Daniel Webster: Turn Off the Spending Spigot

Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 09:15 PM

By Jim Meyers

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Republican congressional candidate Daniel Webster tells Newsmax that his extreme liberal opponent Alan Grayson “needs to admit he’s a liar.”

He also says that, if Republicans succeed in taking back Congress in the November elections, “I believe we’ve got a great opportunity for turning this country around.”

Webster served as Florida House speaker and spent 10 years in the State Senate. Now he is campaigning in Florida’s 8th Congressional District against Democrat Grayson, who has created a stir with several controversial statements since he was elected to the House in 2008.

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Webster has been endorsed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and held a 43 percent to 36 percent lead over Grayson in a recent poll.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Webster was asked why voters should choose him over Grayson.

“First of all, he’s in Washington and I’m not,” Webster says.

“He’s going to vote for Nancy Pelosi and I’m not. In fact, he votes with her 98 percent of the time. I wouldn’t.”

To vote for Grayson, "you’d have to agree with his policies, which are let’s borrow our way out of debt. We’re borrowing $4 billion a day. The unemployment rate here in Congressional District Eight is 12 percent, and he’s done nothing about it except pass a stimulus package that was a waste of time.”

Grayson stirred up controversy when he said on the House floor during the Obamacare debate that the Republican healthcare plan is “Don't get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” He also said the U.S. healthcare system is a "holocaust in America."

Webster says about such comments: “I don’t think they’ve played well in this district. It’s hurt him. He has not stopped his antics. He’s used them to prosecute a campaign against me that is totally negative, and for the most part hasn’t worked.”

One Grayson ad referred to Webster as “Taliban Dan” in an effort to paint him as a religious extremist. The ad has been taken off the air. Asked whether Grayson owes him an apology, Webster responds: “I don’t care if he apologizes. He just needs to admit he’s a liar.

“How many lies do you have to tell before you are a liar? He lied in his first commercial. He lied in the second one, lied in the third. Now he’s lied in the fourth one. I think he’s a liar and he needs to admit it.”

The National Republican Congressional Committee has named Grayson a top target this year and contributed heavily to Webster’s campaign. Asked why this race is so important for the GOP, Webster explains:

“I think [the district is] a microcosm for the country. It’s 35, 36 percent Democrats, about 35 percent Republicans, and the rest are independent. It’s almost a split all three ways, and I think that’s a picture of where we are in America. And to win this one I think is a picture of the fact that we can win the entire country.”

Webster declares that, if elected, his top priority would be to “turn off the spigot” of federal spending.

And if the GOP takes over Congress, “I think we’re going to adopt some principles that are going to be helping us govern for a long time,” Webster says.

“If we do it right and if we push away from the power politics of the past, and say what we’re going to do is put forth some principles, and we’re going to live by them, we’re going to govern by them, I believe we’ve got a great opportunity for turning this country around.”

The biggest problem facing the nation, according to Webster, is the leadership in a “broken Washington” the past four years.

And the best way to deal with the unemployment problem, he adds, “is to replace the Democratic Congress and have a new speaker and a new majority.”




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