The hosts of the Fox News program "Fox & Friends" lamented on Oct. 14 that the Democratic debate on Oct. 13 promised too many freebies such as childhood education and health care for children (video below).
"Everything was going to be a gravy train," co-host Steve Doocy complained, notes MediaMatters. "Just a trough. Open it up."
Co-host Brian Kilmeade lamented that the promises made by Democratic candidates included: “Childhood education, higher minimum wage, public college, public family leave, health care, health care for children, and in-state tuition for illegals, which they were cheering for."
RawStory notes that Fox News used a graphic that read: '“Freebies Promised During Democratic Debate.”
Later, on the same broadcast, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is running for president, complained that the Democrats were promising "free stuff," reports Mediaite (video below):
"It was basically a liberal versus liberal debate about who was going to give away the most free stuff: Free college education, free college education for people illegally in this country, free health care, free everything. Their answer to every problem in America is a government program and a tax increase. That’s all they prescribe time and time again."
Rubio failed to mention that he has supported corporate welfare via the federal sugar program, which keeps out imports of sugar from foreign countries and makes federal loans to U.S. sugar producers, all of which hikes up the cost of sugar in America, the Washington Examiner reported in August.
Rubio also didn't mention that universal health care has never been tried in the U.S. because Republicans have opposed it for decades.
In 2014, the U.S. ranked last behind counties that have universal health care: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, according to The Commonwealth Fund.