Donald Trump Slams Trans-Pacific Partnership as ‘a Continuing Rape of Our Country’

Posted on: June 29th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News (ST. CLARKSVILLE, Ohio) — In an effort to narrow in on economics and hammer Hillary Clinton on trade, Donald Trump got graphic on Thursday in describing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster, done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country. Just a continuing rape of our country. That’s what it is too,” he said at a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

“It’s a harsh word. It’s a rape of our country. This is done by wealthy people that want to take advantage of us, and that want to sign another partnership. So Hillary Clinton not so long ago said this is the gold standard of trade pacts,” he went on.

He also blamed the loss of jobs in Ohio on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and reminded voters that Clinton was “married to the man that signed NAFTA.”

“It was signed by Bill Clinton, and I assume Hillary was there watching over him,” he said.

Earlier in the day in Monessen, Pennsylvania, Trump laid out a seven-point plan to “Make America Wealthy Again.”

Reading from a teleprompter, he claimed the country was robbed by the financial elite of which he “used to be” a part of.

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Trump, Clinton Urge End to Terrorism After Istanbul Attack

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The two presumptive presidential nominees weighed in on the terrorist attack at the main international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, that claimed the lives of at least 36 people and injured 147 more.

Speaking at a campaign event in St. Clairsville, Ohio, GOP candidate Donald Trump began his remarks by addressing the attack.

“There is something going on that’s really, really bad,” Trump said. “Alright, it’s bad. And we better get smart. And we better get tough. Or we are not going to have much of a country left.”

Trump added, “We have to take care of the ISIS situation. And I’ll tell you, they are spreading, they are spreading like wildfire. ISIS is spreading, ISIS is getting our youth, getting people from various countries, many countries, they use the internet better than we do. They are converting people to join ISIS. And you know why? Because these young impressionable people they see what’s going on, and they see the way ISIS is treating us, and they say, ‘Wow isn’t that wonderful, that’s who I want to be with.’ We have to do things where they don’t feel so good about themselves anymore, folks.”

Before his speech Trump tweeted about keeping terrorism outside U.S. borders:

We must do everything possible to keep this horrible terrorism outside the United States.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2016

In a statement Tuesday, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton declared that “all Americans stand united with the people of Turkey against this campaign of hatred and violence.”

“Today’s attack in Istanbul only strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism around the world,” Clinton said in a statement Tuesday. “And it reminds us that the United States cannot retreat. We must deepen our cooperation with our allies and partners in the Middle East and Europe to take on this threat.”

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Hillary Clinton Concludes It’s ‘Time to Move On’ Following Release of Benghazi Committee Final Report

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) — Following the release of the House Republicans on the Benghazi Select Committee’s final report, Hillary Clinton brushed off the document, saying it was nothing new and that it was “time to move on.”

“I’ll leave it to others to characterize this report, but I think it’s pretty clear it’s time to move on,” Clinton told reporters while campaigning in Denver, Colorado.

“I said this when I testified for 11 hours that no one has thought more about or lost more sleep over the lives that we lost, the four Americans, which was devastating,” Clinton said. “We owe it to those brave Americans to make sure we learn the right lessons from this tragedy.”

Clinton also seemed to suggest that the Benghazi committee spent millions of taxpayers’ money for nothing and that the report “took on partisan tinge.”

The report says U.S. State Department officials, including presumptive Democratic nominee Clinton, should’ve been on alert because there was intelligence leading up to the attacks suggesting the diplomatic consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi were not safe. The 2012 Libya terror attacks killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

In a statement earlier Tuesday, the Clinton campaign slammed the Benghazi Select Committee for releasing parts of the report overnight and argued committee Republicans are “finishing their work in the same, partisan way that we’ve seen from them since the beginning.”

“In leaking out select portions from their report in the middle of the night, without even allowing some of the committee’s own members to see it, the Republican members are clearly seeking to avoid any fact-checking of their discredited, conspiracy theories,” Brian Fallon, spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said in the statement.

“After more than two years and more than $7 million in taxpayer funds, the Committee report has not found anything to contradict the conclusions of the multiple, earlier investigations,” the statement from the Clinton campaign read.

The statement went on to say that the report is an attempted takedown of Clinton ahead of the general election, pointing to Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s comments on Fox News and a former staffer’s claims that he was fired from the Benghazi committee for refusing to focus solely on Clinton.

