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Donald Trump Says GOP Debate Will Be ‘Incredible’

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — After skipping the most recent Republican presidential debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump is back in the saddle for ABC News’ forum Saturday evening, saying he expects it to be an “incredible evening.”

“So many things to say, so much at stake,” Trump tweeted Friday.

Trump is set to duke it out with the six other GOP candidates who have been extended an invitation to the debate, hosted by ABC News and the Independent Journal Review in Manchester, New Hampshire. The GOP hopefuls will offer their final pitches in the Granite State ahead of Tuesday’s primaries.


I very much look forward to tomorrow’s debate in New Hampshire—so many things to say, so much at stake. It will be an incredible evening!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 5, 2016


Trump boycotted the GOP debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses, instead holding a fundraising event for veterans. He had been feuding with the hosts, Fox News.

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Donald Trump’s New Hampshire BFF Scott Brown Takes 10 Questions

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Sarah Palin, Wayne Newton, Hulk Hogan: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump enjoys the support of all of them.

And earlier this week, the billionaire real estate mogul picked up another high-profile endorsement when Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator and New Hampshire transplant, joined the Trump cabal.

Brown served in the U.S. Senate for three years lost his shot at re-election in 2012 to Elizabeth Warren. So, he changed addresses and moved to New Hampshire to try to snatch the seat of incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. He lost, again.

Despite his shaky electoral track record, Brown has unmistakable influence in the Granite State, having hosted a “No BS Backyard BBQ” series featuring several of the GOP presidential candidates, including Trump. At a Tuesday rally in Milford, New Hampshire, Brown announced he was going all-in for The Donald.

“Everybody wanted his endorsement and I’m very honored that he’s giving it to me,” Trump said.

With the New Hampshire primary just days away, ABC News caught up with Brown. Below is an edited Q&A with the former senator-turned-Trump backer:

ABC News: When you hosted Donald Trump at one of your “No BS Backyard Barbecues” in January, he attracted your biggest crowd. Were you immediately won over?

Brown: We’ve had all 10 of the 12 major candidates come to the barbecue and it’s been a fascinating process listening and learning. I know all of the candidates and I respect the hell out of each and every one of them. But I didn’t decide then. I wanted to see Ted Cruz come, which he did, and he did a wonderful job, as well. But the thing that kept coming back to me is that I wanted a change agent, someone who could actually go down to Washington, is not beholden to anybody. The second thing is, I think he has the best experience when it comes to job creation. Trump has access to incredibly gifted people who can come up with different solutions. I know he’ll surround himself with people who want to do it for the flag. But, no disrespect to any of the other candidates because I truly love them. Chris and Marco? I love them like brothers from another mother.

ABC News: Voters in the Granite State take their state’s motto, “live free or die,” seriously. Is Trump speaking their language?

Brown: Absolutely, yeah. We did an event the other night with 5,000 people there and probably a couple thousand who couldn’t get in. The energy was really off the charts and I was pleasantly surprised. These are salt of the earth, hardcore activists, who have checked out of the process because they’ve been so frustrated with the business-as-usual gridlock. Trump’s tapped into that nerve. Admittedly, Trump had a below-average ground game in Iowa, but don’t forget he’s only been doing this six months. He’s still learning. He’s like a sponge; he’ll take it in and figure out what went wrong, analyze it and fix it.

ABC News: A lot of people say the reason why Trump is doing so well in the polls is that he’s tapped into the anger of Americans. Do you see his as an angry candidacy?

Brown: No, he’s tapping into the same energy that Bernie’s tapping into on the other side. I find it amusing that Bernie can do that because he’s been in the Senate forever. He was a backbencher when he had the opportunity to be a leader. But I do respect Bernie in that he’s saying what he believes and he’s not listening to the polls. He really believes this stuff. I don’t, but he does, and that’s cool; unlike Hillary who is just all over the place, trying to go left of everybody.

ABC News: Marco Rubio crept up on Trump in Iowa and now he’s starting to creep up in the polls in New Hampshire. Should Team Trump be worried about Rubio’s rise?

Brown: Marco is a great guy, he’s a great candidate and he’s a dear friend. I’m very close with him and I wish him well. This process is a long, long process. And ultimately, who knows? They may join forces down the road. But that being said, Marco is a politician. Donald’s been doing this for six months. He’s not a politician and he’s up against seasoned pros. People keep forgetting that. They listen to the bravado. They listen to the talking. But they don’t really remember that Trump’s self-funding and that he’s new at this.

ABC News: In your endorsement speech for Trump, you complained that the Obama administration is shrinking the military and neglecting veterans. If you were advising President Trump, what would you tell him to do about it?

I served for 35 years, the last four were in the Pentagon, and I was on the Armed Services and Veterans Committee. I hope I can play a very major role in untying the hands of our generals and re-establishing trust within the ranks, giving them tools and resources, eliminating a lot of the fraud and waste, and getting transfer authority within the budget so you can actually move monies around. The president did that for the FAA but he didn’t allow it for the military. That’s why they’re in so much trouble.

ABC News: You’re currently coaching a seventh-grade basketball team. Any advice you give your kids on the court you’d want to share with Trump?

Brown: There’s a tremendous amount of sports analogies you can use between athletics and politics. When my candidate friends call, the advice I give them all is just be yourself. Stand on your beliefs and you’re going to live and die by those beliefs. You can’t keep changing stripes and you can’t be somebody that you’re not. And I tell the kids, “If you’re a shooter, shoot,” and “if you’re a great passer, pass.” We’ll improve on the other areas as we go along and learn and grow and learn and grow.

ABC News: Trump mentions how much he loves his friend Tom Brady. You’re a fan, too. Do you think there’s any chance he’ll endorse Trump? Also: Broncos or Panthers?

Brown: You’d have to speak to Tom. But Patriots first. I like Peyton Manning and I always have. I think he’s a real competitor but I also love the Panthers and Cam is just an unbelievable athlete so I’m just going to enjoy the game and have some beers and relax.

ABC News: Did you know that you and Melania Trump have something in common? You’ve both had almost-nude photos published. (Her in GQ and you in an infamous Cosmopolitan spread).

Brown: Infamous? Come on, it’s a very nice spread. My mother and grandmother loved it. I wish I still looked like that. That was 1982.

ABC News: Trump recently criticized Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly for her own racy magazine photos. Fair game?

Brown: The Democrats have tried to use that photo against me 30 times in my career, easily. They dropped off postcards at people’s houses with that photo. It’s part of who I am. It’s part of who we are as people. We all have strengths and flaws. I’m not ashamed of it because I never would have met my wife and I never would have had these amazing kids. So I’m cool with it. It just depends on who you are, whether it bugs you or not. It doesn’t bug me at all.

