Weekly Newsletter – 06/21/2015
- Donald Trump enters the race, Trump-style.
Believe it or not, Donald Trump is now an actual, real, official candidate for President of the United States. The real estate mogul known for his “you’re fired!” antics and business savvy announced his candidacy on Tuesday. In typical Trump executive style, his campaign has assembled an impressive team on the ground in both Iowa and New Hampshire. And in typically understated Trump style, the new candidate promised that, if elected, he would be the “greatest jobs president that God has ever created.” Read more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/
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- Poll: Marco Rubio strongest candidate against Hillary.
According to a new Quinnipiac poll released this week, Sen. Marco Rubio has the strongest numbers against Hillary Clinton in three of the most important swing states: Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania. The poll is bad news for both Rand Paul and Jeb Bush, each of whom seems to basing their campaigns on the notion that they are in the best position to take on Hillary in the general election.
As we at TPPCF have been reporting for several months now, Clinton’s favorability numbers are slumping, as more Americans come to believe she is dishonest and “not trustworthy.” According to the same survey, 51 percent of Florida voters say she is not trustworthy, while only 43 percent believe she is trustworthy. In Pennsylvania, the numbers are even worse for Clinton: by a margin of 54-40 percent, Pennsylvania voters find Clinton dishonest.
- Jeb Bush’s rich allies say they are going to cause a heart attack.
Jeb Bush’s SuperPAC, Right to Rise, convened a conference call for its donors this week, during which donors were informed that the PAC had raised enough money to give other candidates a “heart attack.” Participants on the conference call also learned the PAC has already raised more than $17 million in the New York area alone. The Bush campaign expects to get a boost in the polls in the coming days. According to Mike Murphy, who heads the Right to Rise PAC, the PAC knows “the power of cash,” and intends to fundraise heavily in the coming months to overwhelm the opposition’s fundraising efforts.
- Does Bernie Sanders have a shot in New Hampshire? Looks like it.
Politico reports this week that Bernie Sanders, the socialist Senator representing Vermont (and, no, we’re not making that up – he actually proudly describes himself as a Socialist), is closing in on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Two new polls released this week show Sanders within 10 to 12 points of Clinton, and gaining ground fast. This follows by just two weeks news that Wisconsin Democrats, at their state convention, like Sanders a lot – he lost a straw poll to Hillary Clinton in the Badger State by just 49-41 percent.
Sanders is running on an agenda to the left of Hillary’s platform, and has promised to make union issues front and center on the campaign trail. Plus, his home-state colleague, Sen. Patrick Leahy, has appeared in all three Christopher Nolan-directed “Batman” movies in cameo roles, so he’s got that going for him, too. Read more about Bernie’s surge here: http://www.politico.com/story/
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