The notorious “No Labels” campaign, which works to establish middle of the road policies and is co-chaired by republican Jon Huntsman and independent Joe Lieberman, met with many candidates about their agendas.
- Create 25 million new jobs over the next 10 years
- Secure Social Security and Medicare for the next 75 years
- Balance the federal budget by 2030
- Make America energy secure by 2024
They must commit to at least begin work on one of these four issues with the congressional leaders of both parties within the first 30 days of inauguration. I guess “commit” could be anything, though. It could be as much as doing a policy speech or a meeting with leaders about the issue of his choice.
Either way, the questionable thing that appears in this press release from the No Labels folks is that they think that Donald Trump is a “No Labels” kinda guy. In fact, they think he’s a “Problem Solver.” True story, the Donald is included in the list of republican candidates who are taking the pledge. I guess you could say that in some twisted world Donald Trump is some sort of “problem solver,” if you like solving problems by bombing everyone, deporting everyone and blaming everyone else.
“As the first primary state, New Hampshire has a chance to set the tone for the entire country by showing that voters will reward candidates who make a tangible commitment to govern as a problem solver,” said No Labels co-chair Jon Huntsman in a statement.
Interestingly, Hillary Clinton didn’t even meet with the No Labels campaign and while Bernie Sanders did meet with them, he walked out. It’s probably more of an indictment that Sanders met with them and decided he was a “no” on the No Labels folks.
“I sincerely hope the other candidates in the race will make the Problem Solver Promise,” said No Labels co-chair Joe Lieberman in the release. “No Labels is working to ensure that our next president – whoever it is – is publicly committed to starting their term focused on working with both parties to do big things.”
Well, old Joe, I’m sad to say it doesn’t look all that promising for most democrats who probably are unwilling to align themselves with the likes of Donald Trump.
Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley was the only democratic candidate to take the pledge. When he found out that he was lumped in with the likes of Trump he was not a happy candidate.
“Quite honestly, I think that you are watering down and dumbing down your problem solver label when you bestow it on someone like Donald Trump,” O’Malley said, drawing applause from the audience.
“When Donald Trump says things like all Mexicans are rapists and murderers, that’s not being a leader. That’s not solving problems. There’s other adjectives for that — one of them being racist,” O’Malley added. “When Donald Trump says things like we should issue ID cards to all American Muslims, that’s not bringing people together. That’s not solving problems. That’s making a fascist appeal. So I would encourage you not to dumb down this label.”
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