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Trump may not be at the debate, but his ideas will be front-and-center

Tonight, the Republicans will gather for their next debate with one-catch: no Donald Trump. The reality show star who has lifted GOP debate ratings to new highs while sinking the national dialogue to new lows announced that he’s skipping tonight’s Republican food fight.

But if you think that a debate without Trump means a more civil conversation, with real ideas about how to move the country forward, you’re wrong. On virtually every issue, the entire Republican field has been falling over itself to adopt the same policies and reckless rhetoric as their frontrunner.

“Trump won’t be at the debate, but his failed ideas and divisive, dangerous rhetoric will be front-and-center. With the loudest voice missing from the room, voters will be able to clearly see that when it comes to actual policy, the rest of the candidates are indistinguishable from Trump, peddling an agenda that would only drag our country backwards,” said DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach.

See for yourself how the rest of the candidates line up with Trump:

Opposed to raising the minimum wage? Supports raising the minimum wage?
Donald Trump XDonald Trump wants to keep the minimum wage where it is now.
Jeb Bush XJeb Bush suggested there should be no federal minimum wage at all.
Ted Cruz XTed Cruz claimed that the “minimum wage consistently hurts the most vulnerable.”
Chris Christie XChris Christie said he was “tired of hearing about the minimum wage.”
John Kasich XJohn Kasich said: “I kind of think the minimum wage should rest at the state level.”
Marco Rubio XMarco Rubio said it’s a “waste of time.”


Thinks immigrants should be second class citizens? Supports fixing the broken immigration system and ensuring immigrants are fully integrated and responsible citizens
Donald Trump XDonald Trump believes in mass deportation, and has described immigrants as rapists and drug dealers.
Jeb Bush XJeb Bush opposes comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
Ted Cruz XTed Cruz opposed comprehensive immigration reform and opposes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
Chris Christie XChris Christie not once but twice called for the reexamination of the 14th Amendment, or “birthright citizenship” to deny those born in the United States citizenship.
John Kasich XJohn Kasich opposes comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship.
Marco Rubio XMarco Rubio has adopted Trump’s far right approach to immigration, saying he would end protections for DREAMers, and telling Trump’s base he won’t even consider a discussion about legalization for more than a decade.


Defund Planned Parenthood, undermine women’s health access? Standing up for women and their health care needs?
Donald Trump XSupported shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood funding.
Jeb Bush XWants to defund Planned Parenthood, doubts value of federal funding for women’s health.
Ted Cruz XTed Cruz has been at the forefront in the fight to defund Planned Parenthood.
Chris Christie XVetoed Planned Parenthood funding numerous times as governor.
John Kasich XAs governor, John Kasich’s budgets have made it more difficult for family planning groups to obtain funding for preventative care, and he required unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking abortions.
Marco Rubio XWants to defund Planned Parenthood and is opposed to all abortions—even for women who are survivors of rape or incest.


Advocating slashing education funding? Wants to preserve important investments in education?
Donald Trump XWhen Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign, he made cutting the Department of Education a focus of his speech.
Jeb Bush XWhile running for governor, Jeb Bush wanted to abolish the Florida Department of Education.
Ted Cruz XTed Cruz thinks that the Department of Education is “unnecessary.”
Chris Christie XIn New Jersey, Chris Christie slashed state education aid by more than $1 billion.
John Kasich XJohn Kasich slashed nearly $2 billion from Ohio’s public schools.
Marco Rubio XMarco Rubio doesn’t even think we need to have a Department of Education.


Wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Wants to keep the ACA which provides quality, affordable insurance to millions?
Donald Trump X
Jeb Bush X
Ted Cruz X
Chris Christie X
John Kasich X
Marco Rubio X

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