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A release from Teresa Hensley’s (D) campaign:


August 11, 2012



Columbia, MO – Today, Cass County Prosecutor and congressional candidate in Missouri’s 4th Congressional district Teresa Hensley issued the following statement in response to the selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as vice presidential nominee.

“Now more than ever it is clear that the number one issue in this election is the ultimate survival of the Medicare program. Governor Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate has potentially put the architect of the plan to end Medicare as we know it a heartbeat away from the presidency.

“The Ryan selection, coupled with Congresswoman Hartzler’s votes in support of ending Medicare as we know it – which would cost seniors $6,400 more per year in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires and subsidies for oil companies – is the defining moment in this election cycle.

“This issue is not about partisan politics.  Medicare has helped Democrats and Republicans alike.  It’s about making commonsense decisions about protecting our seniors and balancing the budget the right way.  That means looking out for Missouri’s middle class and making sure millionaires and big oil companies pay their fair share. I’m running to stand up for middle class families and seniors and this November voters will have a clear choice between my commonsense agenda, and an agenda that recklessly ends Medicare as we know it.”



Teresa Hensley (D) in Warrensburg – May 17, 2012 [May 17, 2012]


Teresa Hensley (D): ….When we look at what the House Republicans and Vicky Hartzler have done just this year, not to mention last year, but just this year, still passing again the [Republican House Budget Committee Chairman] Paul Ryan budget. And every time I say, the Paul Ryan budget you should feel free to boo. [voices: “Boo!”] Because it is just a terrible, terrible thing for them to think that they could be proud of it. And they are. Have you noticed that they’re not ashamed at all about the Paul Ryan budget? They don’t hang their head, they don’t walk around acknowledging that they would rather give more tax breaks, more federal subsidies to billionaires and big oil companies and still make cuts in things like Medicare, and Social Security, and food stamps, and Pell Grants, the very things that mean everything to us as a middle class…



Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r) wants to kill Medicare… [April 6, 2011]


The reviews keep coming in. Paul Ryan laid an egg. And Vicky Hartzler is content to clap louder.


Rep. Vicky Hartzler (r): town hall in Blue Springs, part 3 [May 1, 2011]


….Uh, here’s another comparison. Current path, the [exaggerated] Path to Prosperity, erity, erity. I’m sorry [laugh]. Anyway….


The choice in November is clear.