What The Donald Made You Miss In Ames

The headlines out of this weekend’s Family Leadership Summit in Ames were dominated by Donald Trump’s tranformation into an insult comic, but he was just one of nine Republican candidates addressing the crowd. Here’s a look at what the rest of the field was saying:

Marco Rubio 
Raising the retirement age, privatizing Medicare:  Video
President Obama is killing too many terrorists:  Video
Donald Trump
Ripping Common Core:  Video
Quadrupling down on his comments about Mexicans:  Video
Leaving the door open for a third party run:  Video
Jeb Bush would have no chance negotiating against China:  Video
Ben Carson
Calling for troops on the ground to fight ISIS:  Video
Calling for an across the board federal spending cut:  Video
Ted Cruz 
Burning Frank Luntz by asking who wants a conservative president:  Video
Standing ovation for defunding Planned Parenthood:  Video
Standing ovation for bashing the Supreme Court:   Read more after the jump.

Rick Perry For President 2: Another Sequel No One Asked For

Are his infamous “hipster” glasses causing Rick Perry to misread the polls, or has he fallen prey to the same affliction as the producers of Grease 2 and Hot Tub Time Machine 2? Today, Perry adds to America’s epidemic of sequels no one asked for with the announcement of his second presidential run.

Despite his (literally) guns blazing approach, Rick Perry hardly enters the race as a top-tier candidate and will be lucky to even have a chance to remember that third agency at a national debate this round. However, Perry has proved he has a formidable fundraising network and could pose a threat to the multiple candidates hoping to get a monetary bump from their Lone Star State connections.

Read more after the jump.

SRLC Day One Roundup: Racing to the Right on Immigration

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City isn’t as fun as SNL’s version, but the American Bridge team is making the best of it, documenting a deeply damaging race to the right with video and audio clips from across Oklahoma City.  Yesterday, Bridge cameras captured Scott Walker and Rick Santorum continuing to beat their xenophobic drums and Rick Perry attacking Common Core in a clear shot at one of today’s speakers, Jeb Bush.  Take a look at the highlights here:

Scott Walker

“Wake up” that immigrants have “other movies” than jobs: 

Bragging about defunding Planned Parenthood.

Bragging about passing Voter ID.

Read more after the jump.

Divorced from Reality: GOP Slate Opposes Marriage Equality

As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments today on a landmark gay marriage case, every single GOP presidential candidate continues to oppose gay marriage, with Scott Walker going as far as supporting a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality and Ted Cruz offering legislation that would invalidate thousands of legal marriages. 61 percent of Americans support marriage equality according to a recent Washington Post-ABC poll.

Here’s the heated rhetoric from the candidates vying to be our next president:

Mike Huckabee: Changing my stance on same-sex marriage “is like asking someone who’s Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli, or asking a Muslim to serve up something that is offensive to him, or to have dogs in his backyard.”

Scott Walker: ” I believe marriage is between one man and one woman…I believe it’s reasonable for the people of America to consider a constitutional amendment that would affirm the ability of states to do just that.”

Read more after the jump.

GOP Candidates in Iowa Triple Down on RFRA, Opposing Gay Marriage

A reminder to the WHCA hangover crowd:  while DC was partying, GOP presidential candidates were on the stump in Waukee, Iowa for the five hour Iowa Faith & Freedom summit, putting all their chips in on opposing gay marriage and supporting discriminatory Indiana-style RFRA laws.  Here are some highlights:

Marco Rubio

Marriage is between one man and one woman, and children are better off with heterosexual parents:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SVZADxUq74

Rick Perry

Backing RFRA, and hyping his own role in passing it in Texas:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yu4u07Hz2c

Read more after the jump.

It’s not just Christie: GOP Field Would Gut Social Security

Republican strategists are up in arms, criticizing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for highlighting one of the largest single vulnerabilities for the GOP: their willingness to gut Social Security. Alex Roarty and Scott Bland explain:

When Chris Christie went to New Hampshire to propose the most sweeping set of changes to Social Security in recent memory last week, he set off a rush among top Republican contenders, including Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, to offer their own aggressive plans for the program.

But according to many Republican strategists, Christie’s dive into Social Security did more than that—it pushed the party in a perilous direction ahead of the 2016 election. Because while “entitlement reform” has become part of the Republican platform, Social Security, the strategists say, is a topic still too perilous to touch.

Unfortunately for them, it’s not just Chris Christie that would break the promise to our seniors. Jeb […]

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MEMO: What To Expect In Nashua

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Brad Woodhouse, President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE: What to Expect in Nashua
DATE: April 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidates are descending like a swarm of locusts on Nashua, New Hampshire, this weekend for the NHGOP’s First in the Nation Leadership Summit. With more than 20 candidate events scheduled in addition to Friday and Saturday’s speaking slots, American Bridge will be working overtime to document every word from targeted candidates and continue our work holding Republicans accountable for their extreme positions and words. Here’s what we’re expecting to hear.

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Iowa Ag Summit Shines Light on Glaring Flaws in GOP Field

The Republican field had a chance to stand out at this weekend’s Iowa Ag Summit, but instead displayed the same political skill that cost them the Presidency in 2012. Scott Walker focused on promoting his extreme positions, Jeb Bush ran a failed play from Mitt Romney’s playbook, and the #GOPRebrand hit new lows as Rick Perry compared immigrants to tracking UPS packages and Rick Santorum repeated his opposition to legal immigration.

Rick Perry

Compares Immigrants to UPS Packages

Mike Huckabee

Says Immigrants Come “Because They’ve Heard There’s A Bowl of Food Just Across the Border”
Read more after the jump.

EXPOSED: GOP’s Dazzling Display of Hypocrisy

Republicans have been quick to point the finger after the recent e-mail controversy. But attempts to score quick political points has only invited scrutiny into their questionable e-mail practices. They should look in the mirror before reciting their talking points.

Check out these articles calling out the GOP for their humiliating hypocrisy.

MSNBC: Jeb Bush owns his own email server

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush owns the server that runs jeb@jeb.org, the personal email account he used as governor to conduct official, political and personal business.

Asked who controls the server that operates that email address, Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell responded: “He owns it.”

The server was housed in a state-owned office building during the years that Bush served as governor, from 1999 until early 2007. A Bush source familiar with the situation said there were “digital security” measures in place to protect Bush’s emails, but declined to elaborate on how the server and its data were physically and digitally kept from harm.

Read more after the jump.

MEMO: GOP Candidates Paying Steve King’s Ransom for Primary?

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.