Bill Clinton tells Pennsylvania voters not to vote based on anger, asks patience with Obama’s policies

Barletta spokesman Shawn Kelly said that “President Clinton asked people to give Kanjorski two more years, but he’s really asking us to give Kanjorski a 28th year.”

“Kanjorski doesn’t deserve his 27th and 28th year in Congress,” Kelly said.

In 2008, Barletta, the mayor of Hazleton, was one of the few Republicans to make a hard run at a Democratic incumbent, losing to Kanjorski by a mere four points in an election where most Democrats coasted to victory. Barletta has been ahead in most polls this cycle, but a recent poll showed his lead had been whittled down to two points. Further, the district is roughly two to one Democrat.

Clinton’s visit is the first of two to Pennsylvania during the last week of the election. He will hit several locations around the state Thursday for congressional candidates and also for Senate candidate Joe Sestak, who is locked in a tight race with Republican Pat Toomey.

Kanjorski who has criticized Barletta for the unemployment rate in Hazleton, called him a “failed mayor.” He touted his own ability to obtain funding for projects in the district.

“When we need something I can pick up the phone and reach someone right in the Oval Office,” the Democrat said.

During an interview in his downtown Hazleton headquarters, Barletta said he “felt good” about Clinton’s visit.

“He wouldn’t be coming here if this wasn’t a race they were concerned about losing,” Barletta said.

Barletta, who said he would limit himself to five terms if elected, blamed the high unemployment rate on Congress and the Obama administration.

“What has more effect on unemployment, a mayor of a city or Washington and its policies?” he said. “The district has the highest unemployment rate in the state, his district.”

One man interrupted Clinton at several points early in his speech, yelling for the abolishment of the Federal Reserve. The man was told to leave by others in the crowd, and was seen leaving the building videotaping himself as he talked about being kicked in the shins.

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  • recovered dem

    “You know the one thing that’s wrong with this country? Everyone gets a chance to have their fair say.” – Bill Clinton

  • kbull

    To Obama, Pelosi and Clinton
    STOP IT!!
    You can spend your own personal money on policies that the past has shown to fail, but I would rather spend mine on policies that have been proven to work. You are catering to our country’s financial insolvency.

    Running with the pack as polititions usually do, isn’t good. Its one of the reasons we are saddled with obama-care. It’s one of the reasons unions vote as they do, especially public sector unions. Running with the pack is also supported by the political party whip. Unfortionately, often happens that running with the pack hurts the overall state of the nation. Obama-care, socialism, the steel union, general motors union, public sector jobs which include hanging on to big government like the IRS. Competition for profit shouldn’t be compromised by creating big government. Once profit is made by the competitive companies it will filter down to the general populace with a good base of competitive businesses in place. Putting policies in place that hurt this competition corrupts the natural order, often called “SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST”. Thats why so many of our jobs are going overseas. Some unions have become cancerous and NEED TO BE BUSTED or at least reigned in, not supported like the Obama admin is doing. In the dems case and republicans to a lesser degree, seem to be completely ignoring financial integrity to further their own power. Thats what happens when you run with the pack. In too many cases, pack mentality follows ugly lines, lines relating to power and corruption.
    THIS IS WHY THE TEA PARTY CAME ABOUT. Our government seems to have lost it’s reasoning power, lost it’s ability to look at the past and learn from it, lost its integrity and is passing laws to support itself and make itself grow. Diverting itself from representing us to representing itself.
    There is a CRITICAL MASS OF VOTERS coming that will vote themselves money. That is the pack the dems cater to. That is the main support for their power. When that time comes, it will be too late to escape our nation’s financial insolvency.

  • dahni

    Who got Stimulated?

    Jobs Gained or Lost Since The Start of the Recession
    Federal Government: +198,100
    State Government: -6,000
    Local Government: -128,000
    Private Sector: -7,837,000
    Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress, and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat Party. They controlled the budget process for FY 2008 and FY 2009, as well as FY 2010 and FY 2011. In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
    For FY 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the FY 2009 budgets.
    And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete FY 2009. Let’s remember what the deficits looked like during that period:
    Deficit: in Billions(approximate)
    2000 +236
    2001 +150
    2002 -200
    2003 -380
    2004 -410
    2005 -320
    2006 -300
    2007 -250
    2008 -420
    2009 -1,850
    2010 -1,400
    Projected: 2011-2019 -800 to -1,200 billions

    If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the FY 2007 deficit, the last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets. If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.

    In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I voted to expand that deficit four-fold since January 20th.

    • kbull

      Was the cost of the wars stated in Bushes yearly deficits? I really am not sure.

      • kbull

        Answered my own question-
        Most debt was accumulated as a result of tax cuts and increased national security spending. According to Richard Kogan and Matt Fiedler, “the largest costs — $1.2 trillion over six years — resulted from the tax cuts enacted since the start of 2001. Increased spending for defense, international affairs, and homeland security – primarily for prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – also was quite costly, amounting to almost $800 billion to date. Together, tax cuts and the spending increases for these security programs account for 84 percent of the increases in debt racked up by Congress and the President over this period.”[31] Lawrence Kudlow, however, noted “The U.S. has spent roughly $750 billion for the five-year war. Sure, that’s a lot of money. But the total cost works out to 1 percent of the $63 trillion GDP over that time period. It’s miniscule [sic].” He also reported that “during the five years of the Iraq war,. . .household net worth has increased by $20 trillion.” [38] Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz has estimated the total cost of the Iraq War at closer to $3 trillion.

  • scorpioman

    The right has no respect for this man who was A)president and B)balanced the budget… they’d rather kick his head to the curb than listen to experience.

    • recovered dem

      You mean the man who was impeached; who disgraced himself. The man who merely was a figurehead and signed the bills put to him by the Republican congress. That’s the man you have so much respect for. Maybe you can go to his next rally, he just may be passing our cigars.

    • The_anniebanannie

      Stop fantasizing, Scorp, he’s not your type. You don’t look THAT good in your blue dress.

    • BarackMugabe

      Clinton didn’t balance the budget — Gingrich and company did.

      Remember President One-Free-Grope’s first economic initiatives upon assuming office? Socialized medicine, a BTU tax, a stimulus package and massive tax increases?

      Sound familiar?

      And except for the tax increases, all of them were shot down, and ushered in the era of Gingrich and balanced budgets.

      But that was certainly a pleasant trip to Fantasy Island.

  • emem

    Bubba -just go home. Your two-faced campaigning should end. Wasn’t it YOU who encouraged us to vote our pain and elect Mr. Hope & Change/Yes We can?

    I guess pain is changeable commodity for you, yet for many, it’s quickly becoming a friggin lifestyle.