Christie: GOP should give Americans the truth
August 28th, 2012
07:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Christie: GOP should give Americans the truth

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver a keynote address tonight with a positive tone, a source close to Christie tells CNN's Dana Bash.

Christie argue that the American people can handle the truth and should be treated like adults, focusing on ideas rather than rhetoric, the source said.

The New Jersey governor will also outline differences between Republicans and Democrats as to governing philosophy, the source said, while highlighting his bipartisan achievements.

– CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report

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  1. drake mallard

    It’s not worth moving heaven and earth, spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Mitt Romney, speaking in 2007 about the hope of killing Osama bin Laden, who masterminded the largest attack on American soil in modern history.

    If you're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk with what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate of the future."

    We don't want our country back, we want our country to move FORWARD for better tomorrow

    the Gop is a thing of past

    War on the middle class, women, gays, freedom, non-Christian religions, war on other countries for oil.

    August 28, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  2. Romney Hood's a FRAUD

    Well, Chris. No time like the present to take your own advice and start telling the American people the truth. Go off script, if you dare, and do exactly that. You know willard is a fraud. Now's your chance to tell the truth!

    August 28, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    Do republicans even know what the truth is???

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 28, 2012 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. DENNA

    Not gonna happen Chris. They feel we can't handle the truth which is why they are so full of bull and short on specifics of the Romney/Ryan plan for America. I don't like you Mr.Christie, but you do have a way of cutting through it and telling it like it is. You are probably the most honest Republican there is.

    August 28, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  5. Larry

    I agree Drake – we need to put some of them on trial for treason – start with George Bush Jr. who took us to war for his dad's pride. The GOP should bow their head's in shame and disappear from the American landscape. They constantly embarrass us overseas with their relentless stupidity. Please wake up America and stop voting for a party that hates all of us that are not rich and women even if they are rich.

    August 28, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  6. mcrusa

    Romney could give us a little truth, if he would just release his tax returns.

    August 28, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  7. enuff

    You mean we're finally going to see Romney's tax returns? That's what is truthful.

    August 28, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  8. ColoradoJoe

    Romney puts his complete employment plan on the table. 250K people being hired per month? How and where!?!?!

    August 28, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. ColoradoJoe

    what I want to know is what/how Romney is going to guarantee that the banks/hedge funds never cause another meltdown like in 2007/2008? If that happens again it'll destroy the economy this time vs just putting us into a major recession. What's he going to do? If all out savings are in the bank or invested in 401K/IRAs and our SS is sitting in some mutual fund, we cannot afford another financial crisis. The 1% can handle it, we cannot. If I want to vote for R&R, I want to know what THEY WILL DO. The democrats want to try to restrict the thieves/gamblers from doing it (the Dodd-Frank bill). At least the democrats are trying, what are the republicans doing?

    August 28, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The truth is that Christie needs to state that he is a bully often times and doesn't like to be faced with the truth like there is no "Jersey Comeback." We also need the GOP to say where their funding comes from. They also need to focus on why they oppose envirnomental requirements that make things cleaner among other things.

    August 28, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. ColoradoJoe

    1st Romney criticizes Obama on the comment about business doing well, then he himself says close to the same thing.
    2nd Now Romney has joined the birther party.
    3rd now R/R have amended their health care plan. What, the original wasn't correct? Question on the voucher: does this mean you no longer have to look for a doctor that will accept medicare? They can charge what they want? Cost increase here we come. The voucher is to help pay for private health insurance. As we all know the premiums for reasonable insurance is high. Also insurances WILL NOT cover pre-existing conditions... therefore the vouchers are useless... especially for the elderly that usually have pre-existing conditions.

    August 28, 2012 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  12. ColoradoJoe

    Remember it was Eric Cantor that purposely changed the Stock Act (the one about inside trader knowledge) so politicians can still make trades on insider knowledge (just via family members). It was in the original bill, he changed it. Congress had to vote twice to get it done right!!! Who's looking out for whom??? You want to trust republicans? They will change laws when you aren't looking

    August 28, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  13. khaleeshi

    If the republicans told the truth no one but the 1% would vote for them.

    August 28, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  14. Tony

    The truth is that Romney is hiding something in his tax returns. Until he releases his tax returns, America cannot afford to give rich people like Romney another 20% tax cut.

    August 28, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. Pete

    America can't handle Christies or republicans truths,do you want a convention or political bedlam.Can republicans as a party really tell the voting public what they really want to do with economics,womens abortion rights, healthcare ,education,public sector jobs,voter supression and so forth.How about taxes for example,giving tax breaks to the 1% and corporations while strapping more taxes and debt on the backs of the middle class,seniors.Or healthcare,giving vouchers to disabled,seniors for a set amount when they know costs are skyrocketing,Romneys son is in the voucher business,he sure would clean up on this venture ..Give families vouchers for education,taking away public for more private but using the same schools,teachers,equipment,but costing more and getting less,more students per class,teachers fighting teachers just for a student to keep their jobs,is that extreme or what?That's what republicans thrive on is chaos,remember Bush not telling anyone of the impending economic,financial disasters coming up in his second term,of course not.He was like Boehner,McConnell and other hypocrites who should be hung for their treasonistic actions against the people of our great nation,they sold out for money,didn't say a thing but they did collect a paycheck while all hell broke loose didn't they!!Now they're acting like alter boys never doing anything wrong,boy aren't they quilty,not helping but turning their unpatriotic backs on the voters who put them there,how pathedic.But that's republicans,they've been that way since before the Great Depression brought also by a republican president in Hoover and you want more of the same,nitwits, losers all of you for Romney,Ryan,ya deserve them!!!

