Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and other presidential candidates race for money

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Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush and other presidential candidates race for money.

As doubts gathered over the political skills of Mr Bush, the former Florida governor’s campaign sought to reassure big donors by pointing them towards online prediction markets — but that option has now disappeared.

WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Clinton is emailing supporters to warn that her foes are “rooting for us to fail.” Republican Jeb Bush, meanwhile, is offering bundlers who raise $50,000 a chance to mingle with two former presidents.At the moment both the Democratic and Republican primaries are being fiercely contested by candidates for whom a general election victory either defies the imagination of many—Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, and to a lesser extent Bernie Sanders, or by establishment candidates who have proven themselves less able politicians with every passing day or week such as Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton.

But ever since Jeb Bush hit the campaign trail, that “E” seems to stand for “Er, that’s not what I meant . . .” The Miami-Dade resident didn’t mean that Hispanic women were coming to the United States illegally to have “anchor babies,” a slur that he used last month when trying to out-Trump Donald Trump. The 2016 presidential contenders are scrambling for donations ahead of Wednesday’s quarterly fundraising deadline, aiming to build war chests that demonstrate they can outlast their opponents in a White House contest that remains deeply unsettled. While in 2012 a somewhat similar dynamic existed on the Republican side as both Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann led for periods of a few weeks in that primary, Mitt Romney was always the real frontrunner and though not an ideal candidate, at leas seemed electable. Clinton, who collected a record $47.5 million during the April-to-June quarter, now faces a surging Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, nearly daily disclosures about her use of a private email server as secretary of State and the possibility that Vice President Biden will mount a late-breaking challenge to her campaign for the nomination. He mused that he was “not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” then issued a statement walking the comment way back: “I misspoke, as there are countless community health centers, rural clinics and other women’s health organizations that need to be fully funded.” Asked in South Carolina how Republicans were going to attract African Americans, Mr.

The only time black people would have voted for free stuff would have been for Abraham Lincoln, when the stuff they wanted to be free was themselves.” Wilmore went on to editorialize: “This guy has a lot of nerve accusing black voters of demanding free stuff when this country was built on the backs of free black labor, and if memory serves, white Southerners had quite an appetite for free stuff, too. The Republican primary polls are particularly notable because many show the top three to be candidates about whom the party leadership has what could charitably be called concerns about electability.

Bush pulled in $11.4 million in “hard money” through the end of June that he can use to fund his own travel, staff and advertising, and he is working aggressively to draw in more funds. Tell us, the American voters, that you won’t give any of us any free stuff and your lavish campaign donations will dry up like spilled lemonade in a desert. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff.” This week, he said he meant to say that more economic opportunity would allow African Americans to rise out of poverty and off of welfare. Or don’t.” Wilmore wondered if Bush had a blind spot on racism and pointed to a Bush book, “Profiles in Character,” in which Bush bemoaned “the politics of victimization.” Then Wilmore put Bush’s criticism in personal terms: “I’ve been working hard all my life.

But, at this point, it’s curious that this seasoned politician who wants to run the country can’t say what he means the first time and let the chips fall where they may. Hearing a Bush talk about “earned success” reminds me of how Jim Hightower, a former Texas agriculture official, famously described Jeb’s dad, former President George H.W. Scott Walker, who abruptly departed the GOP race this month despite the support of a well-funded super PAC, demonstrated that candidates need to “have hard financial resources they can control,” Cullen said. “Steady wins the race,” said David Beightol, a Bush fundraiser and co-founder of the Washington lobbying firm Flywheel Government Solutions. “When you are undertaking a presidential campaign, it’s like building a $1 billion business and then quickly disbanding it. Bush: “He was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.” And Jeb didn’t sound much better as he tried to clarify his comments Sunday on Fox News Channel. “I think we need to make our case to African-American voters and all voters that an aspirational message — fixing a few big, complex things — will allow people to rise up,” he said. “That’s what people want. So the idea that black people are strategizing to get anything for free in this country is insulting, exclamation point.” Wilmore’s remarks echoed commentary by Charles M.

Marco Rubio and former businesswoman Carly Fiorina, are seeking to capitalize on Walker’s political demise and their own strong performances in recent GOP debates. That was my whole point.” If Bush was trying to make a useful point about school choice and other conservative ideas that have had some success in Florida under his governorship, he stepped all over his message with his cavalier use of the free-stuff catchphrase. Although she still has a comfortable lead in most national polls, and has a stronger organization and more money than any primary opponent, real or imaginary, her path to the nomination will not be quite as easy as her supporters expected a year ago. No, it was a wink to his white audience that said, “You all know what I’m talking about.” It was a little slicker than Ronald Reagan’s “welfare queens,” but an insulting, one-dimensional pitch, nonetheless.

