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January 4, 2012
12:46 PM

CONTACT: Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Jennifer Farmer

Phone: 202.730.7221


Despite Eking Out a Victory in Iowa, Presidential Wannabe Romney Oblivious to Challenges of Middle Class Families

WASHINGTON - January 4 - Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), issued the following statement regarding Iowa's Republican presidential caucuses:

"With the help of deep-pocketed friends, Mitt Romney won a razor-thin victory in Iowa without laying out a viable plan for putting Americans back to work, making the rich and large corporations pay their fair share in taxes, advocating against devastating cuts to programs such as Medicare and Social Security or outlining a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

"The Iowa caucuses are a reminder that Romney and candidates for the Republican presidential nomination are oblivious to the challenges facing working and middle-class families. Instead, the caucuses confirm fears that the Republican Party continues to move farther and farther to the right.

"Touting himself as a candidate of 'steadiness and constancy,' Romney has proven steady and constant only when it comes to standing up for corporate America at the expense of working people. What's worse, at a time when we should unite as Americans to get our country back on track, Romney and the other GOP candidates' message to working people is simply: 'you're on your own.'

"It's time for candidates and officeholders to put the needs of the 99 percent above extreme political ideology."

With 2 million members in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico, SEIU is the fastest-growing union in the Americas. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, public services and property services, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, while uniting their strength with their counterparts around the world to help ensure that workers—not just corporations and CEOs—benefit from today's global economy.


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