Presidential Primary Brief: 350 days until Election Day

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157 days until AL Presidential Primary
350 days until Election Day

Convention Dates: Republican July 18-21 2016, Democratic July 25-28 2016

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Where 2016 candidates stand on Syrian refugees after Paris attacks (CBS News 11/17/15)

Prior to the terror attacks in Paris last week, many of the 2016 presidential candidates said the U.S. should take in Syrian refugees? Fleeing from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). But with the revelation that one of the attackers may have entered Europe with the wave of migrants coming from Syria, nearly all Republicans have reversed course and say the risk of a terrorist getting into the country is too high. Here is where the 2016 candidates stand on refugees after the Paris attacks:

Planned Parenthood to spend $20M in 2016 election to fight Republicans (Latin Post 11/18/15)

Planned Parenthood has launched a new multimillion-dollar political initiative to fight against anti-abortion extremists in the Republican Party trying to end its federal funding. The women’s health organization announced Tuesday it plans to spend at least $20 million in the 2016 election to keep Republicans who want to defund the group from being elected. “Extremists have made the 2016 election about attacking reproductive rights,” Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said in a video announcing the effort. “Politicians who side with these extremists, you are not my candidate.”

2016 presidential candidates: How they would fight ISIS (CBS News 11/18/15)

Days after the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Paris that left over 130 people dead and hundreds more injured, contenders for the White House are laying out their plans to defeat the extremist terror network.

Marco Rubio scores mega-donor Frank VanderSloot (Politico 11/18/15)

Sen. Marco Rubio has bagged another Republican mega-donor: billionaire Frank VanderSloot. VanderSloot, the former national finance co-chairman for Mitt Romney, said he would support the Florida senator and 2016 candidate, adding to the group of wealthy funders who have backed Rubio — including Paul Singer and Cliff Asness, a major hedge fund manager. “Marco Rubio is the brightest and most capable candidate. He has the uncanny ability to state his positions clearly in a way that resonates with the average voter,” VanderSloot said in a letter explaining his endorsement.

Sanders on Clinton: ‘We’re not best friends, ya know, but I know her’ (Politico 11/18/15)

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Bernie Sanders downplayed his relationship with Hillary Clinton and portrayed her as a tool of the Democratic Party establishment. “I say with utmost sincerity: I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I knew her as first lady,” Sanders said. “We’re not best friends, ya know, but I know her.” Sanders went on to praise Clinton’s intelligence and experience, but said she is “not generating enthusiasm” in the Democratic presidential primary, where she leads him in most polls.

GOP candidates were for Syrian refugees before they were against them (Politico 11/17/15)

As the aftershocks from last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris continue to reverberate in the U.S., the Republican presidential contenders have taken a sharp right turn in how they are talking about the thousands of Syrian refugees who were due to arrive on American shores in the coming months.

Fear throws its hat into the ring for 2016 race (Reuters 11/22/15)

Fear is back. It looks like 2004 all over again. In 2004, the terrorism issue spelled doom for Democrats. It was the first presidential election after 9/11. Democrat John Kerry was challenging President George W. Bush’s re-election. Republicans turned the election into a referendum on terrorism. “We are not yet safe,” Vice President Dick Cheney declared. “Threats are still out there. The terrorists are still plotting and planning, trying to find ways to attack the United States.” Democrats accused Republicans of exploiting fear. “A true leader inspires hope and vanquishes fear,” Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said. “This administration does neither. Instead, it brings fear.”


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