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Rep. James Lankford calls for 'better legacy' in Republican address

Oklahoma City Republican James Lankford portrayed debt as an obstacle for American families in an address on the eve of President Barack Obama's second inauguration.
by Chris Casteel Modified: January 19, 2013 at 10:27 am •  Published: January 19, 2013

WASHINGTON — Rep. James Lankford called Saturday for a “better legacy for the next generation’’ as he delivered the Republican weekly address on the eve of President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

“I hope you will join me in praying for President Obama and his family as he embarks on his second term as President of the United States,’’ said Lankford, R-Oklahoma City. “The issues we face in the coming weeks and months will be difficult, but we must resolve them in the long-term, best interest of all American families.”

Lankford, who just began his second term, was tapped for the second time in less than two years to give the weekly Republican remarks. He previously spoke on gasoline prices. Lankford was recently chosen chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, a leadership position.

In his own weekly address, the president encouraged Americans to get behind the gun control proposals he made earlier this week. Those proposals include expanding background checks to cover gun shows and other private sales and a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons.

“Already, we’re seeing pundits, politicians and special-interest lobbyists calling any attempt at commonsense reform an all-out assault on liberty— not because that’s true, but because that’s how they get higher ratings and make more money,’’ Obama said. “But this time, it can’t be up to them. It’s got to be up to you … Ask your member of Congress if they support universal background checks and renewing a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. And if the answer is no, ask them why not.”

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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