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This Week on the Campaign Trail

Overview

Once again, Democrats demonstrated their leadership this week to carry the country forward. In fact, December’s strong jobs report marks 70 straight months of private-sector job growth, making 2014 and 2015 the best two years for U.S. job growth since the last time a Democrat occupied the White House. There’s still a lot of work to do to lift up hardworking families, but it’s clear that the economy has undergone a remarkable turnaround from where we were seven years ago. We’ve gone from losing 800,000 jobs a month when George W. Bush left office, to the longest stretch of private-sector growth on record.

With Republican and Democratic debates coming up next week, we’ll see, once again, the stark contrast between our parties. While Republicans will continue to offer stale ideas, sour rhetoric, and backwards policies that would only hurt the American people, Democrats will have a serious and substantive conversation about fighting for hardworking families and expanding opportunity for all Americans.

 

To hear more about the progress our nation has seen over the past seven years, be sure to tune into President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night. Check out DNC Communications Director Luis Miranda’s Medium post to read about how far we’ve come.

2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump 

Earlier this week on MSNBC, Donald Trump admitted it was a Republican president who made America less safe by destabilizing the Middle East. Trump told Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that he was “very unhappy with the Bush years” and that President Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq “destabilize[d] the Middle East.” Trump’s comments came just days before President Obama’s final State of the Union and following seven years during which the administration decimated Al Qaeda’s leadership, eliminated Osama Bin Laden, and built a coalition of more than 60 countries to degrade and destroy ISIL/Daesh in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, the British Parliament decided they would debate this month over whether or not to deny Trump entry into their country based on his offensive rhetoric, which is playing into the hands of ISIL recruiters. Rough week, Mr. Trump.

Marco Rubio

Rubio had a bad week, which is representative of his struggling campaign. This week, President Obama laid out a clear and compelling case to address the crisis of gun violence in America. Yet the Republicans running for president, including Rubio, are clinging to the past and standing in the way of measures to keep the American people safe. In fact, Rubio, along with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, all recently voted against keeping guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. They also voted against criminal background checks that have wide, bipartisan support including over 80% of gun owners nationally and 91% of Americans. 

Chris Christie

Chris Christie has been receiving harsh criticism as people wonder what motivated him to seek out the endorsement of Gov. Paul LePage.  Christie’s “great friend” has a penchant for employing inflammatory rhetoric. His most recent racist comments have drawn widespread condemnation—maybe Christie should start looking for better friends.

Ted Cruz 

And as for Ted Cruz—you have to see it to believe this one. On Wednesday night at a campaign stop in Storm Lake, Iowa, with infamous anti-immigrant Congressman Steve King leering over his shoulder, Ted Cruz told a DACA recipient, “You were brought here illegally, and violating the laws have consequences,” essentially threatening to deport the questioner. Watch the horrifying exchange here.

Important Articles

Des Moines Register: Obama leads on gun reform after lawmakers refuse

National Journal: Rubio’s Campaign Says All of His GOP Credit-Card Spending Is Now Open to Inspection. That’s Not True.

New York Times: Barack Obama: Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility

Business Insider: Democrats’ first Spanish-language video of 2016 blasts Republicans on gun control

Latest Polling

  • According to a poll conducted by CNN/ORC, 67 percent of Americans support President Obama’s executive actions on guns.
  • According to a poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, Donald Trump is still the frontrunner in New Hampshire with 29 percent.
  • According to a poll conducted by Gallup, Jeb Bush’s net favorability rating among Republicans has fallen to -1.

What people are writing in the states

  • On Wednesday, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison issued the following statement on the announcement of Governor Nikki Haley delivering the GOP response to the President’s State of the Union: “Next Tuesday, America will see a poised and confident speaker in South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. But, what they won’t see, and what they certainly won’t hear about, is the despair that has plagued our state as a result of her leadership. What Gov. Haley doesn’t want you to know is that South Carolina is hurting. While she’s smiling in front of the cameras, normal people in our state are struggling just to get by.” Read more of this statement here.
  • This week, as Ted Cruz began his 6-day bus tour throughout Iowa, the Iowa Democratic Party started highlighting each day a different way that Cruz’s right-wing, extreme, and rigid ideology is wrong for Iowa. Read the “6 Days, 6 Ways Cruz is Wrong for Iowa” posts here.

 

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