GOP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATERS HIGHLIGHT WORK OF CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE | Citizens Against Government Waste

GOP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATERS HIGHLIGHT WORK OF CITIZENS AGAINST GOVERNMENT WASTE

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact:  Jim Campi or Aaron Taylor
February 16, 2000(202) 467-5300

 

(Washington, D.C.) -- Last night, in a forum hosted by CNN talk show host Larry King, two of the remaining three GOP presidential candidates engaged in a heated exchange over who best represents the fiscally conservative values of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) noted that he opposed the fiscal 2000 appropriations package signed by President Clinton, citing CAGW's claim that "it was the worst, most wasteful spending bill in history."  Candidate Alan Keyes then interjected that as a former President of CAGW (1989 - 1992) "I did the work… fighting at the grassroots."

Current CAGW President Thomas Schatz praised the candidates for addressing wasteful spending in the debate. "This exchange is the result of CAGW's election-year strategy to put the heat on every presidential candidate.  We want our leaders to explain how they would combat the waste, fraud, mismanagement, and abuse that permeates our government.  It's good to finally see the candidates debate the most important issue in this election.  Instead of wasting the surplus on more of the failed big government programs that put us in debt in the first place, we need a president who will pay our bills, balance our books, and get the money back to the taxpayers who earned it."

As a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, CAGW does not endorse candidates for any office. "While we are not picking favorites in this race, we are glad to see these candidates heed our call to make the issue of government waste a key component of the campaign," Schatz continued. "Trust me, there is plenty of work to do and plenty of credit to go around."

CAGW is America's largest taxpayer watchdog group, with more than one million members and supporters dedicated to educating Americans about the waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in government.

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