Friday, September 30, 2016

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Rally in Coral Springs, FL

Sun Sentinel:
Hillary Clinton showed she knew her South Florida audience, provided a dose of policy prescriptions, and offered lots of Donald Trump bashing at a campaign rally Friday.

People in the crowd of more than 2,000 – most of whom stood for hours in a sweltering gymnasium waiting for her arrival and during her speech – loved what they heard.

She started local before going national and venturing globally.

The Democratic presidential nominee offered "a few words about the tragic passing of Jose Fernandez." The 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher, known for his gregarious personality as much as his fiery fastball, died Sunday in a boating accident.

After eulogizing Fernandez, Clinton mentioned Bob Levinson, who disappeared in Iran nine years ago and whose family lives in Coral Springs.

Most of the 28-minute speech alternated between citing the lofty policy goals she wants to achieve if elected and criticizing Trump, the Republican nominee. She'd mention a goal, jab at Trump, mention another policy, criticize Trump again, and then continue repeating the pattern.

Clinton said she offers a more optimistic view of America than Trump. "I've never heard such a dark, fearful image of our country coming from someone who wants to be president of the United States," she said. "When he talks, sometimes I don't even recognize the country he's talking about."

After she bought up clean energy, she mocked Trump for being afraid to mention his idea of a wall between the U.S. and Mexico when he visited that country.

Then she ridiculed Trump for his middle-of the-night Twitter tirades.

"Really, who gets up at 3 o'clock in the morning to engage in a Twitter attack against a former Miss Universe?" she said. "I mean his latest Twitter meltdown is unhinged, even for him. It proves yet again that he is temperamentally unfit to be president of the United States."

Trump's early-morning tweets on Friday attacked former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. The Clinton-supporting Machado said when Trump ran the pageant he called her "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

Clinton used the latest Twitter controversy as a reason to repeat one of her favorite lines: "A man who can be provoked by a tweet should not be anywhere near the nuclear codes."
The post-debate polls are going her way across the country, and that includes a new Florida survey showing her up by four points! She sure sounded fired up and ready to go...and who can blame her?

Watch the full speech above.

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Makes New Call for National Service in South Florida

Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton on Friday called for the creation of a National Service Reserve, an initiative she said would allow 5 million mostly young people to serve their cities and states on a wide array of projects on a part-time basis.

Speaking in grand terms and invoking her Methodist faith, the Democratic presidential nominee said the issue of service to others is among those "closest to my heart" and would be "a vital aspect of my presidency."

She pledged to expand the efforts of other presidents who launched enduring service initiatives, including the Peace Corps, a project of former president John F. Kennedy, and AmeriCorps, one of the "proudest achievements" of her husband, Bill Clinton, when he was president.

Hillary Clinton's new endeavor would be modeled after the Armed Services Reserves, which allows participants "to make a high-impact contribution, while still building careers and pursuing their dreams in other ways," she said.

After receiving some "basic training," those in the services reserves could be called upon to help respond to natural disasters, public health campaigns or other projects.

"Some of those assignments will be just a few days, a month," Clinton said. "Some might be longer-term. But they will all directly address a vital need in your community."
NBC News:
Hillary Clinton took subtle jabs at Donald Trump during a speech about national service here Friday, knocking his "I alone can fix it" approach while purposefully not mentioning the Republican nominee by name.

This strategy has become the baseline for most of Clinton's "Stronger Together" speeches.

"My opponent believes in what I call a strongman approach. He stood on stage at his convention and described a hopeless, broken nation," she said. "I'm sorry, I'm looking at you. I don't see that. That in no way resembles the strong, vibrant America I know."

Clinton then went on to link this attitude to Trump's relationship with the Russian president, saying: "We have learned that's his way — one person getting supreme power and exercising it ruthlessly. That's why he admires dictators like Vladimir Putin so much."
Next stop: a rally in Coral Springs, Florida! Think we'll hear more about Trump's violation of the Cuba embargo and his horrendous early morning tweetstorm? I definitely think so!

Hillary News & Views 9.30.16: Iowa, Older Women, and Media Bias

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s remarks at a rally yesterday in Iowa.

