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This Week on the Campaign Trail

Overview
This week we celebrated the 6th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, which has enabled 20 million Americans to gain health insurance. In fact, over 9 in 10 Americans now have coverage, all while we are enjoying the longest stretch of private-sector job growth on record in American history. Before the ACA’s enactment, insurance companies could decline coverage for people for a myriad of reasons, which left those seeking care to face the impossible choice of not getting the care they need, or risking bankruptcy. The ACA has protected as many as 129 million Americans – including 19 million children—who could previously have been denied coverage due to a pre-existing health condition. While reflecting on the ACA, the choice couldn’t be more clear. We need to elect a Democrat to the White House who will protect Americans’ access to affordable care.

Supreme Court Vacancy
Instead of doing their jobs, some Republican senators are now attempting to get credit for agreeing to simply meet with Supreme Court nominee Chief Judge Merrick Garland – all while refusing to call for a hearing or a vote. It’s a polite gesture, but it has nothing to do with the actual, constitutional process for confirming a nominee, and cannot be used as a fig leaf to distract from the fact that Republican senators are still collecting a paycheck while refusing to do their jobs.

President Obama has done his job as outlined in the Constitution by nominating a qualified candidate—one with more federal judicial experience than any other nominee in history. Now it is time for Senate Republicans to quit playing political games and fulfill their responsibilities.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump

It has been quite the week for GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. Following the horrific terrorist attacks in Brussels, Donald Trump once again showed that he lacks the temperament to be president. He stated– without offering any evidence – that “everybody” in the community knew the alleged Brussels attacker “was there” and that nothing was done because “maybe they are going by Sharia law.”

Trump also offered confusing and puzzling answers to the Washington Post editorial board, which reported that Trump “left little doubt how radical a risk the nation would be taking in entrusting the White House to him,” and that “Mr. Trump is not different from many Republican politicians these days.” Trump dodged questions about using tactical nuclear weapons by referring to his fights with Bush and Rubio, and continued by saying, “I’ll tell you one thing, this is a very good looking group of people here. Could I just go around so I know who the hell I’m talking to?”

If this is just a small glimpse into what an average week under a Trump presidency would look like, it is even clearer he’s not fit for the Oval Office.

Ted Cruz

A year ago this week on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, Ted Cruz launched his campaign promising to repeal the law and take away health care from hardworking Americans and their families. In the face of overwhelming evidence that the Affordable Care Act is working, he has still decided to play political games and has vowed to repeal the ground-breaking legislation. In fact, Cruz even went as far as to shut down the U.S. government over the ACA, costing taxpayers $24 billion in the process.

And in the wake of the terrible tragedy in Brussels on Tuesday, Ted Cruz held a disgraceful press conference declaring that we should institute police patrols in Muslim American neighborhoods. It was a shameful display of hate that only serves to foment anger and make the world less secure, and it proves that Senator Cruz is not ready to lead as commander-in-chief.

Finally, Cruz picked up a lukewarm endorsement from failed candidate Jeb Bush… “Jeb can fix it.” #PleaseClap

Important Polls

  • According to a poll conducted by the New York Times/CBS, 60% Republican primary voters are embarrassed of their party due to the primary campaigns of the potential GOP candidates.
  • According to a poll onducted by CNN/ORC, two-thirds of  Americans want the Senate to hold a hearing on Merrick Garland’s nomination, and a majority believe that ultimately the Senate should confirm the judge.
  • According to a poll conducted by NBC/WSJ, 70% of women have a negative opinion of Donald Trump.

What people are writing in the states

  • On Thursday, Iowa Democratic Party communications director Sam Lau released this statement regarding the vacancy on the Supreme Court: “The President has done his job by nominating a highly qualified nominee to the Supreme Court, and now Iowans believe it’s past time that Chuck Grassley do his job too. Grassley’s unprecedented refusal to grant Chief Judge Garland a hearing or a vote is simply partisan obstructionism at its worst, and a dereliction of duty from a U.S. Senator.” Read the full statement here.

 

  • On Tuesday, the North Carolina Democratic Party released a statement regarding Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest calling a special legislative session in order to abolish municipal equal rights protection. “Has Governor McCrory lost complete control? It’s no wonder he is the most vulnerable governor in the country. While the NCGOP is unraveling, the state legislature is taking control and imposing their own agenda. Make no mistake, Pat McCrory is completely happy to join his Republican colleagues shouting demonizing rhetoric on the campaign trail, but here in Raleigh he has completely abdicated his position to his Lt. Governor. Now North Carolina will again face embarrassing national headlines that will turn off businesses looking to move here. If Governor McCrory isn’t up to the job of being governor, we’ve got a better alternative than Dan Forest,” said NCDP Chairwoman Patsy Keever. Read the full statement here.

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