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Joe Biden nominates hard-left governor for commerce secretary

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Watch commerce secretary nominee Governor Gina Raimondo’s exchange with Senator Rick Scott. Like transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg, Gina Raimondo supports raising taxes on middle class families to pay for the radical environmentalist agenda. The Biden Administration is going to be the most far-Left administration we have ever seen.

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RI Governor Raimondo makes her case to become Biden’s commerce secretary

By the Providence Journal, January 26, 2021

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo appeared virtually before a U.S. Senate committee on Tuesday to pitch her qualifications for a promotion from Smith Hill to the political major leagues as President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary.

There was no immediate vote after the two-and-a-half-hour hearing that tested Democrat Raimondo’s knowledge and, at times, forced her to defend her much-touted Rhode Island record.

But Sen. Roger Wicker, the Mississippi Republican who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, told Raimondo: “I do not believe you will be serving as governor of the state of Rhode Island for very much longer.”

After 10 years as state treasurer and then governor of the smallest state in the nation, Raimondo, a 49-year-old Democrat, made her case to a panel still in Republican control.

“I look forward to working with you,” said Wicker,

 “I hear you,” she said often. “I look forward to working with you, learning from you.”

The most critical questions came from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who asked: “What reassurances can you give the American people that your performance at Commerce would be better than the state of Rhode Island has done in terms of creating an environment where jobs are plentiful?”

He alluded, broadly, to CNBC reports in recent years that pegged Rhode Island’s business climate as one of the worst — and in 2019, the worst — in the nation.

Raimondo was ready: “When I ran for governor, Rhode Island had the highest unemployment rate in the country, and just prior to COVID we had the lowest unemployment rate in our state’s history and the most jobs in our state’s history.”

“My record is clear that we have created thousands of jobs for the people of Rhode Island.”

Cruz asked what she would say to the thousands of construction workers “whose jobs have been destroyed” by Biden’s decision to revoke a key cross-border presidential permit needed to finish the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

 

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