Oct 23, 2012
Hayworth Can’t Name Single Disagreement with Radical Republican Platform
Congresswoman Nan Hayworth (NY-18) was asked by the Poughkeepsie Journal Editorial Board today to name a single issue in the Republican Party platform that she disagreed with. She came up with nothing.
The Republican platform includes many extreme right-wing proposals like banning abortion even in the case of rape and incest, ending the Medicare guarantee for seniors and privatizing Social Security.
“Congresswoman Hayworth has said that she is proud to be a radical and has backed that up by agreeing with the Republican platform’s radical positions that abortion should be illegal even in the cases of rape and incest, that Medicare should be turned into a voucher and Social Security should be privatized,” said Josh Schwerin, Northeast Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The fact that Congresswoman Hayworth couldn’t name a single place where she disagrees with her party’s right-wing platform speaks volumes and dispels any notion that she is anything but a Tea Party radical.”
Hayworth Could Not Name One Disagreement With The Republican Platform. In October 2012, in a meeting with the Poughkeepsie Journal editorial board, Hayworth repeatedly failed to name one area in which she disagreed with the Republican Party platform. When pressed for specifics, Hayworth would only say that she supported “the good goals of the Republican Platform.” [Poughkeepsie Journal, via YouTube, 10/23/12]
The Republican Platform Opposes All Abortions – With No Exceptions For Rape, Incest Or The Life Of The Mother. “The Republican platform committee approved language on Tuesday seeking a constitutional amendment that would ban abortions with no exceptions for rape, incest, or danger to the life of a pregnant woman, a position Democrats quickly labeled the “Akin Plank,” after embattled Representative Todd Akin of Missouri.” [Boston Globe, 8/22/12]
The Republican Platform Calls For Ending Medicare’s Guarantee. “Medicare, in particular, is the largest driver of future debt. Our reform of healthcare will empower millions of seniors to control their personal healthcare decisions […] The first step is to move [Medicare and Medicaid] away from their current unsustainable defined-benefit entitlement model to a fiscally sound defined contribution model.” [2012 Republican Platform]
The Republican Platform Calls For Privatizing Social Security. “To restore public trust in the [Social Security] system, Republicans are committed to setting it on a sound fiscal basis that will give workers control over, and a sound return on, their investments. The sooner we act, the sooner those close to retirement can be reassured of their benefits and younger workers can take responsibility for planning their own retirement decades from now.” [2012 Republican Platform]