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DNC - NEW VIDEO - Kasich in NH: I learned a lot about America from Lehman Bros 


About an hour ago, John Kasich told a room in New Hampshire: “I learned a lot about the way America works when I worked at Lehman Brothers.”


“The last thing we need in a president is the Lehman Brothers approach to America. Kasich said he learned how America works from a Wall Street firm integral to the crash that led to almost 9 million people out of work? That’s rich.” – TJ Helmstetter, DNC Midwest Press Secretary


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DNC - NJ Advance Media: At N.H. town hall, woman derides Christie's Social Security reforms 

At N.H. town hall, woman derides Christie's Social Security reforms



Gov. Chris Christie is discovering that New Hampshire voters also enjoy "telling it like it is" — or at least, as they see it.


Far away from the friendly-faced, Republican-heavy ZIP codes that have defined his New Jersey town halls, Christie almost immediately found his plan to reform Social Security challenged in disarmingly plainspoken terms at a New Hampshire town hall meeting.


"Anybody here want to work a couple extra years?" a woman asked to several nods from around the hall, before turning to face Christie head-on.


"Why not just make really rich people pay the same amount as middle class people? Why shouldn't they have to pay Social Security on their full income?"


It marked the one of the few times a direct criticism of the governor's entitlement reform plan had found its way into a Christie town hall.


Christie was taken aback a bit.


"Well 'cause I'm gonna. ... Because my plan says they shouldn't get Social Security," Christie answered.


"But why are you asking middle class people to work longer?" the woman continued, unmoved. "It doesn't seem fair."


To keep the Social Security trust fund from becoming insolvent, Christie has argued for raising the U.S.retirement age by two years for both early and full retirement Social Security benefits, and for eliminating retirement benefits for those retirees earning more than $200,000.


Currently, the 6.2 percent Social Security withholding tax only applies to wages up to $118,500. Pew Research says the result is that working class people pay a disproportionately higher effective tax rate than the well-heeled. For example, a worker earning $40,000 will pay $2,480, or 6.2 percent, in Social Security tax, but an executive earning $400,000 will pay $7,347, for an effective rate of 1.8 percent.


Christie, however, has said he is firmly against lifting the cap.


"What will be less fair is when Social Security goes bankrupt," Christie answered, noting that he planned to phase in the age increase over 25 years. "That's plenty of time to plan for an extra two years of work."


"But you shouldn't have to," the woman said.


"But you do have to," Christie insisted.


"If the really rich people paid on their full amount of their earning - just like us in here have to do," offered the woman, trailing off.


"There are not enough rich people in the United States," interrupted Christie, "nor enough money, to be able to fund what we would need with a growing population, to be able to have that be the only way you can solve this."


According to the non-partisan, non-profit Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, Christie's Social security proposal closes only about 60 percent of Social Security's 75-year shortfall.


After much back and forth, Christie was ready to move on, saying, "Listen, with all due respect, I hear this in New Jersey all the time: 'Raise taxes on somebody else.'"


The woman wasn't having it.


"It's always going to be a tax increase," she said, asking, "When is someone going to stand up for the middle class and say, 'You guys have paid enough!' We've put enough in. Let the one per centers, or whoever they are, pay. This trickle down thing isn't working."


Christie sought to pivot back to an attack on Obama.


"Under this president, and his policies ..." Christie began to say.


"Oh, get off it," said the woman, disgusted. "'This president,' 'This president' 'He's done everything bad ...'"


Christie, who has lost his patience when continuously challenged in New Jersey town halls, kept his cool.


"Are you running for president?" Christie later asked, his voice even and calm, "Because I'm not here to debate you. I'd like to answer your question. If we're going to continue to go back and forth like this, we're not going to get anywhere."


"I am probably a long shot to win your vote," Christie acknowledged after the lengthy repartee, to laughter from the audience.


DNC - Ladies, Scott Walker Just Made It Clear That He Wants to Make Your Decisions for You

Today, Scott Walker, speaking with Laura Ingraham, made his views clear on a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions.

Laura Ingraham: “You don’t believe the final decision should be between a woman and her doctor? You believe –”

Scott Walker: “No.”

