New Hampshire Democrats See Hillary Clinton Primary Challenge

New Hampshire Democrats See Hillary Clinton Primary Challenge

New Hampshire Democrats See Hillary Clinton Primary Challenge (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Clinton primary challenge

New Hampshire Democrats see Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a credible threat to Hillary Clinton in the primaries. The New Hampshire Union Leader reports, “The Democratic Party will have a primary race whether presumptive front-runner Hillary Clinton ultimately decides to enter the race or not, political observers and state Democrats said.”

Democratic Party chairman Ray Buckley: “I fully anticipate we’re going to have a very robust primary. It’s going to happen. A challenger to Clinton will emerge. There will be an alternative, and I anticipate a very vibrant primary.”

Josh Green: Sen. Elizabeth Warren would be credible threat to Clinton in the primaries.

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination?

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O'Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination?

Can Elizabeth Warren and Martin O’Malley Challenge Hillary Clinton for Democratic Nomination? (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Can Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination? Personally, I believe Warren is too liberal while O’Malley is a relative unknown. Still, Barack Obama was a relative unknown when he started the 2008 presidential campaign and ran a stellar campaign against the Clinton establishment the first time around. That’s why I am giving Martin O’Malley a second look. He certainly has less baggage than Clinton.

Martin O’Malley was well-received in Iowa during a recent appearance in Davenport. He blasted the GOP presidential contenders on their stance on income inequality.

“How ironic since their choices led to it,” he told The Des Moines Register in an interview Saturday. “This is their theory, and we tried it for the better part of these last 30 years: Concentrate wealth at the top, take regulation out of the equation and keep wages low. So for them now to say that they’re somehow very appalled and concerned about inequality is ironic, to put it most kindly.”

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During O’Malley’s appearance at the Scott County Democrats’ “Red, White and Blue Dinner,” he offered a prescription for “making the dream true again” that includes raising the minimum wage, expanding Social Security benefits, making pre-kindergarten universally available and ensuring equal pay for women. “Sing it with me people,” O’Malley said. “When women succeed, America succeeds.”

The speech, which drew multiple standing ovations, both underscored O’Malley’s opportunities and the challenges in the nation’s first presidential nominating state, where early polls show Clinton with a commanding lead and O’Malley barely registering. In interviews afterward, many Democratic activists said they were only starting to learn about O’Malley. Source: Des Moines Register

The Boston Globe is making the case for Elizabeth Warren. I like her a lot because she’s for the middle class, but I find some of her positions too liberal. She would have to move a little to the center for me.

Unlike Clinton, or any of the prospective Republican candidates, Warren has made closing the economic gaps in America her main political priority, in a career that has included standing up for homeowners facing illegal foreclosures and calling for more bankruptcy protections. If she runs, it’ll ensure that those issues take their rightful place at the center of the national political debate.

Some of Warren’s admirers feel she’d be better off fighting for those causes in the Senate — but her opportunities to enact reforms there are shrinking, which should make a presidential run more attractive. As a member of the minority party in the Senate, her effectiveness is now much more limited than when she first won election, since Republicans control the legislative agenda. Democrats face an uphill challenge to reclaim the Senate in 2016 and face even slimmer prospects in the House. For the foreseeable future, the best pathway Warren and other Democrats have for implementing their agenda runs through the White House.

A presidential campaign would test Warren as never before. Her views on foreign policy are not fully formed. And on many other important issues — climate change, gun control, civil rights — Warren could struggle to articulate clear differences between herself and Clinton. That’s a risk she should be willing to take.

It will be interesting to see who will step up and challenge Hillary Clinton. The path to the White House shouldn’t just be handed to another Clinton or another Bush, for that matter.

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Potential GOP Presidential Candidates by Double Digits

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Potential GOP Presidential Candidates by Double Digits

Poll: Hillary Clinton Leads Potential GOP Presidential Candidates by Double Digits (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Hillary Clinton leads potential Republican presidential candidates by double digits in a recent CNN/ORC poll. This comes as the former secretary of state has been dogged by a private email scandal. She also maintains a huge lead among possible Democratic candidates. Um, so, the email scandal isn’t really dinging her as much as the GOP hopes.

Rand Paul comes closest, with 43% saying they’d be more likely to back him while 54% choose Clinton. The two candidates who currently top the GOP field, Bush and Walker, match up equally against Clinton, with each carrying 40% to her 55%. Huckabee gets 41% to Clinton’s 55% and Carson has 40% to Clinton’s 56%.

In the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton holds a nearly 50-point lead over Vice President Joe Biden, her closest competitor in the field, 62% to 15%. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren rounds out the top three on the Democratic side with 10%. No other potential candidate tops 5%.

Should Warren decide not to get into the race, Clinton stands to benefit more than others, gaining 5 points and holding a 67% to 16% advantage over Biden when Warren’s backers are re-allocated to their second-choice candidate. Notably, with Warren out of the race, Clinton surges from 67% support to 74% among Democratic women. Source: CNN

#NotThere Yet: Kerry Washington, Other Stars Mark International Women’s Day

#NotThere Yet:  Kerry Washington, Other Stars Mark International Women's Day

#NotThere Yet: Kerry Washington, Other Stars Mark International Women’s Day

Scandal” star Kerry Washington and other stars including Pink, mark International Women’s Day. Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s #NotThere initiative sheds light on the inequality that still exists.

Cameron Diaz, Kristin Chenoweth, and Victoria Beckham are among the stars who posted messages on social media in honor of International Women’s Day. #HappyWomensDay, #InternationalWomensDay and #IWD2015 are trending on Twitter.

