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posted by admin on July 1st, 2008 at 5:55 PM (MST)

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Press statement 7/1/08

GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM ERIK FLEMING, THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE FOR THE UNITED STATES SENATE AGAINST THAD COCHRAN AND I AM HERE TO EXPRESS MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE PRESIDENTíS VISIT. WHILE HE IS HOBNOBBING WITH GOP FAT CATS, RAISING FUNDS FOR THE OPPONENT OF MY GOOD FRIEND, AND SOON TO BE FELLOW SENATOR, RONNIE MUSGROVE, THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI ARE HURTING BECAUSE OF THE BUSH-MCCAIN-COCHRAN-WICKER FAILED ENERGY POLICY.

AS WE STAND HERE TODAY, THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD IN HOLMES COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI IS SPENDING NEARLY 16 PERCENT OF THEIR INCOME ON GASOLINE COSTS. BEFORE BUSH TOOK OFFICE IN 2001, GASOLINE WAS A $1.48 PER GALLON. THE PRICE HAS GONE UP 276 PERCENT SINCE THEN AND THE FIVE BIG OIL COMPANIES, WHICH MY OPPONENT RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM, HAVE MADE OVER A HALF A TRILLION DOLLARS IN PROFITS. IN MISSISSIPPI, WORKERS ARE BORROWING MONEY FROM THEIR EMPLOYERS JUST TO GET TO WORK, GASOLINE THEFT, MEANING CRIME, IS ON THE RISE, AND PEOPLE, WHEN THEY RUN OUT OF GAS, ARE LEAVING THEIR CARS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, FOR DAYS AT A TIME, UNTIL THEY CAN GET ENOUGH MONEY TO FILL THEM UP AGAIN.

NOW THOSE SAME FOLKS WHO PUT US IN THIS MESS ARE ASKING THE VOTERS TO TRUST THEM WITH THEIR VOTE IN NOVEMBER, SAYING WE CAN FIX THIS. THEY ARE RAISING MONIES FOR THEMSELVES SO THEY CAN DIVERT YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE PAIN YOU ARE FEELING IN YOUR WALLET OR POCKETBOOK. THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS THEY WANT TO DIVERT ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO REAL SOLUTION TO THIS CRISIS. GAS TAX HOLIDAYS WILL PUT MISSISSIPPIANS OUT OF WORK AND UNDERFUND BRIDGES THAT NEED REPAIR. NEW DRILLING IN ANWR OR OFF-SHORE WILL NOT PUT ANY NEW FUEL ON THE MARKET UNTIL FIFTEEN YEARS FROM NOW.

THE DEMOCRATIC SOLUTION IS TO INVEST IN ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES, INCREASE ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, AND STOP THE WALL STREET CROWD, WHO NOW UNREGULATED HAVE DRIVEN CRUDE OIL PRICES CLOSE TO $150 A BARREL, FROM TRADING AWAY THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY TO COVER THEIR BAD INVESTMENTS OF TODAY.

ON NOVEMBER 4TH, THE PEOPLE OF MISSISSIPPI WILL HAVE A CLEAR CHOICE AS TO WHO THEY WANT TO HAVE THE POWER IN WASHINGTON: WALL STREET OR MAIN STREET. I CONTEND THAT WALL STREET HAS HAD THEIR U.S. SENATORS FOR LONG ENOUGH. IT IS NOW TIME FOR MAIN STREET, MISSISSIPPI TO HAVE THEIRS.

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