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March 9, 2020

NEWS OF THE DAY

Arizona Debate Threshold

Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

Trump Breaks Promise Not to Slash Safety Net

Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy

Battleground Florida


NEWS OF THE DAY

Arizona Debate Threshold

  • The eleventh Democratic presidential primary debate will be hosted by CNN and Univision on Sunday, March 15 in partnership with CHC BOLD PAC, the political action committee associated with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

    • The debate in Phoenix will take place before Arizona holds its Democratic primary on Tuesday, March 17. Voters in Florida, Illinois and Ohio will also vote that day.

    • The debate will be held at the Arizona Federal Theatre and will air from 8 p.m. ET to 10 p.m. ET.


  • To meet the Delegate Threshold for the Arizona Debate, candidates must have been allocated at least 20% of the total number of pledged delegates allocated across all of the contests listed below (“Total Delegate Allocation”) by 9 a.m. ET on March 15, 2020, as calculated and reported by the Associated Press or CNN:

    • Alabama, American Samoa, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.


Additional Rules

  • The Total Delegate Allocation will be calculated by adding together all delegates allocated by the Associated Press or CNN to candidates who are actively campaigning for the nomination, those who have suspended or otherwise discontinued their campaigns, and those allocated as “uncommitted.”


  • In the event that the Associated Press or CNN have not allocated a portion of the delegates available in any of the above contests due to the ongoing tabulation of votes, such unallocated delegates will not be counted in the Total Delegate Allocation.


  • The number of delegates needed to qualify for the March debate will be calculated by multiplying the Total Delegate Allocation by 0.20 and rounding the result to the nearest whole number.


  • Each candidate’s delegate percentage will be calculated by dividing the number of pledged delegates allocated to them by the Associated Press or CNN by the Total Delegate Allocation and rounding the result to the nearest whole number.


Trump’s Incompetent Response to Coronavirus

  • The American people need a well-coordinated, whole-of-government, fully funded response to keep them safe from the coronavirus threat. Instead, Trump has delivered a haphazard, politicized, and late response.


  • The response to this emergency should be above politics, but Trump has downplayed the danger from the outbreak in an effort to help his reelection campaign. Trump is more concerned about his own image than the health and safety of Americans.

    • Trump administration officials have repeatedly claimed the virus is “contained” even as the number of U.S. cases continues to rise.

    • Trump said last week that he would rather put Americans at risk by keeping them aboard a cruise ship than follow experts’ advice to let them off the ship because he is more concerned about the number of reported cases reflecting poorly on him than he is about treating the ill.

    • Trump has attacked journalists and public officials responding to the outbreak, and tweeted attacks on Democrats more frequently than he has about coronavirus in a clear reflection of his priorities.

    • Throughout the outbreak, Trump has pushed against providing the public with full transparency.

    • Trump has repeatedly claimed anyone who needs a coronavirus test can get one, when that is simply not true and has been contradicted by his own officials.

    • Trump spread misinformation by saying he trusted his “hunch” on coronavirus’ fatality rate over the World Health Organization’s much higher numbers.

    • Trump downplayed coronavirus by calling it a flu that was sometimes “very mild,” and saying that it was okay for people infected with coronavirus to go to work or not get checked by a doctor.

    • Trump falsely tried to blame Obama for his administration’s delayed diagnostic testing.


  • Trump putting Pence in charge of the government’s response to the coronavirus is yet another indicator that Trump is not taking the threat to Americans seriously enough.

    • As governor of Indiana, Pence exacerbated an HIV outbreak by putting politics ahead of public health. Pence’s policies more than doubled the number of HIV cases during the crisis.


  • The Trump administration’s dangerous incompetence is showing and putting Americans’ health and safety at risk. The administration is failing to even coordinate with itself.


  • The Trump administration is scrambling to respond to coronavirus after Trump repeatedly proposed budget cuts to critical health funding, and removed top health officials who would’ve led our response to this outbreak.

    • Even as the coronavirus spread, Trump proposed cutting funding to Health and Human Services, the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and global health programs by tens of billions.

