Jeb Bush has said Donald Trump "should be treated like the frontrunner" for the Republican nomination. On Tuesday, the Bush campaign continues to do just that with a short web video aimed squarely at the leading GOP contender's past "liberal" views on taxes, health care, and abortion as well as Trump's friendship with Hillary Clinton.
"Liberal things Trump says, liberal things Trump believes," reads the text before several video clips of Trump play. One clip goes back 16 years and shows Trump saying he is "very pro-choice," while another comes from the August 6 debate where the reality-TV star says "as far as single-payer [health care], it works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland."
The Bush ad also feature Trump touting tax increases on "high-income people", praising the stimulus package, and touting Hillary Clinton as a good possible negotiator with Iran. Watch the ad below:
The Bush video follows a Trump online video that sought to link Bush's referring to parents who illegally immigrate to the U.S. as an "act of love" to those illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes while in the U.S. Bush's campaign responded that Trump has supported "soft-on-crime politicians" and has a costly immigration plan that is "not conservative."
A number of presidential candidates this cycle, including Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and Rick Perry, have attempted to argue that Trump's positions and affiliations are not conservative. Those criticisms do not appear to have dented Trump's position in the Republican primary.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is nothing if not a campaign veteran. He’s run and won three statewide races since 2010, including the highly contentious recall election in 2012. In fact, since an unsuccessful bid for the state assembly in 1990 when he was just 22, Walker hasn’t lost an election. That’s a great record to have going into a campaign for president, but just a month into his official candidacy, Walker is suffering from a perception that he’s already losing.
Hillary Clinton said the lack of medical insurance coverage for gender-reassignment surgery is an issue that's "going to have to be dealt with." At a townhall campaign event in Nevada Tuesday, a woman who said she was the mother of a transgendered person asked the Democratic candidate about insuring her child's "genetic issue," Ruby Cramer of BuzzFeed reports.
Clinton responded, "The issues you're raising are going to have to be dealt with." Here are Cramer's tweets:
Among the Affordable Care Act’s many features is a tax on high dollar health insurance coverage that is part of an individual’s employment compensation. The thinking is that someone who is self-employed or doesn’t have employer provided coverage pays for health insurance with after-tax dollars so it isn’t fair that others should get this in-kind, untaxed income.
The mainstream press corps and (at least privately) many Republicans officeholders have adopted two seemingly irreconcilable positions. They claim Obamacare is politically toxic for Democrats yet is somehow immune to repeal by Republicans (even after President Obama leaves office). A recent piece by National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar perfectly illustrates this confusion. Kraushaar observes that “the polit
The Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell is disappointing. But it also provides a welcome moment of clarity: We can finally dispense with the false belief that the Supreme Court will save us from Obamacare.
In anticipation of the Supreme Court's forthcoming ruling on the Obamacare case, the Republican National Committee is going on the offensive. In a new 66-second web video, which is set to be released later today, Republicans are blaiming the law on Democrats who "pushed through Obamacare." Not a single Republican voted for Obamacare's passage.
The ad features some of the loudest (and most unpopular) voices on Obamacare.
After the Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote, Republicans generally (and wisely) united around the notion that they shouldn’t pursue partial repeal or “fixes” to Obamacare. Rather than willingly giving Obamacare a newly bipartisan sheen, they publicly committed to repealing it in full. (The only exception to this partial-repeal moratorium was supposed to be