All posts for the month May, 2016
Politics May 31, 2016: McConnell, Trump drafting Rubio to run for re-election to Florida Senate seat
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 31, 2016
Trump now refuses to debate Sanders calling him a second place finisher
May 28, 2016, 9:01 AM MST
After expressing interest in debating Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Republican nominee Donald Trump is now backing out, saying it would be inappropriate. After two days of speculation, on Friday, May 27, 2016, Trump officially refused the chance to debate Sanders through a statement. Trump initially wanted $10 million for charity to participate in the discussion, which was going to be held ahead of the California primary on June 7. Since news broke of the debate, Trump has reached the number delegates necessary officially to clinch the Republican nomination, a factor in his refusal to debate Sanders.
Trump issued a statement announcing and explaining his refusal to debate Sanders, “As much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”
Trump also took the opportunity to slam Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz. Trump continued, “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and (Debbie) Wasserman-Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second-place finisher.”
Trump also justified his decision not to debate Sanders because the news networks “are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes.” Trump initially said he would debate Sanders if there were a generous donation to charity.
Just before Trump announced his decision, Sanders campaign issued a statement saying the candidate was looking forward to the debate. The statement read, “We look forward to a substantive debate that will contrast the very different visions that Sen. Sanders and Mr. Trump have for the future of our country.”
Sanders was not nearly so friendly to the Republican rival afterwards asking Trump, “Well Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?” Still Sanders expressed that he hoped the GOP nominee reconsiders. Sanders told reporters in Los Angeles, “I hope that he changes his mind again. Mr. Trump is known to change his mind many times in a day. Trump is a bully, he’s a big tough guy. Well, I say to Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?”
Sanders campaign then issued a statement touting their candidate leading Trump in general election matchup polls while Clinton is losing to the GOP nominee in the same polls. The statement pointed out, “There is a reason why in virtually every national and statewide poll I am defeating Donald Trump, sometimes by very large margins and almost always by far larger margins than Secretary Clinton. There is a reason for that reality and the American people should be able to see it up front in a good debate and a clash of ideas.”
The prospect of a Trump and Sanders debate began when Trump appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, May 25 and Kimmel asked Trump on Sanders campaign’s behalf if he would be willing to debate the Vermont senator.
Trump’s first response was a joke, “How much is he going to pay me?” Continuing Trump said, “That could happen, I’ve been saying that should happen anyway. If he paid a nice sum for charity, I would love to do that.” Maybe Trump was not joking considering he listed as a one of the reasons he will not debate Sanders is not enough of a charitable contribution from the news networks.
Sanders was very excited by Trump’s response taking to Twitter, “Game on. I look forward to debating Donald Trump in California before the June 7 primary.” The next day Trump sounded equally enthusiastic about the proposed debate telling the crowd at a Bismark, North Dakota rally, he’d “love to debate Bernie.” Trump also said, “He’s a dream.”
Still, Trump again emphasized that the charitable contribution was an important part of the debate deal, “If we can raise for maybe women’s health issues or something. If we can raise $10 or $15 million for charity, which would be a very appropriate amount. I understand the television business very well. I think it would get high ratings.”
Sanders is in a virtual dead heat with Clinton in polls for the California primary; a must win for Sanders to remain the game with its 546 delegates up for grabs. Sanders needs publicity to win the primary his campaign believes a debate is the key. However, Clinton first refused him then he thought of Trump, but now he too turned Sanders down. A debate would have given Sanders hype and free publicity possibly to win the largest primary of the season. Sanders vowed to remain in the race to the Democratic convention, but more primary victories gives him a legitimate argument to stay in the race.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 28, 2016
Trump reaches magic number 1,237 clinches GOP nomination
May 27, 2016, 7:54 AM MST
Donald Trump has finally reached it, 1,237 the number of delegates necessary to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. According to the Associated Press, Trump clinchedthe nomination on Thursday, May 26, 2016, after some previously uncommitted delegates decided to support Trump.
Trump reached 1,238 delegates on Thursday, one more than needed for the nomination after previously unbound North Dakota delegates pledged to support Trump. Contrary to his “raucous race”, Trump officially clinched the nomination with little fanfare; however, he has been the presumptive nominative since the Indiana primary earlier this month when his last remaining rivals dropped out of the race. Trump will officially become the nominee after ballots are cast at the Republican Nation Convention in Cleveland in July.
According to the AP, Trump gained the support 29 delegate on Thursday pushing him over the threshold. He received the support of “15 unbound delegates in North Dakota, seven in Pennsylvania, two in Nevada, two in West Virginia and one each in Oklahoma, Colorado and New Hampshire.”
Trump spoke about his milestone victory throughout the day. First, Trump spoke about it at a news conference in New York marking the occasion and then at a campaign stop in Montana. At the press conference, Trump expressed, “I’m so honored, I’m so honored by these people. They had such great sense.” Trump clinched the nomination with the support of delegates John Trandem and State Representative Ben Koppelman the final delegates to the pledge support.
Trump promised to unify the still divided Republican Party around his nomination, “We have had tremendous support of almost everybody, and even if you look at Congress, the support has been incredible.” Although Trump gained more support from Congress after his visit to Capitol Hill earlier this month, he still does not have the endorsement from the most powerful elected Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Trump spoke of his growing rapprochement with the speaker and their telephone meeting Wednesday evening, saying, “We had a very good conversation that’s moving along. He is a good man. We’ll see how that all works out.”
Trump later spoke at a rally in Billings, Montana, a solidly Republican state. Trump said, “Today was a big day. Today was the day we hit the 1,237.” Trump also outlined his general election strategy, giving a preview, “What I’m going to do is I want to focus on 15 or so states, because we have to win, and I want my energy to be put in the states where it could go either way.”
The AP’s announcement about Trump was a surprise considering the lack of any primary contests being held. The media expected Trump’s nomination to become official on the last day of the primary campaign, June 7 when major take all delegates states including California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and South Dakota hold their primaries and there are over 300 delegates up for grabs. After Trump’s Washington primary win on Tuesday, May 24, the AP counted Trump as having 1,169 delegates while needing 68 more delegates to clinch the nomination.
Although he catapulted to the top of the polls almost immediately after announcing his campaign on June 16, 2015, and remained for the most part there, there was much resistance to the outsider, billionaire, real estate mogul and reality show star taking over the party. Along the way, Trump clashed with many over his brash and frank comments on policy issues, including women and minorities particularly immigrants from Mexico and of the Muslim faith, while some were more personal in nature.
Trump faced 15 other Republicans vying for the nomination beating them all, a list that included veteran governors, senators and fellow outsiders with much more traditionally experienced and suited for the role. One by one, Trump took them down with his mix of personal insults, ridicule of policy positions and Twitter rants which are a hallmark of his self-financed primary campaign. A contested convention seemed probable until recently because of the fractured party and divided support.
Reluctance hit a high note as Trump won primary after the primary took him closer to the nomination the “Never Trump” movement emerged, the party establishment desperately tried to back a more traditional alternative, but they could not gain traction. Only Texas Senator Ted Cruz posed any moderate threat with his support from evangelical Christians and hard-line conservatives, along the way amassing over 500 delegates.
Trump, however, was a force that could not be reckoned with, with a fiercely loyal band of supporters. As CNN noted, “If his campaign was initially underestimated by the party and political media, it soon became clear that Trump’s anti-establishment, populist rhetoric had struck a nerve across the country.”
Although he has the nomination, protesters still object to his rise to the top. The Republican Party establishment after an initial call for a third party candidate from some is slowly falling in line with Trump seeing him as their only hope to recapture the White House and defeat likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump sees momentum also on the general election front, now beating Clinton in the polls. Although an improbable journey, Trump has a real chance of becoming the next president of the United States come November.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 27, 2016
State Department report blames Clinton for violating email rules
The State Department Inspector General report released on Wednesday morning, May 25, 2016, determined that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is responsible for “not complying with department email preservation policies.” The 83-page report also claimed Clinton was “reluctant” to use the department’s official email and recounts about the hacking attempts on Clinton’s private email server during her tenure. The report reveals that they “found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server.”
The report released to Congress and commissioned by current Secretary of State John Kerry looks at the State Department‘s recordkeeping practices from 1997 to present. The report concluded the State Department has a “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” with records that “go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State.” Still the report places the blame directly on the Democratic front-runner and former Secretary of State Clinton. The report goes into to detail about the truth about Clinton’s private server, contradicting most of the spin from the candidate and her campaign. Clinton and her aides refused to be interviewed but “the Inspector General’s office interviewed former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice.”
The report states, “Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary.” Continuing the report said, “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”
Clinton specifically wanted to avoid federal recordkeeping rules by maintaining the private server. The report also included a November 2011 exchange between Clinton and long-time aide and Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin about Clinton possibly using a State Department email account. State Department staff emails were rejecting emails from Clinton’s private server.
Abedin wrote to Clinton, “We should talk about putting you on [S]tate email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam.” In her response, Clinton was not as open to the idea, as she was concerned about her personal messages, “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.” The email was not handed over by Clinton to the department as of the 30,000 work emails she gave copies of in December 2014 for their recordkeeping.
The report made public that Clinton never asked the department’s permission to use the private server, and she would not have gotten that permission if she made the request. The report said, Clinton had an “obligation to discuss using her personal email account” but did not get permission from the people who would have needed to approve the technology, who said they would not have done so, if they had been asked.”
Continuing the report noted the problems her private server had on records preservation, “In one meeting, one staff member raised concerns that information sent and received on Secretary Clinton’s account could contain Federal records that needed to be preserved in order to satisfy Federal recordkeeping requirements.”
