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NMX: Mitch McConnell: Romney Must Repeal Obamacare

By    |   Thursday, 30 Aug 2012 02:43 PM

As Mitt Romney prepared to accept the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told Newsmax.TV that his first job in the Oval Office should be to repeal Obamacare.

“We have an obligation to the American people to repeal Obamacare,” McConnell told Newsmax in an exclusive interview at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. “The rate on Medicare that Paul Ryan talked about last night is real: $716 billion out of today’s Medicare program – not in the future but today’s Medicare – in order to pay for a program for people who are not old. A new program – a new entitlement program.

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"We need to get it off the books, and if the American people give us the votes to do it, we will.”

The Kentucky senator added that Romney must also dismantle the maze of regulations placed on private businesses by the Obama White House.

“He needs to have one-year moratorium on all new regulations issued on Day One – and indicate that he’s going to go back and look at this raft of regulatory regimes that have been foisted on the private sector with some kind of cost-benefit ratio in mind, indicate that he’s not going to raise taxes on anybody – and basically make the point there’s a new sheriff in town.”

This also includes a halt to the drastic cuts planned for the military and other U.S. agencies that take effect on Jan. 2 under sequestration.

“We have to prevent Americans’ taxes from going up at the end of the year in the so-called sequester,” McConnell said. “I don’t think we ought to cut a penny less than we promised the American people we would.

“But this isn’t the best way to do it, and we ought to sit down after the election – no matter who wins – and negotiate a reduction in spending in exactly the same amount as would occur under the sequester, and achieve that spending reduction as we promised we would.”

Paul Ryan, 42, who accepted the vice presidential nomination on Wednesday, is ideal for helping Romney complete these tasks, McConnell said.

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“Paul is now the leader of the next generation. We have a lot of sharp young political leaders – Marco Rubio, for example – but Paul has been selected by Gov. Romney because he’s been the intellectual driving force in Congress for the last couple of years – a guy who’s thought about the future, who’s been bold enough to come up with prescriptions for America’s future and make no apologies for it.

“It was a great choice for Gov. Romney, and he will be a terrific vice president for the country.”

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