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GOP Candidates: Blame the Government

It was not Blame Canada at Tuesday night’s GOP presidential candidate debate, instead it was Blame Washington. Whether it was President Obama, the Federal Reserve, Dodds-Frank or just the president’s health-care initiative, all the candidates formed a consensus that too much government is at fault for the country’s debate. Michele Bachmann kicked off the anti-regulation crew by attacking the Dodds-Frank Act, claiming that government regulation caused the economic meltdown. “I think if you look at the problem with the economic meltdown, you can trace it right back to the federal government,” Bachmann said. All of the candidates said they would repeal most government regulations if they came to power, saying that too much regulation had killed jobs. The candidates all criticized the Federal Reserve and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, with Ron Paul specifically calling out the Fed.