Tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell is seeking the GOP nomination for the Senate seat formerly held by Joe Biden in Delaware, and she tells Newsmax we “absolutely” must extend or make permanent the Bush tax cuts set to expire in January.
O’Donnell, a marketing consultant and political commentator, squares off in the Sept. 14 primary against Rep. Mike Castle, whom she calls “the most liberal Republican in the House.” The current senator, Democrat Ted Kaufman, was appointed to fill the seat after Biden resigned to become vice president and he is not running to retain the seat.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, O’Donnell discussed the impact of Joe Miller’s upset victory over incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska’s Republican primary.
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“Two things we can take away from Alaska,” O’Donnell says. “Number one, this year it’s not about who has the establishment behind them. It’s not about which candidate has the most money or is an incumbent. It’s about which candidate has a message that will resonate with the people, who has the message that people trust will get us back on track economically.
“The second thing that we can take away from Alaska is that we’re not in this to come close. The folks here in Delaware have been reenergized and remotivated since the Joe Miller victory and right now the polls have us neck and neck with Mike Castle, the most liberal Republican in the House of Representatives.
“That victory has given everyone that last-minute surge, last-minute strength to pull through, to pull ahead toward victory.”
O’Donnell notes that Castle was one of the few Republicans who voted for cap-and-trade legislation.
“He’s voted with Barack Obama on just about every major bill, and cap and trade seems to be the one voters are most concerned about. Because whether it’s a farmer or a small business owner or a senior citizen, everyone is concerned about what cap-and-trade will do — and Mike Castle continues to support it.
“Nobody wants cap and trade, nobody other than Mike Castle and the Wall Street bankers who stand to make seven-figure kickbacks from the commodities markets that will be created as a result of this bad piece of legislation.”
Asked whether she favors extending the Bush tax cuts, O’Donnell tells Newsmax: “We absolutely must extend if not make permanent the tax cuts that are going to expire in January.
“We see Washington approaching this economic problem with more spending. That only serves to increase the debt.
“My Republican opponent is calling himself a fiscal conservative, but he’s continually supported Barack Obama’s big spending bills. He supported an earmark to pay $19 million for folks to eat clams if they’ve never had a clam before. It’s that ridiculous. There’s so much waste going on, and Mike Castle has supported it.
“We know that we can’t continue to spend our way to recovery and then tax our way to prosperity. We need to approach the economic trouble we’re in with a private sector solution.”
The best thing the government in Washington can do right now to help the economy is “to get out of the way of the entrepreneur and the small business owner and let them create jobs." O’Donnell says.
“One thing I want to do is permanently eliminate the death tax, and I propose a two-year tax holiday on the capital gains tax. This will give business owners and private citizens the money they need to reinvest in businesses.
“This is how an economy becomes strong and vibrant and self-sustaining.
“Even the Democrats and independents know that we can’t continue to spend our way into recovery. It’s just going to cause economic collapse. Common sense men and women here in Delaware know that the direction we’re going in Washington is not sustainable.”
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