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April 13, 2015

Cruz for President

News Release Catherine Frazier
April 13, 2015

CRUZ: Marco Rubio is a strong addition to the Republican field, will undoubtedly elevate the debate

HOUSTON, Texas -- Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding the announcement that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will also seek the Republican nomination for President of the United States:

"Marco is a friend and colleague whom I greatly respect. We're both the sons of immigrants who escaped Cuba to build a better life in the United States, and we share a deep appreciation and understanding of what it means to work hard and achieve the American Dream. Marco is a talented communicator and part of a new generation of Republicans stepping forward to promote conservative solutions to our pressing challenges. He is a strong addition to the Republican field, and he will undoubtedly elevate the debate for all of us."

Statement of Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, on Marco Rubio’s announced candidacy

“As we mark the Sixth Anniversary of our original Tax Day rallies, it’s gratifying to see yet another candidate who shares tea party values enter the 2016 presidential race.  We have come a long way, in six years, when three tea party senators are major players in the presidential race.

“Sen. Rubio’s personal story inspires, as does his commitment to personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future.

“Marco Rubio’s candidacy and the 2016 election are about the future, not the past. He knows first-hand that prosperity comes not from a government program, but from free markets and the hard work done by the millions of individuals and small businesses that still believe in the promise of the American Dream.

“As the GOP presidential field expands, Tea Party Patriots across the country will be watching and listening: Which candidates will lead the fight for personal liberty, and which favor a Democrat-lite approach to managing the welfare state?

“With Marco Rubio’s formal entry into the campaign, there is one more strong voice advancing the cause of freedom. We welcome him to the race, and look forward enthusiastically to hearing and seeing his vision for America.”

Democratic National Committee
April 13, 2015 at 11:02 AM

MEMO: Marco Rubio’s Candidacy is Steeped in Failed GOP Ideas of the Past that Hurt the Middle Class

TO: Interested Parties

FROM: Mo Elleithee, DNC Communications Director

DATE: April 13, 2015

RE: Marco Rubio’s Candidacy is Steeped in Failed GOP Ideas of the Past that Hurt the Middle Class

This evening, Marco Rubio will announce his candidacy for President, and we’re likely to hear him try to reframe himself as a candidate with a “new vision” for the future and a champion of the “American Dream.”
The reality?  Rubio is no leader with fresh ideas – he’s the latest Republican politician peddling a tired playbook of policies that endanger our country, hurt the middle class, and stifle the American dream. 
Marco Rubio is a champion for the failed economic policies of the past that have been devastating for hardworking middle class families. From proposing a plan that would give tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations at the expense of working people, to voting against efforts to allow students to refinance their loans, Rubio has been on the wrong side of every issue that helps build wealth and foster opportunity in our country.
As for Rubio’s effort to appeal to a new and broader group of voters: that’s just as thin as his record of bills passed in Congress.
Marco Rubio has consistently sided against women, against seniors, and against Latinos on the issues that affect and matter to them most:
·        Rubio has repeatedly opposed the Paycheck Fairness Act, calling the effort to ensure equal pay for women “wasting time.”
·        Instead of standing up for the programs that help so many seniors in our country, Marco Rubio thinks programs vital to our seniors like Medicare and Social Security have “weakened us as a people.”
·        And of course when it comes to issues most important to Latinos – Rubio has stood against raising the minimum wage, supported deep cuts to public education, and has called for the total repeal of the Affordable Care Act to put the American people back at the mercy of the insurance companies.
·         And despite his efforts to come across as some sort of foreign policy expert, Rubio’s policies would be damaging to American’s standing abroad as well.
Sen. Rubio would take us backwards by failing to heed the foreign policy lessons of the past and hurt our relationships around the world. He has said he believes we are better off for having gone to war in Iraq and promised he would revoke the agreement being negotiated to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Not only that, but he signed and fundraised off of a reckless and unprecedented letter sent to the leaders of Iran with the intent of undermining the President’s international negotiating ability to protect American interests.  Even Republicans acknowledged it was a mistake, and “simply not the way you can do foreign policy.” Moreover – even knowing where the American people stand – Rubio supports keeping Guantanamo Bay open, and on torture, he thinks the United States should be able to “interrogate people outside the realm of what you do in a criminal justice system.”
In every way, Marco Rubio is just the same old opportunistic Republican politician – putting his own self-interest ahead of what’s best for the country.
Rubio ran away from bipartisan immigration reform after his Tea Party base pressured him to abandon it and now opposes deportation relief that keeps families together. He abandoned his constituents in need of health care and helped Ted Cruz and the Republicans in Congress shut down the government, costing our economy $24 billion. He’s followed along time after time to pander to the right-wing of his party – and that does not bode well for his qualifications to lead our nation.
In short: Marco Rubio’s views are out of touch with everyday Americans and in line with a Republican ideology that is out of the mainstream, and would hurt every American trying to achieve the American Dream.
So today, as Marco Rubio makes his big announcement – remember that the foundation of his candidacy is the same tired ideas that the American people have rejected time and time again.

