Hiral Tipirneni: Out Of Touch With The Voters And Values Of AZ-8

- March 21, 2018

 Tipirneni Has Shown Herself To Be The Anti-Border Security, Anti-Tax Cuts, And Pro-Socialized Medicine Candidate


  • The Democratic candidate for Arizona's 8th Congressional District, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, claimed to "not be about party lines," but then said "the real fight is with the GOP agenda."
  • Dr. Tipirneni showed she was anti-border security when she called the idea of a border wall "not appropriate" and said she did not support spending "even a fraction" of the estimated costs associated with building it.
  • Dr. Tipirneni called The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act "absolutely wrong" and claimed money "would not trickle down to anyone."
    • Yet, contrary to the doctor's diagnosis, many Arizonans have received bonuses and other benefits thanks to the tax cuts, and at least one business in the 8th District has already given their employees a wage increase because of the tax cuts.
  • Despite Obamacare premium increases of 116 percent statewide, Dr. Tipirneni said Obamacare has "helped" and she supports "strengthening and stabilizing [Obamacare]."
  • Dr. Tipirneni has taken liberal, out-of-touch positions on abortion and gun control, among other issues.


Dr. Tipirneni Said The "Real Fight Is With The GOP Agenda" But Then Claimed To "Not Be About Party Lines"

VIDEO: The Democratic Candidate For Arizona's 8th Congressional District, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Highlighted That She Came From A "Non-Political Background" And Insisted That She Is Not About "Party Lines" Or "Partisanship." DR. TIPIRNENI: "My background is about solving problems and making people's lives better, and ultimately, that's what voters want. I've been out there since July talking to people and they're asking me about health care, they're asking me about economic opportunity, they're asking me about education for their kids. They're not talking party lines, they're not talking ideologies, they want someone who is going to fight for them. What we've learned from these races is that it's about character and integrity. Look, I come from a non-political background. The point is when folks choose someone who is going to represent them, they want to know that that person has their back, that they're going to fight for them, and it's not about the partisanship." (3 TV's " Politics Unplugged," 12/17/17)

  • VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Also Said That "It's Never Been About Democrat Or Republican." DR. TIPIRNENI: "It's never been about Democrat or Republican, black or white, it's been about the crisis at hand, being able to work together and really coming up with a solution that impacts people's lives." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Said That Democrats' "Real Fight Is With The GOP Agenda." DR. TIPIRNENI: "What I would encourage is that everybody remember is that we're not looking to divide Democrats. Our real fight is with the GOP agenda that's threatening the lives, the security, and the future of folks in CD8, and I think that's important to convey to all of our supporters - that we focus on the real fight." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

Click To Watch (10:07 - 10:28)

Dr. Tipirneni Tried To Secure The Democratic Nomination By Muscling Out Her Competition

VIDEO: When Asked If She Was Aware That One Of Her Supporters Challenged Another Democratic Candidate's Ballot Signatures, Dr. Tipirneni Said It Was About Everyone "Being On The Same Playing Field." MODERATOR: "There were originally three Democrats who submitted enough signatures to qualify for this ballot, one of them was disqualified and Ms. Westbrook came within a few signatures of also missing the ballot. Their signatures were challenged in court by Linda Vescio, a supporter of yours. Did you discuss this matter in advance with Ms. Vescio and did you hope to win the Democratic nomination by eliminating your competition?" DR. TIPIRNENI: "So Ron, look, we were incredibly excited we delivered over 2,000 signatures to get our name on the ballot. And I was thrilled because not only did the reflect the hard work of our incredibly volunteer army and the energy and the support we have at the grassroots level, but it showed the general enthusiasm out there for this race. But another reason we did that is that we wanted to make sure we had a good buffer. We know that signatures are challenged all the time on both sides of the aisle. That happens routinely, I've heard that from many people. Even though I'm new to politics, the folks who are not know that. And it's about making sure everyone's playing on an even playing field. Making sure people are legitimately on the ballot who have the minimal number of valid signatures, and so that's what it was focused on. It wasn't focused on anything else." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

  • VIDEO: When Asked If Dr. Tirpirneni's Supporter Consulted With Her Before She Pursued Legal Action, Dr. Tipirneni Said "There Was Not Reason For Us To Object." MODERATOR: "To be clear, did you consult with her before she pursued legal action?" DR. TIPIRNENI: "She initiated it, and obviously being a supporter she told us that she was initiating it, and there was no reason for us to object." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)


Dr. Tipirneni Called The Concept Of A Border Wall "Not Appropriate" And Said She Does Not Support Spending "Even A Fraction" Of The Estimated Costs Associated With Building A Wall

