Hillary News & Views 7/1/16: Latin@ Outreach, Scheduled Biden Appearance, and New Ads
Guest post by violining247
Happy Friday, my dear Hill People! A relatively light news day here at HNV, but some good news to be shared nonetheless.
It seems there is a never-ending train of Republicans (perhaps now former Republicans?) who have either outright declared their support for Hillary or are at least thinking about it. Susan Collins (R-Maine) offered her latest thoughts in an interview with David Axelrod yesterday.
In an interview on former Obama advisor David Axelrod’s podcast, “The Axe Files,” Collins spoke about the time she spent alongside Clinton in the U.S. Senate. She said she respected the former Secretary of State and admired her “real effort to reach out to members on the other side of the aisle.”
“Not just moderates like me, but conservatives as well,” Collins said. “She was good to work with, I had a very good relationship with her in the Senate working on Alzheimer’s in particular, but also on some economic development issues.”
Collins still hasn’t announced any official plans to support either candidate, but said she’d be looking at both candidates’ running mates in the coming months.
“I want to just look and see what happens. This evolves daily. There are surprises daily,” she said. “It’s going to be very important to me who Donald Trump chooses as his running mate. That is arguably the most important decision that a candidate can make. And I’ll be very interested to see who Hillary chooses.”
I’m sure whomever Hillary picks will be worthy and the Donald will do whatever he can to shipwreck his campaign with his VP pick, so...welcome aboard, Sen. Collins!
As we have known for some time now, with few exceptions, Hillary did very well with Latin@ voters throughout the primary. Going into the general, it’s as important as ever to build on this trend, and as BuzzFeed reports, the Clinton campaign is ramping up its efforts to court the Latin@ vote for what will hopefully be a landslide margin in that demographic.
This infusion of Hispanic staffers across the Clinton operation is part of a Latino vote program that will focus on ramping up efforts to reach Latinas and “millennial or billennial (bilingual millennial) voters,” the campaign said. All along, the campaign expected that Latinas would respond positively to the prospect of the first woman president. During the primary it saw heightened success reaching Latinas — in Texas, the support was 72% compared to 69% for Hispanic men, and 74% in Florida compared to 69%, for example.
The campaign also feels confident about its SMS texting program aimed at Latinos. In November it boasted that tens of thousands of Latinos, many young, signed up for the bilingual texting program in key states like Florida, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia, along with Texas and California. Now the campaign says that number is a few hundred thousand Hispanics.
Democratic strategist Maria Cardona said it would be easy for the campaign to rest on its laurels or save resources when it comes to Latino voters, which many consider in the bag for Democrats because of Trump’s rhetoric and policies. “They’re doing completely the opposite,” she said.
GOTV? Check. Now, for campaign appearances. As if Wednesday’s announcement re: Pres. Obama’s first joint appearance with Hillary weren’t enough, news broke yesterday that on July 8, Hillary and VP Joe Biden will campaign together in Scranton, PA.
Hillary Clinton is returning to the region July 8 and she’s bringing a pal from Scranton with her.
Vice President Joseph Biden will make his first formal campaign appearance on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s behalf at a time and location in Scranton to be announced, Clinton Pennsylvania campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Formas said.
The visit by Mrs. Clinton will be her second to Northeast Pennsylvania this year. The former secretary of state stumped at Dunmore High School on April 22 during the Pennsylvania Democratic primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. She won Pennsylvania handily, but the state is considered a chief target for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump because of blue-collar regions like Northeast Pennsylvania and the state’s western part where Mr. Trump visited Monessen on Tuesday.
"I've talked to Bernie, Bernie's going to endorse her, this is going to work out," Biden said in an interview with NPR's "Weekend Edition" to air Sunday. "The Democrats are coalescing even before this occurs."
In an interview on MSNBC later Thursday evening, Sanders wouldn't confirm or deny Biden's claim. He said he's hopeful he'll be able to give an endorsement, but "we're not there quite yet."
*Looks at watch* *Shrugs* *Moves on*
You may have seen the videos yesterday of Jimmy Kimmel Live skewering the perception of Hillary as untrustworthy…a piece about said clip also appeared in theWashington Post. While the sentiment it represents is frustrating to us Hillary supporters, the video itself is hilarious.
Hillary Clinton is not a trustworthy person -- that seems to be the consensus of much of the country, and it's throwing a wrench in what might otherwise be a more-lopsided presidential election.
And who better to judge her for her lack of trustworthiness than people who are in the process of lying themselves?
Jimmy Kimmel's "Lie Witness News" took to the streets to ask people about the approximately 160 previously unreleased Clinton emails this week. The show, of course, totally made up what was actually in the rather bland emails -- saying Clinton was responding to spam from Nigerian princes and asking Vladimir Putin for shirtless pictures, for instance. But that didn't stop these people from describing how they had read about these non-existent emails and berating Clinton over them.
And the video, in case you can’t access the WaPo article
If you live in a swing state, chances are you’ve seen some Hillary ads on your TV. As kos wrote yesterday, Hillary is now on the air in these states with some introductory biographical ads.
Please note that some of these spotlights are running in parts of Nebraska. NEBRASKA, YOU GUYS! I love that the campaign is feeling confident enough to go for one of those districts...another possible electoral college pickup for Team Blue!
If all of that weren’t enough reason to feel good, check out this short video from the campaign Twitter feed, featuring footage of the NYC Pride Parade this weekend.
Now a little bit of my own Hillary-related news: today marks Day 1 of my Roadtrip for Hillary, so as you are enjoying your morning coffee while chatting below, I will be en route to Tennessee, then North Carolina on Sunday, where I will be helping with voter registration and possibly marching in a July 4 parade:-) Oh, and I will MOST DEFINITELY be at the joint Obama/Clinton appearance on Tuesday before jetting off to Virginia! I promise to post updates from the road as I am able (and of course keep up with the Friday HNV installment), and who knows? Maybe I’ll even run into some of you out on the campaign trail:-) If you’d like to be a part of it all by throwing in a little something to my GoFundMe, that would be icing on the cake and you would have my eternal thanks, but no pressure. I am SO looking forward to doing whatever it takes to stop the Orange Menace and get voters enthused about voting for Hillary as our eminently qualified, intelligent, progressive, and downright awesome first female president. Stay tuned for further updates in my forthcoming “Roadtripping for Hillary” series!