President Barack Obama's decision to ease the rules for asylum seekers and those who have given "limited support" to terrorist groups leaves Americans "vulnerable" and "at risk," Rep. Renee Ellmers says.
"Once again we're seeing the president trying to take full control of a situation that is very bad, and it leaves Americans vulnerable," Ellmers told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"His use of executive order is incredibly outrageous, and yet he continues to do it. This is something every American should be concerned about.
"I hope that the phone lines at the White House are ringing off the hook on this issue, because we are putting people at risk every day," Ellmers, of North Carolina, said Monday.
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She says Republicans must do a better job of appealing to women and must eliminate inflammatory rhetoric that ends up making headlines, such as Sen. Rand Paul's calling former President Bill Clinton a "sexual predator."
"We are trying to make our point with women in this country that the Republican Party, that the GOP, that we stand for the Great Opportunity Party," she said.
"We want every woman in this country, regardless of where they are in their socioeconomic status, to rise up the ladder of success in their homes, in their businesses, on every level. So, when comments like that are made, that turns women off in this country. They're tired of hearing that.
"So, we've got to do so much of a better job. We want to make sure every American, every family, every woman in this country can accomplish what the goals are that they're setting for themselves. When we say things like that, we're not making progress. We're moving backward."
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