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Yesterday, Senator Jim Webb became the fifth candidate to seek the Democratic Party's 2016 nomination for president. "I welcome Jim Webb’s bid to seek the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. Senator Webb has a long and distinguished record of service to his country, both in the Marines and in public office," DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.

You can read the chair's full remarks here.

On Tuesday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie became the 14th candidate to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued a statement critiquing Christie’s abysmal gubernatorial record. “As governor, Christie has led New Jersey to a record-setting nine credit downgrades, the third lowest private sector job growth in the country, and an unemployment rate among the highest in the region,” wrote Wasserman Schultz. Check out our Chair’s full statement here.

Furthermore, DNC Research Director Lauren Dillon published a critique of Governor Christie’s record and policy positions on Medium.com. Dillon took Christie to task for his “low approval ratings … and disastrous economic record,” as well as “slashing funding for programs that help disabled children, struggling cities and college students.” Check out the entire piece here.

Moreover, Chris Christie’s old troubles have resurfaced following the announcement of his candidacy for president. Our Factivists have more on Chris Christie’s woes here.

Also on Tuesday, another 2016 GOP hopeful, Jeb Bush, released 33 years of tax returns. According to Politico, they reveal Bush to be “very much a one-percenter who has aggressively monetized his family connections to amass significant wealth amid a recession.” ABC pointed out that his financial success was largely driven by “his father’s election as president in 1988 and his own departure from office as Florida’s governor in 2007.” Our Factivists are back with more reactions to Jeb Bush’s tax returns here.

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s law allowing business to discriminate against LGBT Americans went into effect, and 2016 GOP field stood firmly behind his stance. Jeb Bush said that he believed Pence had “done the right thing.” Check out our Factivists’ rundown of the Republican presidential field’s support of discrimination here.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

Stephanie

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Secretary
Democratic National Committee