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FreedomWorks Media Roundup: February 9th – 20th, 2013
By Trey Grover on February 20, 2013
FreedomWorks new show “On Tap” is on point
FreedomWorks has launched a brand new live show on Wednesday nights at 7PM ET called FreedomWorks On Tap. The show is broadcast from their website “live.freedomworks.org“. The project is a new venture designed at tackling the issues that affect people, fostering debate about government policy, and discussing tactics for grassroots conservatives and libertarians to help turn the tide against Big Government.
Previous shows have featured topics such as school choice, outreach to youth activists, Obama’s second term agenda, health care exchanges and the fiscal cliff. The upcoming show will feature Representative Thomas Massie, a Kentucky congressman and farmer who graduated from MIT. He’s currently tied for the #1 spot in FreedomWorks top rated legislator scorecard because of his dedication to fiscal principles. Massie will appear this coming Wednesday, February 13th to discuss his response to the President’s State of the Union Address, the grassroots vs. establishment civil war in the GOP and his push for legislation to relax restrictions on hemp farmers in Kentucky. Viewers who tune in will be given the opportunity to ask questions in a live chatroom moderated by FW staffers. – Austin Petersen, February 11, 2013, Read More
FreedomWorks' Kibbe: Obama 'Doubling Down on Bad Ideas'
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe will deliver what he calls a “prebuttal” to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday in which he accuses the commander-in-chief of “doubling down on bad ideas” and contributing to what he describes as a great recession.
“First of all, you have to understand that we are in the middle of a Great Recession,” insists Kibbe in an advance copy of the video that will be released over the Internet shortly before the president takes to the air waves with his State of the Union. “I haven’t seen anything like this in terms of the numbers of unemployed, the length and stagnation of our economy, since the Great Depression — and for a lot of the same reasons.” – Paul Scicchitano, February 12, 2013, Read More
Marco Rubio got it right in his response to Obama
For anyone wondering what the Republican Party is going to look like after the dust from the post-election infighting settles, take a long look at Marco Rubio’s rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address.
Senator Rubio didn’t sugar coat the economic challenges that Americans will face in the years to come. He addressed the $100 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities, the 7.9% unemployment, the 7 million Americans projected to lose their preferred health care coverage as a result of ObamaCare, and the fact that the economy actually shrank in the final quarter of 2012. – Matt Kibbe, February 12, 2013, Read More
Matt Kibbe Responds to Rove, Establishment GOP
Last week Karl Rove made his intentions clear: He’s going to bat for who he and the GOP establishment feel can “win” an election. Rove does not put much value into what the candidate’s actual ideology is, which is kind of a sticking point for everyone who feels betrayed by the GOP (aka actual conservatives). What does Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks feel about the Rove startup? – Glenn Beck, February 12, 2013, Read More
Obama’s State of the Union: More of the Same
President Obama’s State of the Union address recycled the same old tired rhetoric that he’s been peddling since 2009. Instead of addressing how to reduce the nation’s $16 trillion debt and lower the high unemployment rate, Obama proposed more reckless spending and regulations that will further stifle economic growth in this country.
He started his speech with predictable statements on how the economy is allegedly growing stronger—despite the near eight percent unemployment rate calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That official rate does not even factor in the 3.25 million out of work Americans that are so hopelessly discouraged that they haven’t looked for a job in over a year. – Julie Borowski, February 14, 2013, Read More
March of the Budget Wars
March should be the month of reckoning for budget wars that have ensnared Washington and bedeviled the Obama administration since its beginning. The massive federal outlays that started with TARP and continued through various stimulus efforts have pushed the limits on spending, forcing the administration to address real, and perhaps binding, budget constraints. But faced with a $1.2 trillion sequestration threat, President Obama used his State of the Union to inveigh against the across-the-board cuts of the 2011 budget deal. Calling them “sudden, harsh, and arbitrary,” the president is putting the full weight of the White House behind an effort to undo the one source of significant spending cuts to emerge from the battle over the debt ceiling. – Wayne Brough, February 14, 2013, Read More
The Dangerous Partnership Between Big Business and Government
President Obama's greatest strategic accomplishment during his first term was his recruitment of big business to join the existing collection of special interest groups within the Democratic Party.