The Briefing has the transcript:
“Thank you! Thank you all so much. Wow! I am so happy to be back here in Iowa on a beautiful fall day to see all of you. And I especially want to thank Janelle for her introduction. And I so appreciate that Janelle and Nora and her husband Stu are here today. I remember so well when I met her back in 2015, and I saw that sign. And my best friend from sixth grade was also going through breast cancer and being treated. And when I saw Janelle’s sign, it just made me think about my friend, and I wanted to go over and meet this woman who had been through 13 chemo treatments already. And we just clicked. And I have been so grateful to be able to get to know her better and spend time with her when I see her. And I got to introduce her to my best friend when my best friend came to Iowa. So the circle is completed, and more people are reaching out and finding ways to help each other.
Now, before I came out, I had the great, great privilege of saying hello to someone, Ruline Steininger, who is – is Ruline still here? I know she was going to try to stay. There she is. Hello, Ruline! Hello, Ruline! Ruline is a 103-year-old resident of Pleasant Hill who was born in 1913. I am so grateful for her support, and I don’t know if any of you have seen the videos, both about Janelle and about Ruline. But I really do recommend that you see them both. Ruline talks about this long, active life that she’s had and everything she has seen happen in America and the world. And I think it’s important to have that perspective. So it’s a great honor to have Ruline supporting me. I am so pleased. And she’s going to go vote early today to make sure her vote counts.
I want to thank Dr. Andy McGuire for chairing the Iowa Democratic Party, fighting so hard to elect Democrats. And I want to lift up and thank our Democratic Senate candidate, Patty Judge. Where’s Patty? Patty’s out there fighting hard every single day, and she can use your help to make a strong case for her to go to the Senate. And Jim Mowrer, the 3rd District congressional candidate. Jim is running a great campaign, and we are really looking forward to having him in Washington. But that really depends upon everybody here and everybody across the great state of Iowa.
Now, while we’re meeting on this beautiful day here in Des Moines, I know our friends in Cedar Rapids and the region are once again facing the potential of flooding. I talked with the mayor. I talked with city council members and other leaders over the last day or so. They hope that they will not have the flooding. They took a lot of good precautionary measures. Our campaign, along with thousands of people, came out and helped to put the sandbags in to try to prevent flooding. And I told them that if I’m so fortunate enough as to be president, we’re going to have a big infrastructure program, and we’re going to help prevent flooding in places like Cedar Rapids.
Now, I also just want to say on a personal note I was terribly upset this morning to learn about a train crash in New Jersey. That’s very personal to me. I live in New York. People commute into New York from New Jersey. We had about a hundred commuters injured and one died. I just want to send our thoughts and prayers to them because it’s a horrible accident that ran into the depot and caused all kinds of damage. So I want to lift up the people of New Jersey and New York today.
Now, we are starting to vote in Iowa today! And I saw my good friend Ruth Harkin, and she told me she was the first person in line to vote today. And we have, what, 40 days, 39 days, left. And each and every one of you have the chance to make sure that we keep our country on the right path. We have 40 days to win an election that’s going to affect the next 40 years of our country. And you, every one of you, can make the difference in this election.
Now, how many of you participated in the caucuses? Well, we’ve got a bunch of active Iowans here. Are you ready to go to the polls? Well, luckily, in Iowa you can start today. Lots of folks don’t have that opportunity across the country. And a lot of our campaign volunteers are going to direct people right from this rally to early voting sites. We’ve got one right down the street. So when you finish here, you can go vote. And we can be on the path to victory here in Iowa.
Any of you see that debate on Monday night? Well, one down, two to go. Well, I have to tell you, it was an extraordinary experience because I did get to say a few things about the positive agenda that we want to have for our country because I want this election to be about something, not just against somebody. And so I am going to close this campaign the way I started decades ago, fighting for kids and families because it’s been the cause of my life. It will be the mission of my presidency because I know from my own experience that strong families are the base of a strong America. And I know from personal experience how important it is to give people the tools they need to make sure that they can go as far as their hard work, their talent, will take them.
Now, you may have heard me say this. I started talking about this way back in the beginning of the campaign here in Iowa. But I was very fortunate. None of us picks our parents. But I really was fortunate. My dad was a Navy veteran, a small businessman, and he worked hard every single day to build a good life to provide financial security, a good, solid, middle class life. And I know how hard he worked because occasionally I’d go down to his print plant where he printed fabrics for draperies. And it was not a very big building. It didn’t have any natural life. There were no windows in it. It’s what he could afford.
And there were two long tables. And he’d roll out the fabric, and then he would take a silkscreen. Any of you ever seen a silkscreen, an old-fashioned silkscreen? Not far from here there’s a wonderful t-shirt store. Right? And they still use silkscreens for some of their printing. So he would take that silkscreen, and he’d put it down, and he would pour the paint in. Then he’d take a squeegee and he’d go across it. And then he’d lift it up, and he’d go all the way down the table. And if there was going to be more than one color, he’d do it all over again. And then when he finished, he would gather it up and put it in his car and he’d go deliver it to the customer who had ordered it.
That’s how I was raised to think about doing business. You do your best. You enter into a contract or an agreement. Somebody orders your goods or your services. And then they pay you for it. Right? And as I said the other night, one of the things that we have found out is that as his own campaign manager said about him, Donald Trump has built a lot of businesses on the backs of the little guy. Her words. And I have met people who have been the victims of his refusal to honor contracts, to pay what had been bargained for. I just am grateful that my dad never did business with him or somebody like him because we couldn’t have survived all that.
All that work, and then to be told we’re not going to pay you, or maybe we’ll pay you 10 cents on the dollar, or 20 cents? That’s just wrong. What kind of person does that, takes advantage of dishwashers and painters and architects and glass installers and so many people? We’ve been looking into the records, and there’s a long list of people who have been mistreated. I just don’t believe that’s the way we’re supposed to treat each other in America. And that sure is not the way our president should be treating our citizens in our country.
Now, my mom had a very different story. My dad’s father was a factory worker, but they had a strong family. My mom was abandoned by her parents and then sent to live with grandparents, and they didn’t want her. So she was out on her own by the age of 14. She was working as a housemaid and a babysitter. And it may sound harsh, but I will quickly tell you that it was the first time in her young life that she ever was in a family that showed love and respect for each other. So for her, it was a gift.
And then she got another gift. The woman she worked for knew that my mom wanted to go to high school. And so the woman said, ‘If you can get up really early and you can get your chores done and get the little kids off to school, you can go to high school. But you’ll have to come right back.’ That may sound harsh for a 14-year-old, but for my mother it made all the difference. And that’s exactly what she did for four years, and most days she had to run – run – to get there. But she didn’t care because she wanted to get an education.
So when I learned more about my mom’s life, I knew that what I wanted to do was to stand up for kids and families, and especially for kids who’ve been left out or left behind in some way. That’s why I went to work for the Children’s Defense Fund and learned quickly that kids with disabilities were not in our public schools back then, and we worked to put together a coalition and convince Congress to pass the law, and boy, every day I am so thankful for your former Senator Tom Harkin, who made the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities the centerpiece of his distinguished career.
So that’s been my mission: How are we going to do more to help kids and families? And so when I talk about the economy – because I think we have three big issues facing us. Number one, we need an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, right? We need to keep our country safe and we need to lead the world with strong and steady leadership, in accordance with our values. And we need to bring our country together. We have to heal these divides.
But when I think about the economy, yes, I want more new, good jobs with rising incomes. I see my friends from the laborers here. We need to do work that builds our roads, our bridges, our ports, our airports, our tunnels, our water systems, our sewer systems. This is good, honorable work, and boy, do we have a lot of it in America. We are living off the investments that our parents and our grandparents – and sometimes even great-grandparents – made. If we’re going to have a competitive economy, we need to be building America again. And we also need to do more advanced manufacturing. And some of the most exciting developments I saw throughout this whole campaign were right here in Iowa. I saw in your community colleges some of the most advanced training that I’ve seen anywhere in the country. And I met young men and women who were getting credentialed to be able to leave high school to get good jobs as machinists and tool and die makers, and as designers using 3-D printing. I was so impressed. And I think we need to do that across America. And we need to bring technical education back to our high schools. It was a mistake when we took vocational education out of our high schools.
