Rep. Pallone: The Tea Party Focus on Deficit Reduction is 'Very Wrong'

By Eric Scheiner | May 6, 2013 | 12:28pm EDT

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) AP Photo

( - Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) told students at Rider University that conservatives are wrong to make deficit reduction a priority.

Speaking at the univeristy’s Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics on April 3, Pallone said the "right wing" -- is wrong:

“Bottom line is that the right wing, and I say the Tea Party, has made deficit reduction the main priority – the main economic priority, and I will tell you point blank -- that I do not think it is.”

Democrats have made serious efforts to reduce the deficit in the past, Pallone said. “But to say that deficit reduction is the main economic priority, which is what you hear from the right wing, right now, is very wrong.”

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“I believe in economic growth, and I think the only way we get out of the recession -- and we are gradually getting out of it -- is by having policies in Washington that create growth and therefore create jobs and therefore eliminate the problems that we may have with Social Security trust funds and the Medicare trust funds.”


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