This week, Ohio Governor John Kasich became the 16th candidate to announce for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz responded with a statement chiding Kasich for his abysmal record. “Kasich’s time as a congressman, governor, and at a Wall Street firm have shown us that he will continue his divisive record of putting his own best interests ahead
of the people of Ohio and the middle class,” wrote Wasserman Schultz. Check out our Chair’s full remarks here.
Also this week, another GOP hopeful, Jeb Bush, twice stated that he would “phase-out” Medicare if elected. He also suggested changing the retirement age. Our Factivists have more on Jeb Bush’s attacks on services for American seniors here.
Furthermore, DNC CEO Amy Dacey took to Medium.com this week to address the hypocrisy of Jeb Bush’s denunciation of Donald Trump’s statements about John McCain while he stood by the group that smeared John Kerry’s military service in 2004. “The GOP can’t have it both ways. John McCain, John Kerry, and all veterans should be treated with the care and respect they deserve for serving our country — not maligned by baseless slights against their heroism,” wrote Dacey. Check out our CEO’s full piece here.
Moreover, Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expressed support for the Boy Scouts of America’s discriminatory policies against LGBT Americans. Crediting his time as an Eagle Scout with his political success, he stated that the policies “protected children and scout values.” Read more about Walker’s support of discrimination here.
This week marked the seventh anniversary of Wall Street Reform. Seven years later, after the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Factivists pushed back on Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rick Santorum for opposing the regulations that helped us recover and keep us stable today. Check it out here.
This week also marked six years since the minimum wage was last raised. Much of the GOP field was quick to dismiss the need for a living wage. Not only did Jeb Bush call giving American workers a raise “one of those poll-driven deals,” Scott Walker called it a “lame idea.” Our Factivists are back with more on Republican opposition to a minimum wage increase here.
Have a safe and happy weekend.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Democratic National Committee