ABC News: Would you want Trump to consider you as a potential running mate?

Brown: Nah, that’s never going to happen. It’s like sitting around at a bar and talking about who’s going to win the World Series next year. I’m going to help wherever anybody wants me to help, and if he’s the nominee I’m going to help him. And if he’s not, I’m going to help whoever our nominee is.

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Obama Touts Economic Recovery, Downplays Negativity from GOP Candidates

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama said the “durable” U.S. economy has continued to grow this year and that “Americans are working and getting bigger paychecks.”

Employers added 151,000 jobs in January and the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent last month – the first time the jobless rate dipped below 5 percent since February 2008.

“I know that’s still inconvenient for Republican stump speeches as their doom and despair tour plays in New Hampshire. I guess you cannot please everybody,” Obama said Friday.

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Donald Trump Says He’ll Attend March Debate Moderated by Megyn Kelly

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump says he will now attend Fox News’ March 3 debate moderated by Megyn Kelly despite last week’s boycott.

“I’ll be there, I have no objection to being there,” Trump told NewsMax’s Steve Malzberg. “That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, it had to with the memo sent out by Fox that was a little taunting.”

Kelly said on ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday that Trump had not yet committed to participating in the March debate, but that she hoped he would.

“I think he will be. He hasn’t committed but he will show up at that one, which is great because Brett, Chris and I will be moderating it. And we will just move our Trump questions from the last debate over to this debate. And I’ll finally get a chance to ask him,” said Kelly.

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Hillary Clinton Losing Her National Lead over Bernie Sanders, Poll Shows

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton’s strong national lead over Bernie Sanders is essentially gone and, instead, the Democratic race is incredibly close, according to a national Quinnipiac poll released on Friday.

Clinton received 44 percent of support while Sanders can boast about 42 percent, his highest support in any national poll to date.

The former secretary of state’s 31-point lead over the Vermont senator in December has fallen to only two points.

This new poll was conducted after the Iowa caucuses, when the polls were too close to call Monday night but, finally, Clinton eked out a win over Sanders.

The last Quinnipiac poll released on Dec. 21 showed Clinton with a whopping 31-point lead over Sanders, 61 to 30.

For the Republicans, despite losing the Iowa caucuses, Trump still holds his lead over the rest of the pack nationally with 31 percent.

After that, Ted Cruz has 22 percent, while Marco Rubio earned 19 percent. Ben Carson trails with 6 percent and the rest of the field, including Jeb Bush, falls at 3 percent or lower.

The poll also shows that if the general election came down to Clinton and Rubio, voters said they would vote for Rubio over Clinton, 48 to 41 percent.

Both Clinton and Sanders would beat Donald Trump, according to the poll. Clinton beats Trump, 46 to 41 percent, but in a Sanders-Trump matchup, Sanders tops Trump, 49 to 39 percent.

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Democratic Presidential Debate: Seven Moments That Mattered

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JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Just five days before New Hampshire voters will have their say in their state’s first-in-the-nation primary, there was another first in the Granite State: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders went toe-to-toe on a debate stage, just the two of them.

The intimate setting led to some of the most heated exchanges of the campaign so far, reflecting the fierce battle for the Democratic nomination at a crucial moment: Just a few days after Clinton eked out a narrow victory in the Iowa caucuses and before Sanders appears poised to claim victory in New Hampshire.

During the 90-minute debate, held at the University of New Hampshire and hosted by MSNBC, the candidates, at times, seemed not just to speak but to shout their answers. After a particularly feisty squabble, co-moderator Rachel Maddow acknowledged, “Obviously we’ve touched a nerve.”

Here are seven moments that mattered at the final Democratic debate before the New Hampshire primary:

1. Clinton Calls Sanders’ Attack On Campaign Cash An “Artful Smear”

In what was perhaps the nastiest clash between the two Democratic hopefuls, Clinton challenged Sanders over his frequent attacks against her and her allies for raising cash from Wall Street and big business.

“Enough is enough. If you’ve got something to say, say it directly,” Clinton scolded. “You will not find that I ever changed a view or a vote because of any donation that I ever received.”

She went on to call Sanders’ argument an “artful smear.”

For his part, Sanders bemoaned the influence of lobbying and big money in politics: “There is a reason why these people are putting huge amounts of money into our political system,” he said.

2. Clinton Tries to Shut Down Sanders’ Establishment Argument

The attack Sanders has been using on the campaign trail — trying to label Clinton his “establishment” opponent — happened again Thursday night.

“I will absolutely admit that Secretary Clinton has the support of far more governors, mayors, Members of the House. She has the entire establishment or almost the entire establishment behind her,” Sanders said before touting his support from “ordinary Americans.”

But Clinton hit back: “Senator Sanders is the only person who would characterize me a woman running to be the first woman president as exemplifying the establishment.”

3. Democrat vs. Democrat Progressive One-Upsmanship

Over the past week, Sanders has been challenging Clinton’s record as a progressive (she’s only one on “some days,” he said). But tonight, Clinton came armed with talking points to highlight her own progressive chops.

“It is fair to say, Senator, that in your definition, as you being the self-proclaimed gatekeeper for progressivism, I don’t know anyone else who fits that definition,” Clinton said, ripping into her challenger.

“If we’re going to get into labels, I don’t think it was particularly progressive to vote against the Brady bill five times. I don’t think it was progressive to vote to give gun makers and sellers immunity. I don’t think it was progressive to vote against Ted Kennedy’s immigration reform,” she continued. “So, we can go back and forth like this. But the fact is most people watching tonight want to know what we’ve done and what we will do.”

Sanders, meanwhile, doubled down on his definition of a progressive — calling out Clinton for her super PACs and donations from Wall Street. “One of the things we should do,” he said, “Is not only talk the talk, but walk the walk.”

4. Bernie Sanders Stumbles Through Foreign Policy Answers

It’s not easy debating a former Secretary of State on foreign policy.

“North Korea is a very strange situation because it is such an isolated country run by a handful of dictators — or maybe just one,” Sanders said, referring to Kim Jong Un and declining to name specifics.

Clinton cited her experience and preparedness for any foreign policy crisis that could come up. “A vote in 2002 is not a plan to defeat ISIS,” she said, referring to Sanders’ critique of her Iraq War support.

But Sanders pointed to decision-making as what’s most important. “I fully, fully concede that secretary Clinton, who was Secretary of State for four years, has more experience,” he said. “But experience is not the only point. Judgment is.

