Dolores Huerta Sounds Off On The GOP Candidates For President

Dolores Huerta Response Republican Candidates President

Hopefully, last night's presidential debate helped you decide how you really feel about the Republicans running for the highest office in the land. Dolores Huerta, a civil rights activist and board member for the People For The American Way, knows exactly how she feels about the GOP candidates — and she frankly and openly discussed those feelings during a press call with PFAW on Wednesday. 

She said she believes Republicans are pushing a devastating agenda for Latinos. "It's not just about immigration," she said. "[All the Republican candidates] oppose the fact of climate change, [but] they don't want to do anything about it, they don't support the minimum wage... They oppose expanded access to helathcare, whether through Planned Parenthood or the Affordable Care Act."

Huerta also discussed four of the most prominent GOP candidates: former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, Gov. John Kasich and Gov. Scott Walker:

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On Jeb Bush: “By using the term ‘anchor baby’ and taking the same kind of position as Mitt Romney on self-deportation when he says we should just ‘politely ask’ undocumented immigrants [who’ve overstayed their visas] to leave…Bush has shown that his loyalties lie with the far-right, not the Latino community….[On DACA & DAPA, Bush] said Obama was acting like a Latin American dictator. He believes we should ‘phase out’ Medicare and he also said he’s ‘not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.’”

On Marco Rubio: “One would think [Rubio] would be one person to really fight for immigrant rights. But actually, when he had a chance to do something, he turned his back on our community. He’s also very strongly against [raising] the minimum wage…and thinks abortion should be illegal, even in cases of rape and incest.”

On John Kasich: "Kasich really supported George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security, even though that would be devastating to so many people in our community, including myself. [He’s making it] more and more difficult for working families to meet their budgets in Ohio, because Kasich chose to cut taxes for the wealthiest at the expense of working class Americans.”

On Scott Walker“Majority of Latinos are working people. When [Walker and Republicans] come out against labor unions, they’re really coming out against the Latino population.”

Sound off: do you agree with Dolores Huerta's opinions on the four candidates?