American Bridge President’s Statement On Tonight’s Debate

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to tonight’s Republican debate:

“The Republican Party’s disarray was on full display as tonight’s debate degenerated into chaos. On immigration, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio relentlessly attacked each other in their race to equal Donald Trump’s radicalism. Instead of talking meaningful policy, the candidates spent their night desperately throwing punches, ensuring the eventual nominee will be bruised and bloodied with extremism. The Republican candidates have all failed the commander in chief test, but there’s no end in sight to the messy bloodbath that is damaging down-ballot candidates and the entire party.”

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GOP Field Continues to Tout Out-Of-Touch Positions On Minimum Wage

From opposing an increase to the $7.25 minimum wage to opposing a federal minimum wage altogether, every single GOP candidate on stage tonight takes the most extreme, out-of-touch position when it comes to standing up for working families. The Republican field has demonstrated time and time again that they’ll side with shadowy special interests and the billionaire Koch brothers over hardworking families — their opposition to an increase in the minimum wage is no exception.

Here’s what the GOP presidential candidates had to say to hardworking South Carolina families tonight:

Ted Cruz has twice voted against raising the minimum wage. Inexplicably, Cruz has gone so far as to claim that increasing the minimum wage would actually be detrimental to workers, saying, “I think [a wage hike] hurts the most vulnerable.”

Marco Rubio’s admitted that “you can’t live on $11 an hour,” but that didn’t stop him from opposing raising it to $9 an hour and voting against increasing it to $10.10. Don’t […]

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GOP Candidates Turn Back The Clock On Women’s Health

If tonight’s debate had you double-checking to make sure you hadn’t traveled back in time, chances are you weren’t alone. Every single candidate on stage proved, once again, that they want to turn back the clock for women’s healthcare, and that they remain committed to putting partisan politics between women and their doctors.

Republicans in Congress have voted over and over again to end federal funding to Planned Parenthood — to no avail. But the Republicans on stage tonight are pledged to continue the futile crusade to defund an organization that provides safe and affordable access to basic health care services for millions of women annually.

Here are just a few more of the GOP’s greatest hits on interfering with a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions:

Donald Trump said he would defund Planned Parenthood, referring to the women’s health organization as “an abortion factory.”
After the shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Trump talked about the falsified […]

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GOP’s Shameful Blame Game On Poverty In South Carolina

Scores of hardworking South Carolina families struggle to make ends meet, but not one Republican presidential candidate on stage tonight offered anything resembling a viable solution to the crippling poverty that plagues much of the state. Instead, the entire GOP field chose to play a blame game, pointing fingers and shaming those in need of government assistance.

The GOP has made it clear time and time again, and tonight was no different. They’ll always put the interests of the billionaire Koch brothers ahead of those of hardworking families.

Here’s what the GOP presidential candidates have offered for lifting hardworking families out of poverty:

·      Marco Rubio has repeatedly voted for the extreme Ryan budget, which adds restrictions to federal housing aid. Rubio has also claimed that people receiving welfare choose jobs with lower wages so they can remain on welfare.

·      Ted Cruz has claimed that food assistance encourages “dependency,” and that President Obama has […]

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GOP’s Immigrant Song: Xenophobic Rhetoric — And No Path To Citizenship

Donald Trump’s 35% win in New Hampshire confirmed it: xenophobic, anti-immigrant red meat and policies are what win over the Republican base these days. Offensive, anti-immigrant policy proposals and rhetoric have been a constant the entirety of the GOP presidential primary — their prominence and consistency perhaps only rivaled by Donald Trump’s months-long polling dominance.

Trump may have ratcheted things up the most with his unabashed demagoguery and offensive characterization, but it’s not like it started with him. The rest of the GOP field has similar views — and, like Trump, not one candidate supports a pathway to citizenship.

