Democratic nominee for US House of Representatives Charles Malone has released the following statement regarding an article that appeared in today's Rocky Mount Telegram.
In an interview with The Rocky Mount Telegram, 13th Congressional District Candidate Republican George Holding described the 2012 election as a choice between whether Americans, “want unlimited opportunities and possibilities or a country with unlimited handouts without regard for cost.”
Democratic candidate Charles Malone believes the election is about equal access to opportunity and questions Holding’s use of the phrase “unlimited handouts.”
“It is easy to make simplistic statements about opportunity and possibility when one grows up surrounded by wealth. Not every American can rely on personal wealth to cover medical bills, college tuition, etc. Mr. Holding can. We don’t begrudge his family’s success, but question whether someone with a viewpoint that assumes those receiving government assistance are asking for unlimited handouts is out of touch with a large majority of the 13th District?”
“Are our seniors who rely on Medicare and Social Security receiving unlimited handouts? Are college students who use Federal Financial Aid to pay for school receiving unlimited handouts? Are children who receive health care benefits taking unlimited handouts?”
Malone feels Holding’s statement reflects a radical difference between the two candidates.
“Mr. Holding believes in a trickle down approach to economics. Reward the wealthy and hope that prosperity and opportunity finds everyone else. The problem is, it does not work. We tried this approach of tax cuts for wealthy Americans with little regulation of banks and corporations during the previous administration and our economy was on the brink of depression.”
“I believe government must make smart investments in roads, bridges, community college job training programs, and research and development in partnership with the private sector to grow our economy and create jobs. The United States economy operates best when the private and public sector work together.”
“I will fight to ensure every American has equal opportunity to get ahead. I will pursue solutions to issues that promote equal access, but require responsibility from Americans receiving Federal help.”
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