As Scott Walker gets closer and closer to announcing his run for president, he’s doubling down on extreme positions that are taking him closer and closer to the right wing conservative base. On top of that, he’s avoiding answering press questions on these positions because he only wants to talk about them to extreme audiences who share his views. In just the past couple weeks, he avoided answering press questions at CPAC in late February, after a speech to the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce last week, at the Iowa Ag Summit this past weekend, and after signing his disastrous right-to-work bill in Wisconsin yesterday.
Since Scott Walker won’t talk about his positions, we’re happy to fill the void. Here’s what Walker has been up to lately:
- He insulted working families across the country when he compared union protesters to ISIS terrorists;
- He’s falsely claimed that President Reagan firing air traffic controllers made the Soviet Union take him more seriously;
- He’s attacking working families again by pushing through new right-to-work legislation after promising he wouldn’t;
Governor Scott Walker, who has a record of ducking foreign policy questions, showed why today at CPAC. When asked what his plan was to deal with ISIS, Walker compared thousands of middle class constituents protesting his destructive policies to ISIS. Watch the stunning video here:
Jeb Bush, speaking to the National Auto Dealers Association in San Francisco, told the crowd that his policy for addressing undocumented immigrants would be to “politely ask them to leave.”
Here’s American Bridge tracking footage from the event:
It goes to show just how sharply the Republican party has moved to the right that serious presidential hopefuls are spending today kissing Steve King’s ring.
Chris Christie calls anti-immigrant crusader King “a very good friend” but he hasn’t said if he supports the federal DREAM Act, and he hasn’t said if he’d repeal the president’s executive action on immigration. And Scott Walker? Silent on the federal DREAM Act as well.
But even without answering those questions their actions are going to have consequences, because general election voters also happen to have eyes and ears.
American Bridge is going to hold these candidates accountable all election cycle, and after appearing on the stump with people that say things like this, it will be crystal clear to voters where they stand.Read more after the jump.
GOP Presidential Candidates Will Be Held Accountable For Bowing To The Most Extreme Wing Of The Republican Party
Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit tomorrow will be replete with GOP presidential candidates courting his favor — Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and more are slated to attend. It goes to show just how sharply the party has moved to the right that its most serious presidential hopefuls are spending their weekend hoping to flatter the most notoriously anti-immigrant member of Congress, not to mention palling around with the likes of Donald Trump and Sarah Palin.
But their desperate attempts to endear themselves to the conservative base will not come without consequences, namely because general election voters also happen to have eyes and ears. American Bridge is holding these candidates accountable for their lunges to the far right.Read more after the jump.
After American Bridge busted Republicans speaking out of both sides of their mouths on immigration reform last night, the Washington press corps is taking note of one of the most cynical political ploys you’ll ever see.
And remember– this is just days before 2016 hopefuls fly to Iowa to kiss Steve King’s ring. King, for his part, didn’t mix messages last night, sticking to calling one of the president’s guests “a deportable.”Read more after the jump.
Republicans are poised to again ignore their own autopsy and record losses among Latino voters to follow Steve “Anchor Baby” King’s playbook, attempting to deport DREAMers and threatening funding to DHS. Here’s a few resources from American Bridge to help track this morning’s debate and vote:
- Bridge Project’s report barriers to reform in the House.
- Bridge Project’s report on barriers to reform in the Senate.
- Bridge Project’s report on how GOP failures left immigration up to the President.
- American Bridge’s microsite “All Steve King’s Men,” which details how Republicans follow Steve King’s lead on immigration.
When immigration reform first reemerged as a crucial issue in 2013, Marco Rubio appeared eager to play a leadership role withing the GOP at passing a bipartisan comprehensive bill. But those days are distant memories. Since realizing that his immigration stance would problematic with the Republican base, Rubio has run away from comprehensive reform faster than thirsty speech-giver would lunge for a bottle of water. Now, he’s offering his sympathies to Americans for who feel like they’re being taken advantage of by undocumented immigrants. Marco Rubio, profile in courage.
Here’s how it’s playing back home:
If you believed that Republicans controlling both houses of Congress meant that they would make efforts to work with President Obama and prove they could govern, I’ve got a bridge to sell you (but I’m going to need to see your papers first).
Nearly a year and a half ago, the Senate passed a balanced, bipartisan bill to fix our broken immigration system. All the Republican House “Leadership” had to do was put it up for a vote. But they’ve proven that that’s never going to happen, so President Obama used executive action to make progress.
So how would House Republicans respond? Did they finally pass their own comprehensive immigration reform bill? Of course not. Wednesday, they handed the microphone to de-facto Speaker Ted Cruz, Steve King, Michele Bachmann and friends, and yesterday, they voted to rebuke the President’s actions and call for more deportations. Some things never change.