Another way that Iowa has influenced and inspired me is what you’ve done with clean renewable energy. Now, it wasn’t a partisan issue in Iowa. It really got a big boost from your wonderful former governor, Tom Vilsack. But it’s been continued over the years. And look at the results. Look how much energy you are getting here in Iowa from clean renewable sources, most particularly wind. Right? And look at the number of jobs – it’s nearly 10,000 jobs now that are related to that. Plus the renewable fuel standard, which has motivated people to be creative about using biological material and experimenting with cellulosic material. I was in the forefront of moving toward a clean renewable energy future, and I’m excited by that.
I’m running against someone who thinks climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. I know it’s real. I believe in science. But I’ll tell you what else is real. What’s real are the economic opportunities, the new jobs and businesses we’re going to create by assuming the responsibility to combat climate change, and the young people of our country are going to lead the way to doing that. Now, we also need to help small businesses. Iowa is filled with small businesses. It should be easier to start one, it shouldn’t be so cumbersome to deal with all the multitude of regulations. We’re going to try to streamline that process. Being the daughter of a small businessperson, I believe in giving people the chance to have their destinies in their own hands. And we’re going to work hard. I want to be a first-class small business president, in honor of my dad, and I’m going to do everything I can to help you get started, and grow small businesses.
But while we’re growing the economy, we need to make it fairer. And here are a couple of things I want to do. Let’s raise the national minimum wage, so people who work full-time are not still in poverty. I’ve met – you know, two thirds of the people on minimum wage are women – and I’ve met a lot of minimum-wage workers right here in Iowa and across America. Sometimes they have to take two minimum-wage jobs, because a full-time minimum wage job will earn you $15,000 at the end of a full-time year of work. We also could give the biggest boost to incomes, and particularly family incomes, if we finally guaranteed equal pay for women’s work.
And the other thing I want to do is make sure more companies adopt profit-sharing, so if you helped to create the profits, all of you, not just the top executives, will be able to share in those profits. You know, at the debate the other night, one of my well-known supporters, Mark Cuban, was there in the front row. And he really, I think, unsettled my opponent. But I’ll tell you, Mark Cuban’s a real billionaire who actually uses profit-sharing, and not only while the business is ongoing, but one thing I really appreciate: first business he sold, he shared the profits with all of his employees. 300 employees became millionaires, because they had a boss who rewarded them for the hard work they did to make it a successful company, all together.
And the final point I want to make about this is about family economics. You know, let’s tackle the cost of childcare. Between 2000 and 2012, childcare costs went up 25 percent. Incomes barely budged, right? So we’re going to increase federal investment, and provide more tax relief to working families, so no parent has to pay more than 10 percent of their income for quality childcare. Now, if you don’t have small children or grandchildren right now, you might not realize the cost of childcare in a lot of states is more expensive than tuition at public colleges and universities. A lot of families are just so stressed out.
The other thing I want to do is to finally have our country join the rest of the advanced economies, and provide paid family leave, so you can take care of your family members. Now, a lot of people think this is primarily about newborn babies, adopted babies, and of course that’s a big part of it. Last year, in Newton, a mom said to me, I’m counting on you to know what it’s like trying to take care of a newborn and having to go right back to work. Right?
That’s a lot of you. There you are. Okay. And I’ve got to tell you, I hear that all over. When my granddaughter was born and I was in the hospital with my daughter, I was talking to one of the nurses, and I said, so what is your biggest worry? She said, well, my biggest worry is that so many of these new moms have to go right back to work. Right back to work. But it’s not just for babies. It’s for sick children, sick spouses, elderly members of your family who are having health problems. There is nothing more important than caring for each other. And I will tell you, it is wrong to make it so difficult for American families.
The other big expense for family economics is education. Every one of our children deserve good teachers and good schools, no matter what zip code they live in, right? And we also have to make college affordable. Yesterday in New Hampshire, I was with my friend and my former opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders. I am very proud of the campaign that Bernie and I ran. It was a campaign about issues, not insults. And we shared a lot of the same goals, even though we have different ways of getting there. And so after it was over, he and I sat down and we began to hammer out some ideas about what we could do together. And one of them was to make college tuition free for any family whose income is $125,000 or less. And to make it debt-free for everybody else, so that you only pay what you can afford to pay, without going into debt.
Now, right now, Iowans hold more than $12 billion in outstanding federal student loans. An education should give you a boost, not hold you back. And we’re going to offer relief to those of you who already have debt. We have 40 million people who already have student debt in America, 300,000 of them right here in Iowa. We’re going to help you refinance. It is outrageous that you can get a home mortgage at 3 percent, a car payment at 2 percent, and I met people in Iowa who were paying 8, 10, 12 percent interest on their student loans. I’ll tell you what. I am not going to let the federal government make a profit off of lending money to young people to get their educations.
And college is crucial, but this is not said often enough. Four-year college is not, and should not, be the only path to a good job that supports a middle-class life. So we’re going to have real apprenticeships, not the kind where you’re told, ‘you’re fired,’ but the kind where you’re told, ‘you’re hired.’ We’re going to help more people in high school and community college on the job learn a skill.
So I’m excited about what we can do together. I know so much of this campaign has been about, you know, whatever my opponent says, and who he attacks, and who he derides and denigrates. And the list is long. But it’s not about that. It’s about you.
It’s about your families and your futures, and each of us should be telling you what we intend to do in the job. Now, I have this old-fashioned idea. I’m asking for your vote. I should tell you what I’m going to do, what my plans are. So Tim Kane and I have actually put out this little paperback book. And I see somebody holding one in the front row. It’s called, not surprisingly, ‘Stronger Together.’ You can pick it up at a bookstore or an airport, wherever they sell paperbacks. And you can see what we’re trying to do, and where we’re going to get the money to pay for it. And the simple answer to that is, we’re going to make the wealthy and corporations finally pay their fair share to support America.
Now, my friends, my opponent has a very different vision for America. He actually bragged about gaming the system to get out of paying his fair share in taxes, maybe not paying any taxes at all. And what I really find so disturbing about this is he spends all of his time just dumping on America. Calling us a third world country. Saying our military is a disaster. That everything about America is in bad shape. But then it’s probably true, he hasn’t paid a penny in federal taxes to actually support our military, or our vets, or our schools, or our roads, or our education systems. He actually is proud of the fact that he lets everybody else pay taxes. He says that makes him smart.
Well, I’ll tell you what, if not paying taxes makes him smart, what does that make the rest of us? My husband and I have put 40 years of our tax returns out into the public. You can go and look at them, and you can see that we’ve been blessed, and we’re grateful for that. But we have paid the highest marginal tax rates, and we are glad we could, because we have both benefited from this great country of ours, and we want to pass that on to the next generation and the one after that.
Donald Trump is also proud that he rooted for the housing crisis back in 2008 and -9. Think about that. Five million families lost their homes. And he rooted for it because he said he could make money off of it. He even said that it is just business.
Well, what kind of person believes that – that throwing people out of their homes, foreclosing on them, destroying the dreams of hardworking people is just business?
Well, I’ll tell you, that’s a person who should never be president because they don’t understand the American dream and how hard it is for people to make it.
So look, I think after – Thank you. I think after what we saw Monday night, we’ll have two more debates to be able to contrast and compare. I have no idea what he’s going to say the next time. But you know, I will spend some time preparing for it.
But we can’t do any of the things that I just talked about or anything that you see in our book without your help. The future of our country, the future of our economy and the future of our society will be on the ballot. It breaks my heart to see all the mean-spirited, divisive, bigoted things that are being said in our country. We can have our differences, for heaven sakes. We’re Americans; that’s in our DNA. But we should respect one another. We should listen to one another. That’s the way we’re going to get things done together.
And so I want you to join this campaign. The election will be close, but we can win Iowa and we’re going to win on November 8th. So if you can, text ‘Join,’ J-o-i-n, to 47246, or go to and sign up to volunteer. If you’re not sure if you’re registered, see these signs, ‘I Will Vote?’ You can go to, put in your name and your address, to make sure you’re registered. Because sometimes people get dropped off the registration lists and they are surprised when they show up to vote that they’re not on it. So check that out.
And then, vote, and get everybody you know to vote. And I hope that a lot of you will go to vote after today, after this beautiful rally we’re having. Because we will prove that we are stronger together. And you know what else we’ll prove? We will prove that love trumps hate.
Thank you all very much.”

