Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ed Gillespie’s five points he’ll carry to the convention

Voters will have to decide if Gillespie is contradicting himself – in some cases seems to mirror Warner’s record.

Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie

Ed Gillespie’s nomination to be the Republican’s candidate for Virginia U.S. Senate is probably in the bag. The convention will take place at 10:00 a.m. Saturday. The GOP promises it won’t last long.

In a conference call Gillespie laid out his five specific economic growth policies “so Virginians can know what I would do as [their] Senator, and hold me accountable.”

The Democratic Party of Virginia said Gillespie’s plan  consisted of “vague platitudes” and was a “warmed-over stump speech.”

DPVA spokesperson Ashley Bauman said, “Virginians will see right through his attempts to whitewash his record as a million dollar lobbyist and partisan operative.”

Gillespie said he would “replace” Obamacare and called it the biggest drag on the economy. He eluded to replacing it with “marked-based reforms.”

Bauman pointed to Gillespie’s memoir, Winning Right, where he advocated for essentially the same concept as the Affordable Care Act: “A more rational approach is to ensure that every emancipated adult capable of providing for his or her health care do so. One way to accomplish this is to use the tax code to gain compliance.”

On energy he is following Congressman Morgan Griffith’s mantra saying he will take ” a strong stand against new EPA regulations that would raise energy prices for consumers and kill even more jobs.”

Warner supports the Keystone Pipeline and drilling off of Virginia’s coast – “an all of the above approach” said Warner in a floor speech in March of 2012.

Gillespie is for simplifying  complicated tax code and streamlining regulations . He would work to “reduce one of the highest marginal business tax rates in the world to make American companies more competitive.” He says small businesses are “being strangled by an unending cascade of burdensome regulations.” He called for Federal regulations to be subject to a cost-benefit analysis.

Warner basically said the same thing while he was in Roanoke Saturday. He’s been praised for his Government Performance And Results Law  and the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (DATA). DATA would expand agency transparency requirements to include spending data for all federal funds spent or granted by any federal agency.

On education Gillespie sees school choice, private and parochial schools, magnet schools, and home schooling, especially for those stuck in failing public schools,  as the solution. He’d make it easier for states to establish new charter schools.  He said throwing money at the problem would produce more of the same. Gillespie criticized federal mandates.

” Opportunity is enhanced by competition and choice, which is why I support public schools,” he said.

But in 2004 Gillespie supported No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Saying on CNN The No Child Left Behind Act has helped to improve our public schools. We`re seeing rising test scores as a result of those policies. There`s more we can do yet in terms of improving our public schools.”

Another part of GIllespie’s plan is to reduce the federal deficit and support a Balanced Budget Amendment that Mark Warner voted against. He’d reform and simplify the tax code and “stop spending money [that] we don’t have.”

Bauman said Gillespie defended the Bush Administration’s spending and additional debt that increased the federal deficit by 86% in an exchange with Wolf Blitzer on CNN in 2007.

As the Republican nominee Gillespie will distance himself from the tea party rhetoric and shift more to the center. Warner is a Democratic centrist. Expect close scrutiny/nuances of each of their positions.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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