For Immediate Release
UPDATED: EMILY’S LIST SCORECARD EVALUATING 2012 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
Iowa’s Picks: What New Hampshire Women Should Know
WASHINGTON D.C. - EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, today releases their evaluation of the winners of last night’s Iowa caucuses – and exposes what New Hampshire women and families should know about their records and their values.
Democratic National Committee Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz offered the following statement:
“Thanks to this important new initiative by EMILY’S List, we can see in stark relief that Republican policies are simply bad for women and their families. Today, women in New Hampshire can plainly see where each of these candidates stand on issues important to them, from the workplace to health care. As mothers, sisters, daughters, and professionals in diverse fields, women understand the real-life impact GOP policies have on each and every one of us. In contrast, with President Obama we have seen nearly three years of tireless advocacy on behalf of women. The difference could not be clearer—and is further evidence of what’s at stake for women and all Americans this election.”
Iowa Pick #1: Former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney
Romney Would End Funding for Planned Parenthood
In 2010, over 22,000 New Hampshire patients visited Planned Parenthood.
Iowa Pick #2: Former Senator Rick Santorum:Santorum Voted Against Choice 27 Times in the House, and 72 Times in the SenateIn 2008, Title X-funded centers provided contraceptive care to 26,200 women in New Hampshire.
Iowa Pick #3: Congressman Ron Paul:Paul Believes Social Security and Medicare are UnconstitutionalIn New Hampshire, over 108,000 women rely on Medicare for their health care coverage.
Iowa Pick #4: Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich:Gingrich Voted Against Family and Medical Leave Bill.The Family and Medical Leave Act benefits 185,000 women workers in New Hampshire.
The EMILY’s List “Republican Presidential Scorecard” will be an ongoing effort to communicate with women voters about the Presidential race and what’s at stake. The scorecard will be continually updated to adjust to the changing dynamics of the primary.
The EMILY’S List “Republican Presidential Scorecard” shows the candidates who scored worst on women’s issues (in order of most egregious): former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich; Congressman Ron Paul; former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney; former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA); former Governor of Utah Jon Huntsman is tied with Governor of Texas Rick Perry.
Changes to the score card include:
- Governor Rick Perry’s flip flop on his abortion views – now opposing abortions in all cases including cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother
- Rep. Ron Paul’s comments that federal law should not protect against sexual harassment in the workplace
- Rep. Michele Bachmann’s exit from the race.
To access additional information on the “Republican Presidential Scorecard” featured below, please see the EMILY’s List website: http://emilyslist.org/scorecard
In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List raised more than $38.5 million to support its mission of recruiting and supporting women candidates, helping them build strong campaigns, and mobilizing women voters to turn out and vote. With a community of more than 900,000 members across the country, EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 86 pro-choice Democratic women to the U.S. House, 16 to the U.S. Senate, nine governors, and hundreds of women to the state legislatures, state constitutional offices, and other key local offices. In the 2009-2010 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 25 year history.