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yep, Hillary Won That Debate. Bigly!

And if that's not enough, another poll from PPP popped up last night showing the same thing.
These are good initial results, but as more national and swing state polls come out in the wake of Trump's post-debate meltdown, I think we're going to see even bigger leads by Clinton.

One down, two to go!


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Returns to Iowa for Early Vote Rally

Early voting has begun in Iowa and Hillary was there to get everyone revved up!
With early voting poised to play a bigger role in this year's election, Hillary Clinton was urging voters in Iowa to start casting ballots on Thursday, more than five weeks before Election Day.

Clinton's 10-city tour of Iowa brought the Democratic presidential nominee back to a state where she eked out a win in the caucuses over Bernie Sanders. With her focus now on defeating Donald Trump, Clinton was hoping that an emphasis on early voting could help her replicate President Barack Obama's successful strategy in the battleground state four years ago. For Clinton, the early voting strategy is key to any prospects she may have for pulling off victories in states like Arizona and Georgia, which traditionally vote Republican in presidential races.

Other states have already begun in-person early voting, but Iowa is getting attention because it's the first battleground state to do so.

In Des Moines on Thursday, Clinton sought to offer a hopeful message about the future that would contrast with the doom-and-gloom themes that Trump has made staples of his campaign. Laying out ideas for addressing childcare challenges faced by middle-class families, Clinton recounted for supporters at a rally her own background of working on children's issues and her father's struggles as a small businessman.

"I know so much of this campaign has been about, you know, whatever my opponent said and who he attacked and who he denigrates - and the list is long," Clinton said. "But it's not about that, it's about you. It's about your families and your future, and each of us should be telling you what we intend to do in the job."

Clinton's focus on early voting reflected the premium that Democrats are placing this year on trying to get their voters to turn out - if possible, long before Nov. 8. Though the political map favors Clinton this year, Democrats are concerned that a lack of enthusiasm will keep their voters from showing up in the same numbers that led to Obama's victories in the last two elections.

More than 4 in 10 Iowa voters cast early ballots in 2012, and Clinton's campaign is hoping that even higher interest in early voting this year will give her a decisive edge.
Let's do this!
And as Hillary mentioned, look who made it to the rally!
Watch the full speech above...and VOTE!

Hillary News & Views 9.29.2016: Working Mom, Obamas, Sanders, World Debate Reax, "The Greatest"

Clinton and supporters in Asheville NC (photo by Barbara Kinney/HFA)