Although the director claimed legal had approved Clinton’s server that was not true, “According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further. As previously noted, OIG found no evidence that staff in the Office of the Legal Adviser reviewed or approved Secretary Clinton’s personal system.”
Clinton’s private server was also hacked and in 2011, she was forced to close it down temporarily. Teneo employee Justin Cooper, who registered her server also discovered that the server was hacked. Cooper contacted Huma Abedin on Jan. 9, 2011, about the breach. According to the report, he told her we “had to shut down the server because he believed ‘someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt [sic] want to let them have the chance to.'”
Clinton and her campaign immediately tried to spin the report’s results in her favor. Her campaign spokesman Brian Fallon issued a statement saying, “While political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report for their own partisan purposes.” However, Fallon claims, “in reality, the Inspector General documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other Secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email.”
Continuing Fallon tried to make Clinton seem as her email account was a regular routine, saying, “The report shows that problems with the State Department’s electronic recordkeeping systems were longstanding and that there was no precedent of someone in her position having a State Department email account until after the arrival of her successor.” Fallon concluded, “Contrary to the false theories advanced for some time now, the report notes that her use of personal email was known to officials within the Department during her tenure, and that there is no evidence of any successful breach of the Secretary’s server.”
The report by a nonpartisan governmental group is bad news for Clinton’s campaign she heads towards the general election. She is still facing an ongoing primary fight with rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Clinton has high unfavorable ratings making her one of the most disliked presidential candidates in history; voters also have trust issues with her because her private email server. The report and its discovery are going to give presumptive GOP nominee and general election rival Donald Trump ammunition to ramp up his attacks on Clinton. Clinton still has the FBI’s investigation to worry about, and if the findings of this report are any indication if might not be good news for Clinton and troupe of State Department aides.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 26, 2016
Trump wins Washington state primary closes in on clinching GOP nomination
May 25, 2016, 4:11 AM MST
Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is getting close to officially clinching the nomination. Trump won the only primary on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Washington State with over three-quarters of the vote. Trump’s victory comes days after the state GOP convention where they awarded former GOP candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz “40 out of the 41 elected delegate slots for the Republican National Convention” in July. Trump is now just delegates shy of reaching the magic 1,237 delegates needed to be the nominee officially.
Trump won the Washington primary with 76.2 percent of the vote, winning at least 40 of the state’s 44 delegates up for grabs. Trump is the only GOP candidate remaining in the race, and he has mostly turned his attention towards the general election attacking likely Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and uniting the GOP to support his nomination. Some former GOP candidates remained on Washington’s ballot including, Ted Cruz, Ohio Governor John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon and Trump surrogate, Ben Carson.
Trump’s victory comes two days after the state party convention chose to back Cruz over Trump, almost a month after Cruz suspended his campaign after a devastating loss in Indiana, which made Trump the presumptive nominee. At the convention, 1,600 state delegates selected the 41 delegates that will be sent to the national convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July.
The Washington State Republican Party, however, did not want the conservative takeover at the convention to become a controversy. Therefore, the party issued a statementurging voters to go out and vote in the primary. The statement read, “While the delegates were elected this weekend at the state convention, their personal preferences will not be considered. Instead, YOU the Primary voters will decide.” Despite the pro-Cruz delegate panel, the delegates will be bound to vote for Trump at the national convention, as the primary vote is binding.
According to CNN’s delegate count, Trump needs only ten delegates to clinch the nomination, having 1,229 delegates. The Associated Press, however, claims Trump only has 1,169 delegates and needs 68 more delegates. Either way, Trump will reach the number of pledged delegates needed on Tuesday, June 4 when there are the final contests in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and South Dakota.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 25, 2016
For the first time, Trump leads Clinton in general election polls
May 23, 2016, 6:58 AM MST
No longer is Democrat Hillary Clinton holding all the cards, a year ago a Clinton candidacy and even presidency seemed destined now the potential nominee might be fighting for every vote in the general election. For the first time presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is leading Clinton in a general election average of polls and is also leading Clinton in three recent polls by upwards of five points. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls released on Sunday, May 22, 2016, Trump has a razor-slim lead over Clinton. This year going into a general election, a once improbable President Trump now seems like a possibility.
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Trump leads Clinton by just 0.2 percent, 43.4 percent to 43.2 percent. This poll is the first time Trump has led in the average of polls, a significant victory since Clinton has always led Trump in that poll average.
According to the new Washington Post/ABC News poll released on Sunday, May 22, Trump now leads Clinton by two percent, 46 to 44 percent, still within the poll’s margin of error. The New York Daily News says the poll is “the latest sign that the bombastic billionaire, despite his offensive rhetoric, could give the former secretary of state a run for her money in a general election.”
Trump’s most significant lead margin in the general election comes from the newestRasmussen Reports poll released on Thursday, May 19. In the poll, Trump leads Clinton by five percentage points, 42 to 37 percent. This is the second Rasmussen poll Trump led Clinton, earlier in the month Trump had his first lead over his probable Democratic opponent, Trump led Clinton by 2 percent.
Trump also leads Clinton in the latest Fox News poll. Trump has a 3 percent lead, 45 percent to 42 percent. The poll, however, put a damper on Trump’s lead showing that if Clinton’s Democratic rival Vermont Sanders Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic nominee he would beat Trump by four points, 46 to 42 percent.
Sanders, who has vowed to remain in the race until through Democratic Convention, has been continually arguing he is the stronger candidate against Trump for the general election. Sanders is right, according to the recent polls Trump has the potential to crush Clinton, but Sanders would defeat Trump. It remains to be seen if Trump’s bump from becoming the GOP’s presumptive nominee is a phase or a long-term trend.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 23, 2016
Clinton might be open to taking Sanders as her VP running mate
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 21, 2016, 7:18 PM MST
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is not ruling out making rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders her Vice Presidential running mate as a means of unifying the party. Clinton gave an exclusive interview to CNN’s Chris Cuomo that aired on Thursday, May 19. Clinton was confident she would become the Democratic nominee but would not rule out choosing Sanders as her running mate when asked. The two candidates have been locked in a fierce battle for the nomination, although Sanders is behind Clinton in the delegate count he refuses to drop out of the race until “the last ballot is cast.”
In the interview, Cuomo asked Clinton if she thought to have Sanders join her on the Democratic ticket as her running mate would bring party unity, she responded, “I won’t get into that.” Clinton, however, left the door open saying “That’s something down the road.”
In that same interview, Clinton also declared that she would become her party’s nominee which irked her opponent. Clinton was blunt saying with certainty, “I will be the nominee for my party. That’s already done, in effect. There’s no way I won’t be.”
Clinton also implied that “Senator Sanders has to do his part to unify the party,” meaning drop out of the race and support her as the nominee. The Clinton camp views Sanders’ determination to remain in the race as a distraction that further divides and the party and prevents them for focusing on the general election.
Although the campaign between the two Democrats is heated, the frontrunner admitted there is one thing that unites her with Sanders is beating the GOP nominee, saying, “What brings us together is Donald Trump.”
Continuing, Clinton said, Sanders “said the other day that he’ll do everything possible to defeat Donald Trump. He said he’d work seven days a week. I take him at his word. I think the threat that Donald Trump poses is so dramatic to our country, to our democracy and our economy that I certainly expect Sen. Sanders to do what he said he would.”
Clinton also took direct aim the Trump in her interview sharpening her general election attacks, stating, “I have concluded he’s not qualified to be President of the United States.” General election matchup polls show a close race between Trump and Clinton if she becomes the nominee, but Sanders would have an easier time beating Trump.
The Sanders campaign fought back at Clinton’s claim she will be the nominee. Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs issued a statement, “In the past three weeks voters in Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon respectfully disagreed with Secretary Clinton. We expect voters in the remaining eight contests also will disagree.”
Briggs also noted that Sanders fares better against Trump in the polls, “With almost every national and state poll showing Sen. Sanders doing much, much better than Secretary Clinton against Donald Trump, it is clear that millions of Americans have growing doubts about the Clinton campaign.”
With less than a month, left in the primary season Clinton has 2,289 delegates, 1,768 pledged delegates, and 521 superdelegates, while Sanders has 1,522 delegates, 1,481 pledged delegates and 41 superdelegates. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination. Sanders can only win if he flips superdelegates, which is now his campaign’s plan of action.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 21, 2016
Politics May 19, 2016: Trump calls Bill Clinton a rapist attacks his numerous sex scandals, impeachment
Trump calls Bill Clinton a rapist attacks his numerous sex scandals, impeachment
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 19, 2016 11:53 PM MST
Just 70 delegates short of formally clinching the nomination and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is full swing in general election mode. Trump is not letting likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton get away with anything. On Wednesday, May 18, 2016,Trump appeared for an interview on Fox News’s “Hannity,” where he told Sean Hannity that Hillary’s husband former President Bill Clinton known for his sex scandals is also guilty of rape.
Trump appeared on Hannity where he discussed the New York Times article that attacked his private conduct and treatment of women entitled “How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private.” The conversation centered on the Times bias against the GOP nominee. Hannity rhetorically asked, “For example, I looked at The New York Times. Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?” Continuing the Fox News host said, “In one case, it’s about exposure. In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.”
Trump added “And rape,” to which Hannity concurred, “And rape.” The accusation was Trump’s most descriptive and accusatory against the former president to date. Trump continued, “And big settlements, massive settlements. And lots of other things. And impeachment for lying.” Hannity added about Clin being disbarred for five years because of his action. The Fox News host added, “Smearing…. You know, he lost his law license, OK? He couldn’t practice law. And you don’t read about this on Clinton.”
