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Starting today, Trump’s corrupt catering to billionaires and Wall Street at the expense of working families will be more visible than ever. It won’t be pretty.
Progressives are prepared to foster a historic resistance that merges the power of millions of people taking action with the leadership of Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison, and others in Congress.
Elizabeth Warren says, “Our agenda is still America’s agenda, fighting for that agenda is more important than ever, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is one of my main partners in the fight. Could you chip in $3 or more so the PCCC is ready for our next big fights with President Trump and the Republican leadership in 2017? Click here.”
We’ve already seen evidence our resistance works.
Republican senators are publicly caving on Obamacare repeal.
Republican House members caved on watering down ethics rules after a flood of public pressure.
Just yesterday, a Republican senator targeted by our TV ad that Rachel Maddow called “the most effective one I’ve seen since the election” shocked people by grilling the Goldman Sachs billionaire that Trump wants to run our economy.
The resistance is strong. And growing.
PCCC co-founder Stephanie Taylor went on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Tuesday to talk about the role of progressives as the general election phase of the presidential campaign begins. During the 45-minute interview, she discussed the relationship between progressives and the Clinton-Kaine ticket: “There’s trust there, but it’s a fragile one.”
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Stephanie pointed out that in order to build on that fragile trust, Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine must campaign on bold, progressive issues including debt-free college, expanding Social Security, reforming Wall Street, a public health insurance option, and opposing bad trade deals like the TPP.
It was very exciting to see in [Clinton’s] acceptance speech a litany of issues that progressives have worked very hard on, like expanding Social Security, like debt-free and tuition-free college, opposing unfair trade deals. … She really needs to keep the volume high and keep talking about these issues throughout the campaign.
Stephanie also gave this analysis a few hours before Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination on Thursday, July 28, during a POLITICO Hub panel in Philadelphia, including AFSCME president Lee Saunders, Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver, and pollster Mark Penn with POLITICO’s Susan Glasser and Glenn Thrush moderating. Click here to watch.
HISTORIC. President Obama backs EXPANDING Social Security benefits — Tell the DNC platform committee to do the same
On Wednesday, President Obama made huge news by saying for the first time that we must expand Social Security benefits — not cut them. This represents a sea change from 2012 when the White House was pushing to cut benefits as part of a “grand bargain” with Republicans.
THIS IS A GIANT WIN FOR PROGRESSIVES.
And it didn’t happen in a vacuum. Three years of activism by PCCC members and progressive allies led to 7 senators, then nearly all Democratic senators, then the majority of House Democrats, and then both Democratic candidates for president supporting expanding — not cutting — Social Security. And now, a sitting president. Activism matters. Together, we made history.
In 2 weeks, we have an opportunity to etch this victory in stone. That’s when a small committee of 15 Democrats will start writing the 2016 Democratic Platform.
Sign the petition to the platform drafting committee. Tell them to make sure it reflects big progressive ideas that have risen to the forefront in recent years — starting with expanding Social Security, and also including debt-free college, breaking up too-big-to-fail banks and monopolies, paid family leave, a $15 min wage, banning for-profit prisons, ending fracking, a carbon tax to fight climate change, restoring voting rights, grand jury reform, public financing of congressional elections, overturning Citizens United, massive infrastructure investment, and ending the revolving door between Wall Street and government.
In 2013, PCCC co-founders Stephanie Taylor and Adam Green met with Elizabeth Warren shortly after her victory. In the course of a wide-ranging conversation, they brought up how hard PCCC members and progressive allies had been fighting against proposed Social Security cuts.
Elizabeth Warren informed the PCCC for the …
HUGE CNN HEADLINE: Donald Trump in 2006: I ‘sort of hope’ real estate market tanks
In 2006, Trump cheered on a housing market crash saying, “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy. … If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know you can make a lot of money.”
Last night, Elizabeth Warren gave a speech that is going viral — slamming Trump for being a “small, insecure money grubber” who is in the pocket of Wall Street and looking to con the American people.
To top it off, many major outlets are buzzing about the role Elizabeth Warren will play in unifying the Democratic Party in the months to come. Take a look:
REAL CLEAR POLITICS: Sen. Warren Seen as Key Figure in Uniting Dems
As the Democratic primary heads toward a predictable but potentially acrimonious conclusion, questions abound about how the party can unite and invigorate itself. One solution often mentioned by party operatives hoping to quickly heal: Elizabeth Warren.
The Massachusetts senator is likely to be an integral figure in rallying the troops around the Democratic ticket, whether she is a part of it or not.
Warren’s potential was on full display Tuesday night, when she used a speech at a Washington gala to excoriate Donald Trump, calling him “a small, insecure money grubber.” Earlier in the day on Capitol Hill, Warren launched a new coalition of lawmakers and union leaders designed to “take on Wall Street.”
