The first Democratic debate, taking place next Tuesday, October 13th at 8:30 PM ET in Las Vegas, Nevada, will give our presidential candidates the opportunity to present their visions to keep America moving forward. Americans across the country will hear from candidates who will fight for them and their families, and who will build on the successes of the current administration. Our candidates understand the challenges confronting the middle class and all hardworking Americans. They will engage in substantive debate over how to create more jobs, resolve pay disparities, ensure access to quality affordable health care, fix our nation’s broken immigration system, and keep America growing.
Yesterday, Republican dysfunction in the House of Representatives came to a head with the withdrawal of Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker of the House. “House Republicans continue to waste taxpayer time and money on baseless investigations and government shutdowns. The Tea Party caucus has now claimed one Speaker and two Speakers-in-waiting,” chided DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Read the Chair’s full remarks here.
Also yesterday, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said that he opposed re-authorizing the Voting Rights Act as is, calling it “not relevant to 2015.” “Jeb Bush’s opposition to the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act can only mean one of two things: he is either oblivious to the voter suppression tactics that have been deployed against women, students, seniors, and communities of color in recent elections, or he agrees with those efforts.” DNC National Voter Expansion Director Pratt Wiley responded in a statement. Read the DNC’s full response here.
Moreover, on Wednesday, the Republican-held House voted to create a committee charged with investigating Planned Parenthood. “Instead of launching another wasteful and costly fight, House Republicans and their field of presidential candidates ought to start listening to women, and working on the true priorities of the American people, which include building the cornerstones of a middle class life,” DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote in response. Check out our Chair’s full reproach of the committee here.
Finally, building excitement for our upcoming Democratic debate, the DNC launched a contest to win a free trip to Las Vegas for a VIP experience at the heart of the action. There are already over 200 debate watch parties planned across the country, which you won’t want to miss. We hope that wherever you are, you’re as excited as we are to support our candidates next week. Let us know that you’re planning on watching, and we ‘ll send you a reminder when it’s time to start so you can catch the action live.
Social media is already gearing up in support of our Democratic candidates—join the conversation using #DemDebate and #WeAreDemocrats.
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