Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman
Every single one of those top 11 candidates doubled down on their promises to repeal Obamacare, undo marriage equality, cut taxes for the rich, and pretend that climate change isn't happening. These are their priorities.
Our priorities are a little different. We're fighting to raise the minimum wage and provide equal pay for equal work. We're making sure our children and their children inherit a safe planet from us by continuing to develop and expand access to clean energy sources, giving every American fair access to the ballot box -- and defending all of the progress we've already made on these fronts and more from being walked back by the Republicans.
The difference between our two parties couldn't be clearer. And if there's one thing that we learned tonight, it's that we have to do absolutely everything to make sure our next president has the right priorities.
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.@realdonaldtrump should stop complimenting women and start respecting them. #GOPdebate
Women—not the politicians on stage—should make decisions about their own reproductive health care. Period. #GOPdebate
Last night, it took nearly two hours for the Republican debate to even briefly touch on an important issue: raising the minimum wage in this country from $7.25 an hour. The American people overwhelmingly want to raise the minimum wage, but not a single candidate embraced the idea with the same enthusiasm.
The truth is, I had to give up on the debate after two and a half hours. This country and our planet face enormous problems, and the Republican candidates on that stage last night barely touched upon them.
There was no discussion about racial justice, income inequality, or making college more affordable. Nothing about child poverty, parental leave, or ensuring that every American can retire with dignity. And with virtually every campaign backed by an enormous Super PAC (except Trump who is his own Super PAC), you can be sure there was no discussion of the grotesque amount of spending corrupting our political process.
And when the candidates did touch on actual issues, they were dead wrong on virtually every position they took.
We just sat through hrs of #GOPdebatefrom bad economic policies to racism. & @TheDemocrats? Crickets. https://t.co/ztZdn6cDf7 #WeNeedDebate
For the second time this year, we, as Democrats, have had to sit idly by and listen to the racist, sexist, and hate-spewing remarks that the Republicans have to offer. And what is our response? Silence. Crickets. An empty stage. #WeNeedDebate. Join if you agree: https://your.martinomalley.com/page/s/debates?speronews.com
via Facebook (before the debate)
The GOP debate tonight will be a hate-filled two hour special featuring racist remarks and ideas that will move our country backwards. The Democratic Party must step forward and share our own ideas. #WeNeedDebate