6:54 PM, Sep 8, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bill Clinton, the husband of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, will “reemerge,” as CNN puts it, next week on behalf of his wife’s presidential campaign. The former president will headline a fundraiser in Chicago on September 17, the first of what the campaign says will be several events where Clinton will be raising money.
The announcement of Bill Clinton’s larger role comes at the same time speculation continues to grow that Vice President Joe Biden will enter the race to challenge Hillary for the Democratic nomination. One influential early-state Democrat, South Carolina’s James Clyburn, has even publicly praised Biden and expressed reservations about Hillary Clinton’s recent email scandals. Politico reports:
“Joe Biden has a lot of support in South Carolina, always has,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn, arguably the most prominent and influential Democrat in the state, especially within the African-American community.
“If he were on the ballot and the voting were taking place this coming Tuesday, I’d think that Hillary Clinton would still survive. But the election will not be this coming Tuesday, and if he were to get into the race at this point, it all depends,” Clyburn said. “People are really concerned about those emails.”
During Hillary’s unsuccessful presidential bid against Barack Obama in 2008, Clyburn had choice words for Bill’s style of campaigning in South Carolina, calling it “bizarre” and suggesting the former president was deliberately trying to play on racial divisions to defeat Obama in the Palmetto State. Clyburn even told the New York Times Bill had caused an “irreparable breach” between the black community and the Clintons. Then the House minority whip, Clyburn remained neutral in the primary, which was perceived by the Clintons as a tacit endorsement of Obama.
Clyburn later wrote in his memoir that Bill had called Clyburn in the middle of the night just after Hillary lost the South Carolina primary. “If you bastards want a fight, you damn well will get one,” Bill said, according to Clyburn.
Then as now, the Clintons believe victory in the South is key to Hillary winning the nomination. As both Biden and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders rise in relatively white Iowa and New Hampshire, the Clinton camp has taken to touting its “political firewall across the South.” In South Carolina and other southern states, the Democratic primary will be determined by how black voters decide.
But if Bill is taking a larger role in Hillary’s 2016 campaign, the “irreparable breach” could come back to the haunt the Clintons.
9:38 AM, Jul 13, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In his recent interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sharply criticized the way the Obama administration has been negotiating the forthcoming nuclear deal with Iran.
‘We are making a terrible deal," Trump said last week. "We have the wrong people negotiating for us. The Persians are great negotiators. They are laughing at the stupidity of the deal we’re making on nuclear. We should double up and triple up the sanctions and have them come to us. They are making an amazing deal." Watch the excerpt below:
But similar gifts from other foundations were.1:01 PM, Jun 10, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
A $100,000 donation given to a New York Times charity campaign in 2008 by Bill and Hillary Clinton's family foundation is not included in a Times list of large gifts from various other foundations, such as George Soros's charitable foundation.
8:26 PM, Mar 26, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee met with about 40 conservative scholars in California Thursday in preparation for a potential presidential run in 2016. The discussion and Q&A session occurred at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and included in attendance George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state. Huckabee later joined Lanhee Chen, a Hoover research fellow and the top policy adviser to Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, in a private, hour-long conversation.
Ole Doc Huck's One Hunnert Persint Guaronteed Magic Diabetes Potion3:26 PM, Feb 9, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee famously shed more than 100 pounds before his first White House run in 2008. The story of his weight loss was part of Huckabee's political identity during the GOP presidential primary.
At the beginning of his governorship, Huckabee had weighed in at nearly 300 pounds, was diagnosed with diabetes, and told he had just a few years left if he didn't get healthier. After a change in his diet and more exercise, the Republican governor lost a whopping 110 pounds.
4:22 PM, Dec 17, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeb Bush is considering running for president in 2016, but he might have run in 2008 if not for the reasonable belief the country wouldn't elect brothers to the White House successively.
In 2006, Fred Barnes wrote about Jeb as America's "governor in chief"—a popular, conservative reformer who could lay claim to the title of best governor in the country. Here's an excerpt:
And the GOP's opportunity.12:00 AM, Aug 15, 2014 • By JAY COST
A friend of mine and I were discussing Hillary Clinton’s putative presidential candidacy over email, and he flagged for me a YouTube video of a debate from the fall of 2007. In it, Tim Russert queried her thusly:
6:33 PM, Mar 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Sarah Palin, inspired by Ted Cruz's reading of Green Eggs and Ham during his filibuster last year, re-wrote the Dr. Seuss classic to whack Uncle Sam at CPAC today:
10:24 AM, Jan 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A gathering of pro-Hillary Clinton activists in Iowa this weekend revealed how supporters of the former first lady are hoping to learn from the mistakes of Clinton's failed attempt to win the Iowa caucuses in 2008. America Rising, a conservative opposition research firm, had its cameras rolling at the meeting, organized by Ready for Hillary, a super PAC that supports Clinton.
11:44 AM, Oct 16, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In 2008, Barack Obama promised to cut federal spending, cut wasteful programs, reform Medicare and Social Security, and create "5 million new jobs" in a "new energy economy." At Buzzfeed, Andrew Kaczynski has four videos of Obama making those promises at the town hall debate in 2008. Here, for instance, is Obama talking about the need to reform entitlements in his first term:
The forecast in Charlotte is cloudy, with a strong chance of empty seats.
2:55 PM, Sep 5, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
It's been raining every afternoon during the Democratic convention, but from talking to the locals here, short afternoon showers are pretty common this time of year. One imagines that way back when Democrats booked the 74,000 seat Bank of America stadium for Obama's acceptance speech, someone did the due diligence to inquire what the weather might be like in Charlotte this time of year. The possibility of rain must have been considered.
6:00 AM, Aug 22, 2012 • By JAY COST
Earlier this week, we received final fundraising totals for the month of July – and the numbers were quite a shocker. The Republican side of the campaign (a joint effort between Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee) raised a total of $101.3 million dollars, and has $185.9 million in the bank. Meanwhile, the joint effort of President Obama and the Democratic National Committee raised $75 million and has $95.8 million in the bank.
1:09 PM, Aug 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from WTOP in Washington shows Barack Obama and Mitt Romney statistically tied in Northern VIrginia, the state's most populous region. Forty-eight percent of voters support Obama while 46 percent support Romney in the Virginia region of the D.C. metro area.
Trumka cites auto bailouts, health care law.11:00 AM, Aug 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The president of the largest trade union federation in the country told reporters Thursday morning that the union money donated to Democrats in the 2008 election was "worth it."
At a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor, THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka if the approximately $1.2 million his organization donated to political campaigns benefitting Barack Obama and Democrats in 2008 was worth it.
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