Hannity brought up the worse of Clinton’s sex scandals, the women he forced himself on. The Paula Jones, sexual harassment case, is the most well known; in 1991 the then Governor Clinton exposed himself to Jones, who initiated a lawsuit after he entered the presidency. The investigation led to the uncovering of Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, the most notorious of his sexcapades. Clinton’s request that Lewinsky perjures herself and his perjury in depositions for the Paula Jones case resulted in the House of Representatives impeaching Clinton, with him becoming only the second president that was impeached.
Trump believes the media is scrutinizing him more than they should, saying, “Worse than anything else is the political press.” Trump thinks they should be focusing more on Clinton and his scandals. Trump also commented directly on the New York Times story about him, “I was so furious at that story, because there’s nobody that respects women more than I do, Sean, you know that. And I treat women with respect. And I have – we all have fun. We all have good times.”
Trump brought up the subject of Clinton as a rapist because Bill Clinton rape accuserJuanita Broaddrick recently had an interview with radio host, Aaron Klein. Broadderick is the first women to accuse the former president of rape saying it happened in 1978 as he was running for governor. Broaddrick believes the New York Times should instead interview the women that Clinton abused. Klein is the go-to interviewer for Clinton’s victims.
Broaddrick said, “I wish that they would use the same amount of energy to interview the hundreds of women that Bill Clinton has probably spoken bad words about and the many women that he has assaulted. I think a person’s own actions and what they do to women speaks much louder than a person’s hearsay and words.
Broadrick believes the younger generation of voters are not aware of Clinton’s past misdeeds towards women. She said, “haven’t heard about what Bill Clinton did to the women back in that time that they need to know.” Broaddrick “Just like on Twitter I had these young Millennials coming on, saying, ‘Is this is true? Did it really happen?’ Well, yes. It did happen to me.”
In 1978, Broaddrick was 35, working in a nursing home as an administrator and she volunteered for then-Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton’s, 31 first campaign for governor. They met when he “singled her out” at a campaign stop at the nursing home, she operated. On a trip to Little Rock Broaddrick was supposed to meet Clinton at a hotel coffee shop to discuss her nursing home. Instead he wanted to meet in a hotel room, where he forced himself on her, raped and left her with a bloody lip after biting her. Broaddrick first recounted her story in early 1999, coming forward during Clinton’s Senate impeachment trial.
The Clinton campaign went after Trump for his accusation on Thursday, May 19. Clinton’s press secretary Nick Merrill released a statement, saying, “Trump is doing what he does best, attacking when he feels wounded and dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain. If that’s the kind of campaign he wants to run, that’s his choice.”
Hillary’s campaign then accused Trump of taking a page out her husband’s playbook, looking to change the conversation, something Clinton always did when his scandals became too hot under the presses microscope. Merrill continued his statement saying, “Hillary Clinton is running a campaign to be President for all of America. It’s not surprising that after a week of still refusing to release his taxes and likening Oakland and Ferguson to the dangers in Iraq, of course he wants to change the subject. So while he licks his wounds, we’ll continue to focus on improving the lives of the American people.”
Trump is using Clinton’s sex scandals as the main point of attack against his likely general election opponent. The Clintons’ main weaknesses are the scandals, but the media has given them a free pass this election cycle the only scandal getting attention is Hillary’s private email server she used as Secretary of State, which may have risked national security. The FBI is currently investigating Clinton to see if there was any criminal conduct on her part. Although sex sells, endangering national security better questions Clinton’s ability to be president. Trump intends to attack both weaknesses. Currently he is virtually tied with Hillary in most general election polls.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 19, 2016
Politics May 18, 2016: Sanders wins Oregon, Clinton barely wins Kentucky as divisions plague Democrats
Sanders wins Oregon, Clinton barely wins Kentucky as divisions plague Democrats
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 18, 2016 6:51 PM MST
After an all out brawl over the weekend at the Nevada Democratic state convention, the fight continued on the primary voting day. On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton won the Kentucky primary with a slim lead over rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, Sanders, in turn, won Oregon’s primary. Sanders won most of the night’s delegates up for grabs, but he still trails Clinton by about 280 pledged delegates. However, the largest gap is regarding superdelegates. Clinton has the edge with the party insiders, despite Sanders’ loyal following of supporters.
The Associated Press took nearly five hours to call the close Kentucky primary in Clinton’s favor after the lead went back and forth between Clinton and Sanders. When Clinton won, it was 46.8 percent to 46.3 percent, based on about a half a percent point and under 2,000 votes.
Clinton announced he win even before it was official. Her campaign took to Twitter writing, “We just won Kentucky! Thanks to everyone who turned out. We’re always stronger united.” There were 61 delegates up for grabs in Kentucky; they were split equally 27 for Clinton and 27 for Sanders.
Sanders victory in Oregon was more definitive than Clinton’s in Kentucky. He won 53.5 percent to Clinton’s 46.5 percent when 64 percent of the precincts reported. Within an hour of polls, closing the Associated Press and NBC News was already declaring Sanders, the victor. Sanders will receive 34 delegates in Oregon while Clinton will get 25 delegates; there were 61 delegates up for grabs.
Meanwhile, Sanders spoke to supporters at a rally in Carson, California. Sanders pointed that Clinton’s win in Kentucky was hardly a victory, “Where Secretary Clinton defeated Barack Obama by 250,000 votes in 2008, it appears tonight that we’re going to end up with about half of the delegates from Kentucky.” Sanders also bemoaned that Kentucky was a “closed primary,” that prevented his major base independents from voting.
Sanders told his cheering supporters that he thought his campaign would do well in the remaining contests. The Vermont Senator indicated, “No one can predict the future, but I think we have a real shot to win primaries in a number of the states that will be coming up. And don’t tell Secretary Clinton because she might get nervous. I think we’re going to win here in California.”
Sanders was speaking at the rally when the AP declared him the winner in Oregon. Sanders announced it to the crowd that went wild, “We just won Oregon, and we’re going to win California. I am getting to like the West Coast.” Continuing, Sanders said, “This is the beginning of the final push to win California,” the state has 475 delegates up for grabs.
Sanders repeated that he continually does better in general election matchups against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump than Clinton. Sanders selling himself to the voters and the party said, “Whether a national poll or state poll, we do much better beating Donald Trump than Clinton. The Democratic Party wants to be certain that Donald Trump is defeated…we, together, are the campaign to do that.”
Clinton did not have much of victory even though she was the formal winner in Kentucky, as Politico indicated Sanders “is a major irritant for Clinton.” Clinton wants to focus on general election attacks on Trump but still cannot clinch the nomination. Sanders has vowed to remain the race “until the last ballot is cast.” The Vermont is taking his campaign to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia.
With less than a month, left in the primary season Clinton has 2,289 delegates, 1,768 pledged delegates, and 521 superdelegates, while Sanders has 1,522 delegates, 1,481 pledged delegates and 41 superdelegates. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 18, 2016
Politics May 17, 2016: Trudeau introduces transgender rights bill after Obama issues order on bathrooms
Trudeau introduces transgender rights bill after Obama issues order on bathrooms
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 17, 2016 9:50 AM MST
First on Thursday, May 12, 2016, US President Barack Obama ordered a directive allowingtransgender students to choose and use the bathrooms and locker rooms for the sex they associate with, forcing schools across the country to comply or lose their federal funding. Meanwhile on Monday, May 16, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that on Tuesday, May 17 International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the Liberal government would table a bill in Parliament protecting transgender people against discrimination in the Charter of Human Rights and the criminal code.
On Thursday, May 12, President Obama ordered a directive to the Department ofEducation and Justice that requires schools to allow transgender students to use the bathroom or locker room based on the sex they identify with rather than the one they were born with. The guidelines from the administration promise to ensure, “transgender students enjoy a supportive and nondiscriminatory school environment.”
In announcing the directive, Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated, “There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex. This guidance gives administrators, teachers and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”
Obama based the directive on “invoking the sex discrimination law known as Title IX.” If the schools violate the order, they face “federal enforcement,” primarily losing federal funding. Republican state officials are objecting to the law saying it violates control over an issue. Obama’s directive was in response to North Carolina’s bathroom law forcing transgenders to use the bathroom based on their sex at birth; the Department of Justice is challenging that law.
On Monday, May 16, President Obama defended the directive on news site Buzzfeed, which is under fire from Conservatives and Republicans. Obama said, “Anybody who has been in school, in high school, who has been a parent should realize that kids who are sometimes in the minority – kids who have a different sexual orientation or are transgender – are subject to a lot of bullying, potentially.” Speaking out against discrimination transgender children face, Obama indicated, “They are vulnerable, and I think it’s part of our obligation as a society to make sure everybody is treated fairly, and our kids are all loved and protected, and that their dignity is affirmed.”
Last week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest defended the president’s decision, “I think it is fair to say – and I think it’s important – that this kind of announcement reflects the President’s strongly held view about the need to prevent discrimination, but also the need to protect the safety and dignity of every student in America,” said last week.
Trudeau announced the new legislation on Monday, May 16, as he received the Laurent McCutcheon Award, at a Montreal, Quebec ceremony. Trudeau received the award for his “continued support for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual individuals in Quebec and across Canada.” In his announcement, Trudeau may a vow to protect transgendered people, saying, “We have worked too hard for us to stop here. Too hard to stop with the progress we have made because I sincerely believe that in Canada we can and we should do more.”
