White House 2016: Clinton gears up for Trump in fall race

Hillary Clinton and her team are taking early steps into a general election campaign.

via  — KSN-TV

WASHINGTON (AP) — Waves of campaign staffers are being dispatched to battleground states. Advisers are starting to consider locations for a splashy convention rally in Philadelphia. An army of lawyers is scrutinizing more than two dozen possible vice presidential picks.

Though she has yet to clinch the Democratic nomination, Hillary Clinton and her team are taking early steps into a general election campaign. Aides are working under the assumption that Republican front-runner Donald Trump will be her opponent.

Six months before the presidential election, they’re looking beyond primary rival Bernie Sanders and preparing their candidate and party for what may be a hard-fought — and personally ugly — fall campaign.

Starting this week, Clinton campaign employees are being deployed to battleground states across the country, among them Ohio, Florida and Colorado. Democrats are also eyeing the possibility of making a run at traditionally Republican-leaning states such as Georgia, North Carolina and Arizona, calculating that Trump’s penchant for controversy could put minority and female voters in play.

“Everybody’s got their game face on,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who was going to South Dakota on the weekend to campaign for Clinton.

Aides from the primary are getting general election marching orders. Simone Ward, political director of the campaign committee for Senate Democratic races, will run Clinton’s Florida operation. Emmy Ruiz, who led a crucial Nevada primary win for Clinton, will handle Colorado. Mike Vlacich led New Hampshire operations in the primary and will do the same in the fall.

“The sooner you can get up and running the better,” said Dan Pfeiffer, who advised President Barack Obama. “On the Republican side, Trump has not built anything resembling the sort of field operation it takes to win.”

Plans are also beginning to take shape for a convention that will prominently feature Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and the vice presidential nominee. It’s not clear what role Sanders will have at the convention.

Taking a page from Obama’s 2008 convention address at Mile High Stadium in Denver, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, a close Clinton ally, is urging the campaign to hold a major speech — perhaps even Clinton’s acceptance address — outside Independence Hall, where the Constitution was signed.

Clinton’s campaign has started the internal search for a running mate, though people familiar with the process say that effort is in an early stage.

A team of lawyers is poring through information about a lengthy list of Democrats, among them Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. Other names mentioned by party insiders include Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Housing Secretary Julian Castro. No final decision is expected until Republicans hold their convention.

The search for a running mate is being overseen by campaign chairman John Podesta and Clinton confidante Cheryl Mills, both of whom will help cull the list down to a handful of names in the coming weeks. Clinton advisers are debating whether it’s more important to select a strong liberal champion from the Rust Belt to woo Sanders backers and cut into Trump’s advantage with working-class white men, or to acknowledge her support among minority voters with a more history-making pick. They note that Clinton’s — and her husband’s — personal chemistry with the eventual choice will be a key factor.

Clinton has begun broadening her message against Trump, calling for the party to unify around her and shying away from nearly all mention of Sanders.

Her team anticipates that Trump will use gender-based attacks against Clinton, probably resurrecting his criticisms from earlier this year on her husband’s sexual history. This week, her campaign spent days highlighting — and raising money from — Trump’s comments that Clinton’s political success was due to her playing the “woman’s card.”

An all-but-settled Democratic race also allows Clinton to raise money and cut primary spending on ads. She’s planning a spree of lucrative fundraisers in New York, Michigan, California and Texas next month and has no ads running in coming primary contests.

Priorities USA Action, a super PAC backing Clinton’s candidacy, is preparing to spend $90 million on television ads attacking Trump in seven states starting June 8 — the day after the California primary. An additional $35 million is being reserved for digital ads aimed at bolstering Clinton’s coalition of black, Latino and younger voters. The group says it may go up on the air sooner, if Sanders drops out of the race.

Emily’s List, an advocacy organization that backs female Democratic candidates, has hired a New York ad agency to help market to millennial voters, a group that Clinton has struggled to win over in the primaries. The effort is testing messages attacking Trump and aimed at motivating young women to come out for Clinton, as part of a $20 million project to elect the first woman as president.

“Millennial women are outraged by Donald Trump,” said Denise Feriozzi, the group’s deputy executive director. “It’s our job to turn that outrage into votes.”

Why don’t folks just LISTEN to Donald Trump? — My Antimatter Life

 

via Why don’t folks just LISTEN to Donald Trump? — My Antimatter Life

Think about the things you know about Presidential candidate Donald Trump. How many of them do you actually KNOW are true?

Time after time I’ve heard the mainstream media blaring about Trump: Trump said THIS! Trump is THAT!  Only when you come to check the story out, there is a problem.

The news guys have a technique to spread disinformation. They will have a story— so-and-so said this shocking thing. But they don’t run the tape of so-and-so saying the unforgivable thing. They show a picture of so-and-so while the reporter tells you what so-and-so said and what that means. Often, there is no clear-cut divide between the alleged quote and the reporter’s opinion of what it really means.

