Hillary Clinton revealed this morning on ABC News that she finds campaigning in Iowa "exhausting" and that "it takes a lot of concentration."
Clinton made the remarks in response to a comment from ABC Robin Roberts about Clinton campaigning in all 99 Iowa counties. Clinton correct Roberts, saying in fact she hasn't visited all of Iowa, and said,
"I've covered a lot of ground and I sure have met many thousands of people, and have really learned so much. That's the best part of this. It's obviously exhausting, it takes a lot of concentration, but what keeps me going are the stories they tell me.
"There's something so intimate, at least in my experience, because I actually try to listen to people and hear what's onRead more
The Ted Cruz campaign bus got stuck in Iowa mud and needed to be towed.
Time magazine's Phil Elliott caught a picture of the bus and noted,
"Paging the Department of Metaphor? Ted Cruz campaign bus stuck in mud, needs towed.Read more
The Des Moines Register, whose poll is generally regarded as the gold standard of Iowa polling, has released its final results before Monday’s Iowa caucuses. It finds Donald Trump in first place, with 28 percent support, and Ted Cruz in second, with 23 percent support. No one else is within a dozen points of Trump. The poll also finds that the race is still fluid: 9 percent of likely caucus-goers are undecided, and another 36 percent say they could still change their minds.
The poll finds Marco Rubio in third place with 15 percent support and Ben Carson in fourth place with 10 percent support. No one else is anywhere near double-digits; Rand Paul is in fifth place at 5 percent, and Chris Christie is in sixth place atRead more
Sioux City, Iowa
The last time Marco Rubio made an appearance in Sioux City, in late October, he was in a distant third place in Iowa polls, behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Not much has changed since, not even the venue (a restaurant and banquet hall overlooking the Missouri River). Another social-conservative favorite, Ted Cruz, has replaced Carson. And with the Iowa caucuses just two days away, the crowd for Rubio is a little larger and more engaged than in the fall.
The Florida senator, clad in a gray Under Armor pullover, sounded a bit hoarse as he took the microphone Saturday morning. He began with a serious exhortation about the importance of the upcoming election.Read more
Hillary Clinton might be the next George Washington. At least, that's what Clinton's campaign wants it supporters to believe.
Clinton's campaign is asserting that she's "the most qualified candidate maybe since General George Washington himself!!"
As surrogate James Carville write in an email to supporters on behalf of the campaign, "I read the other day that more of Bernie's supporters have donated to support his campaign than Hillary's.
"I don't mean to be cranky, but what in the hell is that all about?! We've got the best chance we've ever had to put a woman in the White House, and oh, by the way, she just happens to be the most qualified candidate maybe since General George Washington himself!!
"Chip in $1Read more
Bloomberg's Mark Halperin reported this morning on MSNBC that the White House is buzzing about the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton. Halperin also said that the FBI will likely interview Clinton.
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough reported, "[T]he Hillary Clinton investigation of the FBI is far more progressed and Mika and I have been hearing it from the top officials in the Obama administration for actually several months now and we can't go to a meeting in Washington where we don't hear that. I'm sure you're hearing the same thing. What is -- what are your -- all of our sources high up are ... telling us the same thing: that this investigation is far more advanced than we the public knows.Read more
Jeb Bush will be in Iowa through the weekend. But on Monday, the day of the Iowa caucus, the former Florida governor will fly to New Hampshire to hold a town hall.
So as caucusgoers gather in Iowa, Bush will be in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a town hall. The event will take place at the Alpine Club.
There is no victory party for Bush scheduled for Monday evening.
The Bush campaign released the governor's schedule last night.
UPDATE: Republican candidates Chris Christie and John Kasich will also leave Iowa before Monday's caucus and head to New Hampshire.
Jeb Bush is at 3.4 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls.Read more
Hillary Clinton needs a dollar. Why? Because she's in the fight of her life to win Iowa, which will caucus on Monday, and New Hampshire.
Clinton made the pitch in an email this morning to supporters.
"If you're on my side before the Iowa caucus, there's one way you can show it right now: Chip in $1," Clinton's email reads.
"It's not about the money, Daniel. The truth is, we are in the fight of our life to win the Iowa caucuses on Monday and the New Hampshire primary the week after that.
"And once people start caucusing and voting, it's a full on sprint until we win the nomination.