The Canadian Prime Minister spoke about what the new legislation would guarantee. Trudeau said, “I believe in a Canada where men can give blood, regardless of their sexual orientation. Where transgender people are protected by the law.” Trudeau is proud of his support to the community, saying, “A Canada where all prime ministers are proud to walk with the LGBT community during gay pride parades.”
Trudeau emphasized equality for all Canadians, “Because we must continue to demand true equality. We must carry on the legacy of those who fought for justice by being bold and ambitious in our actions. And we must work diligently to close the gap between our principles and our reality.”
The bill was tabled in the Canadian House of Commons in Ottawa on Tuesday. Trudeau directed his Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould about the law in a mandate letter. The new legislation would “add gender identity as a prohibited ground for discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, and to the list of distinguishing characteristics of ‘identifiable group’ protected by the hate speech provisions of the Criminal Code.”
After the bill was introduced in Ottawa on Tuesday, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould announced the bill to the press. Wilson-Raybould said, “I’m proud to say that moments ago, I introduced legislation, Bill C-16 … that would ensure that Canadians will be free to identify themselves and to express their gender as they wish while being protected against discrimination and hate, because as Canadians, we should feel free and safe to be ourselves.”
Trudeau said at the Monday awards ceremony, “We must carry on the legacy of those who fought for justice by being bold and ambitious in our actions. And we must work diligently to close the gap between our principles and reality.” Trudeau’s words can apply to all instances of discrimination against minority and religious groups.
Sometimes, however, despite the laws protecting Canadians from discrimination it continues at alarming rates, even discrimination within communities. For example, the Canadian Jewish community is fighting against rising anti-Semitism, yet discrimination of Jew against fellow is also rampant but less publicized with rabbis and community leaders sometimes the greatest offenders. On this International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia let citizens of the world all unite to fight all discrimination and ensure everyone is treated equally, fairly and with dignity.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 17, 2016
Clinton used unsecured phone line, Blackberry risking national security
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 16, 2016 6:23 AM MST
Not only did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton use a private email server based in her home for official business she also used her unsecured home phone and BlackBerryfor official business, repeatedly putting national security at risk. Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, who is embroiled in a lawsuit over Clinton, uncovered new emails from early in 2009 proving Clinton used unsecured phone lines and that she knew using her BlackBerry was a security risk. The emails were part of those released by the State Department. Judicial Watch made the new batch of emails public on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
Clinton wrote in February 2009 email to her then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills that she should contact her on her home phone when they could speak on the secure State Department phone. Clinton wrote in the email, “I give up. Call me on my home [number].” Mills almost simultaneously sent Clinton an email saying, “I just spoke to ops and called you reg line – we have to wait until we see each other b/c [the] technology is not working.” To which Clinton responded, “Pls try again.”
It is uncertain whether Clinton followed through and spoke to Mills on her unsecured home phone line and if they did speak to each other and avoided sensitive topics. In another email released earlier in the year on June 17, 2011, Clinton tells her aide to send her a fax through a non-secure method to top aide Jake Sullivan. Sullivan tells her, “They say they’ve had issues sending a secure fax. They’re working on it.” Meanwhile, Clinton answers, “If they can’t, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure.”
Another email Judicial Watch released also shows that Clinton also knew the BlackBerryshe used to send and receive emails in her first two years in office was not secured. Clinton’s Blackberry was not allowed on the State Department’s “seventh-floor “Mahogany Row” office at the State Department due to its security vulnerability.”
Clinton sent an email to her personal health adviser Mark Hyman on February 27, 2009, acknowledging that her blackberry was not considered secure. “I’m so sorry but I’m just seeing this (no blackberry contact permitted in my office) and I’m on the way to the shuttle to NY.” As Clinton embarked on her first official overseas trip in 2009 to China, the State Department warned her BlackBerry was not secured, and she should stop using it because “her device suffered a security ‘vulnerability.'” Clinton continued using her BlackBerry until late 2011.
A March 11, 2009, email exchange, between two State Department officials said Clinton could lose “information due to ‘gross negligence.'” The email recounted the following:
“After this mornings “management meeting” with the A/Secys, Secretary Clinton approached Ambassador Boswell and mentioned that she had read the IM and that she “gets it.” Her attention was drawn to the sentence that indicates we (DS) have intelligence concerning this vulnerability during her recent trip to Asia.
Secretary Clinton has asked Ambassador Boswell for this information. Please prepare a short informal paper OR provide the A/Secy with a briefing on this matter. Your assistance is appreciated. The Secretary did not provide a “due date”…BUT the Ambassador would like to close this loop as soon as possible.”
The latest emails give fodder to Republicans just as the primary fight is turning towards the general election with Clinton, the Democrats likely candidate. Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, issued a statement with the email’s released criticizing the front-runner, “This drip, drip of new Clinton emails show Hillary Clinton could not care less about the security of her communications. How many other smoking gun emails are Hillary Clinton and her co-conspirators in the Obama administration hiding from the American people?”
The email Judicial Watch released was obtained from their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department. Although the email chain was sent through Clinton Clintonemail.com account, it was not released as part of the State Department’s release of Clinton’s 30,000 State Department emails. The emails the State Department made public only start from March 2009, Clinton always claimed any work emails from before were from her old Senate account and were lost.
The FBI is currently investigating whether Clinton risked and mishandled national security information because over 2,000 of her emails from her private server were retroactively classified. The FBI is in no rush to complete their investigation. They already interviewed Clinton’s top aides but still have to interview Clinton before they make their recommendations to the Justice Department.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 16, 2016
Trump goes to Washington meets Ryan agree on unity but still no endorsement
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 13, 2016 3:21 AM MST
The frost between presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan is thawing. On Thursday morning, May 12, 2016, Trump made his first trip to Capitol Hill and Congress as the presumptive nominee where he was on a mission to unify the party behind his candidacy. Number one Trump’s agenda was a meeting with Speaker Ryan whom just last week said he was not ready to endorse Trump. Trump and Ryan met for an hour pledging to work together in unity but still Ryan held off on endorsing Trump. Afterwards, Trump met with Republican Congressional leadership.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus hosted the hour-long meeting between Trump and Ryan at the RNC building. Although the meeting was hyped as Politico noted it “yielded little in the way of tangible results.” Both Republicans agreed on unity in the November election to beat the Democrats and most likely nominee Hillary Clinton. They also agreed to continue meeting. However, Ryan held back on any formal endorsement.
Afterwards, Trump and Ryan issued a statement after their meeting. In their statement they promised to beat Clinton and unify the party, “The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents. That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall.”
The two Republican leaders also acknowledged they still have policy differences, “While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground. We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal. This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification.”
Afterwards, Ryan was evasive about his meeting during his weekly press conference. Ryan refused to comment on any endorsement but he acknowledged the policy differences he has with Trump but again stressed the importance of party unity.
Ryan told reporters, “Look, it’s no secret that Donald Trump and I have had our differences. We talked about those differences today. That’s common knowledge. The question is what is it that we need to do to unify the Republican Party and all strains of conservative wings in the party.”
The speaker said the party is still divided from the long primary fight, and that it will take some time for the party to heal. “The process of unifying the Republican Party, which just finished a primary about a week ago, perhaps one of the most divisive primaries in memory, takes some time.”
Ryan implied that the party’s unification has to be for real not just for show, “Look, there are people who were for Donald Trump, who were for Ted Cruz, for John Kasich, who were for Marco Rubio and everybody else, and it’s very important that we don’t fake unifying, we don’t pretend unification.”
However, the speaker indicated there was progress from the meeting, “We had a very good and encouraging, productive conversation on how to do that. I was very encouraged by what I heard from Donald Trump today. This is a process, it takes a little time. You don’t put it together in 45 minutes.”
The presumptive nominee seemed far more pleased than Ryan did from his meeting with the GOP leadership. Afterwards, Trump took to Twitter, writing, “Great day in D.C. with @SpeakerRyan and Republican leadership. Things working out really well! #Trump2016.” Later on Fox News with Sean Hannity Trump elaborated, “I thought it was a great meeting. I don’t mind going through a little bit of a slow process. We’re getting there.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus later spoke to CNN’s Dana Bash, calling the meeting “great,”a good first step toward unifying our party.” Priebus said, “This was not a usual election, it was a very contentious, tough primary. I think they had very good chemistry between the two of them.”
Afterwards, Trump also met with Republican Congressional leadership receiving a mixed response. Among those attending the meeting were “House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Congress, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and President Pro Tempore of the Senate Sen. Orrin Hatch.”
McConnell, McCarthy, and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have already endorsed Trump. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is supporting Trump. Trump gained some additional Congressional endorsements on Wednesday evening, May 11. The endorsements includes House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), House Budget Chairman Tom Price (R-Ga.), House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and House Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas).
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 13, 2016
Sanders beats Clinton wins big in West Virginia vows to win the nomination
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 11, 2016 4:18 AM MST
Democratic candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is continuing his winning streak as he marches towards a contested convention against rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders latest victory was the West Virginia primary, on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Just after the polls closed MSNBC first projected Sanders the winner, although based on the polls the Vermont Senator was expected to win the primary. Sanders renewed his vow to win the Democratic nomination although he still trails Clinton in pledged delegates.
By 9:25 p.m. EDT, the Associated Press, called West Virginia for Sanders. With 94 percent of West Virginia’s precincts reporting Sanders led Clinton by a double-digit margin, with 51.4 percent to Clinton 36 percent of the vote. Sanders is expected to garner a majority of the 29 out of 37 delegates up for grabs.
Sanders delivered remarks at a rally in Eugene, Oregon, where they are holding their primary on Tuesday, May 17. Sanders promised to win the nomination, saying, “With our victory tonight in West Virginia, we have now won primaries and caucuses in 19 states. And let me be as clear as I can be: We are in this campaign to win the Democratic nomination.”
