Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush woo black voters at Urban League meeting

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Bush: Trump is a surprise ‘phenomenon’.

Former Gov. “I was surprised that Donald Trump has surged,” Bush told NBC News in an interview taped Friday. “I think he’s captured the deep frustration that people feel.” Bush, who has fallen to third in some polls behind Trump and Wisconsin Gov.A “super PAC” supporting Jeb Bush raised huge contributions from a wide array of Bush family business associates, prominent Republican donors, and former political appointees of his brother and father, according to disclosures submitted to the Federal Election Commission on Friday.The Hill reports Jeb’s super-PAC — Right to Rise — has raised a staggering $103 million over the past six months, with 24 individuals contributing $1 million or more. Jeb Bush is courting Hispanic voters to build momentum for his presidential run, pointing out that he relied upon the demographic during his gubernatorial campaign. “In my re-election in 2002, I won the majority,” he told Telemundo’s Jose Diaz-Balart in Spanish during a July 27, 2015 interview. “I won more Hispanic votes than Anglo votes, 60 percent in the state.

— Jeb Bush and his aides had envisioned a big, inclusive, high-minded speech about race on Friday in his home state of Florida, a chance to bring his message of colorblind opportunity to a prestigious group of African-American leaders. Scott Walker, said the businessman’s appeal includes his harsh comments about some Mexican migrants. “I get the lack of rule of law, the sanctuary cities, the open borders,” the former Florida governor said. “He’s, in a very graphic way, appealed to people’s anger about those things.—Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton sharply attacked one of the top Republicans in the presidential race, saying Jeb Bush’s “Right to Rise” slogan is empty given his policy positions. “I don’t think you can credibly say that everybody has a ‘right to rise’ and then say you’re for phasing out Medicare or for repealing Obamacare,” she said Friday morning. “People can’t rise if they can’t afford health care.

It can be done.” Bush has some advantages over most of his GOP rivals when it comes to Hispanic voters: He speaks Spanish fluently and his wife, Columba, is a native of Mexico. At least 26 individuals or companies contributed more than $1 million to the group, including Mike Fernandez, a Cuban-American billionaire who gave $3 million; Francis Rooney, a former ambassador to the Vatican, who gave over $2 million; and Helen Schwab, wife of the investor Charles R.

And over time, the Trump phenomenon will either succeed or fail based on his proposals.” During the Trump discussion, Bush told NBC’s Lester Holt: “You’re not asking about Scott Walker or other real well-qualified candidates … It’s definitely a phenomenon.” It was an unexpected moment of political theater that seemed to presage what could be a bitter general-election rivalry between two of the biggest names in American politics. Bush is working to expand his support among minorities and to put himself forward as ready to broaden the Republican Party’s tent. “I’m working for every vote,” Mr.

And donations to super PACs are unlimited, while campaign committees are limited to raising $2,700 from each donor for the primary election, and the same amount for the general election. Clinton and two other Democrats who addressed the group focused heavily on a string of deaths of black people at the hands of police or in police custody and on economic inequality. They include Al Hoffman and Mel Sembler, Florida investors and longtime Bush allies, and John Negroponte, a former U.S. diplomat and ambassador to Iraq. The assault on her Republican rival was all the more striking because the Bush and Clinton families make a point of highlighting their friendly ties: Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush didn’t mention the deaths or the “black lives matter” movement that activists have embraced, instead focusing on his record in Florida on expanding the economy and improving public schools.

Bush’s coming remarks before the largely African-American audience, but said the “real test of a candidate’s commitment” isn’t whether he or she speaks at a particular convention. “It’s whether we’re still around after the cameras are gone and the votes are counted,” she said. She pointed to controversial actions he took as governor of Florida, including support for a scrubbing of Florida’s voter rolls and ending affirmative action in state universities. Bush’s communications director, called it a “Clintonesque move to pass over chance to unite in favor of a false cheap shot.” Despite the broadsides from Mrs. And he spoke emotionally of the massacre of nine black parishioners in Charleston, S.C., in June and of the forgiveness their survivors had expressed for the man charged in the shooting. “In the community of that city, we found such grace, such purity of heart, such heroic goodness, such boundless mercy, all gathered up in one story,” Mr.

At a time when the nation is becoming more racially diverse each year, many see a Republican imperative to expand their appeal to African-Americans and, more critically, to Hispanic voters. Obama. “When President Obama says that ‘for too long, we’ve been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present,’ he is speaking the truth,” Mr. But he did not directly address the rash of police shootings of unarmed black men that dominated discussions at the Urban League conference this week. Clinton took a more direct approach, ticking off the names of African-Americans who have died after interactions with law enforcement — including Eric Garner, Walter L. Clinton towers over candidates of both parties in support among African-Americans, and interviews with members of the audience afterward reflected that.

She spoke explicitly about racial discrimination, saying it still played a major role in determining “who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind.” Toward the end of her speech, Mrs. She nailed it.” “It really gave me a viewpoint into a candidate I wouldn’t have considered if he hadn’t come here,” said Marcus Alexander, 32, of Orlando, Fla. “I want to know more about his candidacy and his record.” Some said they were surprisingly impressed with Mr.

He used the event to unveil a criminal-justice overhaul plan. “He had specific plans to make a positive difference in cities across the country,” said Vincent Clark, 40, of Buffalo, N.Y. Sanders’s call for an upending of the political system. “He understands our situation and if we don’t make some paradigm shifts, we will implode. Bush and Al Gore in 2000, in which Florida played a decisive role. “They stole the election,” she said. “I can’t get that out of my head.” The conference Friday had offered a chance for Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who is challenging Mrs. But he called that “your theme” — an off-key remark, and one that echoed a speech he made on Thursday, in which he twice referred to Latinos as “your people” before the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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