Guest post by aphra behn

Hello, Hillary-supporting community! It’s great to be here with you today.
When I was pregnant with my daughter Chelsea, I asked about the maternity leave policy at the law firm where I worked. I was surprised to find out that we didn’t have one. I soon learned why: No woman who worked in our office had ever come back to work full-time after having a baby. Well, I wanted to come back. I loved what I did. And it was important to me to contribute to my family’s finances, especially now that we were having a baby.
We still have a long way to go. Our policies just haven’t kept up with the challenges women and families face today.
 In April, I met a mom in Newton, Iowa, who held her four-and-a-half-month-old in her arms. She said to me, “I’m counting on you to know what it’s like to be a working mother. Please help us working mothers and fathers have more time with our babies.”
I’m not going to let her down.
Let’s finally join every other advanced economy in the world and guarantee paid leave. I’m proposing 12 weeks of paid medical leave to recover from a serious illness, and 12 weeks of paid family leave to care for a new child or a sick relative. After all, moms and dads both deserve to spend time with their babies.
Let’s encourage employers to adopt family-friendly work policies, like flexible and fair scheduling and tele-work, so parents can both work and be there for their families.
Let’s raise the minimum wage. No one who works full-time should be forced to raise their kids in poverty.
Yesterday, Clinton and a number of her best surrogates campaigned across the country. First, President Obama laid out a strong case for Clinton in a Wednesday morning appearance on the Steve Harvey show. Kurtis Lee reports at the LA Times:
"If you don’t vote, that’s a vote for Trump,” said Obama, who has become Hillary Clinton's chief surrogate in appealing to African American voters.
“If you vote for a third-party candidate who’s got no chance to win, that’s a vote for Trump. So the notion somehow that, ‘Well, you know, I’m not as inspired because Barack and Michelle, they’re not on the ballot this time, and, you know, maybe we kind of take it easy’ — my legacy’s on the ballot. You know, all the work we’ve done over the last eight years is on the ballot.”
...In the interview, which was recorded Tuesday, Obama praised Clinton's performance in the first debate a night earlier, saying she showed that she "is capable, tough, does her homework, cares about the same things I care about."
The First Lady was on the trail too. Ginger McKnight-Chavers at ShareBlue has a report on Michelle Obama’s campaigning:
Hitting the campaign trail again for Clinton in Philadelphia, Michelle Obama once again gave Americans a roadmap for avoiding that low road and putting this election in its proper perspective and significance.
“Let me take a moment,” she braced students at La Salle University, before she launched into a detailed criticism of Donald Trump, including his role in the birther movement, his mainstreaming of misogyny, and his erratic temperament and dearth of qualifications.
The presidency, she explained, “doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are.”
If a candidate is erratic and threatening; if a candidate traffics in prejudice, fear and lies on the campaign trail; if a candidate thinks that not paying taxes makes you smart or that it’s good business when people lose their homes; if a candidate regularly and flippantly makes cruel and insulting comments about women, about how we look, how we act; well, sadly, that’s who that candidate really is. That is the kind of president they will be. And trust me, a candidate is not going to suddenly change once they’re in office. Just the opposite…at that point, it’s too late. They are the leader of the world’s largest economy, commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force on earth. With every word they utter, they can start wars, crash markets, fundamentally change the course of this planet. So who in this election is truly ready for that job?
There is video of her speech at the link.  She is, as usual, amazing. The Clinton campaign has also released a new video featuring the First Lady and it’s terrific:
The Arizona Republic has been publishing since 1890, and for that 126-year span, the newspaper’s editorial board would like you to know that they didn’t fuck around with any Democrats. That changed Tuesday, when they endorsed Hillary Clinton, in an editorial explaining that while they’re conservative, they’re not stupid.
The Republic is the latest in a round of right-leaning newspapers to break decades of tradition to endorse Clinton, because her opponent is a sniffling madman. The Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicleand the Cincinnati Enquirer, triple pillars of stodgy establishment politics, all wrote editorials explaining that the choice between Clinton and Trump is a choice between a candidate they view as flawed and the human equivalent of swine flu. (The New Hampshire Union Leadertook a different route, endorsing Gary Johnson by calling him and running mate Bill Weld “a bright light of hope and reason,” which is a stretch.)
Well it's been crazy around here," said Phil Boas, director of the Arizona Republic's editorial page. "We're getting a lot of reaction both locally and national. I don't believe true readers of the editorial page are surprised by this at all, because over the past year we have been writing scathing, scalding articles about Donald Trump."
"The things he has done," he said, "making fun of disabled people and rolling back press freedoms. You know a guy who would do that and crush our freedoms in one area will do it in others as well
Clinton picked up another endorsement, this time from AOL founder Steve Case.Cristiano Lima has the story:
America Online co-founder Steve Case publicly endorsed the Democratic nominee in an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Wednesday, writing that she "represents the best choice for the United States — and our best hope to remain the most innovative and entrepreneurial nation in the world."
Citing the economy, immigration, technological advancement, and deficit control, Case — a lifelong entrepreneur and innovator — described Clinton as the clear choice over Trump to put American on a continued path toward economic and technological advancement.
"I think she’d be better for our economy, especially with respect to innovative technology and start-ups," he wrote. "Donald Trump knows business, but his campaign has been backward-looking on the economy and oddly absent of ideas to spur creation of the jobs of the future. Clinton understands what we need to help start businesses and will invest in education, advanced manufacturing and basic research."
Bernie Sanders campaigned with Hillary Clinton yesterday at the University of New Hampshire. Annie Karn reports:
We have to focus on what we want to do,” Clinton said, revisiting the kind of policy rollout discussions that drove her primary fight before she entered the Trump-bashing phase of her campaign. “We're going to put a moratorium so you don't have to pay your student debt back for a couple of years while you try and get your business started. We're also going to provide loan forgiveness for people who want to go into public service or national service.”
But it was Sanders, who inspired millions of millennial and independent voters during the primary to get involved in politics and join a movement, who was there to help drive the positive message home for Clinton. “Is anyone here ready to transform America?” he asked the crowd, hinting there was nothing un-revolutionary about Clinton’s more incremental plans for change. “You've come to the right place.”
On Wednesday, any chill between the two former rivals seemed to have thawed. Sanders opened his arms to embrace Clinton in a big hug (two months ago, he extended his hand for a stiff shake instead). They spent time together privately before their joint panel discussion on debt-free college, and then seemed to finish each other’s stories about the crippling financial burdens of student debt. Clinton nodded vigorously when Sanders recounted a story of meeting a supporter who was not only helping to pay off a child’s student debt, but still making payments on her own.