VIDEO: At A Debate In January, Dr. Tipirneni Stated Building A Border Wall Was Not "Appropriate" And Instead Advocated For A "Clean Dream Act." DR. TIPIRNENI: "As far as the wall is concerned, I agree with Senator John McCain, it's not an appropriate use of over $21 billion. The bill I heard about currently today, again, that's not the clean DREAM Act we need. We need to first address the Dreamers, and then address these other issues. There are more effective better ways to handle border security." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Said She Does Not Think "The Wall Is Going To Make Our Borders Safer." DR. TIPIRNENI: "As far as the wall goes, I agree with Senator John McCain. I don't think that the wall is going to make our border safer." (3 TV's " Politics Unplugged," 12/17/17)

Dr. Tipirneni Stated That She Does Not Support Spending "Even A Fraction Of [The Wall's] Estimated Costs." DR. TIPIRNENI: "In securing our borders, I am opposed to 'the wall,' and believe that even a fraction of its estimated cost would be better spent towards securing our borders in other ways, such as technology and staff." (Cecilia Chan, "CD 8 Candidates Weigh In On Issues," , 2/8/18)

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Reiterated That "We Owe [Dreamers] A Chance To Stay Securely In This County And Give Them A Clean DREAM Act." DR. TIPIRNENI: "Look, as far as DACA goes, that's a very special sub-segment of our population and those kids came to this country out of no choice of their own, they have come out of the darkness, these are law-abiding citizens, or law-abiding folks. They are students, they are in our military, they are working, they are productive members of our society, they are parts of the fabric our communities. And for them, I think we owe them a chance to stay securely in this country and give them a clean DREAM Act." (3 TV's "Politics Unplugged ," 12/17/17)


Dr. Tipirneni Called The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act "Absolutely Wrong" And Claimed Its Benefits "Would Not Trickle Down To Anyone"

Dr. Tipirneni Expressed Disapproval Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. DR. TIPIRNENI: "The GOP tax bill, it's ironic that it was constructed by fiscal conservatives because there wasn't really anything fiscally conservative about it. To add on a $1.5 trillion deficit is insane and it immediately set up their now proposed actions of cutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. What really offends me is this term of entitlements is making it sound like people are just sitting back waiting for this." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Said The Tax Bill "Was Absolutely Wrong To Do" And Claimed That Its Benefits Would Not "Trickle Down To Anybody, Except To Their Shareholders." DR. TIPIRNENI: "The tax bill giving tax cuts to the largest corporations and the most wealthy among us, that was absolutely the wrong thing to do. We should have been focused on middle class, working class families, small businesses that really need a hand up, young people coming out of school, the elderly, the retired folks, that's where our focus should have been. Corporations were the first ones to say 'we don't need a tax cut,' and that money isn't going to trickle down to anybody, except to their shareholders. We should be focusing on the people that really need that help, and ultimately for the GOP now to say this is now setting us up for these kinds of cuts is frankly hypocrisy and those are things I'm fiercely ready to protect." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

Click To Watch (2:14 - 3:58)

The Tax Foundation Has Estimated That That Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Will Produce 6,340 Jobs In Arizona And Increase After Tax Incomes By $628.10. (Nicole Kaeding, "The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act: The Impacts Of Jobs And Incomes By State," Tax Foundation , 12/18/17)

Arizona Public Service Customers Will See An Average Reduction Of $5.40 A Month On Their Utility Bill Thanks To The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "Starting tomorrow, APS customers will see an average reduction of $5.40 on their monthly bill as a result of $119 million in federal corporate tax cuts. Anticipating federal tax reform, APS included a new adjustor in the company's most recent rate review to pass savings directly back to customers. These savings exceed the $95 million revenue increase from APS's 2017 rate settlement." (Press Release, "APS Passes Tax Reform Savings On To Customers," Arizona Public Service , 3/1/18)

  • Arizona Public Service Has 2.7 Million Customers Across 11 Of Arizona's 15 Counties. "APS serves about 2.7 million people in 11 of Arizona's 15 counties, and is the Southwest's foremost producer of clean, safe and reliable electricity." (Press Release, "APS Passes Tax Reform Savings On To Customers," Arizona Public Service , 3/1/18)

Data Sales Co., Inc., Based In Scottsdale Arizona, Will Give All 80 Plus Of Its Employees A $1,000 Bonus In Celebration Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act. "Data Sales Co., Inc. announced today that the Company will celebrate the recent passage of tax reform legislation by distributing to all 80 plus employees a special bonus of $1,000 each. Data Sales Co. will benefit from the new tax law lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent." (Press Release, "Data Sales Co. Announces Employee Bonuses Following Tax Reform Bill," Data Sales Co. , 1/22/18)