“If it wasn’t clear before, it is now. Scott Walker doesn’t think women should make their own health care decisions with their doctor. Maybe he doesn’t think we’re capable, maybe he doesn’t trust us, or maybe he wants to make the decision for us. Whatever it is, this statement is just another line from Scott Walker that proves what we’ve known all along: he’s wrong for women.” –Kaylie Hanson, DNC Director of Women’s Media

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DNC - Jeb Bush today in NH: Americans "need to work longer hours" 

“You read that right. Jeb Bush, who wants to be president of the United States, thinks that to move our economy forward Americans ‘need to work longer hours.’ It is easily one of the most out-of-touch comments we’ve heard so far this cycle. Jeb Bush would not fight for the middle class as president. He would do what he’s always done – put himself and people like him over everyday Americans. Bet hardworking Americans are going to have something to say about this.” – DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman


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Jeb Bush: “My aspiration for the country and I believe we can achieve it is 4% growth as far as the eye can see. Which means we have to be a lot more productive. Workforce participation has to rise from its all-time modern lows. Means that people need to work longer hours and through their productivity gain more income for their families.”



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DNC - AP: FACT CHECK: Chris Christie's not always the straight talker of the 2016 campaign 

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Too many to share. You just have to read this.


FACT CHECK: Chris Christie's not always the straight talker of the 2016 campaign


SANDOWN, N.H. (AP) — Chris Christie certainly tells it like he sees it. That's not to say he always tells it like it is.

In a Republican presidential kickoff speech centered on a pledge to talk straight, the New Jersey governor sometimes exaggerated his record and skipped over more troublesome realities in a state with a struggling economy, a chronically underfunded state pension system and an increasingly gridlocked government.

A look at the some of the claims in his speech this week and how they compare with the facts:


CHRISTIE: "We've refused to raise taxes on the people of this state for six years."

THE FACTS: Not quite.

During his first term, Christie cut the earned income tax credit, which largely benefits low-income workers, from 25 percent of the federal credit to 20 percent. He surprised Democrats last week by proposing bringing it up to 30 percent in the budget year that started Wednesday. Democrats quickly approved the change.

Christie also repeatedly delayed implementing the Homestead credit program, which grants property tax relief, angering elderly and low-income homeowners, even as he capped property tax increases overall. He also extended the sales tax on online purchases to out-of-state retailers and pushed for higher taxes on e-cigarettes, but failed.

This, while criticizing the previous Democratic administration for raising taxes and fees more than 100 times. To be sure, Christie has vetoed a number of proposed tax increases but his record is not free of raising taxes or their close cousin, fees.


CHRISTIE: "We rolled up our sleeves and we went to work and we balanced six budgets in a row."

THE FACTS: He had no choice. The New Jersey constitution requires balanced budgets, as many states do, and they are achieved one way or the other, often with some accounting tricks. Christie also has one of the most powerful governorships in the country, and has the power to veto whatever spending items he chooses.


CHRISTIE: "We made the difficult decisions to reform pensions and health benefits and continue that fight today."

THE FACTS: The governor indeed overhauled the pension and health benefits system for public employees, with the help of unions and Democratic lawmakers. But the deal that made that happen has been branded unconstitutional — by his own administration.

The deal involved union concessions such as higher retirement ages and health care contributions. In return, the state agreed to put more money into the system. But when tax revenues came in far lower than expected last year, Christie reneged on his side of the agreement.

The state Supreme Court ruled the governor wasn't on the hook for the payments. In a peculiar twist, his administration's lawyers had challenged the constitutionality of the agreement. Christie's political action committee even sent a fundraising pitch saying the court's ruling means taxpayers won't shoulder "an impossible tax burden from a union agreement that never even met the standards of the New Jersey Constitution."

Christie's further efforts to fix the pension system appear to be going nowhere.


CHRISTIE: "We need to get our economy growing again at 4 percent or greater."

THE FACTS: Few economists, liberal or conservative, think that's likely.

A 4 percent target, also prominently preached by Christie's Republican rival Jeb Bush, would require a doubling of growth from the current level, and big trends are pushing against that prospect. Among them, baby boomer retirements are limiting the number of workers in the economy. More automation and low-wage competition overseas are contributing to meager income growth, which has restrained the consumer spending that drives the majority of economic activity.

The odds of achieving sustainable 4 percent growth were low even when the demographic trends were more favorable.

Only four of the 16 presidential terms since World War II have experienced annual economic growth averaging more than 4 percent after inflation, according to economists at Princeton University.


Harry Truman saw it happen as U.S. manufacturers helped rebuild post-war Europe. Tax cuts contributed to a boom in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Bill Clinton benefited during his second term from low interest rates and what eventually became a tech-stock bubble.