TAMPA, Fla. — Nebraska Republican Deb Fischer used her moment on stage here to accuse President Obama of driving the nation off a “fiscal cliff.”
Fischer was among several Republican U.S. Senate candidates Tuesday who were given two to three minutes to address delegates at the Republican National Convention.
She spoke in the afternoon, when the crowd's energy level at the Tampa Bay Times Forum was extremely low, and many delegates were more interested in chatting than listening.
Still, the Nebraskans gave her a rousing reception, shouting when she took the stage.
“Becoming a U.S. Senator has never been an ambition of mine,” Fischer told the delegates. “But over the last four years, I've become dismayed with the record spending, the record debt and the record unemployment.
“The Obama administration has been out of touch with the American people, and they've driven our country towards the edge of a fiscal cliff.”
Fischer is running against Democrat Bob Kerrey, and one will succeed outgoing U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson.
She had practiced the speech the day before at the convention hall, where she was given lessons on how to talk into the camera and how to talk with energy.
In her speech, Fischer bragged about Nebraska's low unemployment rate. The state has an unemployment rate of about 4 percent, compared with a national average of about 8 percent.
Her opponent, Kerrey, has attributed the state's low unemployment rate to the nation's booming agricultural sector.
Fischer offered another explanation Tuesday:
“How did we get there? We cut spending. We balance our budget every year. We passed the biggest tax-relief package in the history of our state.
“And most importantly, we got government out of the way and let the private sector do what it does best: grow our economy and create jobs.”
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Transcript of Fischer's speech
Thank you. I'm not your typical politician. I'm a wife. I'm a mother of three grown sons, a rancher, a small business owner and a citizen-legislator.
Becoming a U.S. Senator was never an ambition of mine. But over the last four years, I've become dismayed with the record spending, the record debt, and the record unemployment.
The Obama administration has been out of touch with the American people, and they've driven our country towards the edge of a fiscal cliff.
We're on track to become the first generation that passes on fewer opportunities to the next. And that is unacceptable.
But it doesn't have to be this way. I'm running for the U.S. Senate because I know that we can do better.
I've been a Senator in the Nebraska legislature these past eight years. And in Nebraska, we have an unemployment rate of only 4 percent.
How did we get there? Well, hey, we cut spending. We balance our budget every year. We passed the biggest tax relief package in the history of our state.
And most importantly, we got government out of the way and we let the private sector do what it does best: grow our economy and create jobs.
We've done it in Nebraska, and I know we can do the same thing in Washington, because we only have two options left.
We can either continue the same failed policies of the past, or we can begin to make the tough decisions and lead our country responsibly.
We have a tremendous opportunity to set our country in a new, more prosperous direction, and it begins in November.
Thank you, thank you very much, and God Bless.
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