“This Committee’s chief goal is to politicize the deaths of four brave Americans in order to try to attack the Obama administration and hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign,” the statement read.

During a press conference Tuesday on Capitol Hill, Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, Rep. Trey Gowdy, fought back accusations that the report was partisan, arguing that the Republicans’ report mentions Clinton far less than the Democrats’ report released yesterday. The Republicans’ report came to no new conclusions from previous investigations about Clinton’s wrongdoing in the Benghazi attack.

“My audience are fair-minded Americans who want to know what happened to their fellow citizens and they can draw their own conclusion,” Rep. Gowdy said Tuesday in a press conference on Capitol Hill, adding, “If you can read this report and you believe on the last page of the report that it is about one person instead of about four people, then there is nothing I can say that is going to diffuse you of that.”

The RNC released a statement following the press conference, saying, “Hillary Clinton was in charge, knew the risks and did nothing. Together the report’s findings make clear we cannot afford to let Hillary Clinton be our next commander-in-chief.”

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump hit Clinton on Twitter Tuesday, saying Benghazi was “just another Hillary Clinton failure.”

Benghazi is just another Hillary Clinton failure. It just
never seems to work the way it's supposed to with Clinton.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2016

Less than a week ago, Trump also tweeted that Clinton lies to Benghazi families.

If you want to know about Hillary Clinton's honesty & judgment, ask the family of Ambassador Stevens.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2016

Trump has also praised Chairman Gowdy as a “seasoned prosecutor” when Gowdy was first appointed to lead the committee, but then later criticized Gowdy in 2015 on Twitter after he endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio for president.

I hope @TGowdySC does better for Rubio than he did at the #Benghazi hearings, which were a total disaster for Republicans & America!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2015

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Donald Trump Says US Robbed By ‘Elite’ He ‘Used to Be’ Part Of

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABCNews.com(MONESSEN, Penn.) — Donald Trump announced a twist on his campaign slogan during an economic speech in Pennsylvania, saying that he has a plan to “Make America Wealthy Again” and claiming that the country was robbed by the “financial elite” of which he “used to be” part.

“The legacy of Pennsylvania steelworkers lives in the bridges, railways and skyscrapers that make up our great American landscape. But our workers’ loyalty was repaid you know it better than anybody with betrayal,” Trump said during the speech, at an aluminum plant.

“Our politicians have aggressively pursued a policy of globalization – moving our jobs, our wealth and our factories to Mexico and overseas,” he added.

Trump repeatedly said under his presidency he would order “American steel” to be used to reinforce bridges and build “skyscrapers soaring, soaring into the sky.”

At one point during the speech he added that aluminum would also be used in addition to steel. The comment — where he said “And aluminum!” — was not in the prepared version of his speech that was released before delivery.

While standing in front of an unusual backdrop of what appeared to be stacked bales of crushed aluminum, Trump slammed globalization and said that it made “the financial elite” very wealthy, noting that “I used to be one of them. Hate to say it.”

He went on to criticize NAFTA, the World Trade Organization, and the work of Bill Clinton’s administration as well as Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, accusing her of standing “idly” by “while China cheated on its currency, added another trillion dollars to our trade deficits, and stole hundreds of billions of dollars in our intellectual property.”

“I’ve been talking about China for years but they didn’t listen, but they’re listening now,” Trump said.

Trump outlined seven steps he would take to help bring back American jobs lost to globalization, including withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, renegotiating the terms of NAFTA, order the Secretary of Commerce to identify trade agreement abuses and “direct all appropriate agencies to use every tool under American and international law to end these abuses.”

He later revisited the issue of China, singling them out as a country that he would want labeled as a currency manipulator and he would use tariffs and taxes to stop any further violations from happening.

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POLL: Clinton Leads Trump on Orlando Massacre Response, Trust to Handle Terrorism

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Americans overwhelmingly support barring gun purchases by individuals on the FBI’s terrorist watch list — an initiative that has thus far failed in Congress. And Hillary Clinton has moved ahead of Donald Trump in trust to handle terrorism, boosted by her response to the Orlando attack.

Eighty-six percent of respondents in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday favored a ban on gun purchases by those on the watch list. The survey also found an increase in support for an assault weapons ban, to 51 percent, even as most Americans were in favor of encouraging more people to carry guns legally for self-defense. With broad worries about other lone-wolf attacks, most favored increased surveillance of suspected terrorists, even if that intrudes on privacy rights.

