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organize three separate debates and pull together interesting television when you have 16 candidates who all hold the same, out-of-touch positions on the major issues—from opposing a pathway to citizenship, to dismantling Medicare, to propping up the failed trickle-down economics of the past. Frankly, when you're ...
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The GOP Presidential Debate NO MATTER HOW MANY CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE THEY ALL HAVE THE SAME POSITIONS

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ou have to feel for the Republican debate organizers. It can’t be easy to organize three separate debates and pull together interesting television when you have 16 candidates who all hold the same, out-of-touch positions on the major issues—from opposing a pathway to citizenship, to dismantling Medicare, to propping up the failed trickle-down economics of the past. Frankly, when you’re relying on Donald Trump to bring intellectual dynamism to the stage, you know the situation is dire. From Jeb Bush to Scott Walker to Marco Rubio, to Donald Trump, to Rand Paul, to Scott Walker, the backward-looking policy proposals are virtually identical. To prove it, we’ve put together this quick reference guide. Some may choose to use it as a bingo-style drinking game. Our lawyers say we can’t explicitly endorse that. What we can say is that hearing the same tired, discredited arguments recited ten times in a row is enough to drive anyone to the bottle.

PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP......................................................2 MEDICARE FOR SENIORS........................................................3 MARRIAGE EQUALITY..............................................................4 UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS......................................5 FAILED TRICKLE-DOWN ECONOMICS....................................6 WOMEN’S HEALTH...................................................................7 REPEALING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT...............................8 IGNORING CLIMATE REALITY..................................................9 PAYCHECK FAIRNESS AND EQUAL PAY.................................10

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PATHWAY TO CITIZENSHIP:

Public Support: 72%

Jeb Bush

Donald Trump

Chris Christie

“In an apparent reversal from his past statements, former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush said Monday that his immigration reform plan would ‘fall short’ of offering a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants living in the United States -- a key provision being put forward by the bipartisan group leading reform efforts on Capitol Hill.” [NBC’s First Read, 3/4/15]

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. […] They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” [Washington Post, 6/16/15]

“Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) is rejecting the idea of providing a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants as ‘extreme,’ reversing his stance ahead of a likely bid for president.” [The Hill, 3/19/15]

And the rest? They’re all the same. • Scott Walker: Scott Walker on a path to citizenship: “I don’t believe in amnesty.”  • Ted Cruz: Cruz: “I think a path to citizenship for those who are here illegally is profoundly unfair.” • Rand Paul: Paul introduced an amendment to remove a pathway to citizenship from immigration reform. • Mike Huckabee: Huckabee: “If you’re rewarding people who play outside the rules, and punish people who live within the rules, pretty soon nobody is going to play by the rules.” • Marco Rubio: Marco Rubio: “What I’ve never been for is a special pathway to citizenship.” [The Lead with Jake Tapper, 3/19/13] • Rick Santorum: Santorum opposed a path to citizenship. • Carly Fiorina: Fiorina opposed a path to citizenship.

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MEDICARE FOR SENIORS:

Public Support: 67-71%

Ben Carson

Rick Perry

Jeb Bush

“Dr. Carson also advocates an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. […] He would eliminate Medicaid and Medicare, and for the poor, government would make the contributions to their health accounts.” [New York Times, 3/20