The mission statement from the Clinton Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says, “On International Women’s Day, the world woke up to find that many women were not there. This symbolic act reflected  what a new analysis of women and girls’ progress says about the state of gender equality: we’re NOT THERE yet.” The program is a part of the “No Ceilings: Full Participation Project.”

Here are some celebrity tweets on #InternationalWomensDay:

Poll: Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker in Tight Race Among GOP Presidential Candidates

Poll: Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker in Tight Race Among GOP Presidential Candidates

Poll: Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker in Tight Race Among GOP Presidential Candidates (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

A new Quinnipiac University poll finds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a tight race for 2016 presidential nominees for the Republican Party. Walker leads with 18 percent to Bush’s 16 percent.

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are at 8 percent each, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Physician Ben Carson has 7 percent, with 6 percent each for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and 5 percent for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. No other Republican contender tops 2 percent. Another 17 percent are undecided.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the 2016 presidential choice of 56 percent of Democratic or Democratic leaning voters nationwide, with 14 percent for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, 10 percent for Vice President Joseph Biden and 4 percent for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Another 14 percent are undecided. Source: Quinnipiac University

Let’s see what Hillary Clinton’s numbers will be the next time Quinnipiac releases a new poll, given the controversy over her use of personal emails during her tenure as secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email”

Hillary Clinton: "I Want the Public to See My Email"

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

State Hillary Clinton broke her two-day silence since news of her use of a personal email address during her tenure as secretary of state surfaced, tweeting, that she has asked the State Department to release the emails.

Clinton tweeted, “I want the public to see my email.” “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

No matter what happens, Benghazi truthers and her critics (mainly Republicans) will say she engaged in a cover-up of sorts. In other words, she is only releasing those emails she wants the public to see. Personally, I believe this wasn’t the smartest thing she did and it may come back to hurt her if she chooses to run.

More from Politico:  “The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf emailed reporters shortly after Clinton’s tweet. “We will undertake this review as quickly as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete.”

Gov. Scott Walker Becomes First 2016 Presidential Hopeful to Open Iowa Office

Gov. Scott Walker Becomes First 2016 Presidential Hopeful to Open Iowa Office

Gov. Scott Walker Becomes First 2016 Presidential Hopeful to Open Iowa Office (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became the first 2016 presidential hopeful to open an Iowa office, the Des Moines Register reports.

A political organization created by Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, has leased the space at 2775 86th St. in Urbandale – an office with a storied Republican political history.

The strip-mall storefront, located behind a Panera Bread cafe, has been occupied over the years by campaigns for Terry Branstad for governor, Tom Latham for Congress, Bill Northey for agriculture secretary and other Iowa races as part of GOP Victory efforts. In 2012, it headquartered Michele Bachmann’s team for the Iowa caucuses and Mitt Romney’s general election campaign. It was John McCain and Sarah Palin’s Midwest regional campaign headquarters in 2008. Source: Des Moines Register

While I am not a big Scott Walker supporter, I would urge the Democrats not to just sit back and think the White House is Hillary Clinton’s to lose. He’s far more credible than Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee.

Report: Mitt Romney Not Running for President Again

Report: Mitt Romney Running for President Again

Report: Mitt Romney Not Running for President Again

Twice-failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not throwing his hat in the ring for a third time.

Mitt Romney released a statement to his supporters:  “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.”

“I feel that it is critical that America elect a conservative leader to become our next president. You know that I have wanted to be that president. But I do not want to make it more difficult for someone else to emerge who may have a better chance of becoming that president.” – Hugh Hewitt Show

That’s contrary to reports from the Daily Beast and First Read:

Daily Beast:  “Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle Thursday, he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do better as a campaigner in 2016. Romney had originally intended to wait until later in the cycle but the bullish entry of Jeb Bush into the field encouraged him to jump early.”

First Read: “No one knows for sure what Romney will announce, but the hunch coming from Romney World is that the former Massachusetts governor is going to give it another try. But here’s why Romney has to make up his mind now: The ground underneath his feet is already beginning to crumble. Just yesterday, we learned that Romney’s top Iowa strategist in 2008 and 2012 — David Kochel — is set to be Jeb Bush’s campaign manager. We also learned, via the AP, that some of Romney’s past donors are jumping aboard the Jeb Train.”

Nancy Pelosi: Hillary Clinton Can Help Democrats Win Back the House

Nancy Pelosi: Hillary Clinton Can Help Democrats Win Back the House

Nancy Pelosi: Hillary Clinton Can Help Democrats Win Back the House (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is singing to the choir. She believes that Hillary Clinton can help Democrats win back the House. Um, yeah, so they can squander any opportunities a Democratic House and White House (should Hillary Clinton run and win) may provide, as they did in the case of President Obama.

“If she runs, she will win the nomination. And if she’s our nominee, she clearly — I mean, the campaign, the joint effort — would be one that could not only take her into office but would [pull Democrats to victory],” Pelosi said.

“There’s opportunity, all kinds of statistics now about if the Democrats have a presidential candidate who … wins by 52 percent — that’s over 20 [House] seats,” Pelosi added. “And so 53 [percent] is a victory [for House Democrats].”

The minority leader acknowledged the headwinds facing House Democrats, who would need to pick up a whopping 30 seats to win the chamber, and she emphasized that the party’s presidential nominee is a long way from being decided.

Bold predictions are nothing new for Pelosi, who, among many other duties, has a responsibility to appear unwavering about the party’s election odds in order not to dissuade donors. Source: The Hill

Nancy Pelosi has made these bold claims in the past. Remember 2010? She boldly proclaimed the Democrats would win and um, they got a shellacking.