Friday, August 5, 2016

Clinton campaign news

Clinton continues to gain in polls

The NY Times reports results of polls in New Hampshire (Clinton ahead 47% to 32%) and, importantly, Florida where she leads Donald Trump 48% to 42%.

She leads by a lot in the new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has surged to a 15-point lead over reeling, gaffe-plagued Republican Donald Trump, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

Clinton made strong gains with two constituencies crucial to a Republican victory – whites and men – while scoring important gains among fellow Democrats, the poll found.

Clinton not only went up, but Trump also went down. Clinton now has a 48-33 percent lead, a huge turnaround from her narrow 42-39 advantage last month.

The findings are particularly significant because the poll was taken after both political conventions ended and as Trump engaged in a war of words with the parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in an explosion in Iraq 12 years ago while trying to rescue other soldiers.

Republicans know fear - of Trump. Sanders' people know he is nuts.

Francis Duffy, 76, an Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Republican, said she was voting for Clinton because she found Trump to be scary. “I just don’t feel that Donald Trump is qualified. I think he’s a loose cannon,” she said.

Jorge Vietes, 78, a native of Argentina who lives in Stockton, California, sided with Sanders in the primary, and is not swayed by Trump’s efforts to woo Sanders’ voters.

“I have no choice but to go for Clinton,” said Vietes, an independent voter. “Trump is kind of a crazy guy.”

And Trump's response?

... at a rally in Virginia on Tuesday, he said: “I think these polls – I don't know – there's something about these polls, there's something phony.”

Like I said in another post today, it's a fractional anticipatory sore-loser response.

Billionaires backing Clinton

Clinton has gotten major support from some prominent 1%ers. For example from the NY Times, here's Warren Buffett on the trail.

Warren E. Buffett (known as the Oracle of Omaha) was easy. The low-key billionaire has been at the forefront of efforts to rewrite the tax code so that he does not pay a lower rate than his secretary. But he did not create the behemoth of Berkshire Hathaway, which holds significant stakes in Coca-Cola, American Express and Wells Fargo, among others, by always being nice.

On Monday, he unleashed on her Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, comparing him to Senator Joseph McCarthy (“Have you no decency, sir?” Mr. Buffett said, quoting a famous rejoinder to the senator) and mocking his bankruptcies.

Other supporters include Meg Whitman, Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Cuban.

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