GOP Field On Climate Change: I Don’t Understand The Problem And I Won’t Respond To It

If you’re a Republican running for president, you’re more likely than not a climate change-denier. And if you do recognize the scientific consensus that climate change does exist, you certainly don’t think anything should be done to stop it.

The New Republic describes Marco Rubio, who certainly doesn’t think climate change is man-made or that anything should be done about it, as “the most dangerous GOP candidate on climate.” Front-runner Donald Trump’s bold stance on the issue? “Unless somebody can prove something to me, I believe there’s weather.” Asked about his climate change-denial earlier this fall, second-place Ben Carson wisely noted, “Any point in time, temperatures are going up or temperatures are going down,” before pivoting to what he apparently sees as a more pressing matter: “These are all very complex things. Gravity, where did it come from?”

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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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Republicans Forced To Watch The Dumpster Fire They Started

“This is disaster on all kinds of different levels. I’ve always been concerned that if we don’t get immigration right we have no chance to win this. And right now it doesn’t look like we are getting it right or we’re going to get it right.” — John Feehery, a veteran Republican strategist and lobbyist

“The rest of the field is still wishing upon a star that Trump and Carson are going to ­self-destruct. They have to be made to self-destruct. . . . Nothing has happened at this point to dislodge Trump or Carson.” — Eric Fehrnstrom, a former adviser to 2012 nominee Mitt Romney

“People usually start off in the same way: Pollyanna-ish. They assure me that Trump and Carson will eventually fade. Then we’ll talk some more, and I give them a reality check. I’ll say, ‘The guy in the grocery store likes Trump. So does the guy who cuts my hair. They’re […]

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Marco Got The Memo: ‘Ted Cruz Has Him In His Crosshairs’

It was clear to anyone watching last night’s Republican debate: arch-conservative Ted Cruz is sharpening his knives to take on Marco Rubio. Telegraphing his arguments on immigration and sugar subsidies, BuzzFeed notes, “Cruz foreshadowed some of the attacks his campaign plans to unleash against Rubio this winter.”

This morning, Rubio was all over cable TV and national radio saying, essentially, he’s got the memo. Cruz thinks there’s plenty of room to Rubio’s right, but the Floridian is not about to let it up easy. Rubio, as if responding directly to Cruz’s debate warning about the GOP becoming “the party of amnesty,” took to the airwaves to talk about his support for “deporting people.” The opening salvo of the Rubio-Cruz fight is on, and as Cruz continues to draw out Rubio’s most conservative elements, the Republican Party will be shrinking its appeal to the electorate it needs to win […]

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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.”

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For GOP Field, Special Interests And Wall Street Take Priority Over Protecting Consumers

While Democrats have worked tirelessly to restore stability to the economy, every candidate on the stage tonight is pushing for a return to the policies that caused the 2007 financial crisis. Instead of advocating for reforms that protect consumers and prevent economic uncertainty such as Dodd-Frank, the Republicans are helping Wall Street win, no matter the risk:

Marco Rubio’s policies on Puerto Rico are influenced by hedge fund managers that have given to his campaign.
Ted Cruz’s family finances benefit when Goldman Sachs benefits.
John Kasich and Jeb Bush both made bank at Lehman Brothers at the same time the economy was starting to collapse.
Cruz, Rubio, Bush, Trump, Carson, and Kasich have all promised to repeal Dodd-Frank.

The Republicans’ shallow discussion of economic policies at tonight’s debate is an attempt to hide the truth from voters. For every Republican on stage, special interests will always take priority over American consumers.

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Party Of “Family Values” Says No To Paid Family Leave

The party of “family values” opposes letting working Americans spend more time at home. Republicans regularly say that stronger families will help solve many of America’s domestic issues but when it’s time to put their money where their mouths are, every GOP candidate on stage is opposed to federal paid leave programs.

Support for paid family leave has rapidly grown in the past few years, and recent polling shows that a majority of Republican voters whopping support paid leave.

Several of the GOP candidates have acknowledge this is a problem. Instead of introducing plans that would increase the number of people who can take paid leave without losing their jobs, they’ve insisted on leaving it to the states and big corporations to make changes.

Marco Rubio’s sham policy, which makes companies’ participation in the program voluntary, perfectly illustrates that a Republican president will do nothing to help more Americans take paternity or […]

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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.

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Even “Mainstream” GOP Candidates Hold Backward Views On Immigration
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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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GOP Field On Taxes: Big Cuts For Our Megadonors Come First

The GOP candidates on stage tonight complained the last debate lacked a legitimate discussion of “pocketbook issues,” but they’ll do anything to avoid admitting the truth of their regressive tax plans. The GOP field proposes slashing corporate and income taxes for the top 1% in the name of “unleashing economic growth” — but the only growth they’d “unleash” comes in the form of their billionaire donors like the Koch brothers’ after-tax incomes at the expense of working families:

Marco Rubio’s tax plan would gift “the top 1 percent…tax cuts more than 103 times larger than the poorest 20 percent.” And totally eliminating taxes on investment income — Rubio’s trademark gift to the wealthy — is a huge giveaway for his Wall Street “megadonors” like Paul Singer, but does nothing for working families. Rubio’s proposal would also cost $11 trillion — three times the size of the Bush tax cuts […]

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The GOP Field On Earned Benefits Cuts: You’re Gonna Have To Get Over It

Unapologetic threats to programs vital to millions of Americans, Rubio, Bush, Cruz, and the rest of the candidates on stage tonight all want to slash Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Marco Rubio, who thinks Social Security has “weakened us as a people,” supports means-testing Social Security and raising the retirement age. He’d also partially voucherize Medicare by moving to a premium-support system — pushing retirees to private plans.
A 2016 champion of Mitt Romney-esque “free stuff” aloofness, Jeb Bush would similarly raise the retirement age — and he’d even cut benefits for seniors who retire early. In addition to supporting Medicare means-testing that would limit eligibility, Bush wants to move toward private plans — and he’s even floated a “phase out” of the program.
Ted Cruz wants to raise the eligibility age for Social Security and Medicare — and he’d shift the latter program to private vouchers. He also supports private accounts […]

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