Holding: 2012 Election about "Unlimited Opportunities or Unlimited Handouts!"

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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Punch it up

Charles Malone, the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 13th District, laughed out loud when he saw Holding's comments.

"George Holding continues to be dangerously out of touch with the reality of what North Carolina families are facing," said Malone. "Holding wasn't just born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he came into this world with a 16-piece place setting and a maid to keep it shined.

"Mr. Holding's recent performance on the John Edwards trial gives us a clear view of his misguided priorities. Holding flushed millions and millions of taxpayer dollars down the toilet on a boondoggle designed with only one thing in mind: to help his political career. And he couldn't even do that right.

"Families in North Carolina don't need another rich aristocrat representing their interests. They need honest public servants who understand what life looks like for most people. I'm not perfect by any stretch, but compared to George Holding, I'm almost a saint."