5. Hillary Clinton Is “100 Percent Confident” Email Investigation Isn’t Going Anywhere

When asked whether an FBI investigation into her private email server would cause problems for the former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said she was “100 percent confident” it would not.

“Honest to goodness, this beggars the imagination,” she said. “I have absolutely no concerns about it.”

Still, officials have found almost two dozen emails they now label “top secret,” some of which investigators are not releasing to the public.

“I never sent or received any classified material,” Clinton said, leaving out her usual qualification that her server did not contain any material “marked” classified.

6. Hillary Clinton’s Dodge On Releasing Speeches

After the moderator asked Clinton if she’d release the transcripts of her paid speeches from corporations like Goldman Sachs, Clinton demurred.

“I’ll look into it,” she said. “I don’t know the status.”

Instead, she used the question as an opportunity to tout her foreign policy credentials.

“I probably described more times than I can remember how stressful it was advising the president about going after Bin Laden,” she said.

7. Bernie and Hillary’s Mutual Admiration Society

In a debate that was defined by its contentious exchanges, toward the end the two candidates seemed to soften when Clinton was asked whether she might ever see her rival as running mate material.

The former secretary of state didn’t go that far, but offered this: “If I’m fortunate to be the nominee, the first person I call to talk to about where we go and how we get it done will be Senator Sanders.”

In response, Sanders acknowledged that he respects Clinton “very much” and turned his complement into a dig at the GOP: “On our worst days I think it is fair to say we are 100 times better than any Republican candidate.”

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Megyn Kelly Hopes Donald Trump Shows Up at Next Fox GOP Debate

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly called the feud she and her network have with Donald Trump “bizarre.”

“It was bizarre because I became the story. He was so very focused on me that I became the story and, you know, you never want to be the story when you’re a news person,” Kelly said Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America, referencing the frayed relationship she has with the GOP presidential candidate. “You want to be covering the story so it was like an Alice-through-the-looking-glass experience.”

Kelly also said she has no regrets about asking Trump about his treatment of women in the first Republican debate that started the feud with him.

“I stand by every question I asked him and he was not the only one who had tough questions,” she said. “He was the only one, however, who complained.”

There may be another chapter in the Trump-Kelly saga because Fox News announced it will host a Republican primary debate March 3 with Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Kelly moderating. Kelly mentioned that the real estate mogul has not committed to participating in that debate, but said she hopes he does.

“The bigger question in my mind is whether Donald Trump will be at that one,” he said. “I think he will be. He hasn’t committed but he will show up at that one, which is great because Brett, Chris and I will be moderating it– Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and myself. And we will just move our Trump questions from the last debate over to this debate. And I’ll finally get a chance to ask him.”

Trump decided not to participate in the most recent Fox News debate, in which Kelly was one of the moderators, before the Iowa caucuses. Arguing that he wouldn’t be treated fairly at the debate, Trump instead held a “special event to benefit veterans organizations” at the same time.

Trump’s return to the debate stage will be Saturday night at ABC News’ Republican debate in New Hampshire.

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Clinton Tells Sanders ‘If You Got Something to Say, Say It’

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A feisty exchange at the Democratic debate in New Hampshire happened Thursday night when Hillary Clinton called out Bernie Sanders for suggesting she’s in the pocket of special interests.

“I really don’t think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you and enough is enough,” Clinton said. “If you’ve got something to say, say it directly.”

“It’s time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out in recent weeks,” she continued, drawing some boos from the crowd. “Let’s talk about the issues.”

Sanders chose not to engage, instead discussing mega-fundraisers the Koch brothers.

“I know this game, I’m going to stop this game” Clinton said.

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Jeb Bush Criticizes President Obama For Not Visiting Mosque Sooner

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ABC News(TILTON, N.H.) — President Obama has received criticism from Republicans for visiting a mosque, perhaps unsurprisingly. But Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush appeared surprised by the President’s actions for a different reason.

“I don’t think it’s divisive to go speak in a mosque,” Bush said. “I’m surprised it took his 8th year to do it.”

Bush’s rival, Marco Rubio, criticized the President’s visit to a Baltimore mosque, took a different tack.
“He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims,” Rubio said. “Of course there’s discrimination against in America, of every kind. But the bigger issue is: radical Islam.”

Bush hit back against that notion.

“Discrimination in America is bad and the threat of ISIS is real. You can believe in both which is why I don’t criticize the president to go to a mosque and to assure that people they shouldn’t be discriminated against,” Bush told reporters after visiting with voters at the Tilt’n Diner. “I think that is more than appropriate as the leader of our country.”

Bush did go on to reprimand the President for being “derelict in his duties” to destroy ISIS, accusing him of allowing the caliphate to be created.

The former Florida governor is in New Hampshire in the fight for the fate of his candidacy; earlier that day he visited with employees at Globe Manufacturing in Pittfield where he spoke on his own plan to defeat ISIS, which includes directly arming the Kurdish forces and establishing a no-fly zone.

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ABC News Announces New Hampshire Republican Debate Candidate Lineup

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — ABC News is unveiling its candidate lineup for Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The network will extend invitations to the following candidates: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Marco Rubio, Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich.

The debate is slated for Saturday, Feb. 6, and coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. It will be moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent and co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Martha Raddatz.

ABC News will be hosting the debate with the Independent Journal Review, and in partnership with the Republican National Committee. Additional questions will come from WMUR political director Josh McElveen and conservative journalist Mary Katharine Ham.

The network determined the debate’s participants using a set of criteria established in late January. Candidates had three ways to qualify for the debate.

Candidates received an invitation to the debate if they:

1) placed among the top three finishers in the Iowa caucuses; OR 2) placed among the top six in an average of national polls; OR 3) placed among the top six in an average of New Hampshire polls.

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Marco Rubio: ‘I’d Beat’ Hillary Clinton in General Election

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Robert Giroux/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Marco Rubio said he already knows what the outcome would be in matchup with Hillary Clinton in the general election.

“If I run against her, I’d beat her. And they know it too. Hillary Clinton does not want to run against me,” he told ABC News’ Jon Karl.

“They don’t want to run against me,” he added. “I guarantee you that if they had to choose who the Republican nominee is, it would not be me. And I know this. And you see it in their body language; you see it in the fact that they attack me more than anyone else.”

Speaking to Karl on a bus ride between campaign events in New Hampshire, the third-place Iowa caucus finisher took swipes at that state’s winner, his fellow senator Ted Cruz, but he pulled his punches slightly with Donald Trump.

“My problem with Ted is he’s very calculated. I mean, he’s willing to say or do anything to get elected. He puts himself off as this sort of conservative purist, but that’s not his record. Not on immigration or any other issue,” Rubio, who’s tussled with Cruz in several Republican debates, said.