    August 28, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. John

    He right that the American People can handle the truth , the Trouble Is the Republican don't know the truth If It bite In the Butt. All the do Is LIE and Complain about people. And give everything they can to the Rich.

    August 28, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Lisa

    I hear that one big plank in their platform is that "women are but fetal baggage". True or false?

    August 28, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Lisa

    Since Romney only pays 15% income tax, we have to pay him if he accomplishes 20% off that.

    August 28, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. justme

    Wow, if you look at the crowd closely they are having a pronounced difficulty agreeing if they should clap or not or if they actually believed it or not. .... down in flames. mitt looks like hes gonna have an anxiety attack and throw up.

    August 28, 2012 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  20. Elise

    Mitt Romney wants to get Gov. out of the way of the forclosures and let it work its way out.This is wrong. There needs to be something done for all the people that lost their homes to forclosure and still will lose their homes to forclosure. For all the illegal mortgages that were made, there needs to be accountability and Mitt Romney just wants to shove it under the rug and let it work its way out. Romney is the 1% who went along with what the banks did and brought down our country.

    August 28, 2012 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  21. Mario

    Christie just another viscous angry republican that has no plan for the middle class or the poor. Like Romney he is in it for the $$$$$$$

    August 28, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Leans blue independent (me) thinks if you throw out any Mitt or Ryan references from this speech you have the acceptance speech from the guy that should have run. Maybe in 2016...methinks GOP ran the wrong guy

    August 29, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  23. Deb in MT

    I think it's kind of nice for the GOP to be making President Obama's argument a theme of their convention: "WE" built it.
    Yes, the signs & speakers keep saying "we", reinforcing the President's entire point–which has been horribly edited to imply something else–that we the people have worked together to create an infrastructure (roads, bridges, internet, electric grid, educated population, etc) that individuals can then use in creating new businesses, or developing new ideas.

    How thoughtful.

    Now, if the GOP would just tell the truth about that lying welfare ad, and about their true intentions for Social Security & Medicare, but I think they are terrified that someone might just slip up and blurt it to the public–like Akin did with rape.

    August 29, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  24. Bill

    WOW - THE BIAS AND BLIND IGNORANCE of the previous posts really, really, diminishes my hope for anything other than an America that expands on bias and rhetoric, does nothing of significance for future generations, is paralyzed by multiple layers of propagandic verbal vomit.
    Most of those spewing are blindly drinking the Kool-Aid of the silver-tongued, Barry (pun intended) White dulcette tones of the Grand Orator. lots of word, no substance, yet soooo many Sheep are led...

    good grief, Christie gave a good speech, if his equivalent does the same (how other than damage control/excuses?) at the DNC, oooh, you will squeal with the intensity the Obama-aid (many levels of this distribution of "fund" some don't want to believe or accept)

    oh yeah, wait out the DNC!!! you'll be so happy covering how everything is better even if it's not....

    August 29, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  25. J.V.Hodgson

    The only bit of this speech that I thought relevant and meaningful were:-
    1) The need to convert local state government ( and incidentally national state government employees) pensions from defined benefit to defined contribution basis. This was done by most corporates ( with considerable pain and strikes etc) years ago. The savings Nationally ( state and federal level are significant.) can be done reasonably fairly.
    2) I agree teachers being tenured is nonsense, but it does not justify de unionisation. Re-negotiate the deal fairly and reasonably. A good teacher is worth more than national average wage and police and firemen also who face a risk at work most of us do not so they deserve above average pay.
    The problem here is not unions or a need for right to work legislation. It is simple straight forward fair dealing in annual wage and benefit negotiations and not paying above national averages, for what is a federal need, meaning individual states cannot have no education, no fire service or no police, however much you want smaller government either state or federal
    So for example a simple national cost reduction for fire service and police officers is a national premium and benefit level for such employees injured or killed in the line of duty.
    I find a very small amount of his so called "respect and love" for his fellow human beings male or female... which arise out of his or his mothers life guidance useful or appropriate. I got news for him I had a mother as well and her rules while in many " respects close"were not in the end the same.
    Sorry much as I may respect your mom don't ask me to live by your interpretations of her meanings of love and respect as you outlined. That's pure arrogance, and to attribute those to Romney is an outstretch and even more arrogance. Voters are not children still needing your moral guidance and virtuos life directions.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 29, 2012 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
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