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On debt limit, GOP candidates cite Obama’s 2006 ‘leadership failure’ speech

by George Bennett | October 14th, 2013

Obama in West Palm Beach last year

Nostalgic for some old-school Barack Obama talking points?

Just ask one of the Republicans running in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 about raising the debt limit.

When asked last week about raising the current $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, GOP hopefuls Alan Schlesinger, Carl Domino and Ellen Andel all referred to a 2006 speech by then-Sen. Obama about the “leadership failure” of hiking the limit to $9 trillion.

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Also this week: find out about state Sen. Joe Negron‘s $14,880 birthday card strategy and the Democratic consultant his “true conservative” GOP primary challenger has hired. And get the latest on the wide-open District 6 Palm Beach County commission race, including the political operative who recently left one campaign and was hired by another.

10 Responses to “On debt limit, GOP candidates cite Obama’s 2006 ‘leadership failure’ speech”

  1. franciscoM Says:

    obama states that if the debt ceiling is not raised, we will “crash the world economy.” “It will be the end of the dollar”
    “The world will suffer another great depression” Republican say they will raise the debt limit if obama delays the mandatory sign up for individuals of obamacare for one year. (like obama did for big business) obama says no…. so lets get this straight…obama is willing to crash the WORLD economy so that his signature piece of legislation that does not work and will crash the American economy is not delayed…

  2. Bill Says:

    @ franciscoM
    Let me get this straight, you want to tell women what they can do to their bodies? How dare you! I’ve volunteered at women’s health clinics throughout the years and let me tell you the good work they do for women. I have carried countless bags of aborted fetuses to the dumpster, but do you have any idea what those things would do to a woman’s body if she carried them to term? Trust me it aint’ pretty! Plus it is one less mouth to feed, so it is good for the economy!

  3. Janie's got a "growth" Says:


    I would be very interested in which clinic you work at. I am no longer allowed at mine…long story…7 procedures in less than a year ;)

    Also, can you let me know if they check id’s? I’m 15 and my boyfriend stole my purse w/ my fake id in it. :(

    thx!! :)

  4. franciscoM Says:

    I could care less what a woman does to her body. She can blow her womb to kingdom come for all I care….thats between her and her maker. Just don’t ask me to pay for it….

  5. Bill Says:

    @ franciscoM

    Emailing me graphic pictures of aborted fetuses will not change my pro-choice beliefs, please stop! An unwanted fetus is no different than an unsightly mole or growth.. I say.scrape it out and who the he11 are you to tell women they don’t have a choice? Grow up doosh!

    By the way, was it intentional that you sent that one pick of your junk or was that accidental? If it was intended, I only have one thing to say to you!……NICE

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