Sanders’ campaign released a statement shortly after MSNBC called the state for him. The statement read, “Every vote we earn and every delegate we secure sends an unmistakable message about the values we share, the country’s support for the ideas of our campaign, and a rejection of Donald Trump and his values.” Sanders also stated, “There is nothing I would like more than to take on and defeat Donald Trump, someone who must never become president of this country. But I believe that it is not enough to just reject Trump – this is an opportunity to define a progressive vision for America.”
Sanders released a second statement after the AP called the state. Sanders thanked “the people of West Virginia for the tremendous victory they gave us today in a state that provided a landslide vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008.” In 2008, Clinton won West Virginia by over 40 percent over then-candidate Barack Obama.
Continuing, Sanders said in the statement, “West Virginia is a working-class state, and many of the people there are hurting. They know, like most Americans, that it is too late for establishment politics and establishment economics. They want real change.”
Sanders then referred to the continuing polls including those from Quinnipiac University which show Sanders the stronger candidate to beat presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sanders indicated, “And after all the votes are cast and counted and this contest moves to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, the delegates will decide which candidate is the strongest nominee to take on Donald Trump in November. All of the evidence indicates that I am that candidate.”
Speaking at a rally in Salem Oregon after his victory was official, Sanders declared, “Tonight it appears that we won a big, big victory in West Virginia. If we do well in the coming weeks in Oregon, in California, in New Jersey, in Kentucky and the other states, we still have that road to victory in winning the majority of pledged delegates.”
Sanders also referred to the state’s economic woes, “West Virginia is a working-class state, and like many other states in this country, including Oregon, working people are hurting. And what the people of West Virginia said tonight, and I believe the people of Oregon and Kentucky will say next week, is that we need an economy that works for all of us, not just the one percent.”
Sanders also acknowledged the battle he faces for the nomination. Sanders told his supporters, “Now, we fully acknowledge we are good at arithmetic, that we have an uphill climb ahead of us, but we are used to fighting uphill climbs. We have been fighting uphill from the first day of this campaign when people considered us a fringe candidacy. And our message to the Democratic delegates who will be assembling in Philadelphia is, while we may have many disagreements with Secretary Clinton, there is one area [where] we agree. And that is, we must defeat Donald Trump.”
Nebraska also voted on Tuesday, but not for delegates; they did that on March 5 where Sanders won 15 out of the 25 delegates up for grabs. Now Nebraska voted on presidential preference giving that second vote to Hillary Clinton. The victory is largely symbolic.
Clinton lost West Virginia based on her Ohio CNN town hall remarks from March. There Clinton promised to put a “lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” with “her policies on climate change.” Coal mining is a primary business in West Virginia, and the citizens of the state have made sure Clinton paid for her remarks. Even before the vote Clinton knew the damage, she caused her campaign in the state; Clinton apologized that “the comments were taken out of context,” and she said she was “guilty” of a “misstatement.”
Republicans attacked Clinton as weak with her loss. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted “It is nothing short of embarrassing that Hillary Clinton has now been defeated twenty times by a 74-year old socialist from Vermont.”
Clinton campaigning in Kentucky attacked the Republicans in her remarks, “The right wing never gives up attacking me. I think they are really going to throw everything including the kitchen sink this time. I have a message for them: They have done it for 25 years and I am still standing.”
Clinton still has a lead of nearly 300 pledged delegates over Sanders with 1,716 pledged delegates to Sanders 1,430 delegates. Also, Clinton has 523 superdelegates to Sanders 39, which he is hoping to flip with his primary victories many by large margins. Democrats need 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination; Sanders promises a contested convention.
Sanders is set to win Kentucky and Oregon, but Clinton leads in delegate-rich California and New Jersey. Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on the race without any formal endorsement telling ABC News, “I feel confident that Hillary will be the nominee, and I feel confident she’ll be the next president.”
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 11, 2016
Ted Cruz considers reentering presidential race if he wins Nebraska primary
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 10, 2016 4:14 PM MST
Republican and Texas Senator Ted Cruz had had an unconventional presidential campaign, which included choosing a running mate before he was the presumptive nominee, now Cruz is looking to reenter the presidential race a week after suspending his campaign. Cruz appeared “on conservative host Glenn Beck’s radio program” on Tuesday morning, May 10, 2016, where he announced the possibility of restarting his campaign if he wins the Nebraska primary in the evening. Cruz, however, has no plans to run as a third-party candidate.
Last week Cruz withdrew from the Republican presidential race after a crushing defeat in Indiana’s primary. Cruz had a string of primary defeats and only 546 delegates with no path to the nomination except a contested convention. Trump clearly had double the delegates and the ability to win the nomination before the end of the primary season.
Cruz now is reconsidering and seems to want to reenter the race. Cruz told Beck, “We launched this campaign intending to win. The reason we suspended our campaign was that with the Indiana loss, I felt there was no path to victory.” Cruz believes a win in Nebraska would change his situation but mathematically it would not. Continuing Cruz said, “If that changes, we will certainly respond accordingly.” Still Cruz said, “Well, I am not holding my breath. My assumption is that will not happen.”
The former GOP candidate, however, would not commit to endorsing Trump now when asked. Cruz responded, “This is a choice every voter is going to have to make. I would note, it’s not a choice we as voters have to make today.” The general election is about six months away while the convention is in three months, and the two just ended a bitter and insulting primary fight.
Cruz already announced to supporters and delegates on Monday that he would not contest Trump’s nomination or attempt to run as a third party candidate. Cruz said he only would try to influence the party’s platform and rules. In a conference call supporters were told, “The Cruz team really just wants to make sure the platform reflects conservative values so that conservatives are excited about turning out this November and in the future.”
Upon returning to the Senate, Tuesday Cruz reiterated that he would not run as a third party candidate to reporters. Cruz said, “I have no interest in a third-party run. Listen, we have suspended the campaign because I can see no viable path to victory. But let’s be clear, we’re not going to win Nebraska today.”
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 10, 2016
Politics May 10, 2016: Rubio shuts down VP chatter refuses to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate
Rubio shuts down VP chatter refuses to be Trump’s vice presidential running mate
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 10, 2016 1:57 AM MST
Despite all the vice presidential buzz surrounding him former GOP candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio does not want to be presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump‘s running mate. After much speculation, Rubio issued a statement on Monday, May 9, 2016, explicitly stating he does not want the VP slot and just wants to continue his duties as Florida’s Senator.
A number of times Trump has mentioned Rubio as a possible running mate. The last time was just last week after he became the presumptive nominee when he won the Indiana and his last opponents Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich suspended their campaigns. Trump “told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly last week he ‘would certainly consider’ Rubio.” While Rubio admitted just two weeks ago, “[Trump’s] performance has improved significantly.” Rubio’s opinion from the campaign has not changed enough to endorse or be Trump’s VP.
Now Rubio made it clear he feels the same way about Trump as he did when he ended his campaign in mid-March after losing the Florida primary. Rubio expressed in the statement, “While Republican voters have chosen Donald Trump as the presumptive GOP nominee, my previously stated reservations about his campaign and concerns with many of his policies remain unchanged.” For about three weeks the attacks between Rubio and Trump were quite vicious and often descended to the ridiculous with petty personal attacks. Trump has put it all behind but Rubio has not.
Instead, Rubio believes Trump should pick a running mate from among his supporters and current campaign surrogates that have fully endorsed him. Rubio continued, “He will be best served by a running mate and by surrogates who fully embrace his campaign. As such, I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for Vice President.”
Rubio reiterated his position that he just does not want to be vice president, “Instead, I will focus my attention on representing the people of Florida, retaining a conservative majority in the Senate and electing principled conservatives across the country.”
With so many establishment Republicans against Trump and still shunning his rise to the nomination, the presumptive nominee is facing a difficult time finding a potential running mate. So far, most of the names high on the list have publicly stated they do not want to be his running mate. Among the Republicans that have already refused include, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman; Govs. Rick Scott of Florida, Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Susana Martinez of New Mexico; and former presidential candidates Ben Carson and John Kasich.
Even among Trump’s political supporters, he does not have any takers including former 2008 GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Former Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer is interested in the post telling CNN’s “State of the Union,” on Sunday, May 8 “Of course I would be,” willing to be considered as Trump’s running mate.
Continuing, Brewer said, “I would be willing to serve in any capacity that I could be of help with Donald on. But that’s a tremendous list of people to choose from, all very wonderful people, well qualified.” Besides herself, Brewer praised former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich as a running mate.
Brewer listed her top choices, “I certainly think that Newt [Gingrich] – I’ve known him for a long time,” she added. “We’ve all experienced what he can get done in Washington, D.C. He’s been there and done that, and [Florida Sen.] Marco Rubio would be terrific. [Oklahoma Gov.] Mary Fallon would be terrific.” Trump is looking for a VP with experience with Congress who would help him get legislation passed.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 10, 2016
Trump names Chris Christie to head his transition team
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 9, 2016 11:59 PM MST
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is looking towards the time where he would be president-elect Trump. On Monday, May 9, 2016, Trump announced that former GOP candidate, supporter, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would head his transition team should he win the election in November.
Trump issued a statement announcing the position. The GOP nominee wrote, “Gov. Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November. I am grateful to Governor Christie for his contributions to this movement.” The statement also said, Trump “has begun shifting towards a general election strategy and implementing an infrastructure capable of securing a victory.”
Christie responded with his statement, saying, “I am honored by the confidence being placed in me by Mr. Trump and look forward to putting together a first-rate team to assemble an administration to help best serve the president-elect and the nation.”
Last Friday, May 6, the New York Times was reporting that Trump was considering having his son-in-law, Jared Kushner to head up his potential transition to the White House f he was elected the “45th president.” The Times report said that Kushner was going to “work directly with senior adviser Paul Manafort and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.” The Times report said Kushner would create the “blueprint for a transition team.”
As Politico noted, Kushner’s role would have been “awkward.” Now when he was “U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Christie prosecuted Kushner’s father, Charles, who was sentenced to two years in federal prison in 2005 after reaching a plea agreement on charges of tax evasion, witness tampering and making illegal campaign donations.”
Christie was the first governor to support Trump, and one of the first of his former rivals to endorse the presumptive nominee. Christie endorsed Trump in February less than a month after he suspended his campaign. Since then the New Jersey governor has been highly visible on Trump’s campaign as a surrogate, present at primary victory news conferences and going with Trump to significant “political meetings.” Christie is also planning to meet with Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan to diffuse tension between the speaker the presumptive GOP nominee.
There has been speculation Trump might tap Christie as his running mate or a cabinet post. Christie shot down those rumors last month, saying, “I have a hard time believing anyone would ask me to be vice president.” Still Trump had said there “could certainly be a place for him” as a potential running mate.
Trump is not the only side preparing for the White House transition this fall; President Barack Obama is getting ready to hand the reigns over to his eventual successor. President Obama signed an executive order last week creating the White House Transition Coordinating Council. Trump will soon receive classified intelligence briefings after he is officially nominated at the Republican convention.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 9, 2016
Trump attacks Hillary Clinton on Bill’s impeachment and sex scandals
May 8, 2016 10:04 AM MST
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is keeping a general election promise to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton to go after her husband former President Bill Clintonsex scandals and impeachment. Trump attacked Clinton and the former president at a campaign rally in Spokane, Washington on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Trump went after Bill for his affairs and subsequent impeachment and Trump attacked Hillary for being an “enabler” for her husband’s scandals and her mistreatment of the women who accused Bill Clinton of wrongdoing.
Trump went after the former President Bill Clinton for his many sex scandals and affairs particularly Monica Lewinsky affair, which happened while Clinton was in office. Clinton had an affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky when she only 22-year-old and lasted nearly two years on and off. Clinton’s subsequent lying to the courts in his deposition for the Paula Jones sexual harassment case led to Clinton being impeached by the House of Representatives only the second president in American history. Clinton also distracted the nation during an entire year in 1998 which his scandal which was the top news and gossip story.
The presumptive GOP nominee attacked Hillary, “She’s married to a man who got impeached for lying. He was impeached and he had to go through a whole big process and it wasn’t easy. He was impeached for lying about what happened with a woman.” Trump stated, “Hillary Clinton’s husband abused women more than any man that we know of in the history of politics.” Trump first attacked Bill Clinton’s past behavior in December 2015 promising his past would be fair game during the general election.
Trump blamed Hillary Clinton of being complicit in her husband’s scandals by the way she treated the women Bill had been involved with or accused him of wrongdoing. The presumptive nominee said. “Hillary hurt many women. The women that he [Bill Clinton] abused. Hillary was an enabler and she treated these women horribly. Just remember this. And some of those women were destroyed, not by (Bill Clinton), but by the way Hillary Clinton treated them after it went down.” The women involved agree with Trump’s assessment and long blamed Hillary for going after them and destroying them in the public’s eye to save her husband’s and her political future.
Trump is hoping by reminding American voters how Bill Clinton personally treated women it will help his cause. Trump is facing problems with women voters according to a “recentCNN/ORC poll found that 64% of American women view Trump unfavorably.” Trump repeated his new attack on Clinton saying, “By the way, if she didn’t play the women’s card, she would have no chance. I mean, zero.” Trump reminded voters, “Just remember that when you’re watching these phony, paid-for-by Wall Street ads, put out by Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump. And just remember, I said it: There is nobody that has more respect for women than me.”
In contrast, Trump hopes to show that he has more respect for women despite his public remarks directed to towards individual women in politics and journalism during the invisible and primary campaign. Trump pointed out his company’s record with women to contradict public perception. Trump said, “I have women, frankly — I shouldn’t say this, because the men are going to get angry — but I have women that make more money than men doing a comparable job.”
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 8, 2016
FBI interviews aides Clinton is next then criminal charges will be determined
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 6, 2016 8:04 AM MST
The FBI‘s investigation into former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton‘s private email server is progressing. According to a CNN report on Thursday, May 5, 2016, the FBI has now interviewed all of Clinton’s former aides including longtime one and former Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department Huma Abedin. All interviews were conducted at FBI’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The FBI is now moving closer to interview Clinton before they wrap their investigation and give it to the Justice Department to decide on any potential criminal charges.
In the past, couple weeks the FBI interviewed Clinton’s close aides during her tenure at the State Department. They included former deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan, former chief of staff Cheryl Mills and deputy chief of staff and aide Philippe Reines. Officials say the interviews are a routine part of any investigation. The interviews were conducted privately under the radar of the press for weeks.
The FBI still has to interview Clinton, but they said they have not yet scheduled her interview. With her busy presidential campaign schedule, it is difficult to set a date for an interview. The FBI wants it done just as privately as the interviews were for her aides. The difference Clinton has the Secret Service around all the time while the press follows her every move.
The FBI’s investigation revolves around whether Clinton risked national security by using her unsecured private email server. At the center of the investigations is the over 2,000 emails the State Department retroactively marked as classified, including 22 emails that have been labeled “Top Secret,” the highest form of classification. The State Department insists the emails were not classified at the time there were sent.
The FBI’s investigation is questioning, “Whether classified information was ever mishandled or put at risk by the former secretary of state’s unusual, home-based email arrangement. Mills, Sullivan, and Reines all regularly emailed Clinton’s personal account.” It remains uncertain whether criminal charges will be filed in email case after the FBI finally finishes their investigation. The FBI has not expanded their investigation to include other matters from Clinton’s tenure at the State Department.
According to CNN from the information that is available about the case the evidence is not pointing to any criminal wrongdoing by Clinton. As CNN indicates, “The investigation is still ongoing, but so far investigators haven’t found evidence to prove that Clinton willfully violated the law the U.S. officials say.”
The FBI is close to wrapping up their investigation, and then they will proceed to send their “findings” to the Justice Department. According to CNN, “prosecutors at the Justice Department’s national security division and from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va.” oversaw the FBI’s investigation. The Justice Department has the ultimate decision on whether they will be filing criminal charges against Clinton or her aides.
The Republicans were quick to use the interviews against Clinton as they now move towards general election mode. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement attacking Clinton, “These FBI interviews are another reminder of the gross negligence Hillary Clinton displayed as Secretary of State when she set up an off the books email server that exposed classified information on thousands of occasion.”
Priebus also pointed out that Clinton’s actions make electing her is a gamble the American voters should not take. The RNC concluded, “This reckless attempt to skirt government transparency laws put our national security at risk, and underscores just how big of a risk a Hillary Clinton presidency truly is.”
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 6, 2016
Politics May 5, 2016: Speaker Paul Ryan rips Trump says he is not ready to support him as GOP nominee
Speaker Paul Ryan rips Trump says he is not ready to support him as GOP nominee
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 5, 2016 10:14 PM MST
Just two days after becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee andDonald Trump is finding it difficult to garner support from Republican leaders and the party establishment. The latest in the line of Republicans to refuse to support Trump is Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Ryan appeared on Thursday afternoon, May 5, 2016, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” where he announced he is not ready to endorse Trump yet. Trump fired back in a statement threatening not to support Ryan’s House agenda.
Ryan revealed to host Jack Tapper his feeling about Trump becoming the presumptive nominee. Ryan said, “I hope to support our nominee, I hope to support his candidacy going forward. But right now…I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.” Ryan also insulted Trump saying he is not like the party’s historical and most revered standard-bearers. Ryan commented, “We don’t always nominate a Lincoln and a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln and Reaganesque, that that person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide vast majority of Americans.”
Ryan has been critical of Trump and his positions but always said he would support the eventual GOP nominee. Just on March 1, Ryan pledged to support whoever, would become the nominee, saying, “my plan is to support the nominee.” Ryan said he would continue to be critical of Trump, “I was pretty clear and I was outspoken on a number of occasions where I think that he did the wrong thing or said the wrong thing, and I’ll do that in the future if need be.”
Ryan stated that he wanted to see Trump gaining his and wide-ranging Republican support by unifying the GOP. Ryan explained, “I think he needs to do more to unify this party. At this point I’m just not ready to jump in.” Ryan indicated to do so he has to unify “all wings of theRepublican Party and the conservative movement” and his campaign has to be “something that they’re proud to support and proud to be a part of.”
The speaker emphasized the disparity between views, “I think what a lot of Republicans want to see is that we have a standard bearer that bears our standards.” Ryan continued to explain, “I think conservatives want to know does he share our values and our principles on limited government, the proper role of the executive, adherence to the Constitution. There are lots of questions that conservatives, I think, are gonna want answers to, myself included. I want to be a part of this unifying process. I want to help to unify this party.”
Trump responded in a statement hitting Ryan back on his agenda in the House. The GOP nominee said, “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.” Trump also made support for Ryan’s contingent on Ryan changing his plans, “Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”
Ryan is the highest-ranking Republican official to say he would not support Trump as the nominee. Many Republicans are bucking on endorsing and supporting Trump going as far as suggesting a third party “conservative” candidate or even voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton. In contrast, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to support Trump announcing so on Wednesday evening, May 4.