He also condemned Cruz for sending an email to Iowa caucus supporters telling them Ben Carson was taking time off the campaign trail, while Carson had actually said he was stopping home for “fresh clothes” before continuing his campaign. Cruz has since apologized, and Carson accepted his apology.
“What they did was wrong,” Rubio said of the Cruz campaign. “I know that he’s apologized and Ben has accepted his apology but I still think what happened to Ben was really unfair.”

About Trump, he said he’s had his “skirmishes with Donald,” but that most of his disagreements have to do with policy.

“Donald Trump has proven that he’s capable of leading a large organization, his companies. And I don’t think being president is the same as being a real estate developer. And on national security, he hasn’t shown, to date, a deep level of depth on those issues. But that’s what he’s going to have to do now,” Rubio said.

But he added that some voters are drawn to the way Trump expresses himself.

“People like his plain-spokenness,” he said.

When the questions turned to his own campaign, Rubio former Sen. Rick Santorum, who endorsed Rubio after he dropped out of the race himself but who wasn’t able to name any of Rubio’s Senate achievements during a morning TV appearance.

“Rick just signed on to our campaign,” Rubio said. “That’s unfair, to say someone has been your endorser for 12 hours and now he doesn’t know your life history.”

But Rubio didn’t take the opportunity to name any of the accomplishments Santorum missed.

“But I’m proud of the things we’ve achieved. But my campaign’s not about the past, about what we did. It’s about what we’re going to do too,” he said.

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New Hampshire Polls Show Marco Rubio Climbing After Iowa Caucuses

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Robert Giroux/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —   After a strong third place showing in the Iowa caucuses, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is getting a post-Iowa boost in New Hampshire polling.

Rubio is now in second place in the Granite State, according to two recent polls from CNN/WMUR/UNH and University of Massachusetts Lowell, conducted after Monday’s Iowa caucuses.

In a University of Massachusetts-Lowell tracking poll released Thursday morning, Trump sat on top of the pack with 36 percent support, but Rubio had 15 percent support — up from 8 percent in the same poll released on Monday.

Trump garners 29 percent support in a CNN/WMUR/UNH poll also released with Rubio gaining 7 percentage points since the caucuses to hit 18 percent. Cruz, in third place with 13 percent, didn’t get any kind of a bump despite his Iowa win. The margin of error for the poll was 6.8 percent.

Recent polling had shown Donald Trump leading in Iowa, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz pulled off a surprise win in the state. Trump has led New Hampshire polling by double digits since late October.

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Chelsea Clinton Announces She’s Expecting Her Second Child

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, has another baby on the way, she announced in a tweet Monday.

“Next summer, Charlotte is going to be a big sister! Feeling very blessed & grateful this holiday season,” she wrote, referring to her first child, who was born last September.


Next summer, Charlotte is going to be a big sister! Feeling very blessed & grateful this holiday season.

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) December 21, 2015


In a Facebook post, the former First Daughter added: “Being Charlotte’s parents has been the most joyous, meaningful and loving experience of our lives and we are very excited about growing our family in the new year.”

Hillary and Bill Clinton both tweeted out that they were “thrilled” and “excited.”


Your dad and I could not be happier for you, Marc, and Charlotte. We’re so excited to meet our second grandchild! -H

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 21, 2015



Christmas comes early! @HillaryClinton and I are thrilled for Chelsea, Marc and Charlotte’s growing family in 2016!

— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) December 21, 2015


ABC has reached out to representatives for Chelsea Clinton.

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Lindsey Graham Drops Out of 2016 Republican Presidential Race

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham is dropping out of the 2016 race for the White House.

The South Carolina senator revealed the news in a video posted to his website Monday morning.

“Today, I’m suspending my campaign for president,” Graham says in the clip. “I want to thank everyone who has taken this journey with me. You have honored me with your support.”

Graham is the fourth GOP contender to drop out of the race, following Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The move leaves 13 candidates remaining in the race for the Republican nod.

“I am far more confident today that our party will reject the Obama doctrine of leading from behind and will provide the strong leadership America needs to restore our military, take the fight to our enemies and do what it takes to make our country safe and preserve our way of life,” Graham says in the video.

“This is a generational struggle that demands a strategy and the will to win. I will continue to work every day to ensure that our party — and our nation — takes on this fight. I’m suspending my campaign, but never my commitment to achieving security through strength for the American people,” he concludes.

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Donald Trump Weighs in on Miss Universe Mix-up

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump said he would have named two Miss Universe winners had the mix-up happened on his watch.

“What happened to the girl from Colombia is devastating,” Trump said on the Today show Monday. “I think I would make them co-winners. It would be very cool.”

Steve Harvey, the host of the “Miss Universe” pageant, originally crowned Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo as the winner before acknowledging he had made a mistake. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was eventually crowned as the real winner. Harvey subsequently tweeted an apology to both the contestants and the show’s viewers.

Trump, who sold Miss Universe after his partnership with NBC Universal controversially dissolved this fall, tweeted about the mishap Monday morning:

Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015

Trump acknowledged that the incident was a “terrible error” but conceded that such mistakes can happen on live television. He praised Harvey, calling him “terrific” and a “great guy.”

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Donald Trump Demands Apology from Clinton over ISIS Recruitment Claims

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump said Monday that he “demands an apology” from Hillary Clinton over her comments at Saturday night’s debate that he is being used as a recruiting tool for ISIS and is featured in ISIS videos.

“You can be the messenger,” Trump told Matt Lauer on the Today show. “I will demand an apology from Hillary. She should apologize.”

“She lies about emails,” Trump continued. “She lies about Whitewater. She lies about everything. She will be a disaster as president of the United States.”

Clinton came under heavy criticism from fact-checkers when she said at Saturday night’s debate that ISIS is “showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” White House and National Security Council officials told ABC News they are unaware of any examples of ISIS including Trump in the terrorist group’s videos.

Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director, clarified the candidate’s remarks Sunday on ABC News’ This Week with George Stephanopolous.

“She’s not referring to a specific video, but he is being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda,” Palmieri explained.

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Chris Christie’s Christmas Wish: A New Hampshire Win

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Sager(BEDFORD, N.H.) — With four days to go until Christmas and six weeks until New Hampshire goes to the polls, it’s not hard to imagine what Chris Christie’s Christmas wish is as he campaigns through the state on a four-day bus tour.

“If I win the New Hampshire primary, I’m going to be the next president of the United States of America,” the Republican presidential candidate boldly predicted at the conclusion of a town hall in Bedford Saturday night.

