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Tucker Carlson CUs do things the right way
FREEPORT, Maine (10/7/11)--Political commentator Tucker Carlson had high praise for an audience of 120 credit union representatives at the Maine Credit Union League’s Legislative Forum Tuesday.
Click to view larger image Keynote speaker and political commentator Tucker Carlson said “the future is bright for credit unions” at the Maine Credit Union League’s Legislative Forum on Tuesday. From left, Jon Paradise, league governmental & public affairs manager; Carlson; John Murphy, league president/CEO; and Quincy Hentzel, league director of governmental affairs. (Photo provided by Maine Credit Union League)
“I hate dealing with banks and, the circumstances of the past three or four years have proven that credit unions do things the right away so I think the future is bright for credit unions,” Carlson said. Carlson was the keynote speaker at the forum. He spent the morning discussing the 2012 U.S. presidential elections, offering insight on the Republican field of candidates and President Barack Obama’s re-election prospects. “The power of an incumbent president is very difficult to beat,” Carlson said. “Everywhere the president goes gets attention, as does everything a p resident says. That is quite an obstacle to overcome. That being said, President Obama is vulnerable; however, the candidate most capable of beating the president in a general election may not be the nominee.” When asked about the country’s financial woes, Carlson said the nation’s biggest problem is that neither party is honest about Medicare. “Everyone loves Medicare, myself included, but we simply cannot afford it in its present form,” he said. That is a fact, and until we get to the heart of it, we will continue to struggle financially as a country.” In the afternoon, the forum featured two Maine political analysts, former state Sens. Ethan Strimling and Phil Harriman, who discussed the state legislature, Gov. Paul LePage, and the 2012 legislative elections. Buddy Gill, senior strategic communications and external relations advisor to National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board Chairman Debbie Matz, concluded the program with a regulatory update. Gill encouraged Maine credit unions “to let your voices be heard on rules, regulations and the operating environment. NCUA really does want to hear from you.” League President John Murphy noted that the forum “reinforces the interest and involvement level that Maine’s credit unions have in the political process.”
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