Iowa voters like Hillary Clinton. But they don’t love her. That’s the problem.

31 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fact-checking Bernie Sanders and Bobby Jindal on the Sunday news shows.

It’s easy to look at Hillary Rodham Clinton’s slide in the new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll — she’s down 20 points in the Democratic primary matchup — and assume that Iowa voters just don’t like her very much. WASHINGTON — International rivals would be mistaken to assume he wouldn’t be prepared to use military force if that’s what circumstances required, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview that aired Sunday. The Democratic frontrunner found herself a 34-point lead over Bernie Sanders in the latest Suffolk poll, a 19-point lead in the latest CNN poll, and a 27-point lead in the latest Public Policy Polling survey.

Sanders appeared on ABC’s This Week and CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday to discuss his campaign centered on income inequality and middle-class wage growth. It will also not be enough to have spokesman after spokesman say that it was not against State Department regulations at the time she did it or that she didn’t send any material that was classified at the time she sent or received it. Clinton is also facing a continued decline in her poll numbers with the new Quinnipiac survey showing that in hypothetical general election matchups with Trump, Bush, and Rubio, Vice President Joe Biden polls better than Clinton does. Raddatz asked Sanders to explain his vote against the 1991 Persian Gulf War and his opposition to increased military action in Syria and Iraq, compared with his support for military action in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, 2001. The significance of this, as compared to the other recent results, is that the Des Moines Register’s polling is generally seen as the gold standard among all Iowa polls.

Clinton’s email controversy and political vulnerabilities, she retains significant strengths, including her fund-raising ability, her institutional support, her organizational muscle and her potential to make history as the first female president. For many weeks after she declared her candidacy, her campaign asked surrogates to hold organizing events to galvanize supporters instead of issuing paper statements about their support.

No other candidate reached double digits, though Scott Walker and Ted Cruz tied for third with 8% each, and Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio tied for fifth with 6% each. But they’re now beginning to shift the spotlight toward major endorsements, including from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a longtime friend of Mrs. Clinton would be wise to get ahead of a troubling trend as it relates to insurance company consolidation, which runs directly counter to the intent and promise of the ACA.

There are plenty of interesting angles to kick around, including the narrow margin between Clinton and Sanders, and on the side of the divide, Carson’s unusually strong showing. What Clinton is going to need to do is to change the subject and develop a public policy agenda that goes beyond what she has said thus far, which is arguably nothing more than trying to move to the left to block Bernie Sanders’ now seemingly inexorable rise nationally, and especially, in New Hampshire. Sanders was asked why national security and foreign policy are missing from his campaign’s website. “In all fairness, we’ve only been in this race for 3½ months. The first order of business is a centrist agenda that plays on the dissatisfaction that exists generally in America but to offer something more than redistribution, higher taxes, and a newfound anger at Wall Street. But the United States cannot always be the only country involved in these wars.” We wondered about Sanders’ claim that Saudi Arabia, with a population roughly the size of Texas, has the “third-largest military budget in the entire world.” That rates True.

But what got me thinking was a comment from Glen Borger, a Republican pollster, who argued yesterday that one explanation for Sanders’ unexpected strength relates to Democratic expectations about the Republican field: “Dems believe even [Sanders] could beat Trump…. And we’ve been focusing, quite correctly as you’ve indicated, on the economy, on the collapse of the American middle class, on massive income and wealth inequality,” Sanders said. Sanders’ campaign pointed us to the latest statistics from the International Institute for Strategic Studies, widely cited as an authoritative source for international security statistics. Sanders cited the war in Iraq as one of the “worst foreign policy blunders we have ever seen” because it led to an enormous destabilization of that region.

The argument, in effect, is that Democratic voters – not just in Iowa, but presumably elsewhere – are looking at the Republican field and reading the same polls as everyone else. Being all things to all people means that Clinton needs an all inclusive broad agenda—not a narrow agenda—wherein she puts the emphasis on growth front and center. And these same Dem voters, the argument goes, are watching the GOP base rally behind a former reality-show host, which may lead to a calculated strategy. She needs to focus on integrating economic policies and tax policies that support and enhance growth, not simply supporting and enhancing redistribution of wealth.

The next president will be expected to get our economy back on a healthy and sustainable footing, with GDP growth, job creation, and re-integration of workers missing from the labor market as the core criteria for success. While several guests said she didn’t linger on the subject of her email use, her aides pointed out an opinion article by the federal prosecutor overseeing the case against the former C.I.A. director David Petraeus, who was accused of knowingly sharing classified information.