It’s in the Granite State where Christie’s campaign has shown signs of life in recent weeks after months of struggling to gain traction in the crowded Republican primary, with recent polling showing Christie tied for second place behind front-runner Donald Trump.

With his wife, children, and 82-year-old father in tow as he crisscrosses the state for a pre-Christmas tour in a shiny new campaign bus emblazoned with his campaign slogan “Telling It Like It is,” Christie gushes with affection for the voters of the state who have given his candidacy a second look.

“We’re thrilled to share our family with you because you’ve shared your family with us,” Christie, 53, said after introducing his four children to a town hall that drew an estimated 500 attendees this weekend. “We really feel like you’ve welcomed us into your family and it’s a really wonderful thing to experience as a candidate, I have to tell you.”

Christie has spent more time campaigning in New Hampshire than any other Republican candidate, which he likes to tout while adding, jokingly, that the second-place slot is filled by his wife, Mary Pat, who is a regular presence on the campaign trail.

And it’s that in-person contact that many voters in attendance at his town halls — events that can last up to two hours with Christie fielding question after question — say is moving the needle in the New Jersey governor’s favor.

David Gilligan, 73, was in attendance at Christie’s Bedford town hall this weekend but had already resolved to support him after attending another Christie town hall two weeks prior.

“He seemed like a real person, who really wanted to get something done and the TV is so focused on just a couple of guys,” Gilligan said.

Gilligan brought undecided voter Carol Howard, 72, along with him to this town hall.

Howard said she isn’t likely to make up her mind until the middle of January but said she found Christie to be “very impressive” after sitting through his town hall and that his frequent, in-person interactions with New Hampshire voters is a mark in his factor.

“He’s out more, so like my coming tonight, you’ll get to see the whole package and I think his getting out and being out with people so people can see him does make a big difference,” Howard said.

But Linda Sirois, a financial consultant, who said she was 80 percent leaning toward Christie when she came to his Bedford town hall, walked away supporting him 100 percent.

“He got my vote,” Sorois said as she walked out of the middle school gymnasium at the close of the town hall.

Sorois has cast a wide net as she surveys the field of candidates but said it’s at Christie whom many people are now looking with a renewed seriousness after the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsement last month.

“I think he’s getting a lot of serious second looks,” Sirois said. “I’ve seen Lindsey Graham, I’ve seen Carly [Fiorina], I’ve seen Jeb [Bush]. My mother is becoming a Christie supporter and I came to see if the support is growing.”

Renee Plummer, a prominent real estate developer and GOP activist who recently threw her endorsement behind Christie, said the she’s seeing real momentum for him in the state as he has built a rapport with voters.

“He reaches into a crowd, he might be on a stage but that stage is not there to separate him from everyone else. He is really reaching into American hearts and just saying, ‘I’ll take care of this,’” Plummer said.

And that connection that Christie is making with New Hampshire voters, she said, is coming at just the right time.

“There are a lot of people that are now moving over,” Plummer said. “And this is the time, people that didn’t decide four or five months ago, this is the time.”

Despite his growing support in the state, one challenge for Christie is that he maintains one of the smallest New Hampshire staffs in the Republican field. (He only has four staffers in the state, compared to 20 for Jeb Bush, for instance.)

So to round out his holiday push, Christie brought along some help from New Jersey: a caravan of more than a hundred loyal Christie followers, bused in to knock on doors.

“Because we’re better,” he said. “We’ll do more work than their paid staff has done in a month.”

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Gun Violence Was on Obama’s Mind on Day Two of Hawaii Vacation

Posted on: December 21st, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(KAILUA, Hawaii) — President Obama took a pause during day two of his Hawaii vacation to take to Twitter to praise the teen victim of an apparently gang-related, random shooting in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“Zaevion Dobson died saving three friends from getting shot. He was a hero at 15. What’s our excuse for not acting?” the president asked on his Twitter feed.

Dobson, police say, was trying to shield three female friends from the gunfire when he was hit in the head late Thursday night.

Obama’s tenure as president has been marked by repeated incidents of major gun violence and he has been lobbying Congress unsuccessfully to pass stricter gun safely laws.

Shortly after Obama tweeted, he departed his Kailua rental home in a light rain to take his family on a hike.

First lady Michelle Obama and their two girls, Sasha and Malia, accompanied the president up to the Makiki Loop Hawaii Nature Center for a more than 90-minute hike. The Hawaii Nature Center is a nonprofit dedicated preserving areas of Oahu and Maui for connecting children with nature.

The drive to the Nature Center took Obama by his childhood school, Punahou School, a private college prep institution where the president spent much of the 1970s.

The First Family ended their Sunday with dinner at Morimoto, one of their go-to spots on Waikiki Beach. This is the fourth year in a row they’ve made the Asian-fusion restaurant — run by celebrity Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto — their first pick for dinner out.

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Chris Christie: Hillary Clinton Is ‘Mrs. Happy Talk’ on ISIS

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton of trying to “happy talk her way to the presidency” for her suggestion in Saturday night’s debate that the U.S. is finally where we need to be in the fight against ISIS.

“With dead bodies in Paris, dead bodies in San Bernardino and no plan from this administration to deal with it, we’re finally where we need to be?” Christie rhetorically asked ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview on “This Week” Sunday morning.

“Mrs. Clinton is ‘Mrs. Happy Talk’ and she just wants to happy talk her way to the presidency,” he added. “She is a personification of this administration: Are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?”

Christie has argued the United States is already in the midst of a World War III situation with the ongoing struggle against ISIS and so-called lone wolf terrorists, a situation he blames on the Obama administration and Clinton’s role in shaping its foreign policy.

Christie also blasted Clinton for not taking responsibility on Libya, saying she dodged a question during Saturday’s debate on what responsibility she bears for the continued struggles of the African nation where the United States aided in the military efforts that ultimately deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

“If Libya had turned out to be a shining success and was a democracy, Mrs. Clinton would be dancing around the stage, talking about how it was her idea and how she recommended it to the president and she got it implemented, but when there’s a downside she takes no responsibility,” he said.

Christie also hit back at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for insisting there were “plenty of people cheering” “the September 11th attacks in New Jersey.

“I was in New Jersey on September 11,” he said. “Thousands of people simply were not celebrating in Jersey City.”

On the topic of his recent surge in New Hampshire and whether the scandal over his political appointee’s involvement in traffic lane closures on the George Washington Bridge will be an issue in his candidacy going forward, Christie said there is no issue.

“I don’t even know what the issue is,” Christie said. “There is no issue.”

