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Like the hurricane that threatened to derail their convention, the GOP sizzled and fizzled out like a tempest in a teapot – all form and no substance
Tuesday was the first full day of the Republican National Convention in Florida, and Democrats like Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-33) were already weighing in on various GOP agendas, urging voters to pay close attention.
“[The Republican] agenda is so far to the right that if Romney were to win as president, I don’t know that we would be able to recognize the United States in ten years,” said Bass who spoke to the Sentinel earlier this week.
“They do not believe in a safety net. They do not believe in Social Security or Medicare. They would put devastating cuts to education. They essentially have a philosophy that believes in the survival of the fittest…”
Tropical storm turned Hurricane Isaac delayed the event, which was to begin Monday August 27. Attendees were still nervous Tuesday, according to news reports, but the convention rolled on. Mitt Romney was officially named the Republican nominee.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama on a college tour, warned students at Iowa State that his opponents at the convention would offer an extremely right wing but feckless agenda.
“I'm sure they'll have some wonderful things to say about me,” he joked.
“But what you won't hear from them is a path forward that meets the challenges of our time.”
Those challenges, Obama said, include alternative energy, an improved tax system for the middle class, gay rights and women’s rights. Healthcare would be a significant issue, he said. Bass agrees.
“[Romney] wants to eliminate the Affordable Care Act,” said Bass.
“Right now, (for example) if you have a preexisting condition under [Obama’s] healthcare reform an insurance company cannot refuse you. Romney’s response to that is that he’s not going to allow the insurance companies to refuse you either… if you’ve had ongoing healthcare. So, if you are a poor child who has not had healthcare insurance and you are diagnosed with leukemia at six and half, like my stepdaughter was… that’s a preexisting condition.
“He is going to provide no protection for preexisting conditions like that at all. So, the only people who will be covered are people who already have healthcare.”
“Maybe we should call his plan ‘Romney doesn’t care,’” Said Obama to the Iowa students, while reminding them of the benefits they now have under his plan.
Women’s rights will also be a hot button issue, according to Bass who commented heavily on the political blunder made by Republican Todd Akin, who is running for Senate.
“I think the president first of all is polling 20 points ahead in terms of women,” declared Bass.
“Because, women understand that the agenda of the Republicans is so far to the right, they really want to take us back to the beginning of the last century. I mean, where they say they want to look at the definition of rape…
“Seriously, this guy Todd Akin is a scapegoat of the Republicans. I think what he did was he told the family secret. He told the public what the Republicans believe.
“We had hearings earlier this year, where the Republicans were debating the issue of rape. So, ‘statutory rape, well… is that really rape? Can a husband really rape a wife, well I’m not really sure. What was the woman wearing? How was she acting?’ That’s old thinking. That’s thinking from 40- 50 years ago. They want to turn the clock back that far…”