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This Week on the Campaign Trail


Following another great Democratic debate where our candidates had a substantive discussion about how they’re going to keep America moving forward, President Obama reminded us what Democratic leadership means when he returned to Michigan to celebrate the turnaround of the auto industry. Thanks to American auto workers and an administration that refused to let the industry fall into bankruptcy, we’ve seen a dramatic rebound and record sales. In fact, since mid-2009 the industry has seen record job growth, with an increase of 646,000 jobs across manufacturing and retail, and last year alone, U.S. auto makers sold 17.5 million cars and light trucks in the U.S. – the best year in the history of the industry. So there’s no doubt about it: President Obama made the right call to rescue the auto industry in the face of strident Republican opposition.

But in spite of our progress, you would think that Republicans are living in a completely different planet. They continue to peddle more doom and gloom on the campaign trail while promising to take us back to failed policies of the last Republican administration, when our country was losing 800,000 jobs a month, families were losing their homes as foreclosure signs popped up on every block, and too many Americans had to face bankruptcy just to pay for healthcare.

But wait, there’s more:

2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump

Donald Trump had himself quite the week. It all started on Monday, when one of our closest allies, the United Kingdom, took the rare step to debate whether or not to bar him from entering the country. That actually happened. But it’s not too surprising given Trump’s vitriolic rhetoric and discriminatory policy proposals, which undermine our values, alienate partners we need to fight the war on terror, and make our country and our people less safe. Then on Tuesday, Trump was endorsed by an impassioned, often incoherent, always entertaining Sarah Palin. Her endorsement was one of the best arguments we’ve heard for keeping a Democrat in the White House. Watch the spectacle here in all its unedited glory.

Marco Rubio 

Marco Rubio keeps reminding us why he’s not ready to be our next Commander-in-Chief. For two days this week, he told the press that he couldn’t answer any questions regarding the Flint Water Crisis because he hadn’t been “fully briefed” and that it wasn’t an issue he was focused on. To help Marco, we drafted a list of responses that Rubio could have given. When he finally did comment on the matter, all he said was that the situation was “quite tragic.” The people of Flint and all Americans deserve much, much better.

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz had a rough week, as the New Hampshire Democratic Party held him accountable for his out of touch policies by focusing on a different issue each day during his five-day visit to the Granite State. He also took a hit from the AP, which took down Cruz for ignoring the scientific consensus about climate change and continuing to peddle falsehoods instead of proposing solutions. And to finish strong, Cruz actually tried to garner sympathy with a crowd in New Hampshire by claiming he and his family are without health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But he has access to coverage as a senator, so he chose to opt out, apparently to make a political point about repealing the ACA. The fact that Ted Cruz would use his own irresponsible decision as an excuse to take affordable health care away from 19 million Americans is despicable.

Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations this week and offered foreign policy proposals that were little more than repurposed and repackaged ideas he gleaned from his brother’s administration – ideas that as we very well know, hurt America’s standing in the world and made us less safe. And of course, of Jeb’s 21 named foreign-policy advisors, 17 worked for his brother

Chris Christie

Chris Christie announced he planned to keep to his plan of campaigning in New Hampshire even as a massive storm was headed for his home state, then finally relented when the calls for him to do his job got too loud. This, of course, is a clear reminder that New Jerseyans are simply not his priority any more. It should also be noted that this week his hometown paper, the Star-Ledger, published an editorial calling out Christie for vetoing legislation to stop gang members and carjackers form getting gun licenses. As they put it, “Seriously.”

Latest Polling

  • According to a poll conducted by The Hill, Donald Trump is also leading in Florida with 48 percent, beating Florida Republican nominees Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

What people are writing in the states

  • On Monday, Iowa Democratic Party Communications Director Sam Lau released a statement regarding Marco Rubio’s launching of a “truth squad” to help clarify his shaky positions on major issues: “Marco Rubio has flipped so many times he could represent the United States as a gymnast in the Olympics, from immigration to cap-and-trade to Syria, Rubio’s relationship with the truth and his previous record remains tenuous at best. His truth squad sure has their work cut out for them.” Read the full press release here.
  • On Tuesday, South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jamie Harrison released the following statement in response to Governor Nikki Haley’s State of the State address: “South Carolina is facing serious challenges. Governor Haley speaks of working together, but over the course of her administration, and despite the fact that Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature, too many of our state’s most pressing concerns have yet to be addressed. As she enters the national stage as a potential Vice Presidential nominee, Governor Haley’s record should give Americans concern about whether her actions match her rhetoric.” Read the full press release here.
  • On Friday, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Dr. Andy McGuire released the following statement on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade: ““Forty-three years ago today, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling protected a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions. This case not only affirmed a woman’s right to choose, but also our fundamental right to privacy as Americans.  As a doctor and the mother of seven children, I firmly believe that the government has no place interfering in a woman’s private health care choices.” Read the full press release here.

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