Responding to a video clip of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul attacking him for the lane closure scandal known as “Bridgegate” in the Republican debate earlier this week, Christie wrote off Paul’s behavior as that of a struggling candidate and predicted that he will soon drop out of the race.

“That was commentary from a desperate candidate on the last night of his campaign. He was flailing away at everybody on that stage,” Christie said. “He reminded me of Bobby Jindal in the undercard debate last time when all he did was flail away at people and then a few days later he dropped out. Maybe that’s Rand Paul’s fate.”

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Donald Trump Alleges Hillary Clinton Made up ISIS Video Claim

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made up her claim that ISIS uses videos of him to recruit new members, said Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

“Knowing the Clintons and knowing Hillary, she made it up,” Trump said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” During Saturday’s Democratic debate, Clinton said ISIS is “going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

Trump said many fact checkers have “vetted” the claim of Trump being used in ISIS videos and have proven it to be false.

Government sources and intelligence experts tell ABC News there is no evidence to support Clinton’s claim that ISIS recruiters are “going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam.”

Neither the White House nor National Security Council would back up Clinton’s assertion, officials saying they are aware of no examples when asked by ABC News.

Two experts who closely track ISIS on social media also told ABC News that they have not seen the group using video of Trump to lure recruits.

In a separate interview on “This Week,” Clinton communications director Jen Palmieri defended Clinton’s claim but admitted that there is not evidence of a specific video ISIS has used.

“She’s not referring to a specific video, but he is being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda,” Palmieri said.

Later in the interview with Trump on “This Week,” ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos cited some examples where Trump’s claims have been proven untrue, including that the September 11th attacks were celebrated in Jersey City, New Jersey.

“I’ll go down that road and people may call me out but they turn out to be wrong,” Trump said.

“There were plenty of people cheering,” he added. “It was in Jersey and all over the world. There’s an obvious problem and I think it’s disgusting.”

ABC News thoroughly examined footage in and around Jersey City following the September 11th attacks and could not find any video or pictures to support Trump’s claims. There have only been anecdotal reports and rumors of small groups of people celebrating the attacks in Paterson and Jersey City, New Jersey — none of which were televised at the time and none of which have been confirmed.

Law enforcement and local officials in New Jersey have also dismissed Trump’s claims of massive celebrations.

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Two More Sanders Campaign Staffers Suspended Amid Data Breach Investigation

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Two additional employees of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign have been suspended during an ongoing investigation into a software breach that revealed members of his staff accessed Hillary Clinton’s private voter data, Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Saturday night.

Sanders apologized to Clinton and to his supporters during Saturday night’s Democratic presidential debate, hosted by ABC News.

“Not only do I apologize [to Clinton], I want to apologize to my supporters,” he said. “This is not the kind of campaign that we run. If I find anybody else involved in this, they will be fired.”

The Vermont senator’s remarks come after a bug in the firewall of the Democratic Party’s voter data software allowed four Sanders staffers to access files belonging to the Clinton campaign. One Sanders staffer was fired shortly after the incident came to light late Thursday night.

In response, the Democratic National Committee suspended Sanders’ access to the party’s massive database, prompting the Sanders campaign to sue the DNC in federal court.

Early Saturday morning, the DNC restored the Sanders team’s access to its data, but the lawsuit remains on the books and investigations are ongoing.

Clinton’s staff called the actions an “egregious breach of data and ethics,” but the Sanders campaign has accused the DNC of being in cahoots with Clinton.

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Clinton on Role of Presidential Spouse: ‘I Am Probably Still Going to Pick the Flowers and the China’

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — The final minutes of Saturday night’s ABC News Democratic presidential debate took a sharp turn when candidates were pressed to answer whether or not it is time for the role of a president’s spouse to change.

ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz first posed the question to former first lady Hillary Clinton.

“You have said that Bill Clinton is a great host and loves giving tours but may opt out of picking flower arrangements if you’re elected,” Raddatz began. “Bill Clinton aside, is it time to change the role of a president’s spouse?”

Clinton smiled and included masculine and feminine pronouns in her answer, leaving the door open for her husband as the first man to hold the role of presidential spouse.

“So whoever is part of the family of a president has an extraordinary privilege of not only having a front row seat on history, but making her or maybe his contribution,” said Clinton. “And with respect to my own husband, I am probably still going to pick the flowers and the china for state dinners and stuff like that.”

Clinton continued to say that her husband would be more than just a tour guide, though. “I will certainly turn to him as prior presidents have for special missions, for advice, and in particular how we’re going to get the economy working again for everybody, which he knows a little bit about,” said Clinton.

The former first lady had spoken of what her husband’s role might be if she is elected president several times, but this is the first time she has done so on a debate stage.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley chimed in as well, speaking fondly of their wives. Sanders said his wife Jane would have a desk next to the West Wing “given the fact that she’s a lot smarter than me.” He further went on to thank Clinton for her time as first lady, who he said he “thought not only did an outstanding job as our first lady but redefined what that role could be.”

O’Malley also shared sentimental thoughts on his wife Katie. “Katie has never been a person who let her husband’s professional choices get in the way of following her dreams,” he said.

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Doubles Down After Experts Question Claim About ISIS Videos Using Donald Trump

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Hillary Clinton’s communications director defended her candidate’s claim that ISIS is using videos of Donald Trump to recruit members, but could not point to specific evidence of this happening in an interview on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday.

Jen Palmieri said Clinton wasn’t referring to a specific video during Saturday’s debate when she said Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric is making him “ISIS’s best recruiter” and that “they are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.” Clinton offered no specific evidence of the claim.

“She’s not referring to a specific video, but he is being used in social media by ISIS as propaganda,” said Palmieri.

Many fact checkers and national security experts have been unable to verify Clinton’s claim. White House and National Security Council officials would also not support her assertion, telling ABC News they are unaware of any examples of ISIS including Trump in the group’s videos.

When asked about the remark following the debate, the Clinton campaign pointed to a comment from an analyst for the SITE Intelligence Group to NBC News. The report did not mention videos, however, and some national security experts dispute the characterization that Trump is being used as a recruitment tool by key ISIS influencers at all.

“We have seen low-level ISIS supporters talk about Trump’s remarks but nothing from core-ISIS and its influential supporters,” Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the George Washington University Program on Extremism, told ABC News.

Trump, appearing separately on “This Week,” said Clinton “made up” the claims.

“Knowing the Clintons and knowing Hillary, she made it up,” he said.

Asked about Trump’s remarks, Palmieri referenced his much-disputed claim that there were videos of people cheering in New Jersey after the September 11th attacks.

