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Republican supporters gather at Spread Eagle

September 19, 2012
By DEANNE JOHNSON - Staff Writer ( , Morning Journal News

HANOVERTON - Stumping not only for Mitt Romney but also for fellow Republican Josh Mandel, U.S. Sen. John Thune spoke to a roomful of local GOP supporters at the Spread Eagle Tavern Tuesday afternoon.

Thune, a senator from South Dakota, went over much of the conservative platform, calling November a "tipping point election."

While he admits President Barack Obama inherited a bad economy, Thune said the president's policies only have made things worse.

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U.S. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota speaks before GOP supporters at a luncheon Tuesday at the Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton.

Thune said it is time for people to decide how they want the country to be. He talked about the massive amounts of debt being piled on the children and grandchildren. Additionally, he cited statistics like the doubling of fuel prices during Obama's presidency, while the number of people on food stamps has nearly doubled.

"The only thing going down is the average income," Thune said, adding the figure is down $4,300.

Instead of continuing to build a bigger government to get the economy moving, Thune suggested voters should support Romney, who he said offers a different plan to grow the economy.

"If you have a growing economy, all these other things seem much smaller," Thune said.

He urged everyone in the room to get involved suggesting they could give money, work at a telephone call center, pound a sign into their yard or write a letter to the editor.

Thune also spoke in support of Mandel, a former Ohio state representative, is challenging Sen. Sherrod Brown for a place on the U.S. Senate.

"Give Mitt Romney a team he can work with," said Thune, who at one point during the speech expressed his frustration over so many good proposals coming from the House only to see them killed by the Democrats in the Senate.

Thune is the chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, serves on both the budget and finance committees and often is a guest on the Fox News Network.



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