April 13, 2015 at 12:17 PM

6 things you need to know about Marco Rubio

“Marco Rubio is no new type of leader – not when he's just pushing all of the same-old failed Republican policies that Americans have rejected time and time again. Instead of doing what’s best for his constituents and the country, Marco Rubio keeps peddling a tired Republican playbook. Nothing new to see here.” – Holly Shulman, DNC National Press Secretary

1.  Rubio’s tax plan would lower taxes on the richest Americans and largest corporations and raise tax rates on hardworking people.
2. Rubio would take us backwards to adopt the failed foreign policies of the past. Even with the benefit of hindsight, Rubio said we are better off because of George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, and has promised to revoke the historic agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
3. Rubio ditched his own immigration reform package after his party put pressure on him.
4. Rubio believes that programs like Medicare and Social Security have “weakened us as a people.”
5. Rubio on considering equal pay legislation: “I just think we’re wasting time.”
6. Rubio thinks the idea that minimum wage creates upward mobility is “quite frankly silly.”

April 13, 2015 at 2:52 PM

Five Things Latinos Need to Know about Marco Rubio
As a presidential candidate, Rubio’s poll numbers with Latinos are just as bad as the rest of the GOP field – if not worse – and after a look at his policies, it’s easy to see why. 
Rubio’s Damaging Record for the Middle Class
Marco Rubio opposes raising the minimum wage, calling it “silly” and “a waste of time.” At the same time, his tax plan would lower taxes on the richest Americans and largest corporations and raises tax rates on working Latino families. 
Rubio is Wrong on Immigration
After voting in favor of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, Rubio then came out against the bill and called on party leaders to ditch comprehensive immigration reform. The Tampa Bay Times criticized Rubio for turning his back on Latinos, saying “he is more intent on shoring up his political future than in securing immigration reform.” After that, Rubio  threatened to shut down part of the government in protest of President Obama’s immigration action to keep families together.
Rubio Opposes the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act has benefited Latinos. Since October 2013, we have experienced a 12.3% reduction of the uninsured rate among Latinos, and millions of Latinos no long have to worry about lifetime dollar limits on coverage. Marco Rubio would repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would take away quality insurance for millions of Latinos, throw low-income families off of Medicaid and force higher health costs on Latino families that would go unchecked.
Rubio Believes Social Security and Medicare Have “Weakened Us As a People”
Marco Rubio’s disdain for earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare is well known. He says these programs have “weakened us as a people.He has supported privatizing Social Security, would re-open the prescription drug “donut hole” costing seniors more, and supports turning Medicare into a voucher system, which could increase out of pocket costs for seniors in his program.
Rubio’s Record is Wrong for Women
Marco Rubio voted against equal pay for women. He also opposes letting women make their own health care choices without the government getting involved. He also voted against reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, even though we have seen significant reductions in instances of domestic violence since its passage.
*View this post on our Factivists site, here.*
Las cinco cosas que necesita saber sobre Marco Rubio
Como candidato presidencial, los resultados de las encuestas latinas de Rubio son tan malos como los del resto de los candidatos del partido Republicano, si no peor. Y después de darle un vistazo sus políticas, es fácil ver por qué.
El record de Rubio es dañino para la clase media
Marco Rubio se opone a aumentar el salario mínimo, calificándolo como "tonto" y "una pérdida de tiempo." Su plan tributario reduciría los impuestos sobre los estadounidenses más ricos y las corporaciones grandes y elevaría la tasa de impuestos sobre las familias latinas trabajadoras. Rubio ha votado para reducir radicalmente la educación pública y reducir los fondos para las becas Pell, haciendo el acceso a la educación universitaria todavía más difícil.
Rubio está del lado equivocado sobre inmigración 
