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Contact: Kate Geller, (202) 785-8683 or email@example.com
WASHINGTON – In advance of tonight’s NBC News/POLITICO presidential debate, LCV Senior Vice President of Campaigns Navin Nayak released the following statement questioning just how the candidates will talk about jobs during the primetime discussion:
“There is no debating that our country needs more jobs, but the main idea that we’ve heard from presidential candidates so far is to give corporations more power, and leave Americans to fend for themselves. On the campaign trail and in debates, candidates have attacked cherished public health protections that provide clean air and clean water. Destroying these vital protections doesn’t create jobs, it costs lives. Tens of thousands of lives. So the question for tonight’s debate is simple: just how many lives are these candidates willing to sacrifice to please polluters?
If these candidates continue to make wild claims that fly in the face of science and popular opinion, they will lose the center where poll after poll shows that Americans oppose eliminating their basic public health protections for the air we breathe and the water we drink. That the presidential candidates think borrowing ideas to weaken public health from the most unpopular Congress in American history is a winning agenda shows just how out of touch they really are with the American public.”
A June nationwide poll from the American Lung Association found that 66 percent of voters believe that EPA scientists, rather than Congress, should set pollution standards. (http://www.lungusa.org/healthy-air/outdoor/resources/clean-air-survey/clean-air-memo-june-2011.pdf )
A CNN poll conducted immediately after the budget showdown this spring, found that a staggering 71 percent say the federal government should continue to provide financing to the EPA to enforce regulations on greenhouse gas emissions. (Q18; http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/04/11/rel6a.pdf)
PUBLIC HEALTH STATISTICS
Navin Nayak will be available for comment immediately following this evening’s debate. Contact Kate Geller at (516) 446-9703 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an interview.
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