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Villaraigosa: Republican Platform 'Looks Like the Platform of 1812'

Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles, meets with the National Journal in their Washington D.C. offices on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.(Chet Susslin)

September 2, 2012

Antonio Villaraigosa, chairman of the Democratic National Convention, argued Sunday that the Republican platform seeking to repeal President Obama’s health care reforms, self-deport 11 million people and ban abortions even in cases of rape and incest “looks like the platform of 1812.”

The Los Angeles mayor defended Obama’s record, saying he created 4.5 million jobs during his administration – more than under President George W. Bush – and has a plan to cut $4 trillion from the deficit. Obama plans to raise taxes on the wealthiest and cut them for the middle class, he said.

“He’s got a plan that will say ‘let’s take taxes on the top two percent of America back to where they were under President Clinton, where we had an economy that generated 23 million jobs and importantly that started with deficits and ended with surpluses,’” he said.

 

Speaking on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers, Villaraigosa said that the Republican call for self-deportation of illegal immigrants will be an unusual hardship on such people.

“It means they’re going to make life so miserable and conditions so intolerable for the vast majority of people who are working,” he said, adding that he wasn't really sure what “self-deportation” would entail.

He added: “They think the DREAM Act, fighting for your country, and making a better life is somehow a handout.”

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