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Friday, June 06, 2014

 8:16 PM 

Pocan hits at "do-nothing" congressional GOP, Walker

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan did start his speech by praising the ruling that struck down the gay marriage ban in Wisconsin, but he spent far more time targeting Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker.

Pocan said Republicans in the House have spent more time trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act than passing actual legislation, citing the 54 votes in the House to repeal the health law and the 88 bills passed in Congress during the this session.

He also dismissed the notion that Ryan, who crafted a good deal of GOP budget proposals, is a respected and well-rounded policy wonk. He pointed to attempts to gut the ACA while retaining much of the tax revenue it produced, which he called a "two-trillion dollar 'uh-oh.'"

"You can't be a budget wonk if... your math is so fuzzy, that if it was fruit in your refrigerators, you would throw it out," Pocan joked.

Pocan then hammered Walker for his numerous out-of-state trips, arguing that he has spent too much time running for president in 2016 and not enough working for the state of Wisconsin. He asked the crowd if Walker flew more miles than the number of jobs he's created. He also announced a contest to guess the number of miles he's flown across the country.

He said Walker's term has hurt the state's place on the national stage.

"We're not a purple state because of our politics...If we look purple, it's because Scott Walker has damaged and bruised our reputation on a quest to get himself elected as president.:


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