Trump is also not popular with past Republican presidents and former nominees. Former presidents, George H.W. Bush (1989-93) and George W. Bush (2001-2009) are not intending to endorse Trump, and neither are they are attending the GOP convention in Cleveland. The Bushes say they are staying out of the election this cycle.
Neither are the last two GOP nominees planning to attend the convention, John McCain the 2008 nominee and Mitt Romney the 2012 nominee. Trump has criticized Bush and McCain while Romney publicly famously opposed Trump this primary cycle and led the movement to block Trump from the nomination. Only 1996 Republican nominee Bob Dole is planning to attend the convention.
Trump and Ryan will probably meet next week and possibly move forward on resolving their issues. Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is setting up the meeting according to RNC communications director Sean Spicer, who appeared on CNN’s “The Situation Room.” Priebus asked Republicans to unite around Trump after declaring him the presumptive nominee with his Tuesday victory in Indiana’s primary. Although Priebus knew of Ryan’s plans beforehand, he wants unity, and putting what is best for the party first; getting their nominee elected to the White House
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 5, 2016
Politics May 4, 2016: Trump presumptive GOP nominee after winning Indiana, Cruz dropping out of race
Trump presumptive GOP nominee after winning Indiana, Cruz dropping out of race
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 4, 2016 10:03 AM MST
The Republican Party has a presumptive nominee for the 2016 election front-runner Donald Trump has reached that spot by reaching over 1,000 delegates and becoming the last man standing. Trump reached presumptive nominee status after winning Indiana’s primary on Tuesday evening, May 3, 2016, after crushing Texas Senator Ted Cruz in the double digits. After much missteps and loss too much to bear for his struggling campaign, Cruz announced that he was suspending his campaign. Cruz’s decision leaves Trump the only candidate able to clinch the nomination, preventing a long assumed contested convention in July.
Trump won the Indiana primary with nearly 20 percent more of the vote than primary opponent Cruz. With 97 percent of the votes, counted Trump had 53.2 percent, Cruz had 36.7 percent while Ohio Governor John Kasich had only 7.6 percent of the vote. Trump now has 1,000 delegates, and he needs 1,237 to clinch the nomination.
Trump delivered his victory speech at his campaign headquarters at Trump Tower in New York. On the nominee’s agenda a more presidential tone as he took a victory lap, and then went on the attack towards his future general election opponent Hillary Clinton. Trump said, “It is a beautiful thing to watch, and a beautiful thing to behold. We are going to make America great again.” Trump promised, “We’re going to win in November. We want to bring unity to the Republican Party. We have to bring unity.”
Trump even had kinds words to say about his opponent Ted Cruz, who he had called an
“unhinged liar” just hours before. Trump said, “Ted Cruz, I don’t know if he likes me or if he doesn’t like me, but he is one hell of a competitor. He is a tough, smart guy. And he has got an amazing future.”
The new presumptive nominee is looking to unite the party and all demographics. He singled out that he would be a “great leader” for “the Hispanics” and “the African Americans.” Trump expressed, “We’re going to love each other, we’re going to cherish each other. We’re going to take care of each other and we’re going to have great economic development.” Minorities especially disapprove of the GOP front-runner.
Trump also turned his attention to general election mode attacking Clinton. Trump said, “She will not be a great president, she will not be a good president, she will be a poor president. She doesn’t understand trade, her husband signed, perhaps in the history of the world, the worst trade deal, in NAFTA.” Trump vowed, “We are going to win big and it’s going to be America first.”
Cruz relied heavily on Indiana to keep his campaign afloat; his stunning loss forced the Texas Senator to decide to suspend his campaign. Cruz had gone to extremes in the last week, after terrible defeats in the Atlantic States on April 26. First, Cruz joined and quickly split with Kasich in an alliance to block Trump from the nomination. Then Cruz made the unprecedented move of announcing former HP CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate although he was far from becoming the nominee. On Tuesday, Cruz went on a hysterical tirade against Trump that seemed like desperation from an exhausted and losing candidate hours before polls closed in Indiana.
In what was a shock, possessing over 500 delegates and vowing to remain the race until the convention Cruz decided to quit after losing in Indiana. Cruz made the announcement at a rally with wife Heidi with him. Cruz said, “From the beginning I’ve said that I would continue on as long as there was a viable path to victory. Tonight I’m sorry to say it appears that path has been foreclosed.”
Cruz attempted to explain why he was backing down now. The Texas Senator relayed, “We left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we’ve got but the voters chose another path. So with a heavy heart but with boundless optimism for the long-term future of our nation, we are suspending our campaign.”
The reaction was mixed to Trump becoming the nominee. Clinton’s campaign also responded with a statement attacking Trump. John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, said, “Throughout this campaign, Donald Trump has demonstrated that he’s too divisive and lacks the temperament to lead our nation and the free world. With so much at stake, Donald Trump is simply too big of a risk.”
Some Republicans called for a third candidate but cooler heads called that Republicans to unite around Trump to beat Clinton in November. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted, “@realDonaldTrump will be presumptive @GOP nominee, we all need to unite and focus on defeating @HillaryClinton #NeverClinton.” Trump who fought over the nominating process with Priebus sympathized over his difficult post this campaign, “17 egos. Now I guess he’s down to one.”
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 4, 2016
Sanders upsets Clinton wins Indiana primary vows to beat Trump in election
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 4, 2016 12:08 AM MST
Democratic candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders upset the Democratic presidential race again. On Tuesday evening, May 3, 2016, Sanders won the Indiana primary beating out front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders campaign needed momentum renewal and the surprise Indiana win did the trick, as Sanders vows to make the Democratic convention a contested one. Sanders victory comes just a majority of Democrat agree he should remain in the race until the convention.
With 94 percent of Indiana’s votes counted, Sanders had 52.5 percent of the vote, while Clinton had 47.5 percent of the vote. Sanders will win approximately 39 of Indiana’s 83 delegates up for grabs; Clinton will garner about 29 of the delegates. In the polls released a day before the primary Sanders was still trailing Clinton but by only four points within the margin of error.
Sanders spoke to supporters in Kentucky after his upset win. Sanders especially acknowledged the young voters that have been his campaign’s main supporters. “I’ll tell you what is extremely exciting for me, and that is that in primary after primary, caucus after caucus, we end up winning the vote of people 45 years of age and younger. And that is important because it tells me that ideas that we are fighting for are the ideas for the future of America and the future of the Democratic Party.”
Sanders commented a Tuesday evening press conference about his campaign renewed momentum. The Vermont Senator said, “We feel great about tonight, not only in winning here in Indiana … but also gaining the momentum we need to take us to the finish line. I sense some great deal of momentum. I sense some great victories coming.”
The Vermont senator still believes he has a path to become the nominee. Sanders expressed, “I sense some great victories coming, and I think while the path is narrow – and I do not deny that for a moment – I think we can pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States and in fact become the nominee for the Democratic Party. And once we secure that position, I have absolute confidence that we are gonna defeatDonald Trump in the general election.”
Clinton cannot clinch the nomination without superdelegate support; Sanders is hoping that the superdelegates will see he is the candidate more capable of beating presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Sanders pointed out “I believe we’ll be able to make the case to many of those superdelegates that what is most important is whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the nominee. What is most important is that we do not allow someone like a Donald Trump to become president of the United States.” Sanders beats Trump by large margins in general election matchups while Clinton is losing to Trump.
Sanders also released a statement after he won, saying, “I want to thank the people of Indiana for the great upset victory that they gave us tonight. This is the 18th state that we have won, and we expect more victories in the weeks to come.” Sanders also vowed to remain in the race with his goal to become the Democratic nominee. Sanders wrote, “The Clinton campaign thinks this is over. They’re wrong. Maybe it’s over for the insiders and the party establishment, but the voters in Indiana had a different idea. The campaign wasn’t over for them.”
Sanders promised to win the next three contests, saying, “It isn’t over for the voters in West Virginia. It isn’t over for Democrats in Oregon, New Jersey and Kentucky. It isn’t over for voters in California and all the other states with contests still to come.” Sanders is expected to win those primaries in the next two weeks.
After some recent losses in New York and the Atlantic States, it appeared that Sanders’ campaign was shifting away from running to win the nomination to influencing the party platform, as the campaign laid off staff. The Vermont then held a press conference on Sunday, May 1, vowing to continue fighting for the nomination and force a contested convention in July.
Sanders victory also comes hours after an NBC News-Survey Monkey poll found that 57 percent of Democrats want Sanders to remain in the race through the convention. Additionally, 25 percent believe Sanders should drop out of the race after the last primaries on June 14. Only 16 percent want Sanders to drop out of the race now.
Currently, Clinton has 1,700 pledged delegates, and Sanders has 1,410 pledged delegates. Clinton also has 520 superdelegates promised to her while Sanders only has 39 superdelegates. To clinch the nomination a candidate needs, 2,383 delegates, there just over 1,100 delegates still up for grabs.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 4, 2016
Trump would win presidential election against Clinton
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 2, 2016 1:08 PM MST
If the presidential election were held today, instead of six months time, Republican front-runner Donald Trump would win if he were running against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. According to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey released on Monday morning, May 2, 2016, Trump now leads Clinton in a potential general election matchup reversing a long-standing trend, where Clinton always led Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump is also gaining steam in his potential general election campaign against Democratic front-runner Clinton. Trump is narrowing the once 10 percent or more gap he faced in similar polls against Clinton. The latest Rasmussen Reports has Trump leading Clinton by two points, 41 percent to 39 percent.
