PORTLAND – After listening to President Obama’s speech in Portland Tuesday, Republicans said he’s on the wrong track when it comes to the economy and doesn’t understand how small business works.
The GOP members of Oregon’s congressional delegation said
Congressman Greg Walden said he thinks Oregon may be more in play this election even though it’s been many years since this state voted for a Republican president.
The last time Oregon voted republican was in 1984, for President Reagan.
“President Reagan tried to get us moving as a country, united and actually encouraged entrepreneurs and said really good things about them. He didn't sort of say, ‘look you didn't build your business, somebody else did,’ Walden said.
“As a small employer that really irritated me and I know that irritated a lot of people around Oregon who are shopkeepers or small business owners. They're working overnight and day and night on the weekends. They don't see the federal government standing there sweeping the floors,” Walden said.
In 2008, President Obama beat his Republican opponent John McCain by 16 points.
Right now, polls show that the president has just a single digit lead over Republican Mitt Romney. The latest electoral map shows Oregon leaning democrat, but not with a solid lead.