Prioritizing pro-growth trade that ensures protections for intellectual property and creates the necessary conditions for U.S. competitiveness are must-haves as the global economic picture remains highly uncertain. They feel obligated at some level to be for her because (a) she’s got a massively deep resume, (b) she’s a Clinton and (c) there’s still a widespread belief she will win the primary.

It’s possible that for many Republican voters, Democrats are choosing between a former Secretary of State, who exercised poor email-server management, to the fascination of the political world, and a socialist senator from Vermont. SIPRI says its numbers “may not include billions of dollars of military aid for Lebanon and Egypt that was announced in 2013 and 2014.” Also Sunday, 2016 Republican candidate Bobby Jindal tried to find a way to stick out among the crowded GOP field. For liberal Democrats, many of whom believe they were sold a bill of goods with President Obama, someone like Sanders represents their ideal — a candidate who says what he believes and believes what he says. We need muscular militarism tailored to the concerns of voters, which is that we be smart and effective in using U.S. power and not necessarily counter our adversaries whether they be in Eastern or Central Europe the Middle East or elsewhere. Fortunately, there are a number of provisions that resonate with Democrats (as well as many Republicans), including restricting insurance companies from discriminating based upon pre-existing conditions and keeping kids on their parents’ plan until their 26th birthday.

Remember that Obama circa 2007 had all of the passion that Sanders is inspiring right now and he had money and an organization that was already lapping Clinton in Iowa. (Side note: Paul Tewes, who ran the Iowa caucuses for Obama in 2008, doesn’t get enough credit for his role in launching Obama into the national stratosphere.) Sanders has money, yes, but not like Obama. There’s no doubt that the new numbers are not good news for Clinton, particularly as she tries to show strength amid speculation about Vice President Biden entering the race. While I’ve long believed that the law is flawed, it did include “Patient Protection” as part of the name, and Democrats need to make it better, not worse. It fails to consider the different per capita income levels across different states (higher incomes bring more government services and thus spending), different approaches to handling federal money (Ohio Gov.

I also wouldn’t be surprised if Sanders or a future left-leaning candidate begins to raise concerns about the administration’s closeness with insurance providers, which will put Clinton on the defensive if she doesn’t get in front of it. John Kasich, for example, took the Medicaid expansion while Jindal did not), and different time periods, says Alan Auerbach, a professor of public finance at the University of California at Berkeley. Assuming this happens, the next step will be to define a first-term agenda that wins over skeptical Democrats while laying the groundwork for a highly-contentious general election campaign. Auerbach explains: “During recessions, balanced-budget requirements have typically forced states to cut spending, in addition to legislating tax increases.” If we look at all funds and adjust for the time differences, four governors actually out-cut Jindal, according to a fact-check by Fox News, which compared each governor’s budgets to their contemporaries (in other words, how Bush stacked up against other governors in the 2000s, and how Jindal is doing compared to sitting governors). Trump‘s team, are scheduled to speak at the Northwest Family Leadership Regional Summit meeting, where a central theme will be “the sanctity of human life and the public funding of Planned Parenthood.” In the age of the social media-powered travelogue, Mr.

Obama sets off on Monday for a three-day sojourn to Alaska, during which White House officials say he will be making groundbreaking use of social media to show the public precisely what he is doing and where he is going. That includes hiking on and cruising around a glacier in the Kenai Mountains of Alaska; meeting with fishermen on the pristine Bristol Bay, known as the salmon capital of the world; and appearing in the city of Kotzebue above the Arctic Circle, where he will become the first sitting president to visit Arctic Alaska. The effort began this month when the White House started a webpage and released a video previewing the trip and asked viewers to sign up to receive photos and videos of the president’s Alaskan travels. State Department officials have blamed the shortfall on the additional scrutiny the emails have received from the intelligence community, which wants to review her messages to ensure that they did not contain classified information. Biden decides to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, his history with the financial services industry, and reputation as being too close to credit-card companies in more than three decades in the Senate, could be a significant obstacle.

Obama announced on Sunday that Mount McKinley was being renamed Denali, restoring an Alaska Native name with deep cultural significance to the tallest mountain in North America. Biden developed a close friendship during their time in the Obama administration — they even held weekly breakfasts — which could complicate any presidential run by Mr.

Biden circumvented them in a series of independent tax, budget and debt negotiations with Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, including in the 2012 resolution of the so-called fiscal cliff crisis.

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