“It’s hard to think of two candidates as bad on issues important to women as Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, a testament to just to how far the Republican Party has gotten from most Americans. Cruz may not use the vile and misogynistic language we hear from Trump on a regular basis, but for years he has actively fought against women and families, pushing an extreme agenda that would drag America backward.”– Shu-Yen Wei, DNC spokeswoman
As Ted Cruz prepares to take the stage for his “Women for Ted Cruz” event, his record demands a closer look:
- Ted Cruz opposes legislation to ensure equal pay and the Paycheck Fairness Act, which allows for more transparency in determining and redressing employee wage differences based on gender.
- Ted Cruz called abortion “the stain on our nation’s modern history” and has stated that he wants to end it.
- Ted Cruz threatened to shut the government down over defunding Planned Parenthood – which would have been the second time he had shut down the government over taking people’s health care away.
- Ted Cruz actually did shut down the federal government – costing the U.S. economy $24 billion – over repealing the Affordable Care Act, a law that ensures women won’t be charged more than men for their health care.
- Ted Cruz voted against an amendment to allow Americans to earn paid sick time, and opposes guaranteed paid leave.
- Ted Cruz voted twice against raising the federal minimum wage, even though a majority of those who would benefit from a minimum wage increase are working women.
- Ted Cruz voted no on the Violence Against Women Act.
He’ll be flanked by failed CEO and failed presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, who has similarly out-of-touch positions on the issues important to women and families:
- Fiorina does not support legislation ensuring equal pay.
- Fiorina thinks there is no use for laws guaranteeing paid maternity leave.
- Fiorina called for overturning Roe v. Wade, which would take women’s rights back to the 1960’s.
- Fiorina said a Texas bill that closed the large majority of the abortion clinics in the state was “not particularly extreme.”
- Fiorina doesn’t take access to contraception seriously, saying women have “plenty of access to birth control both before and after” the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision.