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Tuesday
Feb242015

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 Breitbart.com 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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Wednesday
Jan212015

DNC - Steve King reminding his 2016 visitors what they’re in for this weekend 

Hours before the President’s State of the Union Address, Steve King reminded everyone how he feels about immigrants in America, by calling a young DREAMer “deportable.”

 

 

Link: https://twitter.com/SteveKingIA/status/557673638066135045

 

These Romney-style “self deport” type comments are what we’ve come to expect from Steve King but the important question is: do each and every potential 2016 GOP nominee who is attending his Freedom Summit this weekend in Iowa agree with King’s “deportable” comment?

 

Here is a list of a few Republicans flying to Des Moines to kiss Steve King’s ring on Saturday. 

 

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Sunday
Jan182015

DNC - Rand Paul hits New Hampshire with a bang! 

 

During his first foray into New Hampshire of 2015, the self-proclaimed Republican champion of outreach and broadening the GOP’s appeal Rand Paul said:

 

“You know the thing is that all of these programs – there’s always somebody who is deserving. Everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system. What I tell people is if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts, join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a back pain.”

 

Just take a look at the damage Paul did in just one day in New Hampshire. Imagine an entire campaign! Or four entire years in the White House! Yikes.


Union-Leader: Rand Paul raises interest, ire during visit to NH

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first visit to New Hampshire this year as a likely presidential hopeful drew a rebuke from Democrats for a comment he made about people on disability benefits. Paul, during a breakfast meeting with legislators Wednesday, made a remark about certain people "gaming the system." The Democratic National Committee circulated a video clip of Paul's comments and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley called it insulting to people with disabilities.          

 

NH Journal: Buckley, Dems say Paul’s disability comments sound like Romney

Just a few hours into his first presidential campaign-style visit to New Hampshire Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was taken to task by Democrats for saying that “over half the people on disability” do not deserve to receive federal assistance. Leading the criticism was New Hampshire Democratic Party chairman Raymond Buckley, who is also a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee. He called Paul’s comments “ridiculously reminiscent” of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s comments that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government and would never vote for him.

 

AP: Paul: Some game system to get undeserved disability payments

Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that some people "game the system" to receive disability payments they don't deserve and later criticized the federal government for not doing an adequate job policing a system he says needs reform.

 

WMUR: Paul draws criticism for comments about disabled

Potential presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was in New Hampshire on Wednesday, and he's making headlines for a controversial comment he made about people with disabilities. Paul insinuated that a significant number of people are gaming the system. Democrats pounced immediately in a manner similar to what might be seen in a general election campaign.

 

CNN: Democrats hit Rand Paul for disability comments

Democrats blasted Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday for arguing that a majority of people collecting Social Security disability benefits are taking advantage of the system.

 

Louisville Courier-Journal: Hours into N.H. trip, Paul disability comment attacked

Hours into his New Hampshire trip Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul quickly came under attack by the Democratic National Committee for comments he allegedly made about people who file disability claims.

 

Lexington Herald-Leader: Democrats pounce on Rand Paul's comments about disability fraud

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's first day on the presidential campaign trail this year had Democrats comparing him unfavorably to 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Paul, making his first major campaign swing of the year with a series of meetings in New Hampshire, said Wednesday morning that "over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. ... "

 

And lest we forget…

 

Real Clear Politics: Paul Says He'd Be "Happy" to Dissolve the U.N.

Speaking to a room full of gun rights advocates at the Londonderry Fish & Game Club, Paul said that while the concept of having a multinational body to "discuss diplomacy" isn't necessarily a bad one, he objects to the current structure, in which the United States has to foot "a huge chunk" of the U.N.'s bill. “I dislike paying for something that two-bit Third World countries with no freedom attack us and complain about the United States,” Paul said. “There’s a lot of reasons why I don’t like the U.N., and I think I’d be happy to dissolve it.”

 

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Thursday
Jan152015

DNC - Courier-Journal: Hours into N.H. trip, Paul disability comment attacked

James R. Carroll, The Courier-Journal 2:55 p.m. EST January 14, 2015

 

WASHINGTON - Hours into his New Hampshire trip Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul quickly came under attack by the Democratic National Committee for comments he allegedly made about people who file disability claims.

In a video the DNC put on YouTube and sent to reporters, Paul is shown talking to a group of people. The DNC said the video was shot in Murphy's Diner in Manchester, N.H. That was listed on the senator's schedule as one of his stops in the Granite State Wednesday.

 

The senator was recorded saying this: "You know the thing is that all of these programs - there's always somebody who is deserving. Everybody in this room knows somebody who is gaming the system."

"What I tell people is, if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn't be getting a disability check," said Paul, an ophthalmologist. "You know, over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club. Who doesn't get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everybody over 40 has a back pain."

DNC spokesman Mo Elleithee said Paul's alleged remarks "are insulting to millions of Americans with disabilities."

"They want leaders who will help them get a fair shot, not condescend to them or accuse them of gaming the system," Elleithee said in a statement. "Rand Paul has again proven he's not a new type of Republican - when it comes to helping expand opportunity, he's no better than Mitt Romney."

A spokesman for Paul's political action committee, RANDPAC, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Paul was slated to make six stops Wednesday in New Hampshire, the first state scheduled to hold a presidential primary in 2016. He also is going Friday and Saturday to the early GOP caucus state of Nevada.

The Kentucky lawmaker maintains that he will make a decision on running for president "some time this spring."

But the dynamics of Republican race are changing with the possible entries of both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

In an interview Wednesday with New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Dan Tuohy, Paul said he was surprised by Romney's move to get into the contest, but he insisted the party needs someone new.

"If you try the same old thing you'll get the same old result," Paul said.

About 14 million Americans receive disability checks from the government every month.

According to Social Security Administration data analyzed by National Public Radio for a series "Unfit for Work: The Startling Rise of Disability in America," 33.8 percent of newly disabled workers in 2011 were diagnosed with back pain or other musculoskeletal problems, while 19.2 percent were diagnosed with mental illness, developmental disabilities or similar problems.

 

Wednesday
Nov052014

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Jeanne Shaheen’s Victory

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Statement on Jeanne Shaheen’s Victory in New Hampshire Senate Race 

Washington, DCDNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement on U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s victory in New Hampshire:  

“On behalf of Democrats across the country, I congratulate Senator Jeanne Shaheen on her victory tonight. As the only woman to serve as both Governor and United States Senator, Senator Shaheen has a strong record fighting for New Hampshire’s families and small businesses and working to expand opportunities for all Americans. 

“I’m proud New Hampshire voters affirmed they want leaders who will put commonsense solutions ahead of special interests and that New Hampshire is never a consolation prize for a political opportunist.”