Congressmen Ami Bera, David Cicilline, Rodney Davis and Adam Kinzinger talk problem solving.
This week No Labels high fives former Utah Governor and current GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. During last night’s NBC/Politico GOP Debate, Huntsman set himself apart when he expressed his disdain for pledge signing by elected officials. Pledges, he said, “diminish the political discussion” and “jeopardize candidates’ ability to lead, once they’re elected. I’d love to get everybody to take a pledge to take no more pledges,” Huntsman said. His comments echo No Labels’ message that the only pledge our elected officials take is the Pledge of Allegiance.
No Labels also high fives Speaker of the House John Boehner for encouraging all members to attend the president's address to a Joint Session of Congress. In response to several GOP lawmakers stating they would not attend, Boehner "encouraged my colleagues to come tonight and to listen to the president... [He] is coming at our invitation. We ought to be respectful, and we ought to welcome him."
Yellow Flagging Richard Mourdock, Jimmy Hoffa Jr., and President Obama
This week No Labels yellow flags Richard Mourdock, who hopes to be the Republican nominee for Senate in Indiana. Before a tea party crowd, Mourdock stated “I don’t believe we need more bipartisanship in Washington... It’s bipartisanship that has taken us to the brink of bankruptcy in this country.” Mr. Mourdock has confused "bipartisanship," which consists of working across the aisle to solve problems with "hyper-partisanship," which caused the intransigent behavior that did in fact bring this country to the brink of default in August. We need to elect leaders in Washington who are willing to work across party lines, putting country ahead of ideology.
No Labels is also throwing a yellow flag at Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa Jr. and President Obama. This week, Mr. Hoffa called for workers "to wage war on the tea party" and “take these son-of-a-bitches out.” While his message may have been meant to encourage members of labor unions to vote tea party candidates "out" of office, his choice of language is exactly the type of uncivil rhetoric that cannot be tolerated. However President Obama, who spoke at the same event that day, has yet to condemn the language used by Mr. Hoffa. Further, the White House commented that it would not serve as the “speech police” for the Democratic party.
This is unacceptable. President Obama has an obligation not only to distance himself from this insensitive remark, but to set an example of how our leaders can courteously engage in political discourse.