Communications Update for October 24th, 2015

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision not to seek the Democratic Presidential nomination. 
“I appreciate Vice President Joe Biden giving thoughtful consideration to seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. While Vice President Biden will not be a candidate next year, his unwavering commitment to America’s working families is a legacy each of our candidates will proudly carry forward”,  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz remarked. Read the Chair’s full statement here.
In last week’s Democratic Primary Debate, our candidates focused on real issues that affect the lives of working families.  The stars of the first Democratic debate were concrete proposals on equal pay for equal work, immigration reform, climate change and income inequality. Check out our new video on how why the 45th President of the United States should be a Democrat.
Yesterday, the right wing continued its taxpayer-funded, $4.5 million campaign to tarnish Secretary Hillary Clinton’s record via the highly politicized House Committee on Benghazi.  According to a CNN-ORC poll, 72% of Americans believe that the investigation is politically motivated.  Read more on the wasteful Republican political campaign on Benghazi from our Factivists here.
Also this week, Senator Marco Rubio, who boasts the worst attendance record in Congress, made a rare appearance in Washington DC to vote in favor of prohibiting sanctuary cities. In a moment of acute irony, he then spoke in support of firing government employees in Virginia for absenteeism. Our Factivists are back with more on Rubio’s hypocrisy here.
Finally, this week, the Democratic National Committee hosted our annual Women’s Leadership Forum issues conference presented by the Democratic Women’s Alliance in Washington, D.C. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O’Malley were all part of the program, along with other important voices in Democratic politics. The Women's Leadership Forum, founded in 1993, engages women by bringing together women leaders and supporters from across the country for regional and national events. The Leadership Forum offers women valuable information, contacts, and support for further involvement in the Democratic Party.
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