      • Instead of funding global health programs, Trump prioritized further tax cuts for the wealthy and funding his unnecessary border wall.

    • Trump also eliminated the position of senior director for global health security and the National Security Council’s global health security team, responsible for leading the U.S. response to deadly pandemics, and the NSC’s director for medical and biodefense preparedness remains unfilled.

    • Mike Pence misleadingly touted the availability of coronavirus testing as a guaranteed “essential health benefit.” Meanwhile, the Trump administration is backing a lawsuit to overturn the ACA and end the requirement that insurance companies cover these benefits, and they have expanded “junk” insurance plans that don’t have to cover these benefits.


Trump Breaks Promise Not to Slash Safety Net

Background: At a Fox News town hall last week, Trump said “we'll be cutting” in response to a question about cutting entitlements.

  • Last week, Trump once again admitted that he plans to cut social safety net programs that millions of Americans rely on, including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

    • This is not the first time this year that Trump has admitted that he wants to cut safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if he is reelected.


  • It’s clear that Trump lied to Americans when he repeatedly promised not to cut these vital programs.


  • The White House desperately tried to walk back his statement, but it won’t work. Trump has already broken his promises by proposing budgets year after year that would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from these vital programs.

    • Trump’s latest budget would cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid, and $26 billion from Social Security programs.


  • Trump’s efforts to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are deeply unpopular.

    • 74% of Americans do not want to cut Social Security benefits in any way.

    • 67% do not support Trump’s proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid.


Democratic Party Fighting for Americans

  • Trump calls Democrats the “Do Nothing Party.” The reality is that Democrats in Congress have actually done a lot, but Trump has opposed their legislation, and it has stalled in McConnell’s legislative graveyard, despite broad support from voters.


  • This week, House Democrats will vote on the NO BAN Act, which will repeal Trump’s Muslim travel ban, and the Access to Counsel Act, to ensure that individuals detained while attempting to enter the United States are guaranteed access to legal counsel. The House may also take up Senator Kaine’s bipartisan war powers resolution to prevent further escalation of hostilities with Iran without congressional authorization.


  • Here's a look at some of the bills House Democrats have passed:

    • The Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.

    • The Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    • The SHIELD Act to better protect our elections from foreign interference.

    • The Raise the Wage Act to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • The American Dream and Promise Act to provide hardworking immigrants a much deserved pathway to citizenship.

    • The Equality Act to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • A package of bills to protect people’s access to health care and help make prescription drugs more affordable.

    • A bill to restore net neutrality.

    • The Climate Action Now Act to take action to protect our climate and create economic opportunities.

    • Legislation to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

    • Legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • Legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Historic anti-corruption reform.


  • While Democrats are working for the American people, what has Trump done lately?


DNC WAR ROOM

Trump’s Disastrous Budget

  • Budgets are moral documents, and this one is morally bankrupt. Trump’s FY 2021 budget shows how little he cares about the health, financial security, and well-being of working Americans. It is a testament to his broken promises and includes devastating cuts to health care, while extending his tax cuts for the wealthy and again seeking billions for his unnecessary border wall.

    • The American people deserve real leadership, not cruelty and chaos. It’s time for a president who puts the middle class first.


  • Less than a week after promising quality, affordable health care in his State of the Union, Trump’s budget proposed hundreds of billions in cuts to health care programs that he promised he wouldn’t touch, including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    • At the same time, Trump is pursuing a lawsuit that threatens to destroy the ACA, which would end protections for patients with preexisting conditions and strip millions of their health care.


  • Trump said that Republicans stand for “strengthening the safety net for truly needy Americans.” Instead, his budget would cut about $2 trillion from mandatory spending programs, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance, housing assistance, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


  • For the fourth year in a row, Trump also wants to slash the budgets of the EPA, Energy and Interior Departments, prioritizing corporate polluters over the climate crisis and public health.


  • Trump abandoned farmers, who are declaring bankruptcy at near-record rates, by taking billions from the farm safety net, including crop insurance which he promised not to cut.


