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This Week from the DNC

This week, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush further damaged his relationship with the Latino community by echoing Donald Trump’s use of the phrase “anchor babies” to describe children of undocumented immigrants. When questioned yesterday, Bush defended the term, responding, “I don’t regret it,” and “OK, you give me, you give me a better term and I’ll use it.” Our Factivists have more on Bush’s offensive rhetoric here.
 
Furthermore, much of the Republican presidential field has sought to alter or eliminate portions of the 14th amendment of the United States, which provides for equal protection under the law for all persons born in the United States of America and names those persons citizens. Our Factivists are back with more on GOP opposition to birthright citizenship. Check it out here.
 
Also this week, GOP hopeful, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released a health care plan that does little more than repeal the protections that the Affordable Care Act currently provides American families. Not only would Walker’s plan immediately take insurance coverage away from 19 million Americans, it would also increase the deficit. Read more about Walker’s sparse health care policies here
 
Moreover, Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich continued to voice support for policies that undermine quality public education on Wednesday. Kasich, whose $1 billion charter school system is the top sector in the state for misuse of tax dollars, said that he would abolish teachers’ lounges “if he were king.” Check out more on Kasich’s abysmal record on education here.
 
Yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio, another potential Republican nominee, spoke in Detroit about what his policies would do for two fictional middle class Americans: Danielle and David. Unfortunately, Rubio’s opposition to equal pay legislation, the auto recovery, the Affordable Care act, Pell Grant funding, and raising the minimum wage would have very real, negative consequences for middle class families were he elected president. Read more about Senator Rubio’s policies favoring the wealthy here.
 
Have a safe and happy weekend.
 
Stephanie
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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Secretary
Democratic National Committee