Wednesday, August 31, 2016


DONATE TODAY: It's the August Fundraising Deadline!

It's the last day of the month, so get your donations into the Hillary Victory Fund by midnight to support Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot!

This could be a huge fundraising month for Hillary, but it will probably a big one for Donald Trump as well. And because the House and the Senate both hang in the balance and could go either way, your donation to the Victory Fund is especially important.

Let's all chip in and make August one for the record books!

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Speaks at American Legion Conference in Cincinnati (8/31/16)

Yahoo News:
Hillary Clinton obliquely criticized Donald Trump’s surprise foray into foreign affairs on Wednesday, saying in a speech to the American Legion in Ohio that building alliances and coalitions takes more than a “photo op.”

Clinton said she believes in American exceptionalism, unlike her rival, and that America’s unique economic and military might gives the nation a special responsibility to lead in the world. Chief among the country’s responsibilities is to honor commitments made to allies, she argued, referencing the coalition that is currently fighting ISIS.

“It’s more than a photo op, it takes consistency and reliability,” Clinton said of forming alliances. “Actually it’s just like building personal relationships. People have to get to know that they can count on you—that you wont’ say one thing one day and something totally different the next.”

This was an apparent reference to Trump’s hastily arranged trip to Mexico on Wednesday. The Republican nominee had only announced the visit the night before. He is set to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto ahead of a Wednesday night speech in Phoenix, Ariz., clarifying his immigration policy.

Clinton also appeared to reference Trump’s years of trash-talking Mexico and its government, which he has accused of intentionally sending criminals over the U.S. border.

“And it certainly takes more than trying to make up for a year of insults and insinuations by dropping in our neighbors for a few hours and then flying home again. That is not how it works,” she said.
Watch the full speech above.

America is Sending Our Worst to Mexico

I'm sorry, Mexico. You deserve better than a visit from this guy.

This is a bizarre and desperate move which I don't see going well for Donald. He has little to gain and a lot to lose. Stay tuned.

For something far more uplifting, check out the live stream of Hillary Clinton's speech to the American Legion convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. We'll have the full video at Hillary HQ later today.

Hillary & Tim (& Anne) News & Views 08.31.16: Pennsylvania, Colorado, Behind-the-Scenes

Guest post by rugbymom

I’m seeing a lot of comments in our threads saying “Way too quiet, when is the Clinton campaign going to get moving?” Let’s not fall into the fallacy that the only time a candidate is “working” is when they’re making a huuuuge speech at a huuuuuuuuge public rally that’s livecast on national TV. That’s like thinking that public school teachers are only “working” when they’re actually in the classroom with students.
Some of the behind-the-scenes activity Clinton and her campaign staff have been up to in the past couple of days:
  • Continuing to promote her new mental health parity plan, which has gotten far less media attention than her opponent’s latest nonsense tweets;
  • Criticizing Mike Pence’s (remember him?) extreme anti-abortion and anti-reproductive health policies as governor of Indiana:
  • Pushing back against the attacks on the Clinton Foundation:
  •  Politely declining to engage with reporters wanting her to comment on the Anthony Weiner-Huma Abedin marriage troubles:
Clinton was asked for a comment on Weiner after her last fundraiser. She declined to comment. 
  • Publicly prodding Trump to release some real medical information, while detailing the problems with the letter allegedly from his doctor — and getting coverage on it from PoliticoUSAToday, and elsewhere;
  • Sending out an anti-Trump mailer to selected voters in Utah (Utah?? Yup.)
  • Preparing for the upcoming debates, “devouring briefing book after briefing book about Donald Trump's policy positions, personality and politics. She's watching highlight reels, taking notes and studying his style -- particularly when he's in attack mode.”
  • Adding to her transition team, including Rohit Chopra, an early hire of Elizabeth Warren’s at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as the “student loan ombudsperson” who battled for-profit colleges and loan servicers.
  • Fundraising, fundraising, and more fundraising — a total of 37 events that she personally headlined during August, raising a total of about $70 million, according to CNN, presumably divided between the campaign and the unified Victory Fund. Yesterday and Monday she did multiple events in private homes in the Hamptons (Long Island).
  • Responding quickly to the late-night report that Trump (copying another candidate?) is interrupting his already-busy campaign schedule today to fly to Mexico City for a private meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto (who had issued similar invitations to both candidates):

"From the first days of his campaign, Donald Trump has painted Mexicans as 'rapists' and criminals."
Tim Kaine is continuing his multi-state whirlwind tour, taking advantage of the Senate recess. Yesterday and today he’s in crucial Pennsylvania, where Hillary’s poll numbers are looking quite good (+8, per Monmouth’s latest) and Katie McGinty’s Senate numbers OK but could be stronger. (stuhunter3 has a full diary on the Monmouth poll, here. The spread among voters of color: 90-5.)
The first event of the day (at which McGinty also spoke) was in Erie, PA. It was livestreamed on, and got full (and positive) coverage by NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate. A local outlet wrote in the advance notice of the visit,
"Kaine is a people person. He is a person who is interested in working people," said Bill Cole, Erie County Democratic Party Chairman. "He is more interested in Main Street than Wall Street, that is something we feel will resonate with the citizens of Erie."

