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Today in New Hampshire, Chris Christie said he wants to track our nation’s immigrants like FedEx packages.
Please see response from DNC spokeswoman Christina Freundlich:
"To compare immigrants and Americans to tracking a FedEx package is a new low of lows for the Republican field. The only tracking numbers that Christie should be concerned with is his poor job creation numbers and record nine credit downgrades.
"The GOP should quit treating our nation's immigrant families as second class citizens -- or objects -- and join Democrats who support treating immigrants with respect and dignity."
CONCORD, N.H. - Following Sen. Marco Rubio’s trip to New Hampshire, the NHDP released the following statement:
“Marco Rubio’s trip to New Hampshire just made it clear that his policies on women’s health and climate change are simply blasts from the past, which won’t do him any favors with Granite Staters.” said Lizzy Price, New Hampshire Democratic Party Communications Director.
Boston Globe // Jim O’Sullivan
US Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, struggling to break through in the Republican presidential primary, delivered a conservative pitch to activists here Wednesday, rejecting climate-change legislation and gun control as ineffectual.
Rubio also criticized Planned Parenthood as the purveyor of “atrocious practices,” and said that Democrats would be to blame if a government shutdown occurs as a result of disagreements between the parties about funding the agency.
During the last of a five-stop, one-day visit to the state with the nation’s first primary, Rubio also outlined his reasons for wanting to rein in the cost of entitlement programs, calling it reasonable to expect that Americans around his age of 44 should expect different benefits than their parents receive.
But the sharpest exchanges of his town hall meeting-style event at the Tupelo Music Hall centered on the topics of climate change and federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The climate’s been changing forever, and it will continue to change,” Rubio said in response to a question about changes in weather, winning applause.
“There are scientists that believe that men have a direct impact on it,” he added, saying that he would not support policy changes that would add to Americans’ energy costs...
He also lined up with his party as it has become increasingly critical of Planned Parenthood, a favorite target of social conservatives. Supporters of the organization say it provides crucial women’s health access outside of its abortion services.
“They’re involved in atrocious practices that have been revealed over the last few weeks,” Rubio said of Planned Parenthood, referring to covert recordings that purport to show the women’s health group trafficking in the for-profit sale of human fetal tissue.
“Take the money that we use and give it to federally qualified local health providers,” Rubio said in response to a woman’s question, saying those groups should be ones “that provide women with the kind of care that they need but without these atrocious practices.”
Asked whether he would be willing to help force a government shutdown over the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Rubio replied, “That’s a question for the Democrats to answer.”...
Rubio received a generally warm response from the crowd, but one longtime New Hampshire politico said he would like to see Rubio get some more seasoning “under his belt.”
“He gives a good speech, but I want meat and potato,” said Republican state Representative Al Baldasaro, a retired US Marine who said he was dissatisfied with Rubio’s answer to his question about problems at the Veterans Administration.
“How are you going to fix it? We all know what the problems are,” Baldasaro said...
Recent national polls have found Rubio anchored in the single digits, roughly where he remains in surveys of New Hampshire voters...
NHDP - After 100 Days, Ineffective Party Boss Kelly Ayotte Still Can’t Get “Damned Liar” Frank Guinta To Resign
Concord, N.H. – One hundred days after Kelly Ayotte called on “damned liar” Frank Guinta to resign, the Guinta problem Ayotte created by propping him up throughout his years of lies isn’t going anywhere.
Last month, a Union Leader editorial highlighted the “embarrassment [Guinta’s] continued presence in office creates for the GOP” – and no one feels that embarrassment more than ineffective party boss Kelly Ayotte.
“Every day that ‘damned liar’ Frank Guinta remains in office is a glaring reminder of Kelly Ayotte’s incompetent leadership of the New Hampshire Republican Party,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “Kelly Ayotte propped up Frank Guinta throughout his years of lies, and now she’s learning that there’s no undoing the damage she’s done as Guinta refuses for the 100th straight day to heed her call to resign.”