Clinton continues to win over many former Sanders supporters. At Huffington Post, self-described “former ‘Bernie Bro’” Isaac Saul describes his journey towards Hillary Clinton: I Wrote That I Despised Hillary Clinton. Today, I Want to Publicly Take It Back:
When Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, I was distraught. Months before I had written about her on Huffington Post, explaining that I despised her not for her gender — as some of her supporters accused — but for her hawkishness, her center-left policies, her husband’s crime bill that incarcerated so many people of color, her support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and her inability to get progressive on climate change policy.
I’ve spent almost every waking hour of every day following this election, reading about Hillary, Donald Trump, both parties’ platforms, and the under-qualified Libertarian and Green Party candidates running. During these months of obsessing over my choice, I’ve watched my position slowly shift. I’ve felt myself start advocating for Hillary more than advocating a vote against Trump, culminating in last night’s debate when she finally, totally, completely won me over.
Saul recounts learning about Hillary’s many accomplishments about which he had known little or nothing, including her work for 9/11 first responders, S-CHIP, he role in promoting women’s rights on the world stage, and many others. He concludes:
All this work, and what did Clinton get? She got an actual smug, young journalist named Isaac Saul writing about how I despised her, when I hardly knew the depth of her accomplishments, when I was clinging to the pipe dream of a Bernie Sanders presidency that may have never been in the cards, when my own father got ignored while he tried his best to talk some sense into me.
Secretary Clinton, I’m sorry. And I retract my previous position of hatred and angst towards you. You have made mistakes, some of them grave, and some of them unforgivable. Unfortunately, that comes with decades of life in the public eye, pressure and microphones in your face. But you have also accomplished far more in your life as a public servant than just about anyone that’s run for this office, and certainly far more than I ever will. When November rolls around, you’ll have my vote
And you’ll get it enthusiastically.
And now, without treading on Michael Holman's Sunday Euro-roundup, here are a few world perspectives on Monday's debate I found interesting. The LA Times has a roundup of reactions from Mexico, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, and several other countries; I found the discussion in China especially interesting:
Before the debates, the official Xinhua News agency offered this brief preview: “The American voters are going to watch a drama of hurting each other.”
China’s state broadcasters did not air the U.S. presidential debate. But more than 118,000 people watched a live stream of the debate on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, making it the 18th most popular topic on the site. Many of their more than 2,500 comments focused on Clinton's appearance and Trump's penchant for falsehoods. “Hillary’s lipstick fits her suit well,” one person wrote. “Trump’s mouth is full of bull,” wrote another.
“China should elect its president this way,” somebody posted in a not-so-subtle dig at communism. Some took the opportunity to speculate on what each candidate would mean for China. “If Trump is elected, he will be like the president of the Philippines, who has a big mouth,” one wrote. “The world will become as thrilling as a roller coaster."
"If Hillary is elected, she will continue her tough foreign policy towards China, but her husband will help to improve the economy,” wrote another. “So our economy will be better too!”
The New Indian Express reports on a debate-watching event sponsored by the US Consulate in Chennai, and the feminist turn of the post-debate discussion:
“People are ready to accept Trump’s bad behaviour, but would they accept the same from Hillary?” asked Roshni, a student of MOP Vaishnav College for Women, referring to Trump’s unrelenting goading of his opponent through the duration of the debate.
... the pattern as it were in this room seemed to be not one, but a number of young women stepping up in defense of their own. Making reference to Trump’s constant dismissal of Hillary’s bad temperament and lack of stamina for the job, one woman in the audience went so far as to call it ‘bullying’.
“I watched the debate this morning and once again now, and what I love about it is that it can be used in teaching any Women’s Studies or Political Science class to show how a woman far more educated than the man in this case, and in such an esteemed position can be talked down to this way in the public eye,” said Vasundhara Sirnate-Drennan of the Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy.
Writing for Canadian news magazine Maclean’s, Anne Kingston examines “The Subversive Debate Smile of Hillary Clinton.”
It was the experienced Clinton, not the novice Trump, who would be the recipient of a deluge of unsolicited advice in the weeks, days and hours before the big event. Don’t cough. Train your eyes straight ahead lest those rumours of neurological problem persist. Don’t be a policy wonk. Don’t over-prepare. Avoid prepackaged zingers. Smile. Don’t lecture. “To beat Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential debates, Hillary Clinton must make him angry,” the Telegraph proclaimed. “66 things I am worried will go wrong for Hillary Clinton in the debates,”Slate fretted. “What can Hillary do to beat Trump?,” New York magazine asked. And then there was the august New Yorker: “Twelve debate questions that Hillary Clinton should be ready for.
What no one appeared to grasp is how the presidential debate format would, by definition, make Trump—defiantly neither a politician nor a policy wonk—angry. It was clearly a no-man’s land for him. There was no roaring approval from the crowd (although the edict was ignored at a few points). Clinton was the boss from the get-go. She came out of the gate talking gender—playing the grandmother card (it was her granddaughter’s birthday, she revealed) before launching into a discussion of the need for pay-equity and work-life balance. She spoke to people where they lived. She instructed Lester Holt to “turn back the clock” when Trump jumped in on her time. She mocked the fact that Trump had not done his homework: “And you know what else I prepared for?” she told him. “I prepared to be president, and I think that’s a good thing.” At another point Clinton said that “words matter”—even if this election cycle has proven that to be less true than ever before.
But spectacle does matter, more than ever. And on Monday, that spectacle saw Hillary Clinton smile and Donald Trump scowl. It’s a first, if not final, step in upending an instruction used for centuries to ensure women never had power. Who would have ever thought it could be so subversive?
Finally, Sia released a 33 second promo clip on Twitter yesterday for her new single, “The Greatest,” that manages to be a Hillary endorsement, a Trump troll, and a great little pro-Hillary ad all at once:


(originally posted at Daily Kos)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: DNC Expanding Presence in the Lone Star State!

Hillary Clinton and JuliΓ‘n Castro in San Antonio, October 2015
The evidence that Texas is a 2016 battleground state continues to pile up.

Over the past few months we've seen several close statewide polls, a big Clinton lead in Harris County, a few events with Tim Kaine, new campaign offices across the state, stunning endorsements by the Dallas Morning News and Houston Chronicle and Hillary's proclamation that "we could win Texas".

And today comes word that national Democrats have taken notice and taken action.

Via Texas Tribune:
The Democratic National Committee is expanding its presence in Texas as polls continue to show a closer-than-usual presidential race in the solidly red state.

Texas is set to become the fourth state participating in the DNC's Victory Leaders Council program, which establishes groups of prominent state Democrats to work directly with the party operation in Washington. The program is already underway in Arizona, Georgia and Utah — three other traditionally Republican states where Democrats are seeing new opportunity this election cycle.

The Texas Victory Leaders Council features a who's who of state Democrats, including well-known activists, donors, elected officials and party leaders. The council will be focused on helping elect both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and down-ballot candidates while trying to lay the groundwork for Democratic inroads in the state beyond 2016.

"Democrats are competing across the country and building for the future," DNC chief of staff Brandon Davis said in a statement. “In states from Georgia to Texas, demographics and politics are changing quickly — and Democrats are making the investments to make gains now so that we can take majorities later."

The state has also caught the attention of the Clinton campaign, which has opened several offices across Texas and dispatched surrogates to stump for the ticket. Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, spent two days in the state last week, holding a Houston rally in which he declared that he and Clinton "take Texas very seriously."
I have an election night vision. You can laugh if you want, but here it is: When the polls close on the west coast and Clinton is projected as the next president, Texas will still be too close to call. And as the partying continues into the night, and we all watch Trump's concession and Clinton's victory speech, Texas is still too close to call. Finally, just before everyone calls it a night around 2am, the unbelievable occurs: the networks call Texas for Hillary Clinton.

