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Sen. Menendez: U.S. Can't Risk GOP Policy

U.S. senator is leading New Jersey's delegation to the Democratic National Convention, says voters have a clear choice and a proven track record with President Obama.

While U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) attends the Democratic National Convention this week, he wants voters to know they have a clear choice between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Menendez, who is the honorary chairman of the state's delegation, talked about the failures of the Bush Administration and the progress made under Obama: "He inherited the Bush Great Recession, the new Depression, businesses that made risky bets with two wars raging abroad, while millions of people in our country go to sleep every night without health care insurance."

He said Obama — despite opposition in the House and Senate — has passed historic health care legislation, brought troops home from Iraq, gave out college Pell grants and kept student loan rates low.

Menendez said voters shouldn't be fooled by the promises being made by the Republican candidates, because they've heard them before. "We understand the critical nature of this election, which way the country goes, under the Romney and Ryan vision that you're on your own," the senator said.

"What we don't want to do is go back to the policies of Romney and Ryan, risky bets, collective debt, ending medicare as Romney and Ryan promote a voucher program,  — we could end up in another war like Iraq."

Menendez said the New Jersey delegates are a diverse group that represent the multiculturalism of the state. They include Newark Mayor Cory Booker, State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex), Newark Council President Donald Payne Jr., and Assemblywoman Grace Spencer (D-Essex).

"The New Jersey Democrats will feel their spunk, we'll show the real Jersey that we represent. The state has shown in the polling it believes in the vision of the Dmemocrats," he said. "I'm feeling optimistic, I'm feeling the electricity."

"I'm looking forward to the president and Joe Biden — to remind the American people what we've inherited, what we've achieved and where we can lead the country in the next four years."

tr September 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
When it comes to sucess stories of Cuban-American families, I prefer Marco Rubio Fla), and his message of self created opportunity due to individual effort and intelligence as opposed to Menendez's message of more free government aid. It is an insult to the Hispanic community to say that they need MORE HELP than the previous immigration groups that preceeded them in large numbers. By this I mean, for example, "for Chinese/Korean/Farsi/ Creole/Portuguese/etc,etc press #1". Economic opportunity is the same for all. It comes with hard work and the desire to make a better life for ones family. Educational opportunity, also includes the trades, self teaching, apprenticships, and practical experience, not only a college degree. Mr. Menendez has tunnel vision accquired from sitting on the stoop too long in Union City. His dreams are a slap in the face of hardworking and INTELLIGENT Hispanic throughout our great country. His dreams are based on a socialist or communistic vision of a Utopian society, which is unattainable due to the agressive and competitive nature of the human animal.
Mrgrumpass September 05, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Dan you can't allow people like Robert Taurosa to take over blogs, please put a stop to this!
John Whatson September 06, 2012 at 05:25 PM
@Robert Taurosa.....Thank you for writing everything that many of my family, friends, and myself are thinking. You saved me a lot of typing. You're spot on with your analysis. @Mrgrumpass.....He hasn't taken over the blog as you allege. Split his comments in half because those are my thoughts and space he used.
tr September 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Robert Turkavage, an Indepenant is a good choice for us here in NJ. Not a member of either political machine, family guy, ex-FBI, married to ex-FBI, coruption buster,etc. Look him up, I did and was impressed by his bio and his stance on the issues.
Col. Korn September 15, 2012 at 03:51 AM
I agree! Dream on Menendez! You are not speaking to the choir but rather to angry villagers armed with pitchforks (And My Pitchfork was donated by Amish Farmers). Who did you hope to convince with that load of bull-crap? Start cleaning out your desk (And dont forget to leave the towels). You and your kind are through in New Jersey! Your Obt. Svt. Col Korn, Chief O’ Mayhem in the Great WW-2 (And the Cold War) Now Chief O’ Security, Sanitation (And the Complaint Dept.) OXOjamm Studios.

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