Fox News 2015 GOP primary debate: on Jobs


Chris Christie: New Jersey had 0% job growth; then I created 192,000 jobs

Q: You tout your record as a Republican governor in a blue state. But under your watch, NJ has undergone 9 credit rating downgrades. The state's 44th in private sector growth. You face an employee pension crisis & NJ has the 3rd highest foreclosure rate.

CHRISTIE: If you think it's bad now, you should've seen it when I got there. The fact is, in the 8 years before I became governor, taxes and fees were raised at the state level 115 times; spending was increased 56%; and there was zero net private sector job growth in New Jersey. Zero. For 8 years. So, what did we do? We came in, we balanced an $11 billion deficit on a $29 billion budget by cutting over 800 programs in the state budget. We brought the budget into balance with no tax increases. In fact, we vetoed 5 income tax increases during my time as governor. And, what's happened since? 192,000 private sector jobs in the 5 years I've been governor. We have a lot of work to do in New Jersey, but I am darn proud we've brought our state back.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Rick Santorum: Look out for American workers, not for profits or votes

People are upset for a reason about the future of this country. Immigration is sort of an example of what's broken and what's wrong in Washington, D.C.

You see, you have one side, the Democrats, and with immigration, all they care about is votes. They don't care about American workers, they just care about bringing as many people in so they can get as many votes as they can. On the other side, you have so many Republicans, and what do they care about? Helping business make profits. There's nobody out there looking out for the American worker.

I'm looking out for the American worker. I'm the only one on this stage who has a plan that's actually reduced--actually going to reduce immigration. Actually going to do something to help the American worker. And you combine that with a plan to make manufacturing--this country number one in manufacturing, you've got someone who's going to help revitalize and give hope to America, the place--the place is that is the most hopeless today.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Rick Santorum: Create a manufacturing job juggernaut by a 20% flat tax rate

Under my presidency, we'll create jobs and make American the number one manufacturing country in the world. It's worked for 100 years in America--putting people back to work in manufacturing is it. I'm going to be introducing a plan which I call the 2020 Perfect Vision for America. It's a 20% flat rate tax, it'll take a blowtorch to the IRS. It will create a manufacturing juggernaut in this country.
Source: Fox News/Facebook Second Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

Scott Walker: Unemployment dropped in my term from 8% to 4%

Q: When you ran for governor of Wisconsin back in 2010, you promised that you would create 250,000 jobs in your first term of four years. In fact, Wisconsin added barely half that and ranked 35th in the country in job growth. Now you're running for president, and you're promising an economic plan in which everyone will earn a piece of the American dream.

WALKER: Well, the voters in Wisconsin elected me last year for the third time because they wanted someone who aimed high, not aimed low. Before I came in, the unemployment rate was over eight percent. It's now down to 4.6 percent. We've more than made up for the jobs that were lost during the recession. And the rate in which people are working is almost five points higher than it is nationally. You know, people like Hillary Clinton think you grow the economy by growing Washington. [But] one of the best things we can do is get the government out of the way. That's what I'll do as president, just like I did in Wisconsin.

Source: Fox News/Facebook Top Ten First Tier debate transcript Aug 6, 2015

  • The above quotations are from Fox News/Facebook Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
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    Second Tier: Seven other Republicans
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2016 Presidential contenders on Jobs:
  Republicans:
Amb.John Bolton(MD)
Gov.Jeb Bush(FL)
Dr.Ben Carson(MD)
Gov.Chris Christie(NJ)
Sen.Ted Cruz(TX)
Carly Fiorina(CA)
Sen.Lindsey Graham(SC)
Gov.Mike Huckabee(AR)
Gov.Jon Huntsman(UT)
Gov.Bobby Jindal(LA)
Gov.John Kasich(OH)
Rep.Peter King(NY)
Gov.Sarah Palin(AK)
Sen.Rand Paul(KY)
Gov.Rick Perry(TX)
Sen.Rob Portman(OH)
Secy.Condi Rice(CA)
Sen.Marco Rubio(FL)
Rep.Paul Ryan(WI)
Sen.Rick Santorum(PA)
Gov.Scott Walker(WI)
Democrats:
Gov.Lincoln Chafee(RI)
Secy.Hillary Clinton(NY)
V.P.Joe Biden(DE)
Gov.Andrew Cuomo(NY)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel(IL)
Gov.Martin O`Malley(MD)
Sen.Bernie Sanders(VT)
Gov.Brian Schweitzer(MT)
Dr.Jill Stein(MA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren(MA)
Sen.Jim Webb(VA)

2016 Third Party Candidates:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg(I-NYC)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Donald Trump(NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura(I-MN)
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