The national impact of Obama's collusion with big business can't be overlooked. Big business helped deliver his biggest political achievement, ObamaCare, and it recently contributed to his victories with the fiscal cliff negotiations and the temporary extension of the debt ceiling. – Tom Borelli, February 14, 2013, Read More
Gun Owners: Fox News Contributor and Fox News Contributor Deneen Borelli
Deneen Borelli is the outreach director for FreedomWorks, a nonprofit in Washington, DC, that helps promote conservative issues. She’s also the author of a book, Blacklash, and a regular contributor to Fox News. Borelli lives in Eastchester, where she and her husband are “exercising our right to be responsible, law-abiding gun owners.”
Why do you own guns? Our home was broken into when we first moved in back in the nineties, and we wanted to be able to protect ourselves in case it happened again. I love our law enforcement and the hard work that they do, but, unfortunately, the police can’t be everywhere. – Westchester Staff, February 15, 2013, Read More
300+ Attend FreedomWorks Forum for SC1 Candidates
Voters are trying to find "their" candidate among the 16 GOP candidates running for S.C. First Congressional District. During a Saturday forum, the entire field answered questions in a forum presented by South Carolina Grassroots Community and FreedomWorks.
A voter guide distributed at the event ranked candidates from 1 to 5 based on their answers to 20 questions during an interview session prior to the forum. Ray Nash scored the highest with a 4.6. He was followed by Mark Sanford at 4.4 and then Sen. Larry Grooms and John Kuhn at 4.3. – Adam Crisp, February 16, 2013, Read More
CLANCY: Labor unions that pushed Obamacare through want out
Who knew Obamacare was bad for workers? Unions, or rather the professional class of union leaders, were vehement supporters of Obamacare’s federal takeover of health care. Now that they’ve had a chance to actually read the 2,801-page bill and “find out what is in it,” they are upset and want out.
Major unions like the AFL-CIO and the Teamsters are now demanding that they be allowed to stay on their current health care plans and receive government subsidies to cover the increased costs some of Obamacare’s provisions will impose on lower-income workers. They want to eat their government cake and have it too. What else is new? Who would foot the bill? You guessed it: We, the taxpayers. – Dean Clancy, February 17, 2013, Read More
In the Blogs…
DeneenBorelli.com: Tim Carney’s post on Duke Energy’s financial support of President Obama exposes a huge corporate donation for the president's reelection.
Carney describes how the company’s $10 million line of credit for the Democratic National Convention is turning out to be an $8 million corporate contribution. The line of credit was needed because the convention fell short of its fund raising goal. Read More
Beforeitsnews.com: FreedomWorks will join constituents of South Carolina’s First District for the first and only congressional candidate forum with all 16 Republican candidates competing in the March 19th primary. Each candidate will have the opportunity to present opening and closing statements, with a series of questions prepared by representatives of local grassroots organizations across the District.
Candidates participating in the forum will include: Mark Sanford, Teddy Turner, Peter McCoy, Larry Grooms, Curtis Bostic, Ray Nash, Elizabeth Moffley, Shawn Pinkston, Andy Patrick, John Kuhn, Keith Blandford, Jeff King, Jonathan Hoffman, Tim Larkin, Chip Limehouse and Ric Bryant. Read More
Beforeitsnews.com: “Congress doesn’t have a sequestration problem; they have a sequestration promise to keep to the American people, one that the President supported on the campaign trail before he was against it. And frankly, it’s the bare minimum effort that Congress and President Obama can make, considering they have failed to pass a budget in over 4 years.”
“Tonight the President described the savings as ‘sudden and harsh,’ an odd choice of words since the savings have been a contingency plan for over a year in the event that Congress and the White House failed to find spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling- which they did fail to do.” Read More
PoliticalNewsNow.com: President Obama’s greatest strategic accomplishment during his first term was his recruitment of big business to join the existing collection of special interest groups within the Democratic Party.
