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2041263 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-04-24 20:37:40.0 UTC 2012-04-24T16:37:40.000-04:00 content/did-george-lemieux-flip-flop-student-loans published 2012-04-24 22:38:16.0 UTC 2012-04-24T18:38:16.000-04:00 drupal 117324 George LeMieux's campaign today criticized Connie Mack IV for failing to take a position on extending lower student loan interest rates and came out firmly in favor of the plan himself. But only a few weeks ago at a tea party candidate forum in Orlando, LeMieux sounded decidedly skeptical when asked about subsidized student loans, implying it was probably not worth worth "borrowing the money from China" to pay for additional government spending. We'll post audio shortly but here's the transcript: Woman: My second question relates to the economy, which you’ve touched on a few times. One of the government’s new ways to increase income is to subsidize student loans, and many students are already financially strapped to attend school. How do you feel about subsidizing student loans? George LeMieux: Well, I think student loans are important. There’s a lot of folks who can’t afford to go to school, and we need to be able to have folks who can go to college. You know, the G.I. bill in this country was one of the greatest things this country ever did, and we need to have our folks be able to compete. But we don’t need more government at this point, and I’m going to look at every dollar we spend with this construct: is it worth borrowing the money from China to spend this dollar? And the answer is, in most cases, the answer is no. And let me tell you another thing about student loans. ObamaCare nationalized student loans. We have private sector people, 800 people in Pensacola—I’m sorry, Panama City. I went and visited them. They lost their job because the federal government realized they could loan the money out and make a profit because it could borrow it at the government’s rate and loan it out at the student government’s rate. So not only now is the federal government profiting off these students, but it’s taking that vig in order to pay, in part, for ObamaCare. It’s despicable. LeMieux campaign spokeswoman Anna Nix responds:“Unlike Connie Mack who bragged about ‘brining home the bacon,’ George is concerned about every dollar we spend. He believes we cannot expand the student loan subsidy but it is important we keep the current interest rate in place, especially in the middle of a recession. As George consistently states, any new money spent must be offset by cuts and not borrowed from China.” Adam C. Smith the-buzz-florida-politics U.S. Senate,Republicans,George Lemieux,Connie Mack,Adam C. Smith Did George LeMieux flip-flop on student loans? templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2012/04/24/117324-did-george-lemieux-flip-flop-student-loans BlogArticle George LeMieux's campaign today criticized Connie Mack IV for failing to take a position on extending lower student loan interest rates and came out firmly in favor of the plan himself. But only a few weeks ago at a tea party candidate forum in Orlando, LeMieux sounded decidedly skeptical when asked about subsidized student loans, implying it was probably not worth worth "borrowing the money from China" to pay for additional government spending.U.S. Senate,Republicans,George Lemieux,Connie Mack,Adam C. SmithU.S. Senate,Republicans,George Lemieux,Connie Mack,Adam C. SmithAdam C. Smith 380298 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-11 20:35:02.0 UTC 2012-10-11T16:35:02.000-04:00 adam-c-smith published 2016-04-13 18:26:38.0 UTC 2016-04-13T14:26:38.000-04:00 Adam C. Smith <p>The <i>Washington Post </i>calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the <i>Columbia Journalism Review</i> has called him one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the<i> Times</i> since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog.</p> Times Political Editor writers DTI 33746037 The Washington Post calls Political Editor Adam Smith a top political writer in Florida, and the Columbia Journalism Review has called him one of the top 10 political writers in America. He focuses on state and national politics, and is the creator of the award-winning Florida politics blog, The Buzz. Smith has been with the Times since 1992 and has covered local and state government, as well as general assignment and investigative beats. Smith grew up in New York City, graduated Kenyon College in Ohio, and when he's not chasing politicians, he tries to keep up with his wife, three kids and hound dog. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8241</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:asmith@tampabay.com ">asmith@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Blog: <a href="http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/">The Buzz</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/adamsmithtimes">@AdamSmithTimes</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/Smith_Adam_wp_570x380.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33746037-adam-c-smith AuthorProfile 2012-10-11 20:35:02.0 UTC 2012-10-11T16:35:02.000-04:00 2281190 2016-06-10 20:12:06.0 UTC 2 Months Ago us-sen-connie-mack-we-need-you-to-run-for-reelection-marco-rubio the-buzz-florida-politics U.S. Sen. Connie Mack: We need you to run for reelection, Marco Rubio BlogArticle 2270479 2016-03-23 18:06:33.0 UTC 5 Months Ago payday-loan-issue-divides-us-senate-candidates-murphy-and-grayson the-buzz-florida-politics Payday loan issue divides U.S. Senate candidates Murphy and Grayson BlogArticle 2267324 2016-02-29 17:27:31.0 UTC 6 Months Ago former-sen-connie-mack-endorses-marco-rubio the-buzz-florida-politics Former Sen. Connie Mack endorses Marco Rubio BlogArticle <p>George LeMieux's <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/connie-mack-student-loan-interest-rates-are-distraction-economic-issues">campaign today&nbsp;criticized Connie Mack IV</a> for failing to take a position on extending lower student loan interest rates and came out firmly in favor of the plan himself. But only a few weeks ago at a tea party candidate forum in Orlando, LeMieux sounded decidedly skeptical when asked about subsidized student loans, implying it was probably not worth worth &quot;borrowing the money from China&quot; to pay for additional government spending.</p> <p>We'll post audio shortly but here's the transcript:</p> <p><strong>Woman:</strong> <em>My second question relates to the economy, which you’ve touched on a few times. One of the government’s new ways to increase income is to subsidize student loans, and many students are already financially strapped to attend school. How do you feel about subsidizing student loans?<br /> </em>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>George LeMieux:</strong> <em>Well, I think student loans are important. There’s a lot of folks who can’t afford to go to school, and we need to be able to have folks who can go to college. You know, the G.I. bill in this country was one of the greatest things this country ever did, and we need to have our folks be able to compete. But we don’t need more government at this point, and I’m going to look at every dollar we spend with this construct: is it worth borrowing the money from China to spend this dollar? And the answer is, in most cases, the answer is no.<br /> &nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>And let me tell you another thing about student loans. ObamaCare nationalized student loans. We have private sector people, 800 people in Pensacola—I’m sorry, Panama City. I went and visited them. They lost their job because the federal government realized they could loan the money out and make a profit because it could borrow it at the government’s rate and loan it out at the student government’s rate. So not only now is the federal government profiting off these students, but it’s taking that vig in order to pay, in part, for ObamaCare. It’s despicable.<br /> </em></p> <p>LeMieux campaign spokeswoman Anna Nix responds:“Unlike Connie Mack who bragged about ‘brining home the bacon,’ George is concerned about every dollar we spend. He believes we cannot expand the student loan subsidy but it is important we keep the current interest rate in place, especially in the middle of a recession. As George consistently states, any new money spent must be offset by cuts and not borrowed from China.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:27:38