Después de votar a favor del proyecto de ley de reforma migratoria bipartidista, Rubio salió en contra del proyecto y le pidió a los líderes de su partidoque dejaran a un lado la reforma migratoria integral. El Tampa Bay Times criticó a Rubio por darle la espalda a los latinos, diciendo que "él está más preocupado en asegurar su futuro político que en lograr una reforma migratoria." Después de eso, Rubio amenazó con cerrar parte del gobierno como protesta a la acción ejecutiva migratoria del presidente Obama que ayudará mantener a las familias unidas.
Rubio se Opone a la Ley de Cuidado de Salud
La Ley de Cuidado de Salud ha beneficiado a los latinos. Desde octubre del 2013, hemos visto una reducción del 12,3% en la tasa de latinos sin seguro, y millones de latinos ya no tienen que preocuparse por límites financieros de cobertura por vida. Marco Rubio revocaría la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, eliminando la seguridad médica para millones de latinos, quitándole la cobertura de Medicaid a familias de bajos ingresos, y forzando altos costos para familias latinas. 
Rubio Cree Que los programas de Seguro Social y Medicare nos "Han debilitado"
Marco Rubio desprecia los beneficios ganados como los programas de Seguro Social y Medicare. Él dice que estos programas nos " han debilitado como pueblo." Él ha apoyado la privatización del Seguro Social, él ayudaría a aumentar el costo de los medicamentos recetados para las personas mayores, y apoya convertir Medicare en un sistema de vouchers, lo cual podría aumentar el costo para las personas mayores participando en su programa.
El Record de Rubio es dañino para las mujeres
Marco Rubio votó en contra de la igualdad salarial para las mujeres. También se opone a permitir que las mujeres tomen sus propias decisiones médicas sin que el gobierno se involucre. Él votó en contra de la reautorización de la Ley sobre la violencia contra la mujer a pesar de que hemos visto una reducción significativa en los casos de violencia doméstica desde se aprobó la ley.

April 13, 2015 at 3:16 PM

RELEASE: Marco Rubio's Games Are Wrong For New Hampshire

Prior to Marco Rubio’s announcement for president, New Hampshire House Democratic Leader Steve Shurtleff released the following statement questioning Marco Rubio’s credentials for President of the United States.
“As a former Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal and a Vietnam veteran, it’s important to me that the person we charge with protecting and defending our nation take the responsibility seriously. Marco Rubio has proven he is not that person. His purely political approach to the issues that matter most for our national security is not presidential and demonstrates that he’s not ready to take on our country’s biggest threats as commander in chief. Even with the benefit of hindsight, Rubio said we are better off because of George W. Bush’s war in Iraq. And just a few weeks ago, Marco Rubio was part of a damaging Republican effort to derail the United States’ negotiations with Iran to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. When asked about the letter last month, he actually said he’d do it all over again, expressing no remorse for undermining the negotiations – and if there was any question Rubio was playing politics with our national security, he used the letter to raise money for his campaign. New Hampshire needs a true leader in the White House, not someone who is more committed to playing political games than our country’s security. Granite Staters can see right through Marco Rubio.”
Marco Rubio’s policies show that he would rather pander to the Republican base than do what’s right for his constituents and the country.
·         Marco Rubio is wrong for New Hampshire families. Instead of fighting for middle class families, he wants to cut taxes for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, all while supporting a tax increase for the hardworking Americans. He even opposes raising the minimum wage, and said the idea was “silly”.
·         Marco Rubio is wrong for New Hampshire seniors. He wants to reopen the prescription drug donut hole, end Medicare as we know it, and has said that programs like Social Security and Medicare have “weakened us as a people”.
·         Marco Rubio is wrong for New Hampshire women. Marco Rubio has said that even if every single one of his constituents did not want him to restrict access to health care for women, he’d still vote to restrict it. He even said bringing up the Paycheck Fairness Act was “wasting time.”
·         Marco Rubio is wrong for New Hampshire’s young people. Instead of voting to make it easier for young people to afford college, Marco Rubio opposed legislation to allow young people to refinance student loans. He also proudly supported the Republican budget, which guts meaningful investments in education.