This technique is used often with Donald Trump. Often, if the video of the event ever is shown, you can see the quote wasn’t quite accurate or meant something different in the original context. Sometimes the quote isn’t even from Trump, but was a statement/question from a hostile reporter, which is attributed to Trump because the man failed to reject what the reporter said loudly enough.

That’s why I listen to Trump speeches and rallies in their long form whenever I can. You just can’t trust the media— not even Fox News— to give you the accurate story in their sound bites.  I invite every reader of this blog to do the same. Listen to the candidates’ WHOLE speeches, townhalls, interviews and rallies. Don’t let the media do your thinking for you. If you are a grownup and/or old enough to vote, this is what you must do.

 

Agnes Bedard

State Investigating 2 Quakes Near Pennsylvania Fracking Site — CBS Philly

The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation.

via State Investigating 2 Quakes Near Pennsylvania Fracking Site — CBS Philly

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating whether fracking contributed to two small earthquakes near a western Pennsylvania drilling operation.

DEP spokeswoman Melanie Williams says Hilcorp Energy Co. stopped fracking at the Mahoning Township site at about noon Monday. That was about 12 hours after the U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude-1.9 earthquake and about 10 hours before another quake of the same size was recorded.

A woman who answered the company’s phone in New Castle on Thursday referred The Associated Press to a spokesman at the company’s Houston headquarters who wasn’t immediately available.

Williams says Hilcorp was fracking two wells on a four-well pad about 45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh when the first quake occurred.

There were no reports of property damage.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Pederson says Eagles told Bradford they’d draft a QB — ProFootballTalk

The agent for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford says he’s angry because they didn’t tell him their plans to draft a franchise quarterback. But Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Bradford was told in advance that part of his job would be grooming a rookie quarterback. Sal Paolantonio reported today on Mike & Mike that he talked […]

via Pederson says Eagles told Bradford they’d draft a QB — ProFootballTalk

The agent for Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford says he’s angry because they didn’t tell him their plans to draft a franchise quarterback. But Eagles coach Doug Pederson says Bradford was told in advance that part of his job would be grooming a rookie quarterback.

Sal Paolantonio reported today on Mike & Mikethat he talked to Pederson, and that Pederson relayed the conversations he had with Bradford. Pederson claims he told Bradford all along that he’d be sharing the quarterback room with a rookie.

“He told me that he told Bradford and Chase Daniel up front that they were going to draft a quarterback, and they were going to try to nurture him for the future, and they expected Bradford and Daniel to be part of that, but that this year Bradford would be the starter,” Paolantonio said. “And they were shocked when they told Bradford that they were going up to No. 2 and they were making the trade and investing five picks, and Bradford’s reaction was one of anger, and he abruptly walked out of the offseason training program.”

Paolantonio also reported that Pederson tried to reach out to Bradford, but Bradford is ignoring texts from Pederson, other Eagles coaches and the front office.

It’s possible that Pederson is telling the truth but something got lost in the discussion: Perhaps Pederson told Bradford that the Eagles would draft a quarterback, but Bradford interpreted that as meaning a late-round quarterback, not a No. 2 overall pick who’s clearly expected to become the franchise quarterback by 2017.

Either way, however, Bradford signed a contract to play for the Eagles this year and accepted an $11 million signing bonus as part of the deal. Whether Bradford likes it or not, he’s teammates with Wentz. It would probably be wise to stop pouting, and start trying to prove himself good enough to keep Wentz on the bench.

Prince’s House Gets Served A Search Warrant — 97.9 The Box

A search warrant has been issued on Prince’s house by authorities. According to TMZ, “if the justification for the warrant get out, it could cause others to destroy evidence.” Authorities are said to be looking for evidence of drugs, prescriptions, and more to investigate Prince’s death. Sources say it was known among Prince’s friend and […]

via Prince’s House Gets Served A Search Warrant — 97.9 The Box

A search warrant has been issued on Prince’s house by authorities.

According to TMZ, “if the justification for the warrant get out, it could cause others to destroy evidence.” Authorities are said to be looking for evidence of drugs, prescriptions, and more to investigate Prince’s death.

Sources say it was known among Prince’s friend and family that he had a Percocet addiction for years. Until the end of the case, the judge has ordered that sensitive documents be sealed for 6 months or closure.

Trump’s mention of ‘woman’s card’ draws backlash — WTNH Connecticut News

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that Hillary Clinton is playing “the woman’s card” has drawn intense backlash, from the Democratic front-runner herself as well as tens of thousands of critics on social media.

via Trump’s mention of ‘woman’s card’ draws backlash — WTNH Connecticut News

ATLANTA (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that Hillary Clinton is playing “the woman’s card” has drawn intense backlash, from the Democratic front-runner herself as well as tens of thousands of critics on social media.

“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in,” Clinton said in Philadelphia as she celebrated wins in four out of five of Tuesday’s Democratic primaries.

