By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Wednesday, October 14, Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan released a statement regarding the Democratic debate which was held on Tuesday night.
Chairman Lathan said, “I was pleased to see the liberal and progressive Democrat candidates on display yesterday evening for all of America to witness. The candidates’ mindsets, thoughts and words were divisive and harmful to our nation. They did not speak on the economy or the flat-lined job growth that citizens desperately need addressed. Contrasted with the Republican presidential candidates, many of whom have released or are soon to release their economic growth plans, the Democrats are stuck in the ditch of no ideas, are playing the blame game and have a bankrupt vision for our nation.”
ALGOP Chair Lathan continued, “Barack Obama said he would fundamentally transform America, and he did just that. Unfortunately, he has taken us down a road that is destructive and harmful. The Democrats displayed in last evening’s debate that they are walking along that same path.”
The debate featured former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, and former US Senator from Virginia Jim Webb.
Lathan said, “We look forward to November 2016, when we will take our nation back from the lines of thoughtless and reckless actions that have been thrust upon us.”
State Representative Napoleon Bracy (D-Prichard) said on Facebook, “The top three democratic presidential candidates are better then all of the republican presidential candidates. With our hard work democrats will retain the White House.”
CNN had 15.3 million people viewing the Democratic debate, fewer than the 23 million that watched CNN’s Republican debate or the 25 million who watched Fox’s Republican debate on August 6; but more than in any other Democratic Party debate ever held. The GOP debates were the highest rated broadcasts in the history of either cable news network.
Republican frontrunner, New York City businessman Donald Trump said on Twitter, “Notice that illegal immigrants will be given ObamaCare and free college tuition but nothing has been mentioned about our VETERANS. This is not a great debate – a little sad!”
Former Florida Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush said on Facebook, “It’s clear that Hillary Clinton and the rest of the Democrats on stage tonight are running for President Obama’s third term — more taxes, more spending and more failed foreign policy. Join me if you’re ready to stop them.”
GOP Presidential candidate and former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum tweeted, “Tonight’s #DemDebate is reinforcing that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a disaster. Join our team and let’s take back America!”
Santorum will be the latest GOP Presidential Candidate to hold a teleconference with the Alabama GOP. ALGOP wrote, “The Alabama Republican Party is connecting YOU with national GOP friends and possible presidential candidates leading up to 2016. We are pleased to announce our next conference call will be on Tuesday, October 20 at 8:00PM CDT featuring presidential candidate Senator Rick Santorum.”
Santorum has already made a campaign stop in Alabama in Montgomery in June.
Democratic frontrunner former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak at an event in Hoover at the Wynfrey Hotel on Saturday.
Clinton’s strong debate performance appeared on Wednesday to have calmed her supporters anxieities and increased the doubts that Vice President Joe Biden could overcome her momentum IF he were to enter this race.
The Alabama Presidential Primary is on Tuesday, March 1.