Murphy calls out former Congressman Fitzpatrick for his record of outsourcing American jobs and rubberstamping Bush’s failed economic policies
(Philadelphia, PA) – Today, Patrick Murphy soundly defeated former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick in the first debate of this election cycle. The election presents voters with a clear choice, Murphy said, between a candidate who wants to return to the failed Bush economic policies of the past that got us into this mess and one who wants to continue moving our country forward and creating good jobs. Murphy hammered Fitzpatrick for rubberstamping those failed Bush policies during his time in Congress, including unfunded tax cut for multi-millionaires and outsourcing American jobs. Now, Murphy said, Fitzpatrick is calling for a return to those exact same policies – and we can’t afford it.
“Sometimes I feel like the clean-up crew after an Eagles game,” Murphy said. He added that while he wished he didn’t have to clean up after Fitzpatrick’s mess, waiting out the recession was simply not an option.
Murphy highlighted the stark differences between him and his opponent on several issues.
On outsourcing jobs, Murphy called Fitzpatrick out for being the tie-breaking vote to expand disastrous, NAFTA-style trade deals that outsourced American jobs to Central America and the Middle East. Before the vote Fitzpatrick met with constituents like Mary Dunne and promised her he’d vote against outsourcing. Then he walked down to vote, got a call from Dick Cheney telling him to be a “yes,” and he immediately Fitz-flopped.
On the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, Murphy slammed Fitzpatrick for passing tax cuts for the Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohans of the world without paying for a dime of it. Murphy called for extending the middle-class tax cuts – which accounts for 98% of American families – and allowing those for the wealthiest 2% to expire.
On choice, Murphy stated he supports a woman’s right to choose and highlighted Fitzpatrick’s extremist position of opposing that right,even in cases of rape and incest. Fitzpatrick is far outside the mainstream, Murphy said, and seems like much more of an Alabama Republican than a moderate Bucks County Republican.
On stem cells, Murphy reiterated his support for stem cell research while Fitzpatrick tried to dodge his previous record of voting against it, denying the promise of that technology to millions of Americans who suffer from Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or other diseases.