The national impact of Obama’s collusion with big business can’t be overlooked. Big business helped deliver his biggest political achievement, ObamaCare, and it recently contributed to his victories with the fiscal cliff negotiations and the temporary extension of the debt ceiling. Read More
DeneenBorelli.com: Look out New Yorkers! New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is going to ramp up his nanny state during his last year in office. In his last State of the City speech, Bloomberg said he wants to buy more electric vehicles and to ban plastic foam food containers. Read More
NorthCharlestonPatch.com: In the wake of Saturday's FreedomWorks Forum, organizers took a straw poll before and after the event. The results are a bit of a surprise.
John Kuhn, who has not been thought of as a top-tier candidate, finished well ahead of the pack, with 35 percent of the vote. Mark Sanford was second, and Ray Nash third. Keith Blandford, who also was not previously thought of as a strong contender, finished fourth with eleven percent. Read More
IslandPacket.com: First congressional candidate Ray Nash, the former Dorchester County sheriff, received the highest score at the FreedomWorks event held this past weekend in North Charleston. Nash and other Republican candidates answered questions on a variety of topics including immigration reform, federal healthcare reform, term limits for members of Congress, Social Security, Medicare, and more. Read More
Television & Videos...
Watch FreedomWorks President & CEO Matt Kibbe on Hardball with Chris Matthews on February 7th, Kibbe discussed the issue of "Karl Rove vs. tea party in big money fight for GOP's future!" Watch Here!
Watch FreedomWorks President and CEO Matt Kibbes Prebuttal to the President’s State of the Union Address on February 12th! Watch Here!
Watch last week’s episode of FreedomWorks on Tap with special guest Representative Thomas Massie KY-4, last week’s topics of discussion were the State of the Union Address, Auditing the Fed, Karl Rove vs. The Tea Party, and more! Watch Here!
Watch FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe as he joins Scottie Hughes of The Tea Party News Network on February 13th, Hughes and Kibbe discussed the president’s State of the Union address and the ongoing battle between Karl Rove and The Tea Party. Watch Here!
Watch FreedomWorks Director of Outreach Deneen Borelli on FoxNews on February 16th, Borelli joined a live studio panel to participate in a discussion with Dr. Benjamin Carson! Watch Here!
FreedomWorks fellow Tom Borelli joined the Andrew Wilkow Show on February 18th, Borelli discussed The Dangerous Partnership Between Big Business and Government.
FreedomWorks Director of Campaigns Whitney Neal joined The Rocky D Radio Show on February 12th, Whitney discussed FreedomWorks South Carolina Forum event.
FreedomWorks Director of Campaigns Whitney Neal joined The Sweet Carolina Radio Show on February 12th, Whitney discussed FreedomWorks South Carolina Forum event.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe joined Glenn Beck Radio on February 12th, Kibbe discussed Karl Rove and the GOP Establishment! Listen Here!
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe joined Dennis Miller Live Radio on February 12th, Kibbe discussed the Establishment v Grassroots Fiscal Conservatives. .
Listen to FreedomCast episode 9 starring FreedomWorks Director of New Media Kristina Ribali on February 12th, Ribali had special guest, blogger Jon Gabriel on the show to discuss GOP messaging, bureaucracy and red tape and how the government is saving you from deadly pickle nubbins. Listen Here!
FreedomWorks Vice President of Legislative Counsel Dean Clancy appeared on the Rusty Humphries Show on February 13th, Clancy discussed the nomination of Jack Lew, and President Obama's State of the Union address.
FreedomWorks fellow Tom Borelli joined Wilkow Majority Radio on February 14th.
FreedomWorks VP of Political & Grassroots Campaigns Russ Walker appeared on Glenn Biegle Radio on February 14th, Walker discussed upcoming Senate races, and the president’s state of the Union address.
FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe & FreedomWorks Government Affairs Assistant Easton Randall joined Southern Sense Radio on February 15th, Kibbe and Randall discussed FreedomWorks South Carolina Forum Event! Listen Here!