Improbable? Okay. Impossible? No way! Whatever the overall result on election night, it would not surprise me if it's close in Texas...perhaps way closer than expected. A victory would likely require the perfect storm of a national Hillary landslide with depressed Republican turnout and unprecedented Latino turnout. But you know what? In this craziest of election years, I think it could happen.

But only if we make it happen!


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Promote Tuition-Free College Plan in New Hampshire

Together again! And stronger together!

USA Today:
Hillary Clinton, campaigning here Wednesday with Sen. Bernie Sanders, worked to sway millennial voters by promoting a plan to make public college tuition-free for working families.

In a University of New Hampshire gym packed with students, Clinton sought to connect with those facing sometimes insurmountable college debt. Clinton said that when she graduated from college herself, she repaid her loans as a percentage of her income, which allowed her to take a low-paying public service job with the Children’s Defense Fund.

“I could never have done that if I had the kind of interest rates a lot of people are facing,” she told a crowd estimated at 1,200. “We are going to fix it. This is wrong.”

Clinton said when she taught law in Arkansas she met many students who scraped together money for tuition but were sidelined by financial hardships, including broken-down cars or child-care problems.

“The American dream is big enough for everyone, and education is absolutely essential to it,” she said.

Clinton noted that New Hampshire has the highest proportion of students with debt and the second-highest average debt per student. She said she aims to make public colleges and universities tuition-free for families earning less than $125,000 per year, to make community college free, and to help students refinance their college debt.

"When you add it up, our plan will help millions of people save thousands of dollars," she said.
Sanders, introducing Clinton, called the tuition-free proposal "revolutionary" and said it would spare students from "outrageous levels" of debt. He and Clinton worked together on the proposal after the Democratic presidential primaries.

"When you have Republicans telling us that it is OK to give tens and tens of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the richest people in this country, do not tell me that we cannot afford to make public colleges and universities tuition free," he said.

The rally marks Clinton and Sanders' second joint appearance in New Hampshire, a battleground state where Al Gore's loss to George W., Bush in the 2000 election remains a painful memory for Democrats. Audience members were given placards with the website,, which disseminates voter registration information.

Sanders, I-Vt., aims to help transfer to Clinton more support from the young adults who helped fuel his unexpectedly strong performance in the Democratic primaries. Clinton is underperforming with young adults, a surprisingly large percentage of whom are turning to third-party candidates.

Sanders said New Hampshire could decide the outcome of the election.

"I am asking you here today not only to vote for Secretary Clinton but to work hard to get your uncles and your aunts, to get your friends to vote," Sanders said. "It is imperative that we elect Hillary Clinton as our next president."
With Bernie on our side, I feel especially good about New Hampshire! Watch the full event above.

VIDEO: First Lady Michelle Obama at La Salle University in Philadelphia

Our amazing First Lady brought the πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ in Philly today!
First lady Michelle Obama warned against voting for someone who "has no chance to win" the presidential election, calling a vote for third-party candidates "a vote for Hillary's opponent."

Speaking at a rally at La Salle University's Tom Gola Arena in Philadelphia, the first lady also said that Americans who don't vote at all, risk putting Donald Trump in the White House.

"Elections aren't just about who votes, it's also about who doesn't vote," Obama said.

She never mentioned Trump by name during her nearly 30-minute speech, but criticized "Clinton's opponent" for his attack on women, immigrants, as well as the Republican nominee's temperament.

"We need someone who is steady and measured because when making life or death, war or peace decisions, a president just can’t pop off or lash out irrationally. We need an adult in the White House,” Obama said, noting that when Clinton "gets knocked down, she doesn't complain. She doesn't cry foul."
Listen to the huge energy in the room! I'll say it again: Out of so many great campaign surrogates on our side, Michelle just might be the best. Watch the full speech above (minus a few problems with the satellite feed).

VIDEO: Bill Clinton in Cleveland (9/27/16)
Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday showed that he knows a thing or two about campaigning as he stumped for his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

She has not been in Ohio since Labor Day — about three weeks. Instead, she has sent several high-profile surrogates, including her husband, her running mate Tim Kaine and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. At the same time, the Clinton campaign has also deployed a hodgepodge of celebrities and actors to the Buckeye State.

After a strong debate performance on Monday, she campaigned in North Carolina on Tuesday, where the race is deadlocked, and sent a postcard to Ohio voters in the form of her husband, a former president who won the Buckeye State twice.

Bill Clinton, who made an appearance in Toledo earlier Tuesday, rallied the Cuyahoga County Democratic base inside Ginn Academy, Ohio's only all-male public high school and pushed voter registration. Clinton talked up his wife's experience and ran through the list of his wife's policies: invest in infrastructure and the economy. Make attending public universities debt-free for students whose families make up to $125,000.

He spoke for about 30 minutes, and delivered a folksy plea asking Clevelanders to register to vote. The former president made this election about the voters — not the candidates. A central theme of his speech? Empowerment.

"This election is about you and your future and you need to claim it," he said.

Clinton declared his wife the winner of the first presidential debate and couldn't mask his delight. In the same breath, he stressed the importance of the American electorate and Ohio.

"Anybody watch that debate last night? One down two to go but it doesn't matter unless we win the election and that's up to you. It is up to Ohio," he said.
Watch the first First Gentleman's full speech above! Video of his rally in Toledo the same day can be found here.