Warren has built a national profile on progressive issues that have been at the heart of the party’s primary between Hillary Clinton and Bernie …
“My hope is that the President will promptly nominate someone with strong intellect and integrity who can win bipartisan support. I will work vigorously as a member of the Judiciary Committee to achieve confirmation.”
— Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senate Judiciary Committee
“The sudden death of Justice Scalia creates an immediate vacancy on the most important court in the United States. Senator McConnell is right that the American people should have a voice in the selection of the next Supreme Court justice. In fact, they did — when President Obama won the 2012 election by five million votes. Article II Section 2 of the Constitution says the President of the United States nominates justices to the Supreme Court, with the advice and consent of the Senate. I can’t find a clause that says ‘…except when there’s a year left in the term of a Democratic President.’ Senate Republicans took an oath just like Senate Democrats did. Abandoning the duties they swore to uphold would threaten both the Constitution and our democracy itself. It would also prove that all the Republican talk about loving the Constitution is just that — empty talk.”
— Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
“[W]e cannot allow the Republican majority in the Senate to deny the President his basic constitutional right.”
— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
“The American people deserve better than an empty #SCOTUS seat for over a year. The Senate needs to do its job without delay and obstruction.”
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
“This is an important responsibility. The Senate should fulfill its constitutional obligation without letting partisan politics intervene. When the president nominates someone, that person should get a full and fair review.”
— Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
“As I read the Constitution, it clearly says we have an obligation, the president has an …
PCCC & Social Security Works Launch Online Ad Buy in NH
PCCC: “It is an absolute must for a Democratic nominee who claims to be progressive to take Social Security cuts off the table.”
Today, after Sec. Hillary Clinton’s campaign made clear for the first time that she will not commit to never cut Social Security, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Social Security Works have launched an online ad buy in New Hampshire to increase pressure on Clinton to make that explicit promise before Tuesday’s primary.
Minutes ago, the Clinton campaign told the Huffington Post, “She has no plans to cut benefits.” The Huffington Post accurately reported, “Hillary Clinton refuses to rule out any and all benefit cuts to Social Security.”
The PCCC and Social Security Works in response announced an online ad buy statewide across New Hampshire today. The Facebook and Google ads will target likely Democratic voters, including Clinton’s supporters.
Stephanie Taylor, Co-founder of the PCCC issued the following statement:
“Hillary Clinton says she has ‘no plans’ to cut Social Security — but George W. Bush had ‘no plans’ to invade Iraq. That is not a promise, and our grandparents and veterans need a promise.
“It is an absolute must for a Democratic nominee who claims to be progressive to say clearly and unequivocally that they will never cut Social Security benefits. Bernie Sanders has made that commitment. Hillary Clinton should make that commitment before the New Hampshire primary so Democrats can focus on expanding benefits.”
Statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works:
“The American people stand united against cuts to Social Security benefits, all Americans. Ninety-four percent of Americans stand against benefit cuts. We need Hillary Clinton to promise to never cut Social Security benefits, no cuts, no buts, now or ever.”
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VIDEO: On Fox & Friends, PCCC Challenges Hillary Clinton to Promise Before NH to Never Cut Social Security
On Fox & Friends this morning, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-Founder Adam Green challenged Hillary Clinton to promise before New Hampshire never to cut Social Security. In a PPP poll conducted over the weekend in Iowa, 84% of Democrats across all age groups planning to caucus said this commitment was “very important” to their voting.
Statement from Adam Green, Co-Founder of PCCC:
“We challenge Hillary Clinton to promise before the New Hampshire Primary that she will never cut Social Security.
“Bernie Sanders defied expectations and surged to a tie in Iowa by successfully riding a rising the economic populist tide that we see all across America. In recent months, Hillary Clinton has held herself out to voters as someone who would fight for economic populist goals, including on issues like debt-free college and Wall Street reform. But she is leaving open a huge vulnerability by not addressing Social Security cuts.
“Forcing seniors to live in poverty, to choose between food and rent, is unacceptable. We challenge Hillary Clinton to take the first step and take cuts off the table, because committing to never cut Social Security benefits is an absolute prerequisite for a Democratic nominee. Hillary Clinton should make this commitment before New Hampshire. Then, the Democratic Party can forge ahead to a national discussion about how to expand benefits to meet the needs of our grandparents and veterans.”
From Adam Green’s challenge to Hillary Clinton on Fox & Friends:“She has not said that she will not cut Social Security benefits. I would challenge [Hillary Clinton] before New Hampshire to make very clear to Democratic voters that she will never cut Social Security.”
See full PPP polling results from Iowa showing …