See PDF for full results and charts.

Mirroring her rebound in the race for the White House, Clinton led Trump, 50 percent to 39 percent, in trust to handle terrorism in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. That’s similar to the gap in March, after a more closely divided view last month.

Trust to Handle Terrorism

This reflected Clinton’s superior marks for her response to the shooting in Orlando. More respondents thought she did a better job than Trump in responding to the attack overall (46 percent to 28 percent) and showed better temperament in her response (59 percent to 25 percent). More said Clinton gave them confidence that she could handle a similar incident as president (53 percent to 34 percent). She also prevailed, albeit more narrowly, in having better proposals for preventing attacks (44 percent to 35 percent).

Clinton vs. Trump on Orlando

Clinton’s biggest gains in overall trust to handle terrorism came among some key groups, including those who preferred Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination, white men and white Catholics, as well as among Democrats in general. Trump lost ground in most of these groups, as well as (slightly) among men overall, those without a college degree and liberals.

Anxiety was substantial; 86 percent of those polled said they were concerned about other lone-wolf attacks, including a majority, 53 percent, who were very concerned. There was continued skepticism that the government can prevent these incidents; two-thirds of respondents said they had little or no such confidence. That was down 10 percentage points from its level after the Dec. 2 attack in San Bernardino, California, but is still high.

Fifty percent of respondents approved of the way President Barack Obama has handled the threat of terrorism, versus 45 percent who disapproved — the best he has done on this issue since January 2014. That accompanies a more general improvement in his approval rating this month.

Lone Wolf Terrorist Attacks

Policies

Support varied for policy proposals to address the issue. Most divisive was the idea of nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons (51 percent support, 48 percent oppose), with most on both sides feeling strongly about their position. That said, support for an assault weapons ban was up 6 points from its more-than-20-year low in December — the sole ABC/Post survey to date to find majority opposition to an assault weapons ban.

Support for Measures post-Orlando

The biggest increases in support were among Northeasterners (up 12 points, to 65 percent), middle- to upper-income adults (up 12 points, to 49 percent), Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents (up 11 points, to 69 percent), moderates (up 11 points, to 57 percent) and nonwhites (up 10 points, to 59 percent). There was a 20-point increase among strong conservatives, to 35 percent support overall.

In sharp contrast with views on assault weapons, there was wide agreement on trying to keep guns out of the hands of those on the FBI’s list of people with possible connections to terrorism. The 86 percent support for this proposal is similar to the level of support in past ABC/Post polls for expanded background checks on people buying guns at gun shows or online.

Additionally, 72 percent supported increasing surveillance of people suspected of links to terrorism, even if it intrudes on privacy rights. That followed a historical pattern of willingness to forgo privacy for safety when it comes to countering the threat of terrorism.

In another result, more respondents supported than opposed encouraging more people to carry guns legally for use in self-defense, 54 to 42 percent. Not surprisingly, 76 percent of those who opposed an assault weapons ban supported more people legally carrying guns, while 61 percent of those who backed a ban opposed encouraging carrying guns for self-defense.

Islam

Trump proposed temporarily barring Muslims who are not U.S. citizens from entering the United States. In exit polls, majorities of Republican primary voters supported this idea. By contrast, among all Americans, 52 percent opposed temporarily barring Muslims, and 43 percent supported it.

At the same time, more respondents agreed than disagreed with GOP criticism of Obama for his unwillingness to use the term “radical Islam.” Forty-eight percent said they thought “leaders should say terror attacks are caused by radical Islam because this accurately identifies the cause,” while 40 percent said “leaders should not use the phrase radical Islam because it lends legitimacy to terrorists by falsely suggesting that their actions are supported by Islamic teachings.”

Support for using the term “radical Islam” peaked among Republicans and strong conservatives; it was also high among men, whites, older adults and those who are better off financially. Support for temporarily barring non-U.S. Muslims also peaked among Republicans and strong conservatives, especially among Republicans and GOP-leaning independents who favored Trump for the nomination. Seventy-eight percent in this group favored a ban, versus 55 percent of Republican-leaning respondents who preferred someone else for the party’s nomination.

