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DNC Response to Ted Cruz Speaking to Youth in NH

With Ted Cruz speaking to the Young Americans for Liberty conference in New Hampshire today, DNC spokesperson Rob Flaherty released the following statement:


“Ted Cruz has said that he’s going to win this campaign on the backs of 'millions of young people.’ But Ted Cruz’s real plan for  young people is leaving them out to dry. Between Cruz’s staunch opposition to making it easier to afford going to college or his effort to take quality healthcare away from millennials Ted Cruz has stood on the wrong side of the issues that matter at every turn.”



DNC Response to Rand Paul Comments on Women in New Hampshire 

In New Hampshire, Rand Paul is suddenly eager to talk about a “war on women.” But on issues important to women and their families, Rand Paul has consistently been wrong, if not openly antagonistic…


  • ·         Violence Against Women Act
  • ·         Women’s Right to Make Their Own Health Care Decisions – On women’s health, Rand Paul would take decisions away from women and their doctors and place them in the hands of people like himself in Congress:


Below is a response to Rand Paul’s comments in New Hampshire from DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman:


“Rand Paul hopes his rhetoric will land him some headlines, but it can’t hide his deplorable record on issues important to women and their families. Paul continues to insist he’s the candidate who can broaden the GOP’s appeal to new constituencies, all while pushing an agenda that harms the very groups he’s asking for support from. If Rand Paul suddenly cares about women’s rights, then he needs to support equal pay, support the Violence Against Women Act, and support access to women’s health services. Until then, we don’t want to hear it.”  


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DNC - Washington Examiner: Debbie Wasserman Schultz tears into GOP field in NH 

Debbie Wasserman Schultz tears into GOP field in New Hampshire


The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee wrote a scathing op-ed in the Concord Monitor on Saturday, tearing down the list of Republican presidential hopefuls who are visiting New Hampshire this weekend.

DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz had nothing nice to say about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who visited the Granite State this past week and this weekend.

The nation's first primary will be held in New Hampshire.

Democrats are gearing up for a fight against Republican presidential candidates, who are just now beginning to jockey for position in the early voting states.

"We know what a Bush presidency would look like because we've seen it before," Wasserman Schultz wrote. "Policies that wreck the economy and turn back the clock on social progress. Jeb is completely out-of-touch with the American people, and he's no different than the rest of the Republican field."

Wasserman Schultz was no kinder to Walker, who she said divided Badger State residents and hurt the middle class.

"His priority has been adhering to his ideological views and pleasing the special interests that have funded his campaigns," she said.

Cruz, according to Wasserman Schultz, "embodies what's wrong with the Republican party," by serving as the "ringleader" of the Oct. 2013 stalemate over federal government funding that lead to a 16-day shutdown.

She blamed Perry's tenure as Texas governor for "some of the worst rates of income inequality in the country."

The latest polls show Walker and Bush leading the pack of GOP candidates.

A McClatchy/Marist survey found Bush with 19 percent of the vote and Walker with 18 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in third with 10 percent of the vote.

Cruz and Perry were near the bottom of the pack with 4 percent and 3 percent of the vote, respectively.

On the Democratic side, the poll found Hillary Clinton as the runaway favorite with 60 percent of support. Vice President Joe Biden placed second with 13 percent, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 12 percent.


DNC - NH Journal: ‘Welcome’ GOPers: Top Dems blast POTUS field as ‘too extreme’ for NH 

‘Welcome’ GOPers: Top Dems blast POTUS field as ‘too extreme’ for NH

Two leaders of the Democratic National Committee “welcomed” four likely Republican contenders to New Hampshire today by saying that there is little difference among them when it comes to favoring the rich at the expense of the middle class.


DNC Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, who is also a DNC vice chair, held a conference call with reporters as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in the state, followed tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.


Wasserman Schultz asked Granite Staters to use their “unique” opportunity to ask the prospective candidates direct, tough questions.


She said Walker and Cruz “are relatively new to this game, and have records of dividing Americans.” Bush and Perry, she said, “are just trying to distance themselves from a previous failed campaign or a failed record.”


She accused Perry of wanting to “privatize the student loan industry and give control back to the banks. That will increase interest rates and shows he is more focused on helping big banks rather than students.”


Buckley said all of the prospective GOP candidates have records that are “completely at odds with New Hampshire values” and the interests of middle class families.


Bush, he said, “has always been and will be what’s best for him and those at the top,” while Walker “has pitted the people of Wisconsin against each other, has launched attacks on workers and working families. He actually compared the hard-working people of his home state – teachers, firefighters, to ISIS. Pathetic.”


Perry’s policies, said Buckley, “has led to one of the highest wage gaps in the entire country.” Noting Perry’s short-lived candidacy of 2011, Buckley said “no amount of rebranding, new glasses or new promises can change” his primary concern, Buckley said, for his “Texas allies” and the wealthy.


Cruz, he said, “is just too extreme for New Hampshire.”


Wasserman Schultz defended President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons, a matter about which Perry said earlier today there can be no compromise.


“We can definitely all be in agreement, from President Obama to Rick Perry, that we have to do what we can to ensure that Iran never achieves its goal of having a nuclear weapon and that is what these negotiations are designed to prevent,” she said.


She said that while no one can predict if the negotiations will be successful, “given the alternatives available, including war, I believe strongly, as a pro-Israel member of Congress and a Jew, that it is essential that we do everything we can to prevent Iran from achieving its goal of having nuclear weapons.”


Wasserman Schultz said no GOP prospective candidate is more vulnerable than another. “One important thing they have in common is that they all embrace the same old ‘take care of the wealthy and special interests,’” and she said, “trickle-down economics,” which “has repeatedly failed.”


She also said Sen. Marco Rubio, of her home state of Florida, fits the same profile.


“He does not have a record of leadership. He’s a follower. He ran as fast as he could from his own immigration plan as soon as there was a whiff of dissent from his own Tea Party base.”


Buckley noted that in New Hampshire, about 40 percent of registered votes are undeclared – or independent – swing voters, and he said believes the Republicans are too extreme to win widespread support in that group in a primary or a general election.


DNC - Marco Rubio shows his true colors in New Hampshire 

Reinforcing his past history of pandering to the GOP base anytime they criticize him (see: Reform, Immigration), Marco Rubio is wasting no time in sprinting even further to the right on issue after issue. In his first appearance in New Hampshire of 2015, Rubio ticked off positions that seem more comfortable in the comments section than coming from a fresh face in the GOP who can broaden the party’s appeal.


Just take a look at the coverage from Twitter of his town hall in New Hampshire today..


 He blamed the firestorm over Rudy Giuliani’s offensive comments that President Obama doesn’t love America on the media – not on Giuliani for saying them.


He said he opposes a clean DHS funding bill – a position which could lead to a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.


And he suggested that giving undocumented immigrants access to entitlements “acts as a magnet,” while again running away from the immigration bill he once sponsored.


So don’t be fooled by Marco Rubio. He isn’t a new and different leader for the Republican Party – he’s just repackaging the same out-of-touch Republican ideas we’ve heard forever.


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