April 13, 2015 at 3:17 PM
Iowa Democratic Party  via DNC

RELEASE: Rubio’s “New Vision” Leaves Iowa Latinos, Workers and Families Behind

DES MOINES—In response to Marco Rubio’s announcement of his candidacy for President, Iowa Democratic Party 3rd Vice Chair Omar Padilla released the following statement on the Senator’s backwards policies that harm Iowa Latinos, workers and families:

“Marco Rubio wants Iowans to think he’s a candidate with a ‘new vision’, but he stands for the same failed Republican policies that Iowans and the American people have rejected. His vision involves a less inclusive Iowa where it’s harder for Iowa Latinos, workers and families to get ahead. If Rubio was actually a new type of candidate, he wouldn’t have run away from immigration reform just to appease his Tea Party base, or opposed relief from deportations that keeps Iowa families together. A new type of candidate wouldn’t oppose a minimum wage increase that would benefit more than 300,000 Iowans, or believe that the programs that benefit approximately 600,000 Iowans on Social Security and over 500,000 Iowans on Medicare have ‘weakened us as people.' And a new type of candidate wouldn’t make it harder for students to refinance their student loans while making it easier for corporations to game the system. To put it simply, Iowans thirsty for trusted leadership will need to look far away from Marco Rubio.”


April 13, 2015 at 3:19 PM
Nevada Democratic Party  via DNC

Why a Marco Rubio Presidency Would Be a Disaster for Nevada Families

Las Vegas, NV – Today, in response to Marco Rubio’s announcement that he will run for president, Nevada State
Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange declared that a Rubio presidency would be a disaster for Nevada families.
“Families in Nevada want a living wage that will help them build a better life, opportunities for their children to get ahead, and security and dignity in their golden years. On every front, Marco Rubio would make these things harder for Nevada families to achieve,” said Lange. “His tax plan would raise taxes on hardworking families, making it harder to save for the future, while showering new tax breaks on the richest Americans and largest corporations. He’s called raising the minimum wage ‘silly,’ and voted against a measure that would help ensure equal pay for women, calling it ‘wasting time.’ As a Senator, Rubio has also voted to slash college aid, including Pell Grants, making it harder for Nevadans to put their kids through college. He has floated a plan similar to George W. Bush’s scheme to privatize Social Security, and supports turning Medicare into a voucher system, which could increase out-of-pocket costs for seniors. Marco Rubio has packaged himself as a fresh new face in politics, but his record shows the same old trickle-down economic theories that have failed the middle class for generations.”

In addition to his backwards economic policies, Rubio’s opposition to comprehensive immigration reform has weakened his popularity with Latino voters, which will be problematic in Nevada where one-in-four residents are Hispanic or Latino. After voting in favor of the bipartisan immigration reform bill, Rubio then reversed his position and called on fellow Washington Republicans to ditch comprehensive immigration reform. Rubio even opposes deportation relief that keeps families together.

