Welcome to the Monday presidential primary brief provided by Alabama Today. Every week you can find your latest headlines on the presidential primary races as we count down the days until Election Day.
259 days until AL Presidential Primary
512 days until Election Day
Convention Dates: Republican July 18-21, 2016; Democratic July 25-28, 2016
Polling data as of June 14, 2015. For more polling data visit RealClearPolitics.
Jeb Bush’s 18 month shadow campaign (Politico 6/14/15)
The 400 amped-up Republicans booed when Jeb Bush swiped at Hillary Clinton’s “breathtaking” statement that businesses don’t create jobs. They nodded respectfully when he promised a better tomorrow. “This country can lead the world. That’s what this election is about,” Bush told the crowd, sounding every bit like a man with his eye on the White House. “It’s not about the past. It’s about what the future can look like.”
Lindsey Graham aims to be first bachelor president of modern era (CBS News 6/12/15)
Lindsey Graham: veteran South Carolina senator, long-shot presidential candidate, lifelong bachelor. The first two labels are what made Graham a national figure, but all anyone wants to discuss recently is the third. If Graham wins the presidency in 2016, he’ll be only the third bachelor ever elected to the of\ice. (The first, history buffs might recall, was James Buchanan. Grover Cleveland was a bachelor when he was elected but later married while in the White House.)
Bill Clinton dismisses attacks on Hillary (Politico 6/14/15)
Bill Clinton is dismissing the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton and their Clinton Foundation, insisting he trusts his wife “with my life and have on more than one occasion.” “A — I know her. B — I know the truth. And C — I trust the American people,” Clinton said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” And the controversy, he said, is “not happening 15 hours before the election.”
John Kasich’s Wall Street ties could haunt 2016 bid (Erie TV News 6/8/15)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich loves talking about his record in of\ice, his knack for balancing the budget and his controversial decision to back Medicaid expansion. But there’s one part of his résumé he’s less inclined to discuss: the years he spent as a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Kasich joined Lehman’s investment banking division as managing director in 2001, working there until the firm’s collapse in September 2008 unleashed global panic and served as the catalyst for the financial crisis.
5 takeaways from Clinton’s relaunch rally (Politico 6/13/15)
Hillary Clinton, who has spent most of the early campaign touting her virtues as a note- taking listener, had lots and lots to say — and then some more — during her epic 2016 kickoff speech on Roosevelt Island. Much of it was the expected proto-State of the Union stuff — the entire last half was a policy agenda full of vague specifics (“I will rewrite the tax code so it rewards hard work and investments here at home, not quick trades or stashing pro\its overseas”) and wonked-out data points geared to justify government investment (“eighty percent of the brain is developed by age three”).
Donald Trump says his decision on a 2016 presidential run will make ‘a lot of people … very unhappy (New York Daily News 6/8/15)
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump said Saturday that he would announce June 16 whether he’d run for President. “I think a lot of people are going to be very happy,” Trump said at a Republican convention in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday. The real estate mogul referred to to his potential rivals as “clowns” in remarks to The News & Observer. Trump, who considered a presidential bid in 2012 but ultimately signed on to another season of “The Apprentice,” formed an exploratory committee in March and has hired staff members in key states.
Ben Carson: ‘I don’t want to talk about the gay issue’ (Politico 6/12/15)
Ben Carson says he would rather talk about discrimination against Christians than discrimination against gays. In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, the Republican presidential candidate said that he was “irritated” by the comparison between same-sex marriage rights and the civil rights movement because, for example, there have not been any signs that said ‘everybody else here, and gay people have to drink at this fountain.’”
Jim Webb plans 3-day Iowa tour (The Des Moines Register 6/13/15)
Potential presidential candidate Jim Webb is visiting several Iowa towns during an upcoming three-day trip, including Urbandale, Des Moines and Grand Junction. The stops range from a wind farm tour, to a \lag day celebration and breakfast. The former U.S. senator from Virginia has been in the state seven days in 2015. During his most recent visit in early May, he visited Sioux City for a stop at the Sioux City Boy’s Club and a meeting with local Democratic leaders.
Carly Fiorina: It’s time for the GOP to reclaim the term feminist (Politico 6/11/15)
Running as the only female presidential contender in a party still dogged for its “war on women,” Carly Fiorina on Thursday laid out her vision of the new feminist. In the six weeks since she launched her White House run, Fiorina has focused much of her energy attacking Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, taking on a much more aggressive posture than the rest of the Republican field.