Congressman Charles B. Rangel released the following statement after the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Governor Mitt Romney, held at the University of Denver:
"Tonight's debate between President Obama and Governor Romney makes the choice clear and easy for the American people. The Governor plans to roll back the progress we have made as a nation under President Obama to bring fairness and opportunity for all Americans.
Democrats in the House stand by the President's vision for America: to push for sensible solutions that will create jobs, balance the budget, revamp the economy, and strengthen small businesses and the middle class. We believe in building ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard, take responsibility, and play by the rules. We believe that the wealthiest Americans should pay their fair share as we work to reduce the deficit in a balanced way. We believe in investing in education and energy to make America more competitive. We believe that everyone deserves access to affordable healthcare and will fight against Republican attempts to repeal Obamacare and replace Medicare with Vouchercare.
My Democratic Colleagues and I have worked so hard with President Obama to move our country forward. America's future hangs in the balance. Let's keep pushing onward."