California Democrats to Expose Republican Candidates’ Toxic ‘Zombie Ideas’ on Climate, Immigration, and Health Care During GOP Presidential Debate


CALIFORNIA — The California Democratic Party has launched an online effort to expose the outdated, toxic ideas that the Republican presidential candidates are bringing to Simi Valley for the GOP debate on Wednesday, September 16.

The CADEM GOPocalypse Response Team will post graphics to Facebook and Twitter with the candidates’ dangerous, outdated “zombie ideas” on climate change, the economy, immigration, health care and more. California voters have repeatedly rejected these bad ideas, but Republican candidates keep bringing them back.

“We expect to hear a lot of toxic ideas on the environment, health care and the economy when the GOP candidates hold their debate in California,” said California Democratic Party Communications Director Michael Soller. “Californians have elected Democrats in record numbers because they support our vision for a cleaner environment and an economy that works for the middle class. We need to send the Republicans’ bad ideas back to the grave.” 

These toxic ideas include:

Jeb Bush’s cuts to women’s health and family planning programs when he was Florida governor and recent statement that “I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s vision of privatizing Social Security and Medicare for Americans younger than 50, even after millions of Americans lost their retirement savings in the Great Recession. “We live in a 401K society, we’re ready for reform,” he said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s push to eliminate income taxes and drive up sales and other taxes that increase the burden on the middle class. “We'll march over time to destroy that income tax,” he said.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina’s layoff of nearly 30,000 American workers and offshoring thousands of jobs while taking a $42 million golden parachute when she was fired in 2006. “There is no job that is America’s God-given right anymore,” she said at the time.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s rejection of the consensus of thousands of climate scientists despite his state being on the front line of global warming. “I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it,” he said last year.

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