Bill Clinton On Fundraising Trail For Wife’s Campaign

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Bill Clinton On Fundraising Trail For Wife’s Campaign.

Washington – Former President Bill Clinton is going on a fundraising swing reminiscent of his presidential campaigns of the 1990s. If the attacks in Paris have dramatically reshaped the national conversation surrounding the presidential race, it may be news to Democratic ad makers.“I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier to try to prevent illegal immigrants from coming in,” Clinton said at a recent campaign stop in New Hampshire.The week after a group of radicalized Europeans stormed the city of Paris in coordinated terror attacks, U.S. politicians rushed to scapegoat Syrian refugees, culminating in the passage of severely limiting restrictions on any future resettlement for those fleeing the war zone for the U.S. in the Republican-led House. At least three Republican candidates or their super PACs have gone up on television with hard-hitting ads focused on national security in the days since the ISIL assault on Paris — most recently Marco Rubio, in a 30 second, straight-to-camera spot called “A Civilizational Struggle” — but recent spots from the leading Democratic candidates have remained zeroed-in on domestic policy, highlighting the divergent tracks guiding the two primary races.

But as the right-wing rhetoric of fear becomes deafening, despite President Obama’s pleas for calm, Democrats have begun to coalesce around a message pushing back on the rampant, xenophobic and misinformed generalization of Syrian refugees as terrorists. And she’s still taking fire from Bernie Sanders (even if he’s effectively out of the running) because he’s bashing border control wherever he goes. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has scheduled more than a dozen December events featuring the former president as her team prepares for an end-of-year finance deadline ahead of the first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s not that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders aren’t talking about foreign policy and security on the campaign trail, since each has gone out of their way to speak up on terrorism in major addresses, but rather that the flash points in their race are squarely within the realm of economic policy.

But the migrant deaths caused by the sort of border militarization measures Clinton has supported are far more reprehensible because they have been deadly. While Republicans in the House ramped up their anti-refugee rhetoric in the ramp up to the holiday season, one Democratic senator loudly rejected the misnomer that terrorist is synonymous with Middle Eastern. The fundraising blitz, Bill Clinton’s most aggressive stretch of the year, shows how Hillary Clinton’s campaign can multiply her money largesse with the help of her husband, one of the Democratic party’s most prolific rainmakers.

In 2006, Clinton voted in favor of the Secure Fence Act, mandating “at least two layers of reinforced fencing, installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors extending” across at least 700 miles of the 1,969-mile border with Mexico, according to the Washington Office on Latin America. And as 34 Republican governors rushed to declare their state’s Syrian-free zones last week, one Democratic mayor made it clear that he was more fearful of his own constituents than a latent threat from a refugee camp. Clinton maintains close ties to Wal-Mart executives, but omits her past affiliation with the company in her speeches and website. “But despite all the things about Clinton that gives Democrats pause, there is one thing that unites them: She looks like a victor in November”. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown explained during a radio interview last week that since September 11, 2001, U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials have done a much better job of keeping Americans safe from the brutality of foreign terrorists than from the senselessness of gun violence, specifically mass shootings, perpetuated by white males. “I think most of us recognize that we’re concerned but we also know that we trust the FBI and our security forces to do this right,” Brown told WAKR radio last week. “Since the beginning of the Bush administration when we were attacked, Sept. 11, we’ve not had any major terrorist attack in this country.

The Washington Post recently reported during Bill Clinton’s tenure as Governor of Arkansas, teacher unions hated the Clintons after they supported an education bill in Arkansas staunchly opposed by teacher unions, despite the generous campaign contributions and support given to Bill Clinton in his initial election to Congress in 1974. He introduced pop singer Katy Perry at a concert before the Iowa Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner last month and appeared with his wife at a party barbecue in Ames, Iowa, last week. “No one knows her better than him and no one knows the process better, so it’s a natural fit,” said Ira Leesfield, a Miami attorney and longtime Clinton donor. “It’s like Derek Jeter taking the field when he was 38.” The fundraising push comes as Vermont Sen. I suggest that Hillary’s PC groveling over this issue and the term “radical Islam” only reveal her to be beholden to identity politics at the expense of the rest of us.