Sutter Masonry, Inc., Based In El Mirage, Arizona, Increased Their Wages By $1 An Hour For Their 100 Employees. "Sutter Masonry, Inc. (El Mirage, Arizona) - The company employs approximately 100 people. Hourly wages were increased by $1.00 and over $50,000 in bonuses were distributed." ("List Of Tax Reform Good News, Americans For Tax Reform, 3/14/18)

  • Sutter Masonry, Inc.'s Zipcode Is 85335 . ("Sutter Masonry, Inc.," Sutter Masonry, Inc, Accessed 3/20/18)

  • Sutter Masonry Is In The 8th Congressional District. "Zip code: 85335 is located in the 8th Congressional district of Arizona." (Find Your Representative, U.S. House Of Representatives , Accessed 3/20/18)

U-Haul, Based In Phoenix, Arizona, Will Give 28,940 Employees Bonuses, $1,200 For Full-Time Team Members, And $500 For Part Time Members. "U-Haul Chairman Joe Shoen shared an email with all Team Members on Thursday night announcing that bonuses will be issued across the AMERCO system, the result of federal tax reductions that were recently signed into law. AMERCO is the parent company of U-Haul International, Inc. Full-time employees will be issued a one-time $1,200 bonus. Part-time employees will be issued a $500 bonus. This includes all certified medical and maternity leave and military leave Team Members as well. Bonuses will be issued by the end of February. In total, the bonuses handed out will exceed $23.6 million and be distributed to 28,940 Team Members." (Press Release, "U-Haul Announces $1,200 Employee Bonuses Thanks To Trump Tax Cuts," U-Haul , 2/9/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Walmart Will Increase Its Minimum Wage To $11 An Hour, And Give Employees A One Time $1,000 Bonus. "Walmart's workers will soon reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the world's largest private employer raises its starting wage, creates new benefits and distributes bonuses to eligible workers. The big-box retailer announced Thursday it will increase its starting wage rate for hourly employees in the U.S. to $11, and expand maternity and parental leave benefits. Currently, Walmart's starting wage is $9 until workers complete a training program. Then, they receive $10. Walmart will also pay a one-time cash bonus to eligible employees of as much as $1,000. The payouts, which should total roughly $400 million, will result in a one-time charge that the company will take in its fiscal fourth quarter." (Lauren Thomas, "Walmart To Raise Its Starting Wage To $11, Give Some Employees Bonuses Following Tax Bill Passage," CNBC , 1/11/18)

  • There Are 34,367 Walmart Employees In Arizona . "Associates in Arizona: 34,367." (Arizona, Walmart , Accessed 3/20/18)

As A Result Of The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act, AT&T Will Pay $1,000 Bonuses To Over 200,000 "'Union-Represented, Non-Management" Workers, And Will Invest An Additional $1 Billion Into The United States In 2018 Alone. "AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. wireless carrier, said it will pay $1,000 bonuses to more than 200,000 employees and invest an additional $1 billion in the United States in 2018, once the tax reform bill is signed into law. An AT&T spokesman said the bonuses were unrelated to the $1,000 that 20,000 AT&T Mobility employees will receive as part of an agreement with the Communications Workers of America announced last week. Employees eligible for the bonus are all 'union-represented, non-management and front-line managers,' AT&T said in a statement." ("AT&T, Two Banks Offer Bonuses, Pay Hikes In Wake Of U.S. Tax Reform," Reuters , 12/20/17)

  • There Are 1,800 AT&T Employees In Arizona. "More than 1,800 AT&T employees working in Arizona as of June 30, 2016." ("Jobs And Economic Support," AT&T, Accessed 1/3/18)

Bank Of America Will Give About 145,000 Employees $1,000 Bonuses, CEO Brian Moynihan Cited The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act As The Reason For The Companies Generosity . "Bank of America will give some of its employees a $1,000 bonus, citing the tax bill that was just signed into law. 'Beginning in 2018, we will see benefits from the tax reform ... in the form of lower corporate tax rates,' CEO Brian Moynihan said in an internal memo to employees obtained by CNBC. He also said that about 145,000 employees will receive the bonus." (Fred Imbert, "Bank Of America Is Giving Some Employees A $1,000 Bonus, Citing Tax Bill," CNBC , 12/22/17)

  • Bank Of America Has 141 Financial Centers In Arizona. ("Arizona," Bank Of America , Accessed 1/3/18)


Dr. Tipirneni Advocated For "Strengthening And Stabilizing The ACA" And Claimed To Have A Plan For Universal Healthcare Coverage

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Said Lawmakers Should Be "Strengthening And Stabilizing The ACA" And That The "Next Step Is Expanding Medicare." DR. TIPIRNENI: "What we should be doing is strengthening and stabilizing the ACA, keeping the parts of it that everybody agrees on, like letting kids stay on their parents' plans up to 26, making sure they are no penalties for preexisting conditions and age, making sure they're no [inaudible] plans. The next step is expanding Medicare, let folks from 50 to 64 buy in." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

