December 25th, 2009
09:23 AM ET
7 years ago

GOP address: 'For too many families, this will be a difficult Christmas'

Rep. Duncan Hunter delivered the Republican Party's weekly address this Christmas.

Full transcript as released by the Republican National Committee, after the jump:

"I'm Congressman Duncan Hunter, and I represent the 52nd Congressional District of California, the area around San Diego.

"In this holiday season, I hope we all take time to offer thanks and prayers to the men and women of our Armed Forces. Many of these service members will spend the holidays away from home, on the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan, at bases and on ships around the world.

"I understand the sacrifices they are making. Shortly after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, I quit my job and joined the Marine Corps. Prior to coming to Congress, I was deployed to warzones on three separate occasions, twice in Iraq and once in Afghanistan. Just last month, actually, I had an opportunity to visit with our troops in Afghanistan.

"I know we all wish everyone could be home for the holidays, but this is not a time for sadness or regret. Thoughts of home remind us of why we serve: because we're proud to be Americans, because we want to pass on to our children the blessings of liberty that we inherited from our forefathers, and because nothing matters more to us than protecting our homes and our families. Our hope is that as a result of this determination and sacrifice, we will never again see our cities and citizens under attack.

"I hope we also take a moment this year to reflect on those suffering here at home. For too many families, this will be a difficult Christmas. One in ten Americans are unemployed. Nearly six million of our citizens have been looking for work for more than six months – the most on record.

"All year long, Republicans have offered common-sense solutions to put more money back into the pockets of hard-working families and to help small businesses create more jobs. We've also outlined a plan to lower health care premiums by up to 10 percent. And we have proposed an 'all of the above' energy strategy to create more American jobs, ease the strain on family budgets, and clean up our environment. Just as important, these solutions do not raise taxes, grow government, or add to the already skyrocketing debt burden being placed on our kids and grandkids.

"After all the promises and all the spending we've seen out of Washington this year, out-of-work families are right to be asking, 'Where are the jobs?' Republicans believe our top priority when it comes to the economy should be simple: First, do no harm. So let's resolve in the New Year to end misguided efforts to create new laws that will cost even more jobs, whether it's the 'cap and trade' national energy tax, the government takeover of health care, 'card check,' or even more tax increases.

"Working together, we can make the next holiday season even brighter for all Americans. Thank you, happy holidays, and God Bless America."


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. If you want something ruined, put a republican in charge

    All year long the republicans refused to work with President Obama. Under the direction of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, the GOP felt it was more important to create Obama's "Waterloo" than to help Americans.

    We have put up with their mindless drivel long enough. I can only hope that the majority of Americans join me in my New Year's Resolution, "Defeat the right wingnuts in 2010."

    December 25, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. sensible Cape Coral FL

    To what extent are you Republicans prepared to take responsibility for the "Difficult times some families will face"?

    December 25, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. ran

    Should have known a Republican would use 9-11 again as a reason to vote for them.

    Fear/hate/obstructionism is not going to work any more.

    People if you really want your country back and working for us all then vote in 2010/2012 for either a true Democrat or Independent not a Republican.

    December 25, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. annie s

    Leave it up to a Republican to use Christmas to try to push their out of date political agenda. If only you really meant it when you said you'd work together, but sadly, all the Republicans know to do is say NO to anything that will truly help American people. Bah Humbug!

    December 25, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. renee

    so heartfelt that he could not help inserting politics!!!! jerk!!!!!

    December 25, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. Collins, of Colorado

    Thank you, Rep Hunter. You are serving our country just where you are; it doesn't have to be on the battlefield that we show our love for our country. Stand strong! Continually ask for God's guidance and blessings. Almighty God is in control of this world, not Obama.

    December 25, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Billy

    Wow, still invoking 9/11. GOP needs some fresh scare tactics.

    December 25, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Richmond

    Why the Republicans needs to come up with their own message every time the president address the nation. He is not just the president of the democrats, he is the president of the United States, and that includes democrats, republicans, independents, and every citizen of this great nation. And on top of that, they need to inject partisan politics on Christmas message, what is that about. He talked about spending in Washington as if they had nothing to do with it, and without acknowledging once that most of the spending was because of the mess the republicans left for this administration to clean up. They just don’t learn do they,…..well, Merry Christmas to everyone and that includes the republicans too

    December 25, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Rorschach

    thanks, Hunter, for reiterating the obvious: the hypocrisy of Republicans knows no bounds.

    December 25, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Opinionated

    Wouldn't an all of the above energy plan include renewable energy? And, i'm still waiting for someone to explain to me why all of a sudden the national debt is such a big deal. It was only 3 years ago when people thought the national debt sign in NYC was a guilt trip and offensive to our capitalist culture.

    December 25, 2009 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  11. Terry B., Lexington, Ky

    What a moron!!! "Lower health care premiums by UP TO 10 pecent" So I guess according to the Republicans paying $720.00 a month as opposed to $800.00 a month is a really great discount? That is providing you actually are allowe to reduce your premiums by the full 10 percent. Yeah, you Grumpy Old Party knuckleheads sure know how to save us money.

    December 25, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Tammy

    No thanks to your last 8 years

    December 25, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. David

    Who's the guy in the photo? Because it's not Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA).

    December 25, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. David

    Oh, wait, yes it is. It's Duncan D. Hunter, who succeeded his father, Duncan L. Hunter, last year.

    December 25, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Tom

    Mr. Hunter is a true politician. He can say all of this with a straight face. The GOP ran the country into the ground, gave money to its rich and powerful friends thru tax cuts and contracts, and argues for small government and no debt EXCEPT when they are in charge. Now I know why we have such a poor education system. If we had a good one, people would wise up and the GOP would be only the 1% that it truly gives a darn about. Enough of the GOP. Stop reporting their lies.

    December 25, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. JP

    What is wrong with this guy? Why are they politicizing Christmas? " 'Where are the jobs?' " Are you republicans serious? You have absolutely no shame, do you?

    December 25, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  17. Keith in Austin

    2010 will be the year Americans take back the Congress and save our Country from Liberal Socialism!

    December 25, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. katiec

    Working together? The party of NOthing apparently plans to continue with their to further destroy America policies. Wish we could for once
    believe what they say and they would unite for the betterment of our country.Wish they would quit pointing fingers and take responsibility for their part in our destruction and start acting responsibly.
    Am afraid that will never happen, but we all can hope,
    Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Improved New Year and
    no more politics as usual.

    December 25, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  19. Jim

    Leave it to the GOP to politcize even a Christmas message!

    December 25, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Does America need Republicans?

    After 8 years of damaging our economy, voting against families who need bankruptcy, voting to give money to oil companies, pharmaceuticals and insurance companies. Doe America really need the party of NO, the party who votes only to support themselves and rich givers. Now they vote against Americans needing healthcare. Time to get them out of office.

    December 25, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. Justin NutherGuy

    The party of No has no excuse. The GOP has been out to lunch for so long blaming others for the mess they created, that they can do nothing else but try to spin their way out of it. That can only work for so long and time's just about up.

    Don't tell us the GOP has any solutions. The only ones they want to support are ones that will benefit their own wallets at the expense of the commoners.

    This year the GOP receives a lump of coal this Christmas.

    December 25, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |