Another week for the GOP potential presidential field, and another week of struggles. Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid—a huge milestone that Democrats proudly celebrated—and so, it was important to remind the American people what the 2016 GOPers have had to say about both programs (hint, hint: it’s nothing good). Jeb Bush, for instance, recently said that we should “phase-out” Medicare.
Here’s a recap of the rest of the week:
Once again, Jeb Bush’s week didn’t go so great. Bush started off trying to convince folks that he’s the right choice for Latinos, but his record and policies that impact the Hispanic community are just wrong – and he’s not fooling anyone. His week continued with pushback on his plan to “phase out” Medicare and his attempt to take credit for Florida’s economic growth, which in reality was due in large part to the unsustainable housing bubble. Finally, Jeb Bush spoke at the National Urban League, but ignored his record and the disastrous consequences of the policies he’s put in place and supported that disproportionately affected African Americans. Oh Jeb…..
Bloomberg: Jeb Bush’s Florida Magic Reconsidered
New York Times: Zombies Against Medicare
Center for American Progress: Jeb Bush’s License to Kill
Sun Sentinel: Pain of stand your ground laws is Jeb Bush’s sad legacy
Does Chris Christie have any good weeks anymore? Christie spent his week facing criticisms over how he has handled New Jersey’s crumbling infrastructure. He tried to pass blame to Aktrak, which is such a Chris Christie thing to do. Also this week, Christie thought he was boosting his foreign policy credentials, but as was pointed out, he himself has admitted to not giving “any deep thought to” foreign policy. Lastly, using a Mean Girls analogy, DNC Research Director Lauren Dillon made sure to take Christie to task for being an awful governor and an awful presidential candidate.
Wall Street Journal: Decision to Cancel Train Tunnels Dogs Gov. Chris Christie
The Star-Ledger: Christie’s delusional attack on Amtrak
Scott Walker didn’t fare much better. His week kicked off with news that two more companies failed after getting $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars from his job agency. Definitely not good. Walker then headed off to Philadelphia, where he tried to enjoy some of their delicious cheesesteak but instead wound up getting pretty terrible news coverage. Not to be forgotten is that Walker also gave a conservative radio host an answer on immigration that directly contradicted what he recently told an immigrant family about his lawsuit against President Obama’s executive action. And to add to everything else, it was revealed this week that Walker’s office did, in fact, push for language to gut Wisconsin’s open records laws. What a week for Walker, what a week.
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: Two companies fail after getting $1.4 million from Gov. Scott Walker’s jobs agency
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker’s office pushed for language to gut open records law
This week, Mike Huckabee was, well, Mike Huckabee. He made ridiculous statements about the Iran deal and how it was like marching Israel to “the door of the oven.” He didn’t stop there, though. He also made clear that he doesn’t think the health of a mother is a factor in a woman’s right to choose. The worst part is that barely anyone else in the Republican presidential field thought his comments were condemnable. No wonder they have a “big tent” problem.