Hillary News & Views 06.22.16: It's the economy, people.
Guest post by rugbymom
Good morning from London, where it’s grey with light rain (it’s London, in other words). I’m enjoying reheated leftovers (a “mild” Channa Masala curry) from the South Indian restaurant where friends took me last night. Everyone here is nervously awaiting tomorrow’s Brexit vote. The “Remain” campaigners have been out in full force especially during rush hour, worried because the polling shows it too close to call. They blame the tabloids for stirring up “Leave” sentiment which otherwise, they think, would be as unpopular as, well, Donald Trump. The ballots will be counted by hand, BTW, using large teams of volunteers working through the night.
On to Hillary news — The big story from yesterday is Hillary’s speech at the Fort Hayes Vocational School in Columbus, OH, doing the same sort of take-down of Donald Trump’s “business success” and “economic policy” as she did in San Diego of his “foreign policy.” (joeknapp was there and has given us a wonderfully textured photo-heavy first-hand report, here. Joan McCarter did a liveblog, here.) As the New York Times summarized the speech ahead of time,
(The final phrase of the quote, which mysteriously got cut off in the embed, is “another financial crisis.”) As one reporter described it,
Clinton's address in Ohio, one of the most important swing states, sought to define Trump as little more than an economic con man, whose ignorance and ego would tank the global economy, bankrupt Americans and risk the country's future.
She must have succeeded in hitting Trump where it hurts, as his campaign pumped out not only tweets, but longer e-mails during the speech trumpeting how awful the Obama-Clinton economy has been and would be, and how awesome the Trump economy will be.
Hillary will follow up today with a speech in Raleigh, NC, outlining her own economic plans.
The vetting of Vice Presidential candidates is continuing. According to theWashington Post, the first three (but not necessarily the only) people being vetted are Sen. Elizabeth Warren, HUD Secretary Julián Castro, and VA Sen. Tim Kaine. The campaign, however, has firmly refused to confirm or comment on any speculation, with one official saying tersely (per the Post), “Those who talk don’t know, and those who know don’t talk.” So those of you who favor other VP possibilities can continue to hope.
In other news, Hillary picked up the first-ever Presidential endorsement byPhiladelphia Magazine, ahead of the city’s hosting of the Democratic National Convention: