Demand a Plan - Roxanna Green
Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded alongside her in a deadly 2011 shooting, has won a full term in Congress after defeating Republican Martha McSally in a closely contested race.
“Obama has demonstrated leadership by signing equal-pay legislation, creating a $10,000 college-tuition tax credit, ending “don’t ask, don’t tell” and including contraception in medical coverage provided by nonreligious employers. Obama understands that reproductive health-care choices belong to an individual and her medical provider, not politicians.
Obama sees so-called “women’s issues” as what they are: economic, family and community issues.
And when Obama has changed a position, as he did this spring when he announced his support of same-sex marriage equality, for example, he explained his reasons clearly. America needs a leader with a strong moral compass who is steadfast but not rigid - a leader whose views evolve within a consistent and inclusive world view.
The foundation Obama has built has kept the nation steady.
Obama projects a vivid image of hope. We still have that hope in his leadership. Hope is by nature an ambitious agenda. Hope 2.0 requires a renewed American purpose that lifts an economy as much as it lifts the people and businesses making it possible.
Recovery is an American responsibility and not that of one man.
Four years ago we said in our endorsement of Obama, “Like a race car driver going into a turn, a leader must see not only what confronts our nation today but envision where we come out on the other side.”
Our journey on that road has been slowed by economic obstacles, but our nation will press forward.
The Arizona Daily Star endorses Barack Obama for president.”
DCCC | JUN 12, 2012
DCCC Chairman Steve Israel released the following statement about Ron Barber’s victory in the Special Election in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.
“On behalf of the DCCC, congratulations to Ron Barber on his victory. Ron will bring his independent-minded approach and strong commitment to rebuilding the middle class to Congress and build on Gabby’s legacy.
“Arizona’s 8th Congressional district has more registered Republicans than Democrats, this race has been rated a toss-up throughout the election, and Republican outside groups outspent Democratic outside groups by more than $500,000. Ron Barber’s strong campaign made this a referendum on the Republican plans to drastically cut Medicare and privatize Social Security, while giving massive tax breaks to millionaires, Big Oil and corporations that ship jobs overseas. The Republican plan lost.
“This campaign previewed the message fight that will play out across the country in November: Democrats committed to protecting the middle class, Social Security and Medicare versus misleading Republican attacks on Obamacare and national Democrats. The 84 Republicans representing districts more Democratic than this district are on notice that scoring political points instead of making progress on the economy, and looking out for millionaires, Big Oil, and companies that ship jobs overseas instead of the middle class is a losing position with voters.”
AZ-08 Special Election Win & What it Means for November
DCCC | JUN 12, 2012
Democrat Ron Barber’s win in Arizona’s Eighth Congressional District holds important lessons:
- This election was a referendum on Republicans’ policy of cutting Medicare and privatizing Social Security to give tax breaks millionaires, Big Oil, and corporations that ship jobs overseas – and they lost. Stock ads from their 2010 playbook did not work;
- Republicans outspent Democrats, but Democrats out communicated Republicans;
- Campaign fundamentals matter
- Every incumbent Republican shares Jesse Kelly’s vulnerabilities on Medicare, Social Security and tax breaks for millionaires, and 84 of them are in districts more Democratic than AZ-08. We can (and did) win a Republican-leaning district like AZ-08, but the battleground in November is in much more Democratic-friendly territory; and,
- Democrats now stand well positioned to pick-up two additional seats in Arizona.
Massive tax giveaways to the wealthiest one percent. Ending all corporate taxes. Abolishing the minimum wage. Eliminating Medicare and Social Security.
That’s not Gabby Giffords legacy!
But unless we step up right now, it could be. Because those are all positions held by Jesse Kelly, the extreme Tea Party Republican nominee in the special election to fill the remainder of Gabby’s term.
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Kelly is, in Jesse’s very own words.