Priebus: Obama encouraging class warfare

Nov. 13, 2011 at 12:12 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday the idea the GOP favors the rich is caused by the president playing "a game of class warfare."

A CBS/New York Times poll this week showed 69 percent of respondents say Republican policies favor the rich and 9 percent say they favor the middle class. In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Priebus called the perception a "red herring" encouraged by Obama.

"I think that the president is doing a full-time job of trying to play a game of class warfare," he said.

"Of course the party doesn't favor the rich, but what the party does favor is reducing taxes on every single American out there, everyone watching. We favor reducing taxes and making sure that Washington is focused in on job creation, on cutting spending, on reducing the size of government. These are things that will spur the economy, and these are things that are cornerstone to the Republican Party," Priebus said.

Priebus said Obama is making entitlement promises he can't fulfill and is on his way to accumulating more debt than all other presidents before him combined.

"The poll that I think matters the most in this country right now is that over 70 percent of Americans in poll after poll after poll believe two things: One, this country is on the wrong track, and number two, this president hasn't fulfilled his promises," Priebus said.

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