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Republicans promote ways of helping the poor

January 9, 2014 • National News


In this Jan. 8, 2014, photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a Cuban-American, speaks about the “American dream” on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s first State of the Union address in 1964, where LBJ committed the government to a war on poverty, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio’s speech was hosted by the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Dealing with an empathy gap, Republicans are trying to forge a new image before the 2014 midterm elections as a party that helps the poor and lifts struggling workers into the middle class. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with an empathy gap before the 2014 midterm elections, Republicans are trying to forge a new image as a party that helps the poor and lifts struggling workers into the middle class.

GOP leaders are using the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty to offer a series of policy proposals that would shift anti-poverty programs to the states, promote job training and offer tax incentives for low-income workers.

The effort aims to offer an alternative to President Barack Obama’s economic agenda and shed the baggage of Mitt Romney’s 2012 Login to read more

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