WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – Representative Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.) is determined to increase the number of Republican women in Congress.
“We believe our strongest candidates in the 2022 election cycle will be these Republican women,” Stefanik said.
On Tuesday, she supported eight women who run across the country.
“I am very inspired by their stories and I think as Americans learn more about them they will be inspired as well,” Stefanik said.
Stefanik says recruiting GOP women to run for Congress could lead to a Republican-controlled house next year.
“Republican women are going to lead the way, sacking Nancy Pelosi once and for all,” Stefanik said.
The candidates say they are ready for the upcoming race.
“I think women are stepping up in record numbers anyway because we are watching what’s going on in our communities and we want to be part of the solution,” said Congresswoman Lisa Scheller (R-Pa.) .
“Our last cycle, we had 15 of the 17 states that were overthrown by veterans, minorities or women. So being a female veteran is going to be very useful for the next cycle, ”Congresswoman Jen Kiggans (R-Va.) Said.
But Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) Doesn’t trust Stefanik’s motives.
“She basically made an effort to elect women just because of their gender and body parts,” said Wasserman Schultz.
She says voters will notice Republican policies, like the rejection of the child tax credit and universal pre-K, hurt women.
“What’s the use of electing a woman, if they’re going to come to Congress and vote against these things and make life more difficult for women,” said Wasserman Schultz.
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