After a one-day delay, the Republican National Convention got going in earnest today. Tonight’s headliners are Ann Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); however, there will be a whole series of speakers that won’t be carried live on network television.
In addition to various hypocrisies on the attack they are supposed to be delivering, Planned Parenthood Action Fund notes that tonight’s speakers are a veritable “who’s who of anti-women’s health politicians.” If Republicans want to dispel the idea that they are waging a war on women, this group of speakers is not very well-suited for the task.
Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Santorum ran for president this year on his conservative social values, claiming to have beenendorsed by God
. Santorum, a Catholic, is a staunch opponent of Obamacare’s birth control coverage provision and has repeatedly criticized Mitt Romney for laying the groundwork for the president’s health care reform law. Santorum ran one of the most anti-gay campaigns in history, and fundraised off of Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality by deeming it a “tragic day”
in American history.
Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Haley is in denial about her party’s disregard for women’s rights, claiming
that “there is no war on women” because “women are doing well.” But she has consistently advocated for policies that undermine women’s health, including vetoing
rape crisis center funding, cosponsoring
radical “personhood” legislation during her time in the South Carolina legislature, and rejecting
federal funds to expand Medicaid services that will disproportionately benefit women
. Haley also doesn’t believe
women care about contraception.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)
Gov. John Kasich (R-OH)
Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA)
The Virginia governor supported
a mandatory ultrasound bill described as “state-sponsored rape,” though he later signed a watered down ultrasound requirement into law. McDonnell’s senior thesis in college condemned
“cohabitors, homosexuals, sand fornicators” and he recently referred
to rape as a “detail” in the abortion debate.
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Cruz, a former Texas Solicitor General, once posted
an article on his website claiming the United Nations and George Soros were coming for, among other things, America’s golf courses. He also opposes
the Voting Rights Act, campaigned
on his attempt to execute a Mexican national in violation of American treaty obligations, fearmongers
about creeping Sharia law, and wants to more-or-less end Social Security as we know it
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, representing Washington’s 5th congressional district, is the fourth highest ranking Republican in the House. She is a Romney surrogate, particularly on women’s issues, even though she voted against
the Lilly Ledbetter pay-equity act. She also sought to exclude
LGBT couples from the Violence Against Women Act because domestic violence in LGBT relationships is “a side issue.” McMorris Rodgers does not believe Barack Obama was born in the U.S., telling reporters
she’d “like to see the documents.”
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
As Attorney General, Ayotte fought for
New Hampshire’s now repealed law requiring a minor to get parental permission before having an abortion. As a Senator, she has dismissed any calls for higher taxes on the rich as “class warfare” and, when asked what bills she would sponsor to create jobs, offered only the Bush tax cuts
. She’s also put forth a nonsensical plan
to reduce the deficit by repealing Obamacare and indiscriminately cutting every federal agency’s budget by 20 percent.
Appearing with his Senator at the RNC, Jack Gilchrist is the owner of Gilchrist Metal Fabricating in Hudson, New Hampshire. Gilchrist was the star of Romney’s first ad
distorting Obama’s “you didn’t build that” quote. However, it was soon discovered that Gilchrist Metal actually received significant help in government small business loans and contracts adding up to over a million dollars.
Valenzuela, currently running for the lieutenant governor in Delaware, is the GOP’s “We Build It” speaker, intended to exemplify
the American Dream of building a small business from the ground up without government assistance. But her upholstery business received $17 million
in federal loans and contracts.
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