Methodology

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone June 20 to 23, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults. Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York City, with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York City. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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Latest Tweak in Donald Trump’s Proposed Muslim Ban Raises More Questions

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The latest adjustment in Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims’ entering the United States comes in relation to which Muslims would be affected.

Some kind of ban on Muslims has been the centerpiece of Trump’s presidential campaign, but his description of it has changed since he introduced the concept in December.

It started as a temporary “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Now it would be limited to a ban focusing on “terrorist” countries.

But his aides have repeatedly denied that this represents a shift in policy.

Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson rejects the notion that Trump targeted all Muslims from the beginning, even though he did. And the new language was just a matter of “adding specifics to clarify his position,” she said during a Monday appearance on CNN.

“There’s been no change. Mr. Trump still wants to stop individuals from coming into their country who cannot be vetted,” Pierson said.

When it comes to specifics, however, several key details about the supposed clarifications remain to be seen. The Trump campaign has not responded to ABC News’ repeated requests to explain how he would determine the “terrorist” countries.

During a trip to Scotland to visit one of his golf courses last week, Trump said it “wouldn’t bother me” if Muslims from Scotland went to the United States.

His son Eric Trump weighed in during an appearance on Fox News on Monday, saying he thinks the biggest difference is that someone from Scotland who is Muslim could be more easily vetted than those from other countries.

Eric Trump went on to say that the problem with letting in Muslims from places like Syria is that “they don’t have files or documents.” Such a clarification had never been made by a Trump associate about the proposed ban before this week.

Donald Trump previously said there would be some exceptions to the ban. He told The Washington Post in December that foreign leaders and athletes headed to the United States for competitions would be exempt.

He also said during a Wisconsin town hall in March that his “very rich” Muslim friends wouldn’t have a problem getting into the United States.

“They’ll come in,” he said. “And you’ll have exceptions.”

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Benghazi Committee Releases Final Report

Posted on: June 28th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — House Republicans on the Benghazi Select Committee will release their long-awaited report later Tuesday morning on the events surrounding the 2012 Libya terror attacks that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

The report says there was intelligence leading up to the attacks that the diplomatic consulate and CIA annex there were not safe, and that top officials in the U.S. State Department, including Hillary Clinton and Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy , should have realized that, according to a committee member and staff who have seen it.

“It is not clear what additional intelligence would have satisfied either Kennedy or the Secretary in understanding the Benghazi mission compound was at risk short of an attack,” the report notes, according a source who has seen it.

Eighty new witness accounts, including nine eyewitnesses never interviewed before, will be included in this final congressional report on Benghazi. In all, the committee logged over 16,000 pages of transcripts.

The report will refute some findings of the previous investigations and focus on the fact the administration initially blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim video, sources on Capitol Hill say.

“Benghazi, Libya, was a terrorist haven and so those folks who were involved in not protecting these Americans certainly should be held accountable,” committee member Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., told ABC News in an interview. “The folks who told a wolf tale, a lie in the aftermath of the attacks who told the American people a political tale about a YouTube video ought [to] also be accountable.”

Democrats on the committee were not allowed to co-author this new report, but issued their own findings Monday: a 339-page report they say dispels “conspiracy theories” about the attack. In it, they quote former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who testified to the committee he was still uncertain of what exactly motivated the attackers to storm the diplomatic compound.

Republicans on the committee leaked portions of their report to pre-selected media outlets (not including ABC News) before making the report public and never gave Democrats on the committee a chance to review it.

“There is a reason Republicans leaked pieces of their report in the middle of the night and continue to hide it from Democrats even now — they don’t want us to fact check it against the evidence we obtained,” a Democratic spokesman for the committee said early Tuesday. “Based on press reports, the Republican Benghazi report seems like a conspiracy theory on steroids — bringing back long-debunked allegations with no credible evidence whatsoever.”

The select committee, formed just over two years ago, is the eighth congressional committee to investigate the attacks. Its investigation is the 12th on Benghazi.

The panel has attracted partisan controversy since its formation. It was approved in a near party-line vote in the House in May 2014.

It is credited with uncovering Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state, which was discovered as the committee looked into correspondence between Clinton and her team after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

That discovery, first reported by The New York Times, prompted an FBI investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on the server, which has dogged her presidential campaign.

Democrats — who have long criticized the two-year, $7 million investigation (the cost of which they partially contributed to) — have accused Republicans of using the panel to target Clinton because of her White House run, seizing on comments made by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., last fall as he considered a run for House speaker.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee. A select committee,” he said in a Fox News interview, comments he later walked back. “What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she’s untrustable.”