Both Trump and Clinton have their party’s support, with 73 percent of Republicans that would back Trump and 77 percent of Democrats that would vote for Clinton. Regarding cross-party support, Trump could gain 15 percent of Democrats, but Clinton would only woo 8 percent of Republicans.
Previously, Clinton was always leading Trump, which is still reflecting in RealClearPolitics average of polls. Clinton’s lead there is also narrowing to a 7.3 percent advantage over the GOP front-runner. Clinton has 47.4 to 40.1 percent in that poll.
Just last week Clinton was still leading or tied with Trump for the general election. In the previous week’s Rasmussen Reports poll Clinton and Trump were tied with 38 percent of the vote each. According to the George Washington University Battleground Pollreleased on April 25, Trump had 43 percent to Clinton 46 percent support, a three-point difference, and now the positions reversed with Trump in the lead.
As both candidates are reaching the necessary number of delegates to clinch the nomination, Clinton and Trump are turning their attention towards the general election. They are giving the public a preview of their planned attacks. Clinton still cannot shake Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is promising to take the fight for the nomination all the way to a contested convention. Clinton’s battle with Sanders has weakened her support.
In comparison, Trump’s battle with the large GOP field and now with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is virtually the last major opponent standing has only made Trump a stronger candidate with fiercer support but also opposition. Trump has emerged as the anti-establishment phenomenon of the 2016 election cycle, which now has polls backing up his promise to win the presidency.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 2, 2016
Politics May 2, 2016: Sanders fights to win nomination promises Clinton battle in contested convention
Sanders fights to win nomination promises Clinton battle in contested convention
By Bonnie K. Goodman
May 2, 2016 9:14 AM MST
Democratic candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is declaring war with an opponent, former Secretary of State and front-runner Hillary Clinton. Sanders is “considering” the Democratic Party’s convention “contested,” unless Clinton amasses the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination before then. Sanders made that declaration at a press conference on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Washington, DC. At the news conference, Sanders asked the superdelegates to reconsider whom they decide to back at the convention.
Sanders stated to the press that it is impossible for Clinton to clinch the nomination without superdelegates. The Vermont senator pointed out, “It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14 with pledged delegates alone.” Since Clinton will need the support of super delegates, Sanders is approaching the convention as a contested one, where either candidate can fight for the nomination. Sanders said, “She will need superdelegates to take her over the top. The convention will be a contested contest.”
Sanders pointed out that he has won numerous states, especially a string in the mid-west and western states. The Vermont senator has the support of young millennial voters and also independents prefer Sanders over Clinton. Sanders noted his “campaign has sparked energy and excitement” and he believes with his demographic support he could be a competitive candidate in the general election.
The Vermont Senator still thinks he has a good chance of winning a significant number of delegates in the last 14 nominating contests. Sanders said, “There are 10 states remaining where we are going to be vigorously competing, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.” Indiana is holding their primary on Tuesday, May 3, according to the most recent polls Sanders is just four-points behind Clinton, and he could pull an upset.
Sanders even believes he has a good chance of winning California, although he and Clinton are essentially tied in the polls. Sanders said, “We believe that we are in a very strong position to win many of these remaining contests and we have an excellent chance to win in California, the state with far and away the most delegates.”
Sanders acknowledges his path to the nomination is a “tough road to climb,” but not an “impossible road to climb.” Continuing he said, “We intend to fight for every vote in front of us and for every delegate remaining.” As he has with his entire political career, Sanders is casting this as a battle against the party establishment. Sanders promised, “In terms of super delegates, obviously we are taking on virtually the entire Democratic establishment.”
Sanders pointed out the percentage of pledged delegates he won during this primary season, and how he has not received his proportional number of superdelegate support. Sanders indicated, “While we have won 45 percent of the pledged delegates in real campaigns where the people have spoken … we have won only 7 percent of the superdelegates.” Clinton has the support of 520 superdelegates, whereas Sanders has only 39.
Sanders wants the superdelegates in the states where he has overwhelming victories especially those with margin in the double digits to reconsider their support for Clinton. Sanders expressed, “Those superdelegates in states where either candidate, Secretary Clinton or myself, has won a landslide victory, those superdelegates ought to seriously reflect on whether they should cast their superdelegate vote in line with the wishes of the people of their states.”
Most of these superdelegates promised their vote to Clinton even before their states’ nominating contests. Especially Sanders is directing his attention with the superdelegates from Washington and Minnesota, where he beat Clinton by large margins. Sanders pointed out, “If I win a state with 70 percent of the votes you know what, I think I’m entitled to those super delegates. I think that the super delegates should reflect what the people in the state want.”
Sanders is also arguing according to general election match-up polls he outperforms Clinton against any of the remaining three GOP candidates and could beat front-runner Donald Trump by upwards of 15 percent of the vote. Sanders’ strong support from independent voters helps him in a general election but they have hindered him in recently closed primaries that only allowed registered Democrats to vote.
Sanders asked, “[Super delegates] are going to have to go into their hearts and they are going to have to ask themselves do they want the second strongest candidate running against Trump or the strongest candidate?” The Sanders campaign released a fact sheet detailing the evidence backing up their candidate’s claim.
Sanders indicated, “Where Secretary Clinton and I strongly agree, and where every delegate to the Democratic Convention strongly agrees is that it would be a disaster for this country if Donald Trump or some other right-wing Republican to become president of the United States.” Making his case to the superdelegates, “Therefore, it is incumbent upon every super delegate to take a hard and objective look at which candidate stands the better chance of defeating Donald Trump and other Republican candidates and in that regard I think the evidence is extremely clear.”
There are 712 superdelegates up for grabs besides the pledged delegates a candidate garners from state primary and caucuses votes. Superdelegates are party insiders, “they include state and national elected officials, as well as Democratic National Committee members.” Clinton the consummate insider found it easy to gain the superdelegates support; many were friends of the Clintons’ already. Sanders as an independent is an outsider to the party and their leaders.
University of Georgia lecturer Josh Putnam explained the creation of the superdelegate in a blog post from 2009 on his personal blog, Frontloading HQ. Putnam recounted, “The reason superdelegates came into being in the interim period between the 1980 and 1984 elections was to allow the party establishment an increased voice in the nomination process.” Putnam pointed out that the Democratic Party created superdelegates to be able to override voters only if Democrats voted for a candidate party leaders believed was too “extreme” or could not be elected.
Clinton has 1,663 pledged and 520 superdelegates for a total of 2,383 delegates. In contrast, Sanders has 1,367 pledged delegates and 39 superdelegates for a total of 1,401 delegates. The Vermont would need to win at least 65 percent of the vote in the remaining contests to pull ahead of Clinton in the pledged delegate count. Still in a contradiction, Sanders argued the party needs the best candidate to beat the Republicans in November. Sanders concluded his case by stating, the Democrats “must have the strongest candidate to defeat Trump or another Republican and I think the objective evidence is that I am that candidate.”
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 2, 2016
Malia Obama to join Harvard’s Class of 2021 in fall 2017 after gap year
On National College Decision Day, Sunday, May 1, 2016, and President Barack Obamaand First Lady Michelle announced that daughter Malia, 17 will be joining Harvard University’s Class of 2021 in the fall of 2017. The president’s eldest daughter is graduating this spring from Sidwell Friends School in Washington. Malia will be delaying her studies taking a gap year instead this upcoming year as the president leaves office in January 2017.
Earlier this week at her school signing day, Malia was spotted and taken a photo wearing a Harvard Class of 2020 shirt. The shirt is only available to those who were admitted to Harvard this year. The image is making it way around the internet including Harvard’s Class of 2020 Facebook page.
According to an anonymous source who spoke to Harvard’s the tab page. The source relayed “There is a Harvard Class of 2020 Facebook page for admitted students, and one of them is friends with a classmate of Malia on Facebook.” Continuing the source said, “Malia’s classmate posted that pic on Facebook and it is making its way around with obvious speculation that Malia has chosen to attend Harvard.” Fellow Harvard students are expressing their excitement on social media.
Malia is Harvard legacy both the president and first lady attended Harvard Law School. The Obamas have said they have not pressed their daughter to attend an Ivy League university, saying, “I don’t want them to think, ‘Oh I should go to these top schools.’ We live in a country where there are thousands of amazing universities. So, the question is: What’s going to work for you?”
Malia’s college plans have been a top priority for the Obamas. In September 2015, Michelle said they had discussed it “every night.” In the past year and a half Malia visited along with her parents the top colleges in the US, including those in New York and Brown where the first daughter attended her first college party.
Malia has shown an interest in film, having had two internships on television shows. In summer 2014, Malia was a production assistant for CBS’ sci-fi series Extant starring Halle Berry. Last summer Malia interned on Lena Dunham’s HBO series Girls.
President Obama told Ellen Degeneres in a February appearance “that Malia is ‘more than ready’ to ‘make her own way.'” The president, however, expressed how difficult it will be for her to go away, saying, “She’s one of my best friends. It’s gonna be hard for me not to have her around all the time. But she’s ready to go. You can tell. She’s just a really smart, capable person.”
Earlier the president made it clear that although he was asked he would not be speaking at his daughter’s high school graduation. President Obama told the press, “Malia’s school asked if I wanted to speak at commencement and I said no. I’m going to be wearing dark glasses … and I’m going to cry.”
The president will have another year until he has to send his daughter away to college the Obama’s have not said what Malia will be doing during her gap year. The Obama plans to remain in Washington after the president finishes his term in January, while younger daughter Sasha, a freshman at Sidwell completes her studies.
Posted by bonniekgoodman on May 1, 2016