On the latest episode of Bloomberg’s Masters in Politics podcast, hosts Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin spoke with EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Dowd said she believes things will only get nastier between now and November 8th.
“I think the next 55 days is going to be the craziest and the meanest slice of politics we’ve ever seen,” Dowd said.
That includes the upcoming presidential debates, the first of which will be held on September 26th at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will moderate despite Donald Trump’s efforts to have no moderators at the debates.
Dowd told MIP that it’s important to have someone on hand, especially because she believes both candidates have a fluid relationship with the truth.
“You need someone who is really on it. You have to have someone who can fact check in their head in real time. So that’s more important than ever so these things can’t be treated as an entertainment extravaganza even if they’re entertaining. You’ve got to have people who really are steeped in the issues.”
EMILY’s List, a political action committee dedicated to helping elect pro-choice Democratic women, has endorsed Hillary Clinton. Schriock told “Masters in Politics” hosts Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer Martin, that she believes women voters are really looking for candidates who are leading on strong economic issues based around the family, and is disheartened by the childcare policy plan Donald Trump announced this week. She wishes he had stuck closer to the plan his daughter Ivanka proposed at the Republican National Convention.
“What I’m saddened by is that Ivanka at the convention laid out a really nice vision for affordable childcare. That is not the policy that they rolled out this week, and the policy that Donald Trump decided to take on is one that is not going to have the effect. I continue to say that I’m ready for Ivanka to switch parties and become a Democrat because [she] sounds like one already. I am ready to sit down with her at any time to discuss her political future as a Democratic woman.”
Schriock considers Donald Trump’s announcement a half-hearted effort to woo back female Republican voters who are questioning whether they can support the nominee after some of the negative remarks he has made about women in the past and throughout the campaign.
“I will say that for someone who clearly has realized with less than 60 days out that he has a gigantic problem with women voters, he is just trying to throw something together and that is what that policy looked like.”
You can check out the full interview here.