Finally, despite serving on two Senate committees dealing with international affairs, Rubio’s record on foreign policy has been reckless, especially in the Middle East. Recently, as the U.S. was negotiating a nuclear deal to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, Rubio signed a letter to the Iran government undermining the official U.S. position, and then used the letter to further his own political ambitions as a fundraising appeal. After Osama Bin Laden was killed, Rubio publicly called for a hearing on the U.S. relationship with Pakistan, only to skip the classified hearing for a fundraising trip. Even with the benefit of hindsight, Rubio said we are better off because of George W. Bush’s war in Iraq.

Zach Hudson
Communications Director
Nevada State Democratic Party

April 13, 2015 at 5:18 PM

1:18 video featuring DNC communications director Mo Elleithee.  Elleithee states that Rubio "is a champion of the same failed trickle-down policies that's failed us for the last 30 years.  There's nothing new about him."

April 13, 2015 at 6:11 PM
from DNC press secretary Holly Shulman

What Marco Rubio really means

Tonight Marco Rubio will say that “yesterday is over, and we are never going back.” But Marco Rubio’s policies suggest the exact opposite. Rubio’s policies are a repeat of the tired Republican playbook – tax cuts for the wealthiest at the expense of hardworking families, repealing the Affordable Care Act and returning power to the insurance companies, opposing marriage equality, and opposing a woman’s right to choose. Marco Rubio would erase the progress we have made and turn back the clock for women, for young people, for Latinos, and for the middle class.

Backwards for the hardworking families: Rubio’s tax plan would lower taxes on corporations and raise tax rates for hardworking Americans. 

Backwards for women: Rubio voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. He opposes equal pay legislation, saying it was “wasting time.” Rubio has declared that he would oppose a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions “even if 100 percent of my constituents were for it.” 

Backwards for young people: Marco Rubio voted to block a bill that would allow students to refinance their student loans.

Backwards for Latinos: Marco Rubio ran away from his own immigration reform package, bowing to political pressure, and he wants to end deportation relief that is keeping families together.

April 13, 2015 at 6:28 PM

DNC Chair Statement on Marco Rubio’s 2016 Announcement

Washington, DC – In response to Marco Rubio’s announcement that he will run for president in 2016, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement:

“As Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign gets underway, expect him to try and portray himself as a bold, new leader with fresh ideas. But the truth is – as those of us in Florida know all too well – he’s simply peddling the same stale, harmful wares that the rest of the Republican Party is selling.
“At every opportunity, Rubio has revealed his true colors - taking outdated positions that match up with the Republican base instead of doing what’s best for his constituents and the country. Rather than propose a serious tax plan that aims to grow the middle class and expand opportunity for all Americans, his plan is a GOP wish list - slashing taxes for those at the top and shifting the burden onto working Americans. He even went so far as to run away from his own immigration plan when the most extreme wing of his party put pressure on him, and he supported shutting the government down to deny people quality health care, costing our economy $24 billion. 
“Rubio says he’s a new type of Republican, but the only things he’s ever championed are the same failed policies the public has already rejected, and the only cause he’s ever advanced is his own.”

Dream Action Coalition
April 13, 2015
Cesar Vargas
Erika Andiola

 "Rubio Abandoning Role as Advocate for Immigration Reform"
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Marco Rubio is set to announce his presidential candidacy in Miaimi. His announcement comes on the heels of candidacies of Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul. In response, the Dream Action Coalition has issued the following statement:

"Looking at what Marco Rubio has done for our community, well, it's hard to say exactly," said Cesar Vargas.  "With his family's immigrant background, we were hoping he would be a vocal advocate, but he abandoned the Gang of 8 legislation very quickly, never came out with his own promised Dream Act legislation and opposes DACA and DAPA, two programs which keep my family together while we wait for Congress to finally get something done. While Rubio and the other candidates have time to explain their immigration positions, it's hard to imagine he will be the advocate that we need. "
"While Marco Rubio has a Latino name and serves as a reminder of how far the Latino community has progressed in this country, unfortunately he is much more beholdent to his Tea Party base than to his Latino community" said Erika Andiola.  " His legislative record includes stripping the Child Tax Credit from undocumented parents of US Citizen children and filibustered the Violence Against Women Act for offering protections to undocumented victims.