This morning at the New Hampshire Democratic Party state convention, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz laid out what's at stake in the upcoming election and showed the contrast with what Democrats have achieved under President Obama’s leadership with the out-of-touch and extreme positions of the Republican presidential field.
Chairwoman Wasserman Schultz also reiterated that Democratic presidential candidates will have ample opportunities to debate and address voters like at today's NH convention - the largest political convention in Granite State history, the just-announced SC Democratic forum, in partnership with MSNBC and others to be announced, as well as the six DNC sanctioned debates. The DNC also sanctioned six debates during the 2004 and 2008 presidential primary process. A full list of the 2016 Democratic primary debate schedule is below:
- October 13, CNN, Las Vegas, NV
- November 14, CBS/KCCI/Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA
- December 19, ABC/WMUR, Manchester, NH
- January 17, NBC/Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Charleston, SC
- February or March, Univision/Washington Post, Miami, FL
- February or March, PBS, Wisconsin
Thank you to each and every one of you – and especially for coming out today to make this the largest political convention in Granite State history! I would ask you to give yourself a round of applause, but you just did and I applaud you as well.
It is because of YOU that we’ve achieved the success that we have under President Obama. Successes like: 66 straight months of private sector job growth; the creation of 13 million private sector jobs; deficits cut by two-thirds; Wall Street reform; Student loan reform – I guess there’s a few students in the house; the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and DOMA…now love is finally the law of the land – in all 50 states thanks to Democrats; and access to quality, affordable health care that has been extended to 16 million Americans. And we will make sure it is never taken away. Never. We are not going back. We’re going to move forward, like Barack Obama took us forward when we won the 2008 and the 2012 elections, because the American people are standing with us.
As a breast cancer survivor, I never want to go back to a time when health insurance companies set the rules and could deny someone insurance for having a pre-existing condition. And I am honored, to be fighting alongside you to continue make sure that this remains a reality.
Now, if you’ve been paying attention to the Republicans lately, maybe you ran into one in New Hampshire recently. . .
If you haven’t been, here’s the bizzaro world cliff’s notes version of what they’re saying: They’re saying, let’s go back to the failed policies of the past. Let’s make the same foreign policy mistakes that we’ve made again. Let’s bring back the same trickle-down economics that preceded the economic crisis, and while we’re at it, let’s ensure that Republicans continue to be the party of opposition, obstruction, and repeal.
We’ve seen from them nothing but attacks. Between all the Republican candidates onstage on Wednesday night, they offered zero real solutions to address climate change, to give hardworking Americans a raise, or fix our nation’s broken immigration system.
Democrats know what the country and Republicans need to be discussing – the middle class and what we can do to help build those ladders of success.
But it seems like the primary topic of discussion among Republicans has been Donald Trump.
But that’s not all. Women’s health care is also a topic among Republicans, but not in a good way. They are all talking about how to make it less accessible.
Several of their candidates, including Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, have suggested that they would be willing to shut down the entire government over defunding Planned Parenthood. You just can’t make this stuff up.
Carly Fiorina, though, didn’t stop there. She went as far as lying on stage the other night about this very topic, just to score political points.
Apparently, they’ve forgotten the last time they shut down the government over denying people access to health care. Last time, it cost our economy 24 billion dollars. Who knows how much worse it’ll be this time if they do it again?
But as damaging and reckless as their policy agendas are, their records are far worse, my friends. Let’s talk about Carly Fiorina’s record, and the 30,000 people at HP who lost their jobs on her watch. And the 40 million dollar golden parachute she grabbed for herself on the way out the door.
Or we can talk about Jeb Bush, Jeb Bush who keeps insisting that he’s his “own man” – and then tried to prove that by launching a vigorous defense of his brother’s foreign policy mistakes. He also introduced a new tax plan a couple weeks ago – which is just his brother’s plan on steroids. More huge tax breaks for millionaires and wealthy corporations, blowing a giant hole in our budget.
Now we can talk about Marco Rubio’s pandering Tea Party policies, or John Kasich’s efforts in Ohio to restrict access to voting, or how Scott Walker thinks he’s ready to fight ISIS because he took on Wisconsin teachers and firefighters.
Or we can talk about how Republicans have so little respect for women that nearly half of their candidates couldn’t even name a single notable American woman that they thought worth putting on the ten dollar bill.
Raise your hand if you could think of ten notable American women that belong on the ten dollar bill. I know I could, I could think of a hundred. That’s how little respect Republicans have for the women of this country.