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Marino: `President Lacks Leadership'


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Tom Marino, PA-10, today issued this statement regarding President Obama's visit to Scranton, Pa., in the neighboring 11th Congressional District:

"A visit by a President is always exciting but today's appearance has lost some of its luster because of the President's poor performance in the White House.

"His lack of leadership and his refusal to do what is best for the country and his insistence on sticking to his worn-out ideologies and Chicago-style politics is clearly hurting the national economy and Americans of all walks of life.

"He delays making important decisions and leading at a time when we need a strong and reassuring President.

"One of the best examples is the President's delaying of the Keystone Pipeline, a project that would immediately employ 20,000 people with the promise of 200,000 jobs down the road.

"A true leader would not table such an important project just to appeal to opposing sides of his political base. The question is clear: `President Obama, do you want to pander to extreme leftist environmentalists or do you want to create thousands of good-paying, union-labor jobs?'

"If the President wants to make a career out of not being able to make a decision, he should go back to the U.S. Senate where the Democratic leadership has refused to vote on important bills passed by the House including 20-plus job-creating measures.

"President Obama can do all the campaigning he wants but we in Pennsylvania have a good memory. We remember what he really thinks of us and how he mocked our respect for our religion, for life and for our Second Amendment rights."

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