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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

The president decided to launch an aggressive campaign against gun violence after 20 children and six adults were killed in Newton, CT last month. Lankford and other members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation have questioned the constitutionality of some of Obama’s gun proposals.

In his remarks on Saturday, Lankford portrayed debt as a danger facing the nation.

“Federal overspending that was intended to lift us up as a nation is actually dragging our families down,’’ he said. “Certainly, on the weekend we commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must renew the dream for our children's future.

“As we tackle our nation’s enormous debt, halt our out-of-control deficit spending, and address the cultural shifts in our country’s character, let us pursue a better legacy for the next generation.”

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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