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Debate for the 1%

October 18, 2011 8:37 am ET

Tonight, millionaire politicians will face off in another Republican primary debate. Meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street protests continue to spread across the country.


CORE MESSAGE

While Americans take to the streets to demand that our leaders represent us all, Republican politicians take to the stage to defend just the few.

Connect: Americans are beyond frustrated with an economy that isn't working for them and politicians who aren't listening to them.

Illustrate: That's why Americans from all walks of life are taking to the streets -- demanding that our government work for all of us, not just the richest 1%.

Contrast: While Americans are calling on our leaders to speak up for all of us, Republican politicians are taking to the stage tonight to speak up for only the few.

Discredit: They'd rather protect tax giveaways for the richest 1% than put our teachers, firefighters, and cops back on the job.

Expose: It's no surprise. They are the 1% -- just like their Wall Street backers and corporate sponsors.


ATTACKS AND RESPONSES


"President Obama and Democratic leaders are to blame for the bad economy, not Wall Street."

  • Here's the reality: Wall Street recklessness and greed caused the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, cost taxpayers billions in bailouts, and threw millions of Americans out of work.
  • Instead of holding Wall Street accountable, politicians who collect millions in campaign checks from corporate CEOs and protect them from paying their fair share demand job-killing cuts our families and small businesses can't afford.
  • The evidence is clear: Republican politicians would rather protect their campaign donors and see the President fail than put Americans back to work.


"The protesters are fringe extremists who don't represent ordinary Americans."

  • Actually, a majority of Americans support the Occupy protestors -- they are twice as popular as the Tea Party.
  • They're Americans from all walks of life speaking out for what they believe in. This is democracy. It doesn't get more American than that.


"The protesters are freeloaders who don't pay taxes and are looking for sex, drugs, and rock and roll."

  • Americans are struggling and beyond frustrated with politicians who pander to the richest 1% of Americans who control more wealth than 90% of Americans. That's why they're taking to the streets to be heard.
  • All Americans pay taxes. It's about time we focused on giant corporations and Wall Street CEOs who are making record profits and bonuses but paying lower taxes than they have in generations.

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