"So more than any budget concerns or spending charts or polls that go up and down, what really matters is knowing that you'reRead more
Watching the Republican debate tonight, I couldn't help but think,
"For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'"
What we saw tonight was what the Republican race might have been without Donald Trump. The debate was substantive, the candidates were reasonable, a viewer didn't feel embarrassed to be a Republican, and indeed one felt—at least I felt—that several of the candidates, including the top two, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, would do fine against Hillary Clinton.
Could the consequence of the debate be to begin the deflation of the Trump balloon? I'll grant that I may be indulging in wishful thinking, but I think so.Read more
With Donald Trump skipping the debate to consort with Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum (because he cares so very much about veterans), Ted Cruz had a golden opportunity to make a strong closing pitch to Iowa voters. He missed it.
Cruz started out strong, with a clever line about Trump’s patois. But after that he failed to hammer home the difference between himself and Trump. Instead, he was dragged into debates about foreign policy and budget bills and immigration poison pills. Maybe Iowa voters will absorb the contrast—that Cruz has a grasp of policy and Trump doesn't implicitly. But maybe not.
As a tactical matter, it wasn't a bad performance from Cruz. He held his own against the other six candidates onRead more
Robbie Mook, Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, is raising the alarm: Bernie Sanders is doing very well.
"Late last night, Bernie Sanders' campaign announced they'd raised $1.4 million from 50,000 donations in a single day. The day before, they announced that the Reddit community had contributed more than $1 million to his campaign," Mook writes in an urgent email to supporters.
"There's no denying this: His supporters are stepping up. They see a chance to win in Iowa and they're willing to go all in for their guy. Hillary can't do this if you're on the sidelines, Daniel. You need to step up and match them.
"If Donald Trump takes the Republican nomination, our party will lose more than the presidency. Years ofRead more
Is this the greatest fight night ever? In a word: Yes. We're less than eight hours away from the debate kickoff and we don't even know for sure if the Republican frontrunner will be on stage.
But whether or not Trump shows up (and if you don't think there's a chance he'll swerve at the last minute, you're crazy), tonight has the potential to be an inflection point in the race. There will be seven (or eight) candidates, but only three of them matter at this point: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio. No one else is competitive in Iowa and only three of the trail pack even have a theory for New Hampshire.
But those theories aren't all that convincing. Chris Christie's momentum in the Granite State was reversed after heRead more
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, who has expressed concerns about Donald Trump's commitment to conservatism and the Constitution, campaigned for Ted Cruz in neighboring Iowa on Tuesday and followed that up by campaigning on Wednesday for Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina. In between campaign stops, Sasse appeared on MSNBC, where Chuck Todd asked him, "What is a conservative in your view today?"
Sasse had a strong reply, one rooted in the Declaration of Independence and focused on the Constitution:
"America is the most exceptional nation in the history of the world because the U.S. Constitution is the best political document that's ever been written, because it says something different than almost any people and any governmentRead more
Hillary Clinton left Iowa to attend a fundraiser last night with an investment mogul. The fundraiser took place in Philadelpia.
Jon Bon Jovi was exptected to serenade the crowd with an acoustic set.
“Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will visit Philadelphia on Jan. 27 for a fund-raiser hosted by a group that includes lawyer-turned-investment mogul Michael C. Forman and former State Rep. Michael Gerber (D., Mont.) at their $17 billion 'alternative investments' firm, Franklin Square Capital Partners.Read more
Donald Trump may have the media attention, the lead in the national and early-state polls, and increasingly the air of inevitability as the Iowa caucuses approach. But one thing he doesn’t have, says a top advisor for Ted Cruz, is the ability to get enough supporters to caucus on February 1, many for the very first time.
"Senator Cruz will have met personally more people in Iowa than have seen Donald Trump at his events combined," said Rick Tyler, the campaign's communications director, in an interview with THE WEEKLY STANDARD Tuesday. That personal connection with the state's regular GOP caucusgoers, he argues, is the key to winning Iowa's quirky presidential nominating contest.Read more
Bernie Sanders has a private meeting today at the White House with President Barack Obama. The meeting, which is scheduled not to exceed 45 minutes, will take place in the Oval Office.
Here's how the White House is describing the meeting:
"[T]he President will meet with Senator Bernie Sanders. This meeting in the Oval Office is closed press."
The meeting comes as Sanders gains against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The two are neck and neck in Iowa, which caucuses next week on February 1.
But Sanders is beating Clinton pretty handily in New Hampshire, according to a slew of recent public opinion polls.Read more
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