For Immediate Release
Linda Lingle's Makeover Won't Fool Voters: Lingle Distances Herself from RNC 2012, But Played Outsized Roles In Last Two Conventions
WASHINGTON - Today, EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock reacted to Republican Senate candidate Linda Lingle's attempts to distance herself from her record as a booster of her party’s consistently right wing agenda. Lingle is sitting out this convention - and expressed "disappointment" with the extreme anti-choice platform outlawing a woman's right to choose even in the case of rape and incest - but the past two conventions contained the same plank with her full participation.
"Linda Lingle has a lot of explaining to do for her ultra-conservative record," said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. "Voters won't be so quick to forget that she spent the last two Republican conventions cheerleading for the party and policies she now says she disagrees with. In 2004 Lingle actually chaired the convention, and in 2008 she had a starring role introducing her friend Sarah Palin, whose conservative values she praised. Lingle might understand that Republicans are out of touch with voters in 2012, but that doesn't change her consistent support for their backwards agenda."
2008: Lingle Introduced Her “Friend” Sarah Palin At The Republican National Convention. In October 2011, Lingle said she counted Sarah Palin as a friend. Lingle introduced Palin at the 2008 Republican National Convention. [Political Ticker blog, CNN, 10/12/11]
The Hill’s Ballot Box Blog: At 2008 GOP National Convention, Lingle Said Sarah Palin Was An “Outstanding” VP Choice, And A “Rubber Stamp” For The Republican Agenda. In October 2011, The Hill’s Ballot Box blog reported that at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Lingle introduced Palin by saying she was an “outstanding” vice-presidential choice, and a “rubber stamp” for the party agenda. [Ballot Box blog, The Hill, 10/12/11]
Lingle Praised Palin For Being A “True Conservative.” In September 2008, the Associated Press reported that Lingle “praised Palin as a true conservative who cut excessive state spending, enacted ethics reforms and believes in free market principles.” [Associated Press, 9/4/08]
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