The Bernie Sanders moment does not appear to be passing, at least not yet. The latest Quinnipiac poll of of likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa shows the Vermont senator trailing Hillary Clinton by 19 points—a gaping deficit, until you consider that just two months ago, Clinton led Sanders by 45 points in Quinnipiac's Iowa poll. Sanders has improved his position in Iowa, from 15 percent support to 33 percent, but Clinton's support has eroded, too; the former secretary of state was at 60 percent in early May, and now she's just holding onto a slim majority at 52 percent.
There are signs Clinton allies are taking Sanders seriously. Maria Cardona, a former Clinton operative and Democratic strategist, suggested on TV recently Sanders could win both Iowa and New Hampshire. She claimed his challenge was "good for the Democratic party" and would make Clinton a "stronger general-election candidate." And a super PAC with ties to fellow Democratic candidate Martin O'Malley (who is struggling in the polls) has taken to attacking Sanders, not frontrunner Clinton, for not being liberal enough on guns.
Meanwhile, Sanders appears to be exciting the progressive base that dominates the Democratic primary. Reports from a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin, Wednesday claim the 10,000-seat arena where Sanders called for a "political revolution" was nearly full. The 73-year-old democratic socialist has a movement on his hands. Can he sustain it?
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders is being attacked in a new ad for not being liberal enough on guns.
"Bernie Sanders is no progressive when it comes to guns," says a voiceover in the 15-second spot, which criticizes the socialist senator's votes against two gun-control bills. The ad also notes the National Rifle Association's support for Sanders. Watch the video below:
Democratic presidential candidate responds to the Charleston shooting with an email saying, "I'm pissed."
"I'm pissed that after an unthinkable tragedy like the one in South Carolina yesterday, instead of jumping to act, we sit back and wait for the appropriate moment to say what we're all thinking: that this is not the America we want to be living in," O'Malley writes.
All the Democratic presidential candidates are "excellent," according to the president of the United States. Barack Obama made the comments this morning in a fundraising push targeting Democratic supporters.
"After two races and some tough fights together, it would be easy for us to get tired or wait for someone else to pick up the mantle and fight for what we believe in," Obama writes in an email to Democrats.
The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is whacking Hillary Clinton today for not taking a firm stand on critical issues in her speech today in New York City.
" Today, Hillary Clinton spoke about her vision for America's future. But here's what she didn't say: she didn't say that she would take any substantive actions to hold Wall Street CEO's accountable for reckless behavior. Nor did she weigh in on the secretive TPP deal that could depress American wages and cost American jobs," team O'Malley writes in an email to supporters.
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley is rallying the opposition against President Obama's proposed "fast track" trade law. O'Malley, unlike his rival Hillary Clinton, has voiced strong opposition to the plan.
"Today, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)," O'Malley writes in an email this morning to supporters.
I took a 7:00 a.m. train this morning from Washington to New York and about an hour into my trip, I made my way to the café car for a cup of coffee. Standing at the little bar/work area was Martin O’Malley. He was just hanging out.
So far as I could tell, O’Malley had only one or two staffers with him. He was having coffee, too, and doing a little light office work. For the first few minutes, he was basically anonymous.
As former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley emerges as perhaps the most significant threat to Hillary Clinton in her quest for the Democratic nomination for president, the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation may be trying to downplay O'Malley's connections to the organization.