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Tue Apr 19, 2016, 04:01 PM

A battle for the soul of the Democratic Party

'Do you think we should even consider cutting Social Security or Medicare? I sure don't.

Chris Van Hollen, a candidate in next week's Democratic primary for the open U.S. Senate seat in Maryland, was willing to consider those cuts. In 2012, during negotiations over the "fiscal cliff," Van Hollen said that the Simpson-Bowles plan that would have made big cuts to Social Security benefits was "the right way to go."

Progressives, including DFA members like you, fought back hard against efforts by corporate-friendly Democrats to cut Social Security and Medicare. And as it turned out, the "fiscal cliff" was averted without cutting either of those programs.

Chris Van Hollen is now attacking his opponent in the Maryland Senate race, progressive champion and Congresswoman Donna Edwards. He says she doesn't compromise enough. But here's the truth: Donna Edwards knows the difference between working with colleagues to get the job done, and giving away our core values.

That's why Donna Edwards refused to ever consider cutting Social Security and Medicare. Unlike her opponent, she won't take money from Wall Street banks. Itís why she spoke out when Chris Van Hollen cut a sweetheart deal for the NRA and their gun industry lobbyists that might have made it easier for them to hide their role in stopping gun violence legislation. Now we need to stand up for her.

This is a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party -- and for the future of our country. Election Day in this critical campaign is next Tuesday. There's no time to lose. Chip in $3 or more to help elect Donna Edwards to the Senate!

Donna Edwards has been a progressive champion ever since DFA members like you helped her pull off an upset victory in 2008. If she wins this race, she will be only the second Black woman to ever serve in the Senate.

Donna Edwards has led the fight to pass a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get corporate money out of politics. She wants to expand Social Security and Medicare, rather than cut it. She's led the fight for clean water and resisted Republican attempts to deny the science that proves global warming is real.

Those are just some of the reasons DFA strongly backs Donna Edwards. But they're also reasons why she's facing a barrage of attack ads from Van Hollen and his allies, making misleading and inaccurate claims about her and her record.

The last thing our country needs right now are more Senators who will compromise our values. Will you help us fight back against these attacks? Chip in $3 or more and send Donna Edwards to the Senate.

Thank you for standing with a progressive leader.'

- Charles

Charles Chamberlain, Executive Director
Democracy for America

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 04:07 PM

1. Recpmmended. Van Hollen is a "pragmatist" who talks of his ability to accomplish things.

But sometimes these accomplishments result in giving up what has been gained through hard work.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 04:13 PM

2. Van Hollen is a 'member of the club,'

tight with dnc/dws/hrc, NOT a 'change' candidate. Donna is PROGRESSIVE. We have a choice between those approaches.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 06:29 PM

3. Establishment Third Way Van Hollen at Conference of billionaire fianancier Pete Peterson

who's been funding cutting Social Security for decades to get his grips on the $2.3 Trillion Trust Fund. No way Van Hollen, not a true Democrat. End corporate tax loopholes for the wealthy and reduce the massive MIC instead of cutting SS, Medicare, Medicaid, Education and more..

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 06:33 PM

4. So far I like what I've read and seen of Donna Edwards, def. not Van Hollen. Someone here

wrote she's assisted by Clinton $$ and if that's true I will reconsider. Rankin (?) might be running.

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Response to appalachiablue (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 06:38 PM

5. I'm not aware of clinton money helping Donna.

She does need help to counter van hollen's deep pockets, dem party ptb.

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Response to elleng (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 06:49 PM

6. Thanks, that's helpful. No way Van Hollen for sure. I used to regard him, before becoming

aware of so much in our political system that is not working for people and democracy.

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