lives. Martin Luther King called it, 'the fierce urgency of now,'" Hoeffel said. "Pennsylvanians can't afford to wait when we see jobs shipped off-shore and families lose their health insurance. Americans can't afford to wait for our government to focus on the real terror threat we face from al-Qaeda. And the world can't wait while genocide is being committed in the Sudan . We have to get started right now on building a future that works for Pennsylvanians. That's what I'm going to do with John Kerry, John Edwards and a united Democratic ticket in our battleground state."

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