“What they haven’t found is the video Mr. Trump keeps talking about, this alleged mystery video of thousands of people in [New] Jersey cheering the attacks on the World Trade Center,” she said. “But it is true that he is being used in social media by ISIS to help recruit.”

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Bernie Sanders Calls Donald Trump a ‘Pathological Liar’

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called Republican frontrunner Donald Trump a “pathological liar” Sunday on ABC’s This Week, saying “much of what he says are lies or gross distortions of reality.”

“I say this straight-forwardly, I think you have a pathological liar there,” he said.

Sanders disputed Trump’s claim there were Muslims celebrating in New Jersey after the September 11th attacks. He argued there has been no video evidence.

“Either it is true or it is not true,” Sanders said. “Nobody has seen a tape of thousands of people celebrating the destruction of the Twin Towers in New Jersey. It doesn’t exist, and [Trump] keeps claiming it. That’s called pathological lying.”

Sanders argued Trump’s campaign was resonating with Republican voters because his solutions to problems were “easy.” He said it was harder to have “rational” conversations about how to rebuild the American middle class. He also called Trump a “demagogue.”

“What somebody like a Donald Trump is doing is playing on the fears and anxieties of the American people,” he added. “You defeat it by going out to the working people in this country and making it clear that if we are going to create an economy that works for our kids, that works for working families, we have got to do it together. We have to understand the real causes and the real causes are the greed of corporate America, the greed of Wall Street, not some poor Mexican who is in this country trying to live on $7 an hour.”

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How the Democratic Debate Changed (and Didn’t Change) the Race

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — With the clock ticking on the crucial first-in-the-nation state contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, the Democratic presidential candidates took the stage for their third debate during a critical moment in the race for the White House.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the current national frontrunner, faced off against Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Gov. Martin O’Malley in the debate, hosted by ABC News, over national security, domestic policy and the big story owning the last 48 hours –- Sanders’ campaign staff accessing Clinton’s voter data after a software breach.

Here are five ways this debate did (and didn’t) change the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination:

1. The Voter Data Breach Was Almost Over Before It Began

Just 48 hours after news that Sanders staffers had searched through Clinton’s private voter data, it seemed like both candidates were ready to move past it.

Right out of the gate, Sanders explicitly apologized Clinton for the staff members who accessed her data during a breach in a DNC vendor’s computer software.

“Yes, I apologize,” he said when asked by ABC News’ David Muir whether Clinton was owed an apology. “Not only do I apologize, I want to apologize to my supporters. This is not the kind of campaign that we run.”

The apology came as a stark departure from the last day of feuding aides on both campaigns, with Clinton’s staff calling the incident an “egregious breach of data and ethics” and Sanders accusing Clinton of being in cahoots with the DNC.

A few loose ends are left to tie up: The Sanders campaign announced Saturday that two more employees had been suspended in light of an ongoing investigation, and the campaign’s lawsuit against the DNC is still active in federal court.

2. Hillary Clinton Is Already Focusing on the General Election

No votes have yet been cast for the Democratic presidential nomination, but don’t tell Hillary Clinton. She’s already fighting the Republicans.

The former secretary of state, who has a sweeping national lead and is largely favored to win the nomination, made a point to mention her GOP opponents in both her opening and closing statements.

“It’s very clear that we have a distinct difference between those of us on this stage tonight and all of our Republican counterparts,” she said. “From my perspective, we have to prevent the Republicans from rolling back the progress that we’ve made.”

She also bashed the Republicans over Donald Trump’s recent proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

“I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here in the United States and literally around the world that there is a clash of civilizations,” she said, going on to cite her concerns over what will happen with gay rights and social security if Republican wins.

Republicans, of course, did not agree.

“Hillary Clinton once again proved inconsistent on the issues and out of touch with the American people,” RNC Chair Reince Priebus said in a statement.

3. It’s Do-or-Die For Martin O’Malley

The clock is ticking on the presidential hopes of Martin O’Malley.

Stuck in the single digits in every recent national and early state poll, the former Maryland governor has failed to break into the Clinton-Sanders rivalry so far.

So he pulled out all the stops, choosing to lash out against his two Democratic foes on the debate stage.

“It’s because of the flip-flopping political approach of Washington that both of my two colleagues on the stage have represented for the last 40 years,” he started, during a discussion on gun control, before getting cut off.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s calm down a little bit, Martin,” said Sanders, who is known for his own forceful speaking style.

Later, O’Malley hit back: “May I offer a different generation’s perspective on this?” he said while the two older candidates gave their positions on fighting ISIS.

4. The Heavy Favorite? Still Hillary Clinton

Even though Hillary Clinton was attacked from all sides –- fired upon by Bernie Sanders over Wall Street influence and by Martin O’Malley over flip-flopping –- she left the debate as still the heavy favorite for the Democratic nomination.

National polls show the former secretary of state leading by a sweeping 30 points, and she holds a lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, although she is locked in a tight battle with Sanders in New Hampshire.

The kind of major gaffe or scandal that would make the race nationally competitive and vault either Sanders or O’Malley into contention in multiple states was nowhere to be found.

Still, Clinton made two comments that may come back in the general election. She said that “we are where we need to be” on fighting ISIS and that Obamacare premium hikes are “glitches,” both of which the RNC attacked after the debate.

5. Sanders Zeroed in on Core Message of Income Inequality Despite Other Issues

Having quickly dispensed with the voter data breach that had dominating new cycles, Bernie Sanders zeroed on his core campaign issue: income inequality.

Despite the recent focus on foreign affairs and fighting ISIS, the Vermont senator was able to navigate to his core message and present it clearly and forcefully.

“This great country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires,” he said, declining to mention national security at all in his closing statement.

Some have criticized Sanders for not focusing more on national security in light of the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernandino, but Sanders kept his focus on the economy –- still a high priority for Democrats even in the wake of the attacks.

“I’m running for president because I’m going to create an economy that works for working families, not just billionaires,” he said earlier in the debate, in which he did also respond to questions on ISIS and foreign affairs.

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The Third Democratic Debate by the Numbers

Posted on: December 20th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(MANCHESTER, N.H.) — Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley closed out this year’s debates Saturday in New Hampshire.

The third Democratic debate hosted by ABC News at St. Anselm College focused on foreign policy in light of recent terrorists attacks both across the nation and worldwide. Sanders also apologized to Clinton amid at data breach involving his staffers and the Democratic National Committee.

“This is not the kind of campaign that we run,” he said. “If I find anybody else involved in this, they will be fired.”

Here are the rest of the highlights from Saturday:

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Third Democratic Presidential Debate: 9 Moments That Mattered

Posted on: December 19th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(MANCHESTER, NH.) —  At the final Democratic presidential primary debate of the year, tensions boiled over gun control, how to combat terrorism and the controversy that dominated the past 48 hours: A breach of the national party’s voter database.