Tim Kaine speaking in Erie, PA, August 30, 2016
Tim Kaine speaking in Erie, PA, August 30, 2016

Kaine may be Mr. Nice Guy — everyone’s favorite My Friend’s Cool Dad — but he is not holding back on criticizing Donald Trump. Per NBC:
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine offered a systematic takedown of Donald Trump's business dealings and campaign claims Tuesday, arguing the Republican nominee's presidential campaign amounts to nothing more than "Trump's next big con."

KAINE hits Trump in PA for hiding tax returns & medical records: "He thinks we are marks and he can con us".
Kaine also used the “controversy” over Clinton’s health to again hit Trump:
On the issue of the candidates' health, Kaine pointed to recent news reports questioning the validity of the medical report written by Trump's doctor. Kaine said Trump is trading in fringe conspiracy theories by questioning whether Clinton is in poor health.
"Hillary Clinton is one tough and one healthy person," he said.
Scan has a longer report, and here’s the full video:
In the evening Tim spoke at the Boys & Girls Club in Lancaster, PA, a more conservative and Republican-leaning area in the center of the state. It too got good local coverage:
LANCASTER — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine delivered an energetic speech to hundreds gathered in the gymnasium of the Boys and Girls Club in Lancaster.
Kaine spoke for about 30 minutes attacking Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on a range of campaign issues including Trump's finances, health and ties to foreign governments. The Virginia senator pulled no punches in going after Trump and urging the relatively diverse crowd to support the Clinton/Kaine ticket with voting, volunteering and advocating for the Democratic nominees.
Right out of the gate, Kaine railed against Trump's economic proposals and the negative impact said policies would have on the U.S. economy. . . . We can't afford to get this wrong," Kaine emphatically said.
Among those ideas to create opportunities are investments in manufacturing, infrastructure, schools and increasing the minimum wage, Kaine said.
"Everyone has got to see a ladder that they can climb to success," Kaine said, pointing to the opportunities Clinton would provide if elected.
I love the way this campaign puts events in places that ordinary people know well, such as high schools, community and technical colleges, and community centers. You learn a lot just by being there, and it doesn’t require voters to go way outside their comfort zone or their normal routines. It also gets loads of local coverage that may be more influential than a 15-second clip on the national news. It’s probably a bit harder on the Secret Service than events at a restricted-access arena that can be sealed off and scoured ahead of time, but well worth it and much better optics. Today Tim will be in the Lehigh Valley area of PA.
Anne Holton was also in PA yesterday, speaking to the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, a natural fit for her experience as Virginia’s Secretary of Education. (The national American Federation of Teachers endorsed Hillary in both the primary and the general election). Like Hillary and Tim, Anne emphasized listening: “I'm here to listen and take your advice right back to the next President and Vice President of the United States.” 
Anne also spoke on a panel about CHIP, the children’s health initiative that Hillary spearheaded in 1994, with a hospital administrator, a nurse, two CHIP moms, and a CHIP child.
Among high-profile Clinton surrogates, Meg Whitman, prominent Republican,  Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO, and unsuccessful 2010 candidate for governor of California, headlined her first public event for Clinton, in Denver, CO. The event was billed as a breakfast meeting with business leaders “to discuss Clinton’s job-creation plan, as well as investments in tech and small businesses, according to a release from Clinton’s campaign.” She was introduced by Governor John Hickenlooper. Per theDenver Post:
The Hewlett-Packard executive and former California gubernatorial candidate declared she is “all in” for Clinton. And she made clear in her remarks at Union Station that she doesn’t think Trump is qualified to be president, repeatedly mentioning “temperament” as an important factor.
“If you are a lifelong Republican, it’s hard to come across (the partisan divide),” she said. “But I decided that this year it was clear to me that Secretary Clinton’s temperament, leadership experience and commitment to America’s foundational values make her the far better choice for president.”
Finally, as Hillary and Tim keep saying, this campaign is ultimately about each of us pitching in. Here’s a reminder from the campaign’s Pennsylvania State Director (cute baby alert):
(originally posted at Daily Kos)