Emanuel: Democrats want to help workers

Oct. 18, 2008 at 11:09 AM
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel said Saturday that his fellow Democrats want to help the working class in the United States.

The congressman from Illinois said during the weekly Democratic Radio Address that by helping U.S. workers, Democratic leaders like U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama will fix the struggling economy, a release from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said.

"Democrats know the middle class is struggling. That's why Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats want to target tax cuts to 95 percent of working Americans," Emanuel said. "We believe that the way to make even more Americans wealthy is to target our economic policies to the middle class -- the families who drive this economy."

The House official also took time to slam President George Bush and Obama's electoral rival, Republican U.S. presidential nominee John McCain, during his radio broadcast.

"Republicans like President Bush and Senator McCain have a different view. They believe a few investors drive our economy," Emanuel said. "That's why the Bush tax cuts showered billions on a select few. You know what happened next: the prosperity never trickled down. But the pain caused by rising costs and smaller paychecks certainly did."

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