Democratic challengers launch attacks against Clinton, party leadership

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Before nation’s top Democrats, Clinton sends Biden a message.

After blowing out all expectations, including his own, by moving to a decisive second place in the polls for the Democratic nomination and attracting huge crowds, Sanders now needs to convince Democrats he can be more than a protest candidate and actually win. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In ways both subtle and blunt, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign is sending a message to Vice President Joe Biden about his potential presidential campaign: This won’t be easy.MINNEAPOLIS – The Democratic National Committee passed a resolution Friday afternoon supporting the Black Lives Matter movement at the party’s summer meeting.Hillary Clinton has already secured the support of one-fifth of the number of Democratic National Convention delegates that she will need in order to win her party’s presidential nomination, it emerged on Friday.Hillary Clinton battled to position herself at the Democrats’ summer meeting as the party’s strong, inevitable presidential candidate, but she couldn’t escape the furor over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

He knows it. “Look, at the end of the day, people will say to me, we like you, we agree with a lot of your ideas, but can you win?” he told msnbc during a press conference Friday. “The issue of electability – can we win this election? While Clinton and her team speak warmly of Biden in public, they have taken steps to make clear how they’ve taken control of the party’s establishment in hopes of discouraging the vice president from entering the race. He suggested that his campaign was a model for the kind of “revolution” that Democrats had needed during the 2014 midterm elections, in which Republicans won nearly all close gubernatorial and congressional races and took control over a number of state legislatures. “The Republicans did not win the midterm election in November,” the senator said. “The Democrats lost that election because voter turnout was abysmally low, and millions of working people, minorities and young people gave up on politics as usual and stayed home.” “With all due respect, and I do not mean to insult anyone here, that will not happen with politics as usual,” he continued. “The same old, same old will not be successful.” Sanders’ criticism of the Democratic Party was a departure from the themes he emphasizes in his typical stump speech on the campaign trail. In a speech to the party’s most committed activists, Clinton cast herself as its standard-bearer and vowed to win the presidential race and rebuild the party from the ground up. “We are building something that will last long after next November,” Clinton told party officials gathered in a Minneapolis ballroom. “Other candidates may be fighting for a particular ideology, but I’m fighting for you and your families.” The speech came after her team rolled out a string of high-profile endorsements in early-voting states and scheduled an onslaught of fundraisers across the country in the effort to ice a Biden bid before he even gets started. It also calls for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, and calls for minimizing the use of “weapons that were used to police peaceful civilians in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri” last summer.

Clinton repeated three times her contention that “I did not send or receive material marked classified.” Clinton conceded that her efforts to untangle herself from the furor have fallen short. “I’m trying to do a better job of explaining (the email controversy) to people,” she said. The resolution passed the party’s resolutions committee Thursday afternoon, and then was affirmed by the larger meeting of hundreds of DNC delegates Friday. Sanders says people understand that the nation doesn’t need “more establishment politics or establishment economics.” He says the nation needs a political movement to “take on the billionaire class” and a movement that challenges the economic and political establishment. Racial justice was also the key theme of the invocation given Friday morning by Rabbi Michael Adam Latz, who said “we’ve replaced Jim Crow with mass incarceration.” The resolution honoring Biden, who was attorney general of Delaware and slated to run for governor, comes as his father takes a closer look at a White House bid that would pit him against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who addressed the party meeting Friday.

And his campaign is only a few months old, he noted, suggesting that while many voters still don’t know who he is, his lack of name recognition also gives him plenty of room to grow. Donors who have publicly expressed support for a Biden run have later been contacted by the Clinton team, according to fundraisers and Democratic strategists who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the private conversations. On Thursday he said that Democrats were making, “a big mistake… as a party to circle the wagons around the inevitable front-runner,” and it would appear DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is not the biggest fan of O’Malley’s criticism. His speech generated some applause in the ballroom but was a direct rebuke to DNC leaders, including Wasserman Schultz, who came up with the plan for six debates beginning in October and ending in February or March. The changes might come as the DNC decides how many ‘bonus’ delegates to award to various states, which earn them on the basis of how many Democratic officials – mostly governors and state lawmakers – they have elected statewide in the most recent election cycles.

O’Malley says when Republicans can draw more than 20 million people to watch their first debate this month, it’s important for the party to offer its own ideas. Bernie Sanders, predicted at the DNC meeting that top leaders would eventually migrate to his campaign. “Let’s see where we are in three months,” Sanders told reporters.

Bragging about that edge in Minneaplis, a Democratic campaign consultant in New Hampshire told, is a warning shot across the bow meant to discourage Biden from getting in the race. They were more curious about Clinton, whose forces pushed hard this week to reassure insiders that the email controversy will subside and that she is far ahead in organizing and fundraising. After all, Democrats need look no further than the front row of the ballroom where Sanders was speaking to see a reminder of the danger of picking a strident liberal as their nominee: There sat Minnesota-native Walter Mondale, who received a standing ovation from the Democratic officials , but whose disastrous 1984 presidential campaign is often invoked as a warning.

Ronald Reagan crushed Mondale in the blowout election, winning every state and territory in the country except for the District of Columbia and Mondale’s Minnesota – and even there, the margin was just a few thousand votes. She recently picked up the endorsements of two former governors, Jim Hodges and Dick Riley, the latter who served as education secretary during Bill Clinton’s administration. If there is a small voter turnout, Republicans do well,” he told reporters after his speech. “I think you’re looking at the candidate who can substantially increase voter turnout all across the country.” When she returned to Iowa this week, she was joined by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor who wrote in an op-ed in the Gazette of Cedar Rapids that he intended to caucus for her, “plain and simple.” “I plan on supporting Secretary Clinton. In Chicago, Clinton is scheduled to attend fundraisers on Sept. 17 hosted by two longtime Obama supporters, attorney Joseph Power and businessman Michael Polsky.

And in a pointed remark that seemed aimed at Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chafee told the DNC: “After 30 years in public service, I’ve had no scandals. She recalled her working-class roots and talked about her grandchild. “This election is about who best understands the pressures facing the families of America and who has the skills and tenacity to tackle them,” Hillary Clinton said. While her husband presides over the annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York in late September, Clinton will raise money at seven fundraisers planned in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Following her West Coast swing, Clinton may attend a fundraiser in Nashville with country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, but her campaign said late Friday that the event was not yet confirmed.

The Clinton offensive began Thursday evening, when her staff hosted a briefing at a downtown office building for about 125 supporters on the state of the campaign. Clinton turned over 30,490 official emails to the State Department in December, and in March she said she simultaneously deleted more than 31,000 personal emails. State Department officials first found classified information in Clinton’s official emails last May, long before the controversy reached its current fever. Two emails on Clinton’s private account have since been classified above “Top Secret.” A new Reuters/Ipsos survey Friday found Clinton’s lead among Democrats the smallest since it began asking 2016 questions in late 2012. In South Carolina, for instance, campaign state director Clay Middleton listed 508 grass-roots campaign events and 791 one-on-one meetings with voters.

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