Trump had leveled the “woman’s card” accusation Tuesday after his own five-state primary sweep.

“She’s playing that card like I’ve never seen anyone play it before,” Trump said on NBC’s “Today” Thursday. “All I’m doing is bringing out the obvious, that without the woman’s card, Hillary would not even be a viable person to even run for a city council position.”

Trump’s remarks prompted social media hashtags like #dealmein and #womancard, the latter ranking among the top 10 global trending topics on Twitter Wednesday, with more than 45,000 tweets by late afternoon.

Voters also circulated video of Mary Pat Christie, the wife of Trump backer and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who stood behind Trump during his victory speech Tuesday and looked as though she was rolling her eyes as he made those comments.

The exchange highlights Trump’s perilous standing among female voters who could help propel Clinton to the White House.

An anti-Trump super PAC, backed by Republican donors, last month launched an ad in which unnamed women read aloud quotes Trump has proffered about females. “Bimbo. Dog. Fat Pig,” the ad begins, with later references to Trump critiquing “flat-chested” women and referring to “a young and beautiful piece of a–” and a woman “dropping to your knees.”

In March, Trump distributed via social media an unflattering image of Heidi Cruz, Trump rival Ted Cruz’s wife, prompting the Texas senator to assert that “strong women scare Donald.”

Cruz, who’s aiming to topple Trump at the Republicans’ July convention in Cleveland, implicitly emphasized the front-runner’s turbulent relationships with women Wednesday as he tapped former candidate Carly Fiorina as his would-be running mate, praising her as someone who has “over and over … shattered glass ceilings.”

Four years ago, 11 out of 13 general election swing states went to the nominee who won among women. Of those 11, President Barack Obama, with 55 percent of the female vote nationally, won nine; Republican Mitt Romney won just two.

If Clinton manages an even wider advantage among women than Obama, Democrats say she may get a boost in states like Pennsylvania and Colorado, casting them out of Trump’s reach while allowing her to compete in GOP-leaning territory like Georgia and North Carolina.

As for Trump’s claim that women “don’t like” Clinton, he’s wrong at the very least about Democratic primary voters. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in 25 states this year show Clinton won 62 percent of female voters over Bernie Sanders’ 36 percent.

In a recent AP-GfK poll of the general population, women weren’t significantly more likely than men to have an unfavorable opinion of either Trump or Clinton. Women, however, were more likely than men to say they definitely would not vote for Trump in a general election, 66 percent to 60 percent. About half of men and women said they would definitely not vote for Clinton.

Among Republicans only, primary exit polls have shown Trump facing a gender gap his last remaining rivals do not have. In the 25 states polled, Trump won 36 percent women and 44 percent of men. Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich both demonstrated consistent support across genders.

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Ted Cruz Says He’ll Run With Carly Fiorina—If He’s Nominated — Observer

 

via Ted Cruz Says He’ll Run With Carly Fiorina—If He’s Nominated — Observer

Despite lagging behind Donald Trump in the race toward the Republican nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz announced his hypothetical running mate: Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlitt-Packard CEO and former presidential candidate.

“It is unusual to make the announcement as early as we’re doing so now. Well I think all would acknowledge that this race, if anything, it is unusual,” Mr. Cruz said this afternoon in Indiana, which votes next week.

Mr. Cruz’s remarks come a day after Mr. Trump swept five Northeastern states where Mr. Cruz performed poorly, inching the real estate mogul closer to the 1,237 delegates necessary to clinch the nomination outright—but even as Mr. Trump has many more delegates than Mr. Cruz, it will still be difficult for him to hit that threshold. It also comes after Mr. Cruz made a pact with Ohio Gov. John Kasich to team up against Mr. Trump in Indiana.

“The mainstream media, the New York media executives and the Washington lobbyists are all trying to tell the American people the race is over,” Mr. Cruz said. “But let me tell you where we are right now: where we are right now, nobody is getting to 1237 delegates.”

Last night, Mr. Trump proclaimed himself the “presumptive nominee” and called on Mr. Cruz and Mr. Kasich to get out of the race, saying their pact showed “weakness.”

And Mr. Cruz’s decision to tap a woman as his vice presidential candidate comes just hours after Mr. Trump last night accused Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, of playing the “woman card.” Polls show Mr. Trump is deeply unpopular with women, and he’s been criticized not just for his remarks about Ms. Clinton but also for disparaging Ms. Fiorina, including about her looks. Today, Mr. Cruz recalled Mr. Trump’s remarks in a debate about “that face.”

Today, Mr. Cruz said everyone recalled “the grace, the class, the elan with which Carly responded.”

Ms. Fiorina—who at one point broke into a song about Mr. Cruz’s daughters—echoed his insistence that the race was not over.

“I’ve had tough fights all my life,” she said. “Tough fights don’t worry me a bit.”

She launched her own attack on Ms. Clinton, grouping her in with Mr. Trump as a pair of liberals who would not change the system but “are the system.”