Speak Out: Did Comstock Get It Right at the Convention?

Virginia politician (and McLean resident) Barbara Comstock held the national spotlight at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday afternoon.

McLean resident and Virginia General Assembly Del. Barbara Comstock, who represents the state's 34th District, , throwing her support behind Romney and slamming Obama's fiscal policies, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

"Comstock ticked off a list of complaints including his proposal to raise taxes on certain wage earners, Obama's pro-labor views, and his 'war on success' that undermines individual achievement.

She also placed the prospect of $1 trillion in looming federal cuts known as sequestration, including $500 billion from defense, at Obama's feet, saying 'his budget failure threatens to slash 200,000 national security and high-tech jobs in Virginia.'"

The full Virginian-Pilot article and pictures of Comstock speaking at the convention are available on the newspaper's website. You can watch her speech here on C-SPAN

News 13, a local television station in Florida, printed the full text of Comstock's speech online.

Speak Out: Did you catch Comstock's roughly three-minute speech on TV? Does her message resonate with you? Let's get the conversation going in the comments section. 

Jeff Barnett August 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM
As the C-CSAN tape shows, few people in the arena paid any attention to Comstock. She drew on her skills as a professional lobbyist to spin outright falsehoods and half-truths. She glossed over the massive debt and deficits the Romney-Ryan plan will inevitably produce.
anne gruner August 30, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Not only did delegate Comstock's message resonate, but it reflected the facts. Under Governor McDonnell, Virginia closed its budget deficit and balanced its budget on a bipartisan basis. As a result, Virginia has enjoyed its third straight year of budget surplus, without raising taxes, and had a total surplus and budget savings of $1.4 billion. Revenue collection actually increased over 5% even though taxes did not. CNBC last year declared Virginia the "Top State for Business." Marylanders are moving in droves to Virginia due to Gov O'Malley's taxation policies. Northrop Grumman moved its corporate headquarters to VA. Meanwhile, the president does nothing to head off the $500 billion in sequestration cuts of defense spending that Secretary of Defense Panetta warned would be "disastrous." This comes on top of the almost $500 billion that was cut last year. Not to mention the coming "fiscal cliff." And there are 766,000 more women unemployed now than in January 2009 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Facts are stubborn things! It is an honor for Virginians to be represented by Delegate Comstock on the national stage!
Barbara Glakas August 30, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Let’s not forget that Virginia received approximately $4.8 billion in appropriations from Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. You have people like Barbara Comstock and Paul Ryan who criticize Obama’s plan, but then are willing to take advantage of the money it provides to help their constituents and their states as a whole. You can’t have it both ways.
Mark Carolla August 31, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Jeff - Barbara Comstock (along with Condi Rice) is indeed a lobbyist but is probably the closest thing to a normal traditional Republican at the Convention, she did start her career after all as an intern for Ted Kennedy and is a graduate of Middlebury College, my alma mater, which has produced such mainstream reasonable Republicans as former Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont. She is a skilled lawyer and brought to light some of the Clinton Administration's dirty laundry. However she is on board the campaign of disingenuous statements: "He promises to raise our taxes and hurt working families." Not exactly - taxes would be raised for really high end earners. His budget failure threatens to slash 200,000 national security and high-tech jobs in Virginia. - HIS "budget failure?" It failed because the Republican House Leadership and Tea Party set a suicide pill to prevent any increase in federal revenue. "His "war on success" undermines individual initiative and innovation." What the heck does that mean? Just because Obama credits the role of educators such as her husband, SBA loans, government enabling acts such as the GI Bill etc. that is a war on success? "Obama isn't working. President Mitt Romney and Vice President Paul Ryan WILL. They have a common-sense plan to reward and unleash our entrepreneurs and innovators and put America back to work." Ryan's Plan has NO SPECIFICS in it other than being against passenger rail and the EPA.


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