  • Trump’s budget hurts students by slashing education funding and eliminating college affordability programs.


  • Trump wants to cut billions in funding for foreign aid that strengthens our own national security.

    • This includes cuts to funding for anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, further proving that Trump has never cared about fighting corruption in the country.


  • One thing Trump did prioritize is his unnecessary border wall. Trump promised Mexico would pay for it, but his budget once again makes clear that U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for its costs. Trump is continuing to steal billions from the military for his wall, seizing nearly $4 billion more in funds allocated to military projects.


  • Trump’s budget extends his tax cuts for the wealthy while abandoning his promise to eliminate the debt within eight years.

    • Trump has already added over $3 trillion to the debt over his three years in office.


SCOTUS Takes up Trump’s ACA Lawsuit

Background: Last week, the Supreme Court said it will take up a legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, likely hearing oral arguments in the run-up to the election.

  • Health care and the makeup of the Supreme Court are on the ballot in 2020 – and the American people know that when it comes to protecting their health care, the Democratic Party is the only party that has their back.


  • The lives of millions have been thrown into chaos by Trump’s lawsuit, which puts tens of millions of Americans closer than ever to losing coverage or being denied care because of a preexisting condition. It’s no wonder Americans overwhelmingly trust Democrats more with their health care, and approval of the ACA is at an all-time high.


  • This case is yet another betrayal of the American people and a direct attack on the health and economic security of so many working families. If Trump’s lawsuit succeeds:

    • 21 million Americans could lose their health insurance.

    • As many as 133 million Americans with preexisting conditions could be denied coverage or charged more.

    • Out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs could rise.


  • When Americans head to the polls on November 3, they will have a clear choice: a Democrat who will protect their health care, or a Republican who will take it away.


Trump’s Broken Promises on Health Care

  • Trump promised to protect Americans health care, but he went to court to destroy our health care and his lawsuit could kick 21 million Americans off their health insurance.

    • Trump promised he would put a stop to rising health care costs and even reduce them — but his lawsuit would raise out-of-pocket costs for premiums and prescription drugs.

    • Trump promised to support preexisting condition protections and said that costs for people with preexisting conditions would be “much lower” under his leadership — but his lawsuit would end these vital protections for as many as 133 million Americans and put insurance companies back in charge.

    • Trump promised to protect Medicaid — but his lawsuit would end access to Medicaid for millions of Americans.


  • Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — but that was yet another lie.

    • The Trump administration’s Medicaid block grants would reduce coverage, health services, and financial security while raising costs.

    • Trump’s budgets have repeatedly proposed cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security programs.

    • The Trump administration is considering proposals to tighten eligibility for Social Security disability, threatening benefits for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

    • Earlier this year, Trump admitted that he wants to cut safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid if he is reelected.


  • Trump promised to lower prescription drug costs — but his drug pricing plans have been abandoned by the administration, blocked by courts, or delayed while drug companies continue to raise prices on many medications. 


Trump’s Broken Promises on the Economy

  • Trump claims the country is “in the midst of an economic boom,” but most Americans aren’t feeling any benefits from Trump’s economy.

    • Trump has failed to hit 3% GDP growth every year — much less 4% growth or higher that he promised.

    • Most Americans say Trump’s economy is hurting the working and middle class.


  • Trump claims he turned America’s economy around, but he inherited a vibrant labor market with strong income growth, which has actually slowed on his watch.

    • Economic growth has been slower under Trump than it was in the last three years under Obama.

    • Trump promised he’d raise wages, but wage growth continues to fall, particularly for the middle class.

    • Trump’s erratic policies and impulsive tweets have created uncertainty and anxiety in the economy, which has only been exacerbated by his disastrous response to the coronavirus outbreak.


  • Trump promised he’d boost job creation, but job growth has slowed dramatically. The truth is Obama was a better jobs president than Trump.

    • The economy added 1.5 million fewer jobs in Trump’s first three years than in Obama’s last three years.

    • In each of Trump’s first three years, the economy has added fewer jobs than in Obama’s final year in office.