Here’s a rundown of the GOP field’s anti-immigrant views and positions:

Ted Cruz opposes both legal status and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. He might support self-deportation, and he definitely opposes DACA and the DREAM Act. Cruz has also expressed support for Arizona’s “papers please” law.
John “Finish the Wall” Kasich opposes a path to citizenshipDACA, and sanctuary cities. Latinos are hardworking, Kasich’s said, “and, uh, that’s why […]

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SHOT/CHASER: Rubio Tries To Have It Both Ways On Syria

Minutes ago, Marco Rubio claimed that he voted against authorizing use of force in Syria because he wanted stronger action, when in reality, he opposed the use of force in Syria. See for yourself in his own words…


CHASER: “[W]hile I have long argued forcefully for engagement in empowering the Syrian people, I have never supported the use of military force, of U.S. military force in this conflict, and I still don’t.”

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Republican Tax Plans Add Trillions To The Deficit

Every Republican on stage is proposing an extreme tax plan that lowers taxes for the wealthiest one percent. The radical tax plans don’t only come at the cost of middle and working class families — they also add trillions to the deficit:

Tax experts estimate that Ted Cruz’s flat tax would add between $3.7 trillion to $16.2 trillion to the deficit over a decade. 
Jeb Bush’s proposal would add $8.1 trillion to the deficit. 
Marco Rubio’s tax plan would add at least $6.8 trillion to the deficit.  
Donald Trump’s cuts would add up to $10 trillion lost in government revenue over ten years. 
Ben Carson’s tithing flat tax proposal would leave the government with a $1.1 trillion hole. 
John Kasich’s plan to balance the budget over 8 years comes at the cost of important safety net programs like Social Security. 

Republicans love to complain about the country’s growing debt, but they won’t put their tax plans where their mouth is. Instead, they continue […]

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As Trump Leads Polls, Republicans Continue To Follow Trump’s Xenophobic, Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Following The Donald’s big win in New Hampshire this week, the GOP field has unsurprisingly continued to adopt Trumpian foreign policy ideas as their own tonight. From banning Muslims from entering the United States, to proposing religious tests for refugees, Republicans have mirrored Trump’s xenophobic, hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric.

When asked about closing down mosques, Marco Rubio said we should close down “any place — whether it’s a cafe, diner, an Internet site — any place where radicals are being inspired.”
Ted Cruz floated legislation banning Syrian Muslims from entering the U.S., and voted against a measure rejecting Donald Trump’s ban on Muslims.
John Kasich has called for the creation of a federal agency focused on promoting Judeo-Christian propaganda in the Middle East.
Jeb Bush said he’d only allow Christian Syrian refugees into the U.S., and proposed a religious test on refugees.
Ben Carson has said he wouldn’t support a Muslim becoming president — and he even described Syrian refugees as “rabid dogs.”

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Republicans Turn SCOTUS Vacancy Into Political Football

Republicans have immediately taken the vacancy on the Supreme Court and turned it into a political football. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, John Kasich, Ben Carson, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell waited less than two hours after news tonight of Justice Scalia’s death to call for President Obama to abdicate his constitutional responsibility to nominate Supreme Court justices, and the Senate to abdicate its responsibility to confirm justices, and leave the Supreme Court at eight justices for the longest time since Congress raised the full number of justices to nine in 1869.

Beyond the vacancy left by Justice Scalia, Republican presidential candidates on stage tonight have made it abundantly clear that they would nominate right-wing judges and have offered extreme policy proposals to limit the judiciary.

As if on cue, every Republican candidate tonight is arguing that the Senate should abdicate its constitutional responsibility to consider a SCOTUS nominee for […]

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MEMO: What To Watch For: South Carolina Debate Edition

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Jessica Mackler, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What To Watch For: South Carolina Debate Edition
DATE: February 13, 2016

It’s hard to believe the last GOP presidential debate was just one week ago – with a complete meltdown on Team Marco Roboto and a big win from The Donald and a surprisingly strong third place from Ted Cruz considering he spent $500,000 in the state, the New Hampshire primary plunged the Republican Party into complete chaos.

After the GOP’s worst fears came true in New Hampshire, the race has started to look more and more like Donald Trump’s or Ted Cruz’s to lose. The GOP has officially become the Party of Trump, and tonight’s debate will only reinforce that.

Here are just a few things to look out for tonight as the Republican Party desperately tries to recover from the chaos that was New Hampshire:

Trump-ian Policy Talk

The entire Republican field has been adopting Trump’s hateful rhetoric and […]

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