Presidential campaign snapshots for Friday, April 22
Clinton vows to address equal pay if elected
Hillary Clinton is vowing to address pay fairness for women if elected president, joining with women at a suburban Philadelphia cafe in the days before the Pennsylvania primary.
Clinton says she is excited that Harriet Tubman will eventually be on the $20 dollar bill but adds that it’s “not enough to be on the money — you need to be making the money.”
The Democratic presidential candidate is joined by Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the fair pay law signed by President Barack Obama that aims to make it easier for women to sue over wage discrimination.
Ledbetter says the nation needs to “keep this going” and seek paycheck fairness.
Clinton says she’ll fight for paid family leave and make it easier to balance family and work responsibilities.
Cruz critizes climate agreement
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is criticizing the climate agreement being signed by the U.S. and 170 other countries on Friday as the Obama administration’s latest attack on American families.
“Rather than turning attention and resources to real national security threats, such as radical Islamic terrorists who want to kill us, the Obama administration is instead focused on the SUV parked in your driveway,” the conservative Texas senator said in a statement.
Cruz says the White House is “full of global warming alarmists.”
Some nations have expressed concern about what will happen if the climate deal doesn’t enter into force before President Barack Obama leaves office early next year — and if Cruz or Donald Trump becomes president.
Anti-Trump GOP balks as RNC chair calls for unity
As its long-running and often hostile presidential nominating process drags on, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus delivered an impassioned appeal for party members to close ranks behind whomever wins the nomination.
“It’s essential to victory in November that we all support our candidate,” Priebus said in a speech Friday to the party’s leadership gathered in Hollywood, Florida. “This goes for everyone, whether you’re a county party chairman, an RNC member, or a presidential candidate.”
“Politics is a team sport and we can’t win unless we rally around whoever becomes our nominee,” he told an audience of 168 members of the RNC brought together for the last time before the party hosts its national convention in July.
The plea didn’t sway prominent anti-Trump Republicans, one of whom chose to echo his words.
“Politics is a team sport,” agreed Liz Mair, a former RNC spokeswoman who founded the anti-Trump PAC Make America Awesome. “It’s just that some of us see the teams as being ‘liberals’ and ‘conservatives,’ or in some cases, ‘moderates’ or ‘libertarians,’ and some of us are more concerned about principles winning as opposed to parties, which aren’t inherently tied to particular principles.”
Rory Cooper, a senior adviser to #NeverTrump PAC, rejected Priebus’s call, arguing that “Trump is not capable of unity nor victory in November, period.”
“Donald Trump would set back the historic victories and gains made under Chairman Priebus in the House, Senate, state legislatures and Governor’s offices by harming all down ballot candidates,” Cooper said. “We are aiming to protect the party’s positions, principles and values by being resolute in our opposition to someone who does not represent what it means to be a Republican.”
Brian Baker, a co-founder of Our Principles PAC, shrugged off Priebus’s comments, saying “it’s the chairman’s job to cheer-lead for even the most unpopular Republican.”
From Detroit News wire services