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Saturday, June 12, 2010

 11:08 AM 

Barrett calls for substance over ideology

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett stressed the need for pragmatism and substance over ideology in helping to bring jobs to the state and fight a $2.3 billion structural deficit while preserving education, health care and public safety.

Barrett said the GOP candidates' tax policies will result in that deficit mushrooming to $4.1 billion “overnight” and questioned what the impact would be on education and public safety.

“It's amazing to me that when we have a S2.3 billion structural deficit they want to transform it overnight into $4.1 billion,” Barrett said.

Barrett pointed to his own economic plan and plan to cut state spending and called upon GOP candidates to detail cuts they would support.

Barrett said voters deserve candidates “who have substance and are willing to tackle the tough issues that face us right now.”

“These are real-world problems that we have to deal with and we have to deal with them now,” Barrett said.

Barrett promised attendees that he would do everything he can to attract, retain and create jobs in the state, vowed to protect education, healthcare and the environment and to boost agriculture in the state.

Barrett drew applause at several points in the speech when he characterized his GOP opponents as ideologues and called for a substantive, pragmatic approach to solving problems

“Some people like to have ideological wars. ... It's all about ideology. That's not who I am,” Barrett said. “This is too serious of a time. This is not the time for those ideological wars.”

“We need some mature leadership, some adult supervision to move this state forward,” Barrett said.

Barrett knocked Republicans, saying they drove the car into a ditch and that they are now complaining that Democrats aren't pulling it out fast enough. He said to laughs that if the GOP gets back in power, “that car is going to stay in the ditch forever and its going to start leaking oil.”

Barrett was introduced by his wife, Kris, who emphasized his frugality and commitment to family.

“He's going to work for women, he's going to work for children, he's going to work for families,” she said.

Listen to the audio: http://www.wispolitics.com/1006/100612BarrettSpeech2.mp3

-- By David Wise


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