L.A. mayor: Current GOP platform looks like retread from 1812

Jeff Poor Media Reporter
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On Sunday’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa met expectations and disapproved of the 2012 Republican Party platform. But his rhetoric slammed the GOP’s mission statement by suggesting it looked like a relic from centuries ago.

Villaraigosa, the chairman of next week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., said he wouldn’t call his Republican colleagues “stupid,” but he did criticize them and their platform as wrong on Obamacare, immigration and abortion.

“I don’t want to describe either Gov. Mitt Romney or the Republicans as stupid, but I will say if you look at their platform — the 2012 platform, it looks like it is from another century and maybe even two. It looks like the platform of 1812,” Villaraigosa said.

“When you see that they want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, providing 32 million people with health care with no alternative plan of their own, they call for the deportation of 11 million people. No country in the world has ever done that. They don’t believe in abortion in the case of rape and incest. It is it a platform that’s from another century.”

As for his own party, he did criticize Democrats for dragging their feet on some issues.

“Again, if I don’t call Romney and the Republicans stupid, I am certainly not going to call the Democrats and President Obama stupid,” Villaraigosa said. “But I will say this — I think there are some Democrats that don’t want to address pension reform. I have taken on the issue of seniority and tenure. I think we have to address entitlements and the president has done that in this budget. I think we have to extend Medicare, and the president has done that, but reinvest.”

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