By Josh Cohen
Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz issued the following statement after tonight’s Fox News Republican Presidential Debate in Ames, Iowa, where the Republican candidates all showed their unbridled allegiance to the Tea Party and their extreme ideas:
See the Republican Candidates Pledge their Allegiance to the Tea Party: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKzGZj32LYc
Tonight we learned without a doubt that these Republican candidates represent the single most extreme GOP Presidential field in the history of Presidential politics. It wasn't enough for those Republicans who aspire to be President to simply pander to the Tea Party, tonight they raised their hands and pledged allegiance to the Tea Party and swore an oath to stand by their extreme agenda without yielding.
Every candidate raised their hand tonight and pledged to not require millionaires, billionaires or the special interests to pay an additional dime to address our nation's problems - this in a debate where they didn't mention the middle class one time and continued to stand by plans like Cut, Cap and Balance, which would end Medicare as we know it.
If Americans were looking for a debate where the Republican Presidential candidates' true colors shone through - they got it tonight. Slashing Medicare, privatizing Social Security, placing additional burdens on the middle class, all while protecting corporate CEO's and Big Oil, might be the agenda of the Tea Party, but it's not the direction that the vast majority of Americans want to see the country go.