Hackett reveals speech he would have given


First Posted: 9/2/2008

Congressional candidate Chris Hackett chose family and campaigning over what he deemed “a slim chance” to speak at this week’s Republican National Convention in

St. Paul, Minn. He was scheduled to speak Monday night but concerns over the effects of Hurricane Gustav put a halt to all scheduled speeches.

Hackett, who will face U.S. Rep. Chris Carney for the 10th District seat this fall, said his three days in Minnesota were a thrill and even though he was not able to give his two-minute speech, he has no regrets.

On Tuesday, Hackett released a transcript of his planned remarks he would have given had he been able to address the convention. The remarks included several comments in support of GOP presidential candidate John McCain, whom Hackett credits for never asking for a single dollar for pork barrel projects. He also planned to take McCain’s challenger, Democratic nominee Sen. , to task for comments he made in San Francisco back in April.

“I bring greetings from Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania . My part of Pennsylvania has lots and lots of small towns filled with people who Barack Obama says are bitter and who cling to things like guns and religion.

Well, I can report to you that Barack Obama is wrong. The people in our area are hard working, patriotic, optimistic, wonderful people. The only thing that makes us bitter is liberal politicians like Barack Obama who want to raise our taxes, waste our money on pork spending projects, and refuse to expand American energy supplies. That’s what makes us bitter.”

The following are the remarks Chris Hackett was prepared to give at the GOP Convention:

“Good afternoon. It’s a great pleasure to be here.

I bring greetings from Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania . My part of Pennsylvania has lots and lots of small towns filled with people who Barack Obama says are bitter and who cling to things like guns and religion.

Well, I can report to you that Barack Obama is wrong. The people in our area are hard working, patriotic, optimistic, wonderful people. The only thing that makes us bitter is liberal politicians like Barack Obama who want to raise our taxes, waste our money on pork spending projects, and refuse to expand American energy supplies. That’s what makes us bitter.

Today, we face many difficult challenges as a nation: A soft jobs market, choking energy prices, Islamic terrorists, and a federal government that wastes our tax dollars.

But in John McCain, we have a candidate for President who is up to those challenges. In fact, John McCain is uniquely qualified to tackle them.

Not since Dwight Eisenhower has there been a candidate who is more qualified to serve as Commander in Chief than John McCain. And never has there been a candidate for president with John McCain’s track record when it comes to fighting wasteful government spending. In over twenty years in the Congress, John McCain has never asked for a single earmark. That remarkable record gives him the credibility to lead our Party back to its fiscally conservative, pro-taxpayer roots. More importantly, it gives John McCain the ability to lead our country back to a position of financial strength for this generation and the next.

We can succeed in dealing with our challenges, but we need true leadership that will take us in the right direction, not the left. As a candidate for Congress, I look forward to serving with John McCain to defend America, stop Washington’s out-of-control spending, and bring us true energy independence.

All of that will begin when Pennsylvania provides the 21 Electoral College votes that put John McCain over the top on November 4th.

God bless you and God bless this great nation.”

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