Wall Street Journal: “Kantar Media predicts overall spending for the 2016 elections will be about $4.4 billion, up roughly 16% from the $3.8 billion candidates and outside groups laid out for cable and broadcast ads in 2012.”
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Sharpening his pitch to what he calls “the silent majority,” Donald Trump presented himself as the “law and order” candidate in the 2016 presidential race, pledging to “get rid” of gangs and give more power to police officers, the Washington Post reports.
Said Trump: “We’re going to get rid of those gang members so fast your head will spin. One of the first things I’m going to do is get rid of those gang members.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), “the popular Democrat from New Hampshire and the first woman to be elected senator and governor in the state, will publicly endorse Hillary Clinton next Saturday,” the New York Times reports.
“Ms. Shaheen is the latest high-profile endorsement in the early nominating states for Mrs. Clinton whose favorability numbers have softened in some recent polls as Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has gained ground.”
Washington Post: “Walker’s backers see a campaign discombobulated by Trump’s booming popularity and by his provocative language on immigration, China and other issues. They see in Walker a candidate who — in contrast to the discipline he showed in state races — continues to commit unforced errors, either out of lack of preparation or in an attempt to grab for part of the flamboyant businessman’s following.”
“These supporters say what is needed now is a return to basics, a more disciplined focus on the issues Walker long has championed in Wisconsin. They say there also needs to be a clear acknowledgment inside the campaign that the governor has yet to put to rest questions about his readiness to handle the problems and unexpected challenges that confront every president.”
Conservative economist and media figure Larry Kudlow says he’s talked to national Republicans about running for Senate in Connecticut, Roll Call reports.
Said Kudlow: “Maybe I’m speaking out of school but if Sen. Richard Blumenthal votes with Obama on Iran, I’m going to run against him. I’m going to run against him for the Senate. The national Senate campaign committee has come to me and talked to me about it. They polled. I’m not a political guy, I’m an economist. I’m a broadcaster by profession, but I am so angry at this issue, among others.”
Gov. Scott Walker says it’s “legitimate” to discuss building a wall separating the United States from Canada, CNN reports.
Said Walker: “Some people have asked us about that in New Hampshire. They raised some very legitimate concerns, including some law enforcement folks that brought that up to me at one of our town hall meetings about a week and a half ago. So that is a legitimate issue for us to look at.”
“That’s a disgrace, and she’s a disgrace. She’s a disgrace for saying that, for comparing Republicans to terrorist groups.”
— Gov. Chris Christie, quoted by Politico, on Hillary Clinton criticizing Republicans on women’s health issues.
Wall Street Journal: “First, look at the share of voters who have said they won’t consider voting for Mr. Trump. That number had been high, suggesting that Mr. Trump had little room to grow his support. But now, more GOP voters see him as an option… The number saying they could not see themselves supporting Mr. Trump dropped from 51% in May to 33% in August.”
“The second consideration: Where might additional voters for Mr. Trump come from?… Mr. Trump’s three highest candidate correlations were with Mr. Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Voters backing those candidates also seem to be aligned with Mr. Trump. The good news for Mr. Trump: Messrs. Carson and Cruz are doing well in the polls, suggesting that Mr. Trump could draw from a large pool of voters if those other candidates abandoned the race.”
“I think we need to move away from hyphenated Americans. We’re not African-Americans or Asian-Americans, Indian-Americans, rich or poor Americans: We’re all Americans. And the reason this is so important: immigration without integration is not immigration; it’s invasion.”
—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in an interview on ABC News.
A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll in Iowa finds that Donald Trump leads the GOP presidential pack with 23%, followed by Ben Carson at 18%, Ted Cruz at 8%, Scott Walker at 8%, Jeb Bush at 6%, Marco Rubio at 6%, Carly Fiorina at 5%, Mike Huckabee at 4% and Rand Paul at 4%.
Most interesting: “In the last Iowa Poll, in May, Trump had the highest unfavorable rating of all the Republicans, back when he was tied for ninth place with 4%. Trump has almost completely reversed his rating. Then, 27% had positive feelings about him and 63% negative. Now, it’s 61% positive, 35% negative.”
Said pollster Ann Selzer: “Trump definitely has upside potential. All the talk about a ceiling was a little premature.”
A new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll in Iowa finds Sen. Bernie Sanders “riding an updraft of insurgent passion” and is now trailing Hillary Clinton by just 7 points in the Democratic presidential race, 37% to 30%.
Said pollster Ann Selzer: “This feels like 2008 all over again.”
“This is a movement. I don’t want it to be about me.”
— Donald Trump, quoted by Politico.
Gov. Chris Christie said that he would ask FedEx for advice on tracking immigrants, the Daily Beast reports.
Said Christie: “We let people come to this country with visas and the minute they come in, we lose track of them. So here’s what I’m gonna do as president: I’m gonna ask Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, to come over to the government for three months. Just come for three months to immigration and customs enforcement and show them.”
Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he attends a church in Manhattan, but the church released a statement to CNN saying the real estate developer is not an “active member.”
Trump told reporters he attends church “as often as I can, a lot” and attends different churches since he travels so much.
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A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds Donald Trump leads his GOP presidential rivals with 33%, followed by Mike Huckabee at 12%, Jeb Bush at 10%, Scott Walker at 8% and Ben Carson at 7%.
“Three top Jeb Bush fundraisers abruptly parted ways with his presidential campaign on Friday, amid internal personality conflicts and questions about the strength of his candidacy,” Politico reports.
Martin O’Malley “had one clear chance to make waves within the Democratic National Committee, and he seized it, delivering a fiery speech Friday that condemned his party’s leadership for what he called a process ‘rigged’ to help Hillary Clinton — namely, curtailing the number of presidential primary debates,” the New York Times reports.
Said O’Malley: “This is totally unprecedented in our party’s history. This sort of rigged process has never been attempted before. Whose decree is it exactly? Where did it come from? To what end? For what purpose? What national or party interest does this decree serve? How does this help us tell the story of the last eight years of Democratic progress?”