Cruz’s Anti-LGBT Policies Win Him Latest Iowa Endorsement

The man who helped propel Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee to victory in Iowa in 2012 and 2008, respectively, has made his choice for 2016: Ted Cruz.

Today, Bob Vander Plaats endorsed the Texas senator, officially giving Cruz his extreme social conservative stamp of approval. Vander Plaats is the president of The Family Leader, a extreme right-wing organization that required candidates in 2012 to sign a “marriage vow” that insinuated African American families were better off during slavery. Vander Plaats has also been a vocal opponent of gay marriage and other LGBT protections, calling same sex marriage “a grave threat to liberty and a Satanic plot.” The TFL president even went as far as praising Russia President Vladimir Putin for his ban on “homosexual propaganda.”

Last month, Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum all took turns attempting to woo the prominent Iowan with their extreme anti-LGBT […]

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GOP Frontrunners Compare Refugees To Dogs, Call For National Registry Of American Muslims

Consensus front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination Donald Trump’s ready to look “very closely” at forcing American Muslims to register in a national database and carry faith-based identification cards. When asked by Yahoo News whether he might consider such legally-mandated marginalization, Trump said: “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely…We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”

Meanwhile, not to be left out, second-place Ben Carson’s out there likening Syrian refugees to “rabid dogs.”  And it wasn’t just a passing reference. Carson dished out an absurdly offensive, 95-second extended metaphor about “mad dogs,” “rabid dogs,” and “screening mechanisms that allow us to know who the mad dogs are.”

Trump and Carson are leading in the polls because they aren’t afraid to dish out the racist and xenophobic red meat the GOP base craves. And so long as Trump and Carson keep it coming, Rubio, Bush, […]

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American Bridge President’s Statement On The Milwaukee Melee

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on tonight’s Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee:

“Despite the softballs lobbed at Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and company tonight, they each managed to highlight why they can’t be elected president. Tonight the American people heard tired excuses. Why they don’t deserve a raise; how tax plans that disproportionately benefit the rich and Wall Street will magically help the middle class; and reasons why working families don’t deserve paid leave to take care of their loved ones. The takeaway from tonight is simple: if you still think trickle down economics, neoconservative foreign policy, and financial deregulation work wonders, you have plenty of candidates to support in the Republican presidential field.”

Watch the debate’s low-lights on:

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GOP Field Quickly Goes Extreme On Immigration

We’re not even through the first hour and the GOP field has already found a way to be offensive and out-of-touch on immigration with front-runner Donald Trump leading the way. Ted Cruz was quick to dismiss his question on earned benefits in order to talk his extreme policies, and even Jeb Bush managed to get a word in edgewise.

Despite their bickering, it’s clear: every candidate on stage is against a pathway to citizenship and out-of-touch with the American people.


Even “Mainstream” GOP Candidates Hold Backward Views On Immigration
Bush Called For Better Enforcement Against “Anchor Babies”

Jeb Bush: “If There’s Abuse, If People Are Bringing — Pregnant Women Are Coming In To Have Babies Simply Because They Can Do It, Then There Ought To Be Greater Enforcement. That’s [The] Legitimate Side Of This. Better Enforcement So That You Don’t Have These, You Know, ‘Anchor Babies’, As They’re Described, Coming Into The Country.” According […]

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On Earned Benefits Cuts, The GOP Field’s Proposals Match Its “Free Stuff” Rhetoric

As far as the GOP candidates on stage tonight go, voters who are concerned about cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid should look elsewhere. John Kasich summed the GOP stance up best with, “You’re gonna have to get over it.”  That’s the prevailing attitude among Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, and the rest of the GOP field.

Candidates on stage are pushing plans that would enact stringent means testing, shift Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to individual accounts, and raise the retirement age — including reducing benefits for seniors who retire earlier.

We’ve heard Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio‘s out-of-touch “free stuff” rhetoric — but the field’s policy proposals are even worse, posing serious threats to Medicaid beneficiaries as well as American seniors and future retirees.

Here’s more on the GOP field’s plans to attack earned benefits:

Rubio On Entitlements
“Free Stuff” Comments

[Video] Rubio: Democratic Debate Was “About Who Was Going To Give Away The Most “Free Stuff”: Free College […]

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The GOP Field’s Big-Donor-Friendly Tax Agenda That Favors The 1%

The tax plans Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, and the rest of the GOP field are shilling at tonight’s debate are proof of their primary allegiance to big money donors like the Koch brothers and the Wall Street interests bankrolling their campaigns.

Across the board, candidates are looking to slash corporate tax rates and dramatically reduce taxes on top income-earners — Marco Rubio would even go so far as to eliminate the capital gains tax, which is even more of a giveaway to the wealthy. In 2011, Mitt Romney would’ve paid NOTHING in taxes under Rubio’s plan. Jeb Bush likes to say his plan is “populist,” because it eliminates the carried interest loophole — but the top 1% of income earners would see a 11.6% bump in after-tax income under his plan — as compared with a 2.9% increase for the middle class. Bush would keep an extra $800,000 annually under his own plan.

It’s nothing we haven’t seen […]

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Jeb Joins Rubio And Rest Of GOP Field In Threatening Seniors’ Earned Benefits

Much like Jeb Bush’s candidacy, his plan to threaten American seniors’ earned benefits is far from exceptional — it’s par for the course among equally destructive proposals advocated by Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and the rest of the GOP field.

Back in 2005, Jeb Bush shilled his brother’s plan to privatize portions of Social Security, and expressed disappointment he couldn’t get the job done. Over the last few months, Jeb’s been incredibly evasive about his plans for Social Security. When he released his tax plan that disproportionately increases after-tax income for the top 1%, we got some insight on his agenda — his economists hinted he’d have to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits to pay for his $3.4 trillion plan — but we still didn’t have specifics.

No we know he’s all-in with a Paul Ryan-style proposal to attack the earned benefits that American seniors rely on.

Like Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, and much […]

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Rubio, Trying To Trump Donald, Signs On To Vitter Anti-Immigrant Bill

So much for Marco Rubio saving the GOP from Donald Trump and the rest of the presidential field’s runaway anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Today, the Senate is taking up a Marco Rubio co-sponsored bill — a bill “favored by the party’s staunchest immigration opponents, to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities,” according to Politico. The bill’s “spearheaded by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), one of the most hard-line opponents of looser immigration policies,” and Marco Rubio wants everyone to know that he’s all-in: His campaign spokesman touted that Rubio rushed to co-sponsor the bill at the very earliest possible moment — “as soon as it was available,” Politico reported.

Marco Rubio’s tried to play up his potential to win over Latino voters, but he looks to be abandoning that effort entirely.

Rubio surpasses Donald Trump in rhetorical elegance, but his far-right actions are just as jarring — and today, he’s casting his lot with some of […]

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Rubio Shows Support For Discriminatory RFRA Laws With AR State Chairman Pick

Marco Rubio has been repeatedly criticized for his outdated ideas and policies on issues such as energy and women’s health. Now, Rubio is doubling down on his out-of-touch positions on LGBT rights with the appointment of Arkansas state Sen. Bart Hester as his new state chairman.


In response to the announcement, American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released this statement:


“Marco Rubio’s choice for Arkansas state chairman underscores his support for bigoted and discriminatory religious freedom laws. State Sen. Bart Hester was a co-sponsor of a RFRA law that has been called ‘anti-gay’ and is considered harmful to LGBT rights. There is no doubt that Rubio’s endorsement of Hester makes sense — they are a perfect match when it comes to extreme right-wing positions.”

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