Communications Update for January 16th, 2016

On Tuesday, President Obama gave his final State of the Union address, and he was praised across the country for delivering ahopeful and optimistic message – one that focused not only on the progress that has been made, but also on the progress that can be made in the years to come. This, of course, stands in stark contrast to the doom and gloom that we’ve been hearing from the Republican presidential candidates, and that we also heard at last night’s Republican debate.

In short, the Republican presidential candidates continued to use rhetoric that makes America less safe by fueling fears and calling for dangerous policies that alienate our Muslim partners around the world. Furthermore, they tried to criticize President Obama for not discussing the status of ten Americans detained in Iran during his State of the Union Address, yet completely ignored that the improved lines of communication following the historic nuclear agreement helped secure the American sailors’ return.
 
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Marco Rubio even argued against common sense measures to protect Americans from gun violence. With 30,000 Americans dying of gun violence every year, these measures absolutely crucial to protecting communities across the country, which is precisely why President Obama took action on this important issue. Read what our Factivists have to say about Marco Rubio’s dangerous position on guns here.
 
Following the Republican presidential primary debate, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz released a statement saying “all we heard from the candidates between the shouting, bullying and hand-wringing was fairy tales, fear mongering and flat-out lies.” Her full statement can be read here.
 
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