GOP kingmakers call election ‘make or break moment’
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) appropriated a phrase from President Obama to describe the 2012 election in an op-ed on Friday.
“President Obama has characterized this time as a ‘make or break moment’ for America, and we agree,” the two legislators write.
Obama used the phrase in a recent speech in Kansas, where he invoked former President Theodore Roosevelt in calling for Americans to rally together behind him and his economic vision.
DeMint and King, both influential GOP conservatives, have said they will not endorse before the Republican primary. However, they weighed in on the process in a joint op-ed for The Des Moines Register less than a week before the first vote in Iowa on Jan. 3. The op-ed looks ahead to the general election, urging readers in Iowan to vote for a course correction, away from Obama and back to a nation of “hope and opportunity.”
The op-ed also articulates what the two congressmen are seeking in their candidate. “The next president must be able to tell Americans a date when we will finally balance the budget and pay the first net dollar off our national debt,” they write. They urge voters to seek a candidate who will implement a balanced budget amendment, cap annual spending, and require a super majority for any tax hike.
The op-ed focuses on economic issues, warning that Obama is involving the U.S. in the economic crisis in Europe. Obama wants to make America “more like socialized Europe,” they charge in the op-ed. “Obama’s utopian dream of Europe doesn’t exist. The reality in Europe is a nightmare.
“Obama now has us on a course to balance our budget exactly at the stroke of never,” they continue. “Unless Americans call for bold, decisive action, we are faced with default and insolvency.”
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