The debate, hosted by ABC News and moderated by “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir and Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, featured some of the most intense sparring yet, between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

It began with an apology from Sanders to Clinton for a now-fired campaign employee who accessed some of her proprietary campaign data after a glitch from a Democratic National Committee’s computer vendor exposed it.

But that’s where the contrition ended.

The attacks flew between the three candidates at the debate at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, where despite Clinton’s sweeping national lead, Sanders remains competitive. The most recent Boston Herald poll found a tight race in the Granite State: Sanders at 48 percent and Clinton at 46 percent.

With just 43 days until the Iowa caucuses and 51 days until the New Hampshire primary, here are 9 moments that mattered at Saturday night’s debate:

1. Sanders Says He’s Sorry

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off the debate by apologizing to Hillary Clinton for a campaign aide who accessed her campaign’s private data. That aide has since been fired.

“Yes, I apologize,” he said when asked by Muir whether Clinton was owed an apology. “Not only do I apologize, I want to apologize to my supporters. This is not the kind of campaign that we run.”

Clinton responded: “I very much appreciate that comment, Bernie. We should move on because I don’t think the American people are all that interested in this.”

But former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was having none of it. “For crying out loud, our country has been attacked,” he said, pointing to issues that he said were more important. “Instead, we’re listening to the bickering back and forth.”

Sanders’ remarks came after a bug in the firewall of the Democratic Party’s voter data software allowed four Sanders staffers to access files belonging to the Clinton campaign.

2. Clinton Calls Trump ‘ISIS’ Best Recruiter’

Clinton took several opportunities to take direct aim at Republican front-runner Donald Trump, at one point citing his rhetoric as a powerful and potent tool for the Islamic State.

“He is becoming ISIS’s best recruiter,” Clinton said. “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

Clinton provided no further evidence to back up her claim, and ABC News reached out to the Clinton campaign for comment.

In the wake of the ISIS-inspired mass killing in San Bernardino, Calif. earlier this month, Clinton also said she does not believe calls to arm more Americans — an idea that Trump has pushed — will make Americans safer.

“Guns, in and of themselves, in my opinion will not make Americans safer,” she said. “We lose 33,000 people a year already to gun violence. Arming more people to do what I think is not the appropriate response to terrorism.”

3. Sanders’ Moment Of Zen

Sanders — usually one of most animated orators in the 2016 field — ended up being the one to tell one of his own rivals to “calm down.”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s calm down a little bit, Martin,” Sanders said during a discussion on O’Malley’s record on gun control.

“It’s because of the flip-flopping political approach of Washington that both of my two colleagues on the stage have represented for the last 40 years,” O’Malley said before being interrupted by Sanders.

But Sanders had his own fiery moment later in the exchange.

“Please do not explain to me, coming from a state where Democratic governors and Republican governors have supported virtually no gun control,” he said as O’Malley tried to interrupt. “Excuse me. Do not tell me that I have not shown courage in standing up to the gun people.”

4. No-Fly, No Problem?

Clinton, the former Secretary of State, held firm when challenged by moderator Martha Raddatz on her promise to create a no-fly zone in Syria in order to stabilize certain parts of the war torn country.

When asked by Raddatz if she would shoot down a Syrian or Russian aircraft in order to enforce a no-fly zone, Clinton declined to elaborate.

“I do not think it would come to that. We are already deconflicting airspace,” Clinton insisted, “I am advocating the no-fly zone both because I think it would help us on the ground to protect Syrians.”

Sanders expressed concerns about the ability to enforce such a policy, saying it leaves certain aspects of the conflict uncertain: “I worry too much that Secretary Clinton is too much into regime change and a little bit too aggressive without knowing what the unintended consequences might be.”

5. Sanders Gets Challenged To ‘Join the Democrats’

When the topic turned to gun control, Clinton used the question as an opportunity to challenge Sanders’ voting record.

“I would hope, Senator Sanders, that you would join the Democrats who are trying to close the Charleston loophole, that you would sponsor or co-sponsor legislation to remove the absolute immunity,” Clinton said.

For his part, O’Malley took a shot at both candidates: “ISIL training videos are telling lone wolfs the easiest way to buy a combat assault weapon in America is at a gun show, and it’s because of the flip-flopping political approach of Washington that both of my two colleagues on the stage have represented for the last 40 years.

6. Hillary Goes Missing — Briefly

When the debate returned from a commercial break — Clinton was nowhere to be seen.

“We want to turn to American jobs, wages, and raises in this country. And do we believe Secretary Clinton will be coming around the corner any minute,” moderator David Muir said.

Seconds later, Clinton returned to the stage to applause — and one word: “Sorry!” she chimed in.

7. Everybody Loves Hillary?

In a rather light moment in an otherwise contentious debate, Clinton offered a snappy response when reminded of an old Fortune magazine headline with her photo on the cover and the headline: “Business Loves Hillary!”

“I’m curious, eight years later, should corporate America love Hillary Clinton?” moderator David Muir asked.

“Everybody should!” Clinton volunteered.

8. Of ‘Lust’ and Libya

When pressed on her responsibility for the chaos currently gripping the nation of Libya, Clinton stopped short of saying mistakes were made during the U.S. intervention that ousted Libyan strongman Gaddafi.

“Well, there’s always a retrospective to say what mistakes were made,” Clinton said, “But I know that we offered a lot of help and I know it was difficult for the Libyans to accept help.

While both Sanders and O’Malley did not directly disagree with Clinton’s role in the Libyan intervention, they questioned the motivations for U.S. action.

“I think Secretary Clinton and I have a fundamental disagreement. I’m not quite the fan of regime change that I believe she is,” said Sanders.

“In this case we probably let our lust for regime toppling get ahead of the practical considerations for stability in that region,” said O’Malley.

9. Presidential Spouses Take Center Stage

As the debate ended, the moderators asked all three candidates about the role their spouses might play if elected, including Clinton, who has played that role herself as a former First Lady during her husband’s presidency.

“With respect to my own husband, I am probably still going to pick the flowers and the China for state dinners and stuff like that,” Clinton acknowledged. “But I will certainly turn to him as prior presidents have for special missions, for advice, and in particular how we’re going to get the economy working again for everybody, which he knows a little bit about.”

Sanders called his wife, Jane, “a lot smarter” than him.

“I think we need a forceful advocate for the children, for teenagers, for the little children to deal with the dysfunctional childcare system,” he said, “and I think my wife would do a great job in helping me accomplish those goals.

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