Bob Pence, a shopping-mall developer in Northern Virginia, supported both Walker and Rubio this year, but now “it’s Marco Rubio all the way,” he said. In Bush’s comments, Blow saw “racial condescension that casts black people, whose free labor helped establish the prosperity of this country and who were systematically excluded from the full benefits of that prosperity for generations, as leeches only desirous of ‘free stuff.'” Wilmore has branded his election coverage “Blacklash 2016: The Unblackening.” He also had fun with Republican candidate Carly Fiorina, saying, “The curtain literally fell on her campaign.” He played footage of a curtain falling on the candidate and thanked the metaphor gods. That’s what we heard Mitt Romney say during a 2012 Montana fundraiser after his anti-Obamacare remarks were booed at the NAACP’s national convention. “I hope people understand this,” Romney said back then. “Your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy — more free stuff.” I don’t hear Romney or Jeb Bush describing Social Security and Medicare as free stuff, even though most retirees collect more in benefits from those programs than they paid in during their working years, according to the Washington-based Urban Institute’s annual surveys.

A just-released Nielsen report found that the size and influence of African Americans making $75,000 or more annually is growing faster than those of non-Hispanic whites across all income segments. Pence said a “fair” number of Walker’s supporters have migrated to Rubio’s campaign. “The quarter is going to be fine,” he said. “We’re not going to run out of money. Rather than offend the masses of voters by attacking those two very popular programs, Bush spoke about African-American voters — most of whose ancestors, let us not forget, were brought here to help build this country with free labor — as if they’re only looking for free handouts. The free-stuff scenario suits a long-running conservative narrative that Democrats cynically buy black votes with welfare that traps blacks in a cycle of dependency. On Monday alone, Clinton headlined three fundraisers in California, where nearly 600 people contributed anywhere from $1,000 to $2,700 apiece to attend.

It’s important to remember that black voters first migrated en masse from the party of Abraham Lincoln at the same time most white voters did, with Franklin D. Trump, who excoriated undocumented Mexicans immigrants, while Ben Carson has gotten heat for his views of Muslim Americans and their ability to serve this country honorably in the White House.

In a Sunday email, Clinton warned her rivals will “take a hard look at our fundraising report, trying to find signs of weakness.” To do so, Clinton needs to collect more than $26 million in the soon-to-be-completed July-to-September fundraising period and raise a similar amount in the October-to-December quarter. Yet by focusing on race, we largely ignore the past half-century’s growth in poverty, decline in marriage, slowdown in educational achievement and widening income gap in white America. Clinton certainly thought that if she got lucky and the Republicans nominated one of their less electable candidates like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Carly Fiorina, the Democratic nominee would win easily.

The lion’s share of his money came from small donors whom he can tap repeatedly for contributions before they hit the $2,700 cap on the amount an individual can give to Sanders for the primary. Sanders’ aides did not respond to interview requests this week, but in emails to supporters, they claim to be close to receiving 1 million online donations. But he eliminated affirmative action in state universities, and though more black and Hispanics attend them, the percentage of black students has dropped since his order. One of the biggest reasons to think this is that the Clinton campaign has felt the need to respond to this growing sentiment with one of its biggest weapons, former President Bill Clinton. African-American voters will not take his claims — or those of any other blinkered candidate — seriously until they acknowledge the diversity among America’s black population.

The former President’s comments regarding his wife’s use of private email that, ““I have never seen so much expended on so little,” before blaming the media attention on Republican efforts to distract voters from the real issues. Until they truly speak the language of inclusion, and not coded words that continue to cast blacks a group apart, one that must be “dealt with.” Until they have the temerity to slap down racism in the GOP. Clinton also added, in an apparent nod to the relentless attacks he faced from the right when he was President, “We’re seeing history repeat itself.” These comments undoubtedly resonate with supporters of Ms. Just as the presence of a deeply problematic Democratic nominee could help seemingly unelectable Republicans have a chance of winning in November, the same is true of the other side. Jeb Bush remains the leader of the more conventional Republican candidates, but his campaign looks a lot worse now than we he announced his candidacy.

He has appeared low energy and uninspired and has not been able to take the lead in the polls, causing some of his supporters to grow concerned about their man’s future as well. The chances of Joe Biden or anybody else entering the race and winning are quite small, so it is very likely the next President is already actively running Strikingly, good arguments can be made that no candidate is electable.

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