Hillary News & Views 09.28.16: The Post-Debate Glow Continues With Multiple Rallies

Hillary speaking in Raleigh, NC, Sept. 27, 2016, the day following the first debate (Getty)


Guest post by rugbymom

The Clinton campaign amplified the momentum from Monday night’s resounding debate performance with a wave of public events by multiple people. Hillary, still glowing the debate, headed to North Carolina yesterday morning. (How does she do it, after a night like that?)
 She had a chance to chat with her press pool en route. Per ABC:
Clinton reacted [to Trump’s comments about his microphone] this morning aboard her campaign plane, saying, “Anyone who complains about the microphone is not having a good night.
Asked by reporters whether she thinks Trump will skip the remaining two debates next month — as he and some of his surrogates have suggested — she said she’ll be there, no matter what.
Well, I’m going to show up. He gets to decide what he’s going to do,” Clinton said. “But I will be there in St. Louis and then after that in Las Vegas.”
She added, “If I’m the only person onstage, well, you know, I’m the only person onstage.”
(The AP’s video from the plane is viewable here — but can’t be embedded.)
          Hillary’s main event in NC was a rally at Wake Technical Community College in rainy Raleigh. It was covered yesterday in Kerry Eleveld’s front page diary.
 The local News & Observer wrote:
RALEIGH — Rallying a crowd of 1,400 supporters the day after the first presidential debate, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was eager to highlight her opponent’s most controversial comments from Monday night’s faceoff.
Clinton spoke to a capacity crowd at Wake Tech Community College’s gym Tuesday afternoon and brought up the debate within moments of going onstage.
(It was actually an overflow crowd, with more than 200 people unable to get into the main hall.) She recapped some of Trump’s key moments, from his criticism of her debate preparation to his bragging that he did hope to profit from the housing collapse in 2008. She repeated her claim that he may not have paid any federal income tax in multiple years, a claim bolstered by Trump’s boasting that it was a smart move. She characterized his foreign policy comments as “dangerously incoherent.
          Clinton also (as she always does) tied in local issues, stressing the Republican efforts to make it harder for Carolinians to vote, and the HB2 anti-LGBTQ law. She mentioned the recent shooting in Charlotte, where she postponed a visit at the request of the city’s mayor. She talked about the need to raise the minimum wage. Senate candidate Deborah Ross, locked in a tight race against incumbent Republican Richard Burr, was one of the warm-up speakers at the rally.
          Here’s the full video (Introduction of Hillary begins about 8:45):
“Hillary is acting like a winner,” a headline in The Atlantic read after the rally. These students agreed:
From Raleigh, Clinton headed to a closed-press fundraiser at a private home in nearby Chapel Hill.
          Nationwide, the big push yesterday was “National Voter Registration Day.” (is that really a thing? Or is the campaign inventing it to make it a thing?) Twitter, Facebook, and campaign events were all focused on getting people registered, since most states’ registration deadlines fall before or during the mid-October “Columbus Day” (Indigenous Peoples' Day) holiday weekend.
          Bill Clinton was pushing the voter registration theme in battleground Ohio, with rallies in Toledo and Cleveland.
          Future VP Tim Kaine was also campaigning hard. Along with his GOP counterpart, Tim put in an appearance on yesterday’s “Good Morning America” to say (of course) that Hillary did a great job in the debate:
Tim spoke from Orlando, where he did a series of events over several days. On Monday he had a closed-press meeting with Hispanic faith leaders at the Iglesia El Calvario (Calvary Church). Accompanied by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly, Kaine, visibly moved, visited the site of the Pulse nightclub massacre:
All three then spoke at a debate-watch party organized by the Clinton campaign and the LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign. Tuesday morning Kaine rallied volunteers at a “Canvass Kickoff.”
From local TV station News6, at
Kaine told Clinton volunteers the importance of pushing for every vote possible. 
“I don't have to tell you how important Florida is. (In) Florida, the election is going to be very, very close,” Kaine said. . . .
“Your phone call might be the call. Your knocking on the door might be the interaction.”
          Tim’s wife Anne Holton is continuing her pattern of speaking at smaller events, substantive round-tables, that draw on her experience in law and education policy. Yesterday she was in Michigan (or as they’re now calling it, #MISheCan!). (Are we noticing how laser-focused the campaign is on the states that really matter for the Electoral College? Not that the rest of us don’t matter, but some really do matter more than others right now).  
        Reinforcing the National Voter Registration Day theme, Anne participated in a voter protection roundtable before a predominantly African-American audience at the Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit. She joined former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, Attorney Mary Ellen Gurewitz, who brought the successful Federal court challenge to Republican attempts to eliminate straight-ticket voting in Michigan, and several community leaders active in voter protection and GOTV.
          Anne’s next stop was a phonebanking session in suburban Livonia:
The final event of the day was a Women to Women” community engagement event at the campaign office in Ann Arbor, home to the University of Michigan (and, coincidentally, where I was born during the year my father taught there):
           Back on the East Coast, surrogate Joe Biden spoke to several hundred at Drexel University in Philadelphia, fired up in his signature blunt style following the debate. The NBCNews headline says it well: “Joe Biden Wants to Know ‘What in the Hell’ Donald Trump is talking about.
"He acknowledged that he didn't pay taxes because he said ... because he's smart; makes him smart," Biden said. . . ."Tell that to the janitor in here who's paying taxes!" answered Biden raising his voice. "Tell that to your mothers and fathers who are breaking their neck to send you here, they're paying taxes. . . .”
The former senator from Delaware also criticized comments from Trump suggesting that the housing bubble collapse of 2008 was "good business" for him.
"What in the hell is he talking about?" the vice president wondered aloud. . . .
Biden made an impassioned plea to the young people in the room to get out and vote for Clinton. He acknowledged that while many millennials are not "overjoyed" with Trump or Clinton, President Trump is not an acceptable outcome.
Biden concluded with a defiant optimistic message that the United States was second to no country.
"We own the future, we own the finish line!" He concluded to cheers
Here’s unfiltered Joe:
          Hillary has a new powerful voice speaking on her behalf: Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe who Hillary mentioned (clearly with her consent) during the debate (and who I believe was in the audience). Her story underscores so many of the themes about Trump: racism, sexism, personal insults — and not paying those who work to earn him money. She’s been campaigning for Hillary since June. Yesterday she was on a press call. And the campaign was ready with a web ad with the full story (in Spanish, with English subtitles):
           The post-debate pace doesn’t slow down today. Hillary and Bernie! are doing an event in Durham, New Hampshire (home of UNH); Michelle Obama is speaking at rallies in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; Chelsea Clinton is heading for Greenville and Asheville, NC; and Anne Holton participates in two round tables in Lansing and Grand Rapids, MI. (This useful page has the list in chronological order, with links to the details on the public events; you can also search by zip code on the campaign website.) Tim Kaine doesn’t seem to have any events for the next stretch; we can assume he is following the good example of his running mate and preparing thoroughly for the October 4 VP debate (9:00-10:30 pm EDT, from Farmville, VA which is a real place not just a Facebook game).
          Last word today goes to Keith Ellison (D-MN-05), when asked for his prediction on the race:
(originally posted at Daily Kos)