Wearing a bright red tie and speaking into the camera in front of a black background, the Florida senator is nothing but serious: “This is a civilizational struggle between the values of freedom and liberty, and radical Islamic terror. Individual people shouldn’t be fearful, because by and large our government, the federal government — people always talk obviously they don’t trust the feds, whatever. Government has spent more than $130 billion on border surveillance and security over the past two decades, according to an August story in the Arizona Republic.

The former secretary of state’s campaign announced Wednesday that Clinton will hold a “grassroots organizing” event on December 15 in Minneapolis, with further details to come. Either they win or we do.” At the same time, a super PAC backing Chris Christie is also leaning hard into the security theme in an attempt to build him up in New Hampshire, where both his hopes and Kasich’s will live and die.

All of that militarization has resulted in death for migrants because it has pushed border crossers out into dangerous places like southern Arizona’s Sonoran desert. It has also caused rampant civil rights and liberties violations against residents border communities who are subject to Border Patrol stops and searches conducted without regard for normal Fourth Amendment protections. The New Hampshire spot from pro-Christie America Leads takes a slightly less dramatic approach than Kasich’s, introducing clips of Christie’s launch speech after images of Obama and Clinton, as well as a picture of individuals posing with ISIL flags.

And Democrats working to craft a forceful message of push-back against the incessant demagoguery in the face of 60 percent opposition to Syrian refugees will have to do so in spite of anemic media attention to facts. On Dec. 10, Hillary Clinton raises money in New York City while her husband meets with donors in Pennsylvania with stops in Pittsburgh, Bethlehem and Scranton. The pro-Kasich group is set to start hitting Donald Trump more and more, for example, and much of the primary battle is expected to move to paid media as voters start tuning in after months of candidates duking it out over debates and news programming. “I don’t see advertising having much of an effect yet,” said longtime Republican ad maker Ashley O’Connor, noting that candidates will start highlighting contrasts between themselves and their competitors as the Iowa caucuses loom larger by the day. A Democratic political strategist who attempted to bring attention to the growing “domestic terror” of mass gun violence since 2001 was dismissed out-of-hand by Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Tuesday.

So far, “it’s been more about debate performances and earned media.” On the Democratic side, however, neither Sanders nor Clinton has shown any sense of urgency in attacking the other — or in making the race into a foreign policy fight. Clinton, whose campaign has been constantly rotating its advertisements since August, is focusing primarily on policy spots in recent weeks, on Saturday unveiling a 30-second spot featuring a New Hampshire breast cancer survivor promoting the Affordable Care Act and another featuring old clips of Clinton working for health reform in Washington. In mid-December, the ex-president will raise money in Washington, D.C., including an event at the home of longtime Democratic powerbrokers Vernon and Ann Jordan.

Some Clinton partisans make the strange argument that Hillary can benefit from Bill’s legacy when it proves beneficial and duck it when it proves controversial. President Clinton, as University of San Francisco law professor Bill Hing told the Republic, presided over a dramatic increase in border militarization. “Operation Gatekeeper, which was aimed at stopping illegal immigration along the U.S. She wants to expand the definition of domestic violence to include dating relationships and use that expanded definition to ban entire new categories of individuals from owning guns. The event will benefit a new joint fundraising committee called the Hillary Victory Fund and will range from $33,400 per person to $100,000 for couples who serve as event chairs.

Those included barring undocumented immigrants from returning to the United States for up to 10 years, and expanding the list of crimes for which legal immigrants could be stripped of their status and deported.” Hillary Clinton has no doubt embraced policies far more humane than those put forward by her increasingly nativist Republican opponents. Less than a year later, she backed the $700 billion bank stabilization plan, known as TARP, to bail out the industry in the midst of the financial crisis – a bill Sanders voted against. It was no standard stump speech, Brock said. “Rather, off the cuff, he wove an intricate tapestry for probably 45 minutes about the history of news and its relation to democracy,” he said. Hillary Clinton’s ties to Wall Street and financial industry donors will influence her agenda, Sanders has said.Bill Clinton kicks off December with fundraisers in Seattle, Los Angeles, the Phoenix area and in Laredo, Texas, where he will join with Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Texas congressman who represents the state’s Rio Grande Valley.The former president then raises money on Dec. 7 in Rhode Island with the state’s Democratic governor, Gina Raimondo, and Rhode Island’s congressional delegation.

He headlines events in North Carolina later that same day.Later that week, the couple will show how they can spread their fundraising clout around the country.

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