  • Trump says the unemployment rate has hit a record low, especially for African Americans and Latinos, but these trends started under President Obama.

    • The unemployment rate fell more than 5% under Obama from the peak of the recession, but has only declined another 1.1% under Trump.

    • Black unemployment fell only 1.7% under Trump after declining by over 9% under Obama.

    • The Hispanic unemployment rate only declined by 1.4% under Trump, after declining more than 7% under Obama.


  • Trump promised to bring back manufacturing, but the manufacturing industry has been stuck in a recession for the past year.


  • Trump’s erratic trade policies have been a disaster for America — his reckless tariffs have contributed to a manufacturing recession and near-record high farm bankruptcies, and threaten to increase the cost of living for all Americans.

    • The USDA recently projected China would purchase far less U.S. agriculture this year than before Trump sparked his dispute with China, and nowhere close to the amounts Trump promised under his “phase one” China deal.


  • Trump promised his tax law would pay for itself and benefit workers, but it is helping the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations while leaving everyone else behind.

    • Business investment, which the tax law was supposed to boost, has dropped for three straight quarters for the first time since the Great Recession.

    • For the first time in decades, America’s billionaires paid a lower tax rate in 2018 than the working class.

    • The average tax rate paid by corporations may have hit its lowest in more than three decades, and Trump wants to cut it even further if he wins a second term.

    • The FY 2020 budget deficit will top $1 trillion for the first time since the aftermath of the Great Recession, according to CBO estimates. The deficit is 42% higher than CBO had projected before Trump was elected.


Battleground Florida

Background: Trump will headline a fundraiser in Longwood, and Chair Perez is kicking off a canvass in Oakland Park, FL today.

  • Nearly a year out from Election Day, FDP had raised $5.2 million for the campaign to defeat Trump.

  • The FDP will spend $3.2 million to register 200,000 voters before the 2020 presidential primary and spend an additional $1.2 million on organizing communities of color.

    • Florida Democrats have registered more than 17,000 voters since program launch in June and out-registered Republicans four months in a row for the first time in three years leading up to the 2019 election.

  • FDP and the DNC launched Organizing Corps 2020, a $1.5 million field program that employs 300+ college students tasked with organizing in Florida and other battlegrounds.

  • FDP has already spent more than $500,000 on paid media focused on African American, Hispanic and young voters.

  • FDP has launched a year-round voter protection department — including a 24-hour voter protection hotline.

  • FDP’s campaign to defeat Trump has a paid campaign team of 91 employees, the largest staff of any Democratic state party in the nation — and equal to the Trump Florida campaign and RPOF combined.

    • The Florida Democratic Party currently has 54 paid organizers on the ground, including 20 college fellow organizers, and 10 full-time regional field organizers. They have also hired a director of constituencies and a voter protection director.

  • More Democrats on the ballot means more Democrats turn out to vote. FDP has launched Campaign Blueprint and Municipal Victory Programs to double the number of trained Democratic candidates in Florida compared to 2015.

  • Last year, FDP increased volunteerism by 1221% over 2015, completing more than 34,000 volunteer shifts in 2019.


Floridians are tired of President Trump’s broken promises and relentless attacks on health care, immigrant communities, and the environment. 


  • Democrats won key races in 2018 by highlighting President Trump’s broken promises and the Republican Party’s toxic health care agenda.


  • In 2016, Trump campaigned in Florida on a promise to “protect our Medicare” and “save your Social Security without all the cutting,” but now he admits that he’s open to cutting these programs that Florida’s seniors rely on. 


  • Trump’s shown a disdain for Puerto Ricans by withholding disaster relief from the island and bad mouthing Puerto Rico’s leadership, and he’s on the wrong side of Florida’s Latinx community: his embrace of Venezuela’s Juan Guaido extends only to him, as he’s not committed to protecting Venezuelans in Florida through TPS. 


  • Floridians know the importance of stopping near-shore drilling, but the Trump administration has repeatedly toyed with plans to auction off Florida’s coastal waters.

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