Two leaders of the Democratic National Committee “welcomed” four likely Republican contenders to New Hampshire today by saying that there is little difference among them when it comes to favoring the rich at the expense of the middle class.
DNC Chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Raymond Buckley, who is also a DNC vice chair, held a conference call with reporters as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in the state, followed tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Wasserman Schultz asked Granite Staters to use their “unique” opportunity to ask the prospective candidates direct, tough questions.
She said Walker and Cruz “are relatively new to this game, and have records of dividing Americans.” Bush and Perry, she said, “are just trying to distance themselves from a previous failed campaign or a failed record.”
She accused Perry of wanting to “privatize the student loan industry and give control back to the banks. That will increase interest rates and shows he is more focused on helping big banks rather than students.”
Buckley said all of the prospective GOP candidates have records that are “completely at odds with New Hampshire values” and the interests of middle class families.
NHDP Chair Raymond Buckley
Bush, he said, “has always been and will be what’s best for him and those at the top,” while Walker “has pitted the people of Wisconsin against each other, has launched attacks on workers and working families. He actually compared the hard-working people of his home state – teachers, firefighters, to ISIS. Pathetic.”
Perry’s policies, said Buckley, “has led to one of the highest wage gaps in the entire country.” Noting Perry’s short-lived candidacy of 2011, Buckley said “no amount of rebranding, new glasses or new promises can change” his primary concern, Buckley said, for his “Texas allies” and the wealthy.
Cruz, he said, “is just too extreme for New Hampshire.”
Wasserman Schultz defended President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons, a matter about which Perry said earlier today there can be no compromise.
“We can definitely all be in agreement, from President Obama to Rick Perry, that we have to do what we can to ensure that Iran never achieves its goal of having a nuclear weapon and that is what these negotiations are designed to prevent,” she said.
She said that while no one can predict if the negotiations will be successful, “given the alternatives available, including war, I believe strongly, as a pro-Israel member of Congress and a Jew, that it is essential that we do everything we can to prevent Iran from achieving its goal of having nuclear weapons.”
Wasserman Schultz said no GOP prospective candidate is more vulnerable than another. “One important thing they have in common is that they all embrace the same old ‘take care of the wealthy and special interests,’” and she said, “trickle-down economics,” which “has repeatedly failed.”
She also said Sen. Marco Rubio, of her home state of Florida, fits the same profile.
“He does not have a record of leadership. He’s a follower. He ran as fast as he could from his own immigration plan as soon as there was a whiff of dissent from his own Tea Party base.”
Buckley noted that in New Hampshire, about 40 percent of registered votes are undeclared – or independent – swing voters, and he said believes the Republicans are too extreme to win widespread support in that group in a primary or a general election.