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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

September 5, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Patty Murray: Romney will “put the middle class on the roof”

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray went “Seamus” on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney during a speech to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday.

Murray referenced the tale of Romney’s long ago family vacation, when he strapped their dog, Seamus, in a carrier on top of a station wagon for a 12-hour drive. Though the dog was reportedly unharmed, that hasn’t stopped Democrats from mocking the story.

Attacking Romney’s plans to repeal health-care reform and alter Medicare, Murray said Republicans would “sell out our middle class” while preserving tax cuts for millionaires.

“Simply, with a Republican Congress sitting shotgun, Mitt Romney will put the middle class on the roof and take us for a long, painful ride,” Murray said.

Taking the stage to a partly full Time Warner Cable Arena Wednesday just after 3 p.m. Pacific time, Murray’s speech was loudly cheered by the Washington state delegation, sitting close to the stage.

She told of the struggles of her own family growing up. When her father, a World War II veteran, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and lost his job, they got by on veteran’s benefits for his health care and were on food stamps for a while as her mom worked to provide for the family’s seven children.

Without student loans and other help, Murray said she and her siblings “would never have had a shot at a college degree.”

Murray, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, urged the crowd to help retain the Democratic Party’s majority in the Senate as well as re-electing President Obama, “and we can make sure every American family has the opportunities mine did.”

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