Arizona congressional candidate Vernon Parker hit the national stage Saturday, giving the Republican's weekly address to the nation in a nod from House Speaker John Boehner.
Parker's address focused on the GOP push to stop expected tax hikes and develop a tax code he said will help the economy grow and prevent jobs from being sent overseas.
"We have employers who want to hire and workers who want to work, but government won't get out of the way" Parker said. "So we need to start there. We need to do something about the fact that the United States -- the land of opportunity -- has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. That just pushes jobs away, overseas, to India, to China, to all our competitors."
Parker also called for the repeal of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.
"We need to do something about the fact that the president's health care law is driving up costs, and in the process, making it harder for small businesses to expand and hire," Parker said. "Instead, let's repeal ObamaCare and its $716 billion in Medicare cuts and replace it with common-sense reforms.
Parker, a former Paradise Valley mayor, is running against Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the new 9th District, which takes in much of Tempe and parts of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Mesa and Chandler.
Both parties are pouring money into the race because it is one of only three in the state considered winnable by either party.
Rodd McLeod, a spokesman for Sinema, said he found it "interesting and troubling" that Parker agreed to give the Republican address when he's only agreed to one debate and turned down many other opportunities.
"We think he should answer questions from the people he wants to represent instead of just following orders from the party leaders in Washington," McLeod said.
Parker's campaign said Boehner personally selected Parker to give the weekly address.
Parker's remarks followed Obama's weekly address to the nation. The president pressed Republicans to back housing policies the White House says would help struggling homeowners refinance their debts and prevent foreclosures.
Obama is blaming congressional Republicans for not passing legislation he proposed in February that would lower lending rates for millions of borrowers who have not been able to get out from under burdensome mortgages. Republicans have objected, citing among other things the estimated $5 billion to $10 billion cost of the proposal.
"Here we are - seven months later - still waiting on Congress to act," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address.
Congress has recessed and is not scheduled to return until after the November elections.
"Instead of worrying about you, they'd already gone home to worry about their campaigns," the president said.
Obama's push comes as home prices have been rising across the United States. National home prices increased 1.2 percent in July, compared with the same month last year, according to the Standard & Poor's/Case Shiller index released Tuesday.
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