Click To Watch (6:50 - 7:27)

Dr. Tipirneni Stated That She Supports Universal Coverage And Has A Plan To Get There. POLITICS UNPLUGGED'S DENNIS WELCH: "So you support the universal coverage and you have a plan to get there then?" DR. TIPIRNENI: "I do." (3 TV's " Politics Unplugged," 12/17/17)

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Stated That "Healthcare Is A Right And A Moral Imperative" And Stated "The ACA Was Never Intended To Be The Final Solution, It Was Intended To Be One Stepping Stone Toward The Final Goal." DR. TIPIRNENI: "Healthcare is a right and it is a moral imperative for me, and I know we can get to the point of universal coverage, but we have to make it a priority. What has been done so far has taken us backwards. The ACA was never intended to be the final solution, it was intended to be one stepping stone toward the final goal." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

Click To Watch (6:50 - 7:27)

Dr. Tipirneni Said That Obamacare "Has Definitely Helped." "What is your opinion about Obamacare as a Physician? 'Overall, it has definitely helped.'" ("A New But Familiar Face In Arizona Politics," Asia Today , 8/2/17)

  • In 2017, Obamacare Premiums In Arizona Went Up By An Average Of 116 Percent. "Premiums are going up by a 116 percent on average in the state come Jan. 1 for people who buy plans on the federal marketplace. Many people will see much higher increases, especially in rural Arizona. Yuma and La Paz counties are experiencing the biggest increases in the country." (Bob Christie, "Key Facts About Rising Arizona Health Insurance Premiums," The Associated Press , 10/28/16)


Dr. Tipirneni Claimed To Be A "Staunch Supporter" Of The Pro-Choice Movement

Dr. Tipirneni Said She Believes Abortions Should Be Legal. POLITICS UNPLUGGED'S DENNIS WELCH: "Where's your position on abortion?" DR. TIPIRENI: "So, I strongly believe that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. Right? And when we have a Supreme Court ruling that protects that and basically I think all legislators should be always guiding their working keeping in line with that." (3 TV's "Politics Unplugged," 12/17/17)

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Said, "You're Either Pro-Choice Or Anti-Choice, And I Am A Staunch Supporter Of The Choice." DR. TIPIRNENI: "You're either pro-choice or anti-choice, and I am a staunch supporter of the choice." (3 TV's " Politics Unplugged," 12/17/17)


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Dr. Tipirneni Said She Supported Increased Gun Control Because Gun Control Is "No Different" Than "Seatbelts" Or "Car Seats"

VIDEO: Dr. Tipirneni Stated That Gun Control Was "No Different" Than "Seatbelts" Or "Car Seats." DR. TIPIRNENI: "Look, we did research and found out that seatbelts make people safer. We did research and found out that car seats make babies, children safer - guns are no different." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

Click To Watch (3:28 - 4:07)

Dr. Tipirneni Said The U.S. Should Not "Even Consider" Ending NAFTA And Stated That Arizona Should "Be At The Forefront Of Fighting Climate Change"

Dr. Tipirneni Called NAFTA "Not Something We Should Be Considering Breaking From." DR. TIPIRNENI: "We should not end NAFTA, and it is not good for Arizona. As you mentioned, Mexico is one of our largest trading partners, not just for the country, but primarily in Arizona. The impact it would have on our local economy is immeasurable. It would affect so many aspects - agriculture, the IT fields, construction, lots of areas. Look, I'm all for making sure we get the best deal for America, that should always be our goal, and President Trump claims to be the master negotiator. That being said, we have to make sure that we remember the consequences of a decision like that and it's not something that can be taken lightly. We have a major trade agreement for a reason, it has been to our benefit, and we should continue to make sure it's optimal for our workers, but it's not something we should be considering breaking from." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

Dr. Tipirneni Has Stated She Believes In Climate Change Because "We See It All The Time," Adding That "Arizona Should Be At The Forefront Of Fighting Climate Change." MODERATOR: "Show of hands, do you believe in human-caused global warming?" *Dr. Tipirneni raised her hand.* MODERATOR: "The question is then, what do we do about?" DR. TIPIRNENI: "Well, I'm a strong believer in the science, coming from a background in science, but I think as many people would tell you, you don't have to be a scientist to understand that climate change is real. We see it all the time, there are extremes of weather all around our globe and the data is consistent. If we don't act immediately and if we don't put proper actions and initiatives in place, our children and grandchildren will suffer the consequences of these poor decisions. You know, Arizona should be at the forefront of fighting climate change with amazing innovative renewable energy initiatives." (Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, Remarks At The Arizona Public Debate , West Valley, AZ, 1/25/18)

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