After McCarthy’s comments, Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in an interview with CBS that he told Republican colleagues and friends to “shut up” about the investigation. In the panel’s 11-hour interview of Clinton, he told the former secretary of state that the investigation was not about her, but the four U.S. victims of the terror attack.

Republican Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio have authored a supplement to the committee’s report with Gowdy’s approval that accuses Clinton and top administration officials of knowingly misleading the public about the nature of the attack ahead of the 2012 presidential election. The members also claim that the administration “never launched men or machines” to Benghazi during the attacks.

“We cannot say whether the military could have saved lives in Benghazi. We can say with certainty that our nation’s leaders did not move heaven and earth to send military help with the urgency that those Americans deserved. We will never know if a more vigorous, comprehensive, and urgent response could have saved lives,” their appendix reads.

Previous investigations into the attack have determined the military did all it could that night given the constraints of time and distance.

Accusing the majority of shutting them out of the drafting and interview process, Democrats released their own report Monday, which “debunks many conspiracy theories about the attacks.” The report found that administration officials did not “make intentionally misleading statements” about the origins of the attack, but were relying on information provided under “fast-moving circumstances.”

Democrats have also determined Clinton did not personally deny requests for additional security on the ground in Libya leading up to the attack.

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Clinton Says She Has ‘Work to Do’ on Trustworthiness

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(CHICAGO) — Hillary Clinton acknowledged Monday that many voters just don’t trust her, admitting, during a rare moment of self-reflection: “I have work to do on this front.”

“A lot of people tell pollsters they don’t trust me,” the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said during her keynote remarks at a women’s luncheon in Chicago. “Now I don’t like hearing that. And I’ve thought a lot about what’s behind it. And, you know, you hear 25 years worth of wild accusations anyone would start to wonder. And it certainly is true, I’ve made mistakes. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. So I understand people having questions.”

Addressing the skeptical voters directly, Clinton explained that while Donald Trump’s attacks are “nonsense,” that “you can’t just talk someone into trusting you, you’ve got to earn it.”

“So, yes, I could say that the reason I sometimes sound careful with my words is not that I’m hiding something, it’s just that I’m careful with my words,” she said. “I believe what you say actually matters. I think that’s true in life and it’s especially true if you’re president. So I do think before I speak.”

The issue of Clinton’s trustworthiness is a top concern among Democrats. An ABC News/Washington Post poll from earlier this year showed 57 percent of voters do believe Clinton is trustworthy.

Donald Trump has, of course, pounced on his opponent, calling her “Crooked Hillary” and recently launched a website, “LyingCrookedHillary.com.”

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Polls Shows Why Hillary Clinton May (Or May Not) Pick Elizabeth Warren For VP

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Many have been speculating in recent days about what presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton thinks about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as her running mate.

But what does the average American think? Recent polling has given us hints about whether a Warren pick would set Clinton up for success or failure.

The Massachusetts Senator — known for her liberal policies and focus on economic inequality and Wall Street reform — was one of the last prominent Democrats to endorse Clinton for President.

But a source familiar with the process, said Warren is on the VP short list and is currently being vetted as a potential running mate.

Here are five poll numbers that show why Clinton may (or may not) pick Warren as her number two:

1.More than half of leaned Democrats think Clinton should choose someone else for her VP

According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, over half of Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents believe that Clinton should select someone other than Warren as her vice president.

Fifty-four percent of respondents said that they would like to see someone other than Warren on the ticket, while only 34 percent of leaned Democrats said they would like to see the Massachusetts Senator as Clinton’s pick. Given the importance of party unity in this election, these numbers do not work in Warren’s favor.

2. Liberals could be more likely to vote Clinton, but others may not

Polls show that picking Elizabeth Warren would help consolidate Clinton’s base — but might not do much with independents and other key groups of voters.

Clinton has had trouble garnering the votes of independents and young voters during the primary process.

More than half of voters — 51 percent — say choosing Warren would have no impact on their vote and the rest are about evenly divided. Independents and undecided voters say the same thing, according to a national Monmouth University poll released last week.

But 48 percent of liberal and 38 percent of Democrats say a Warren pick would make them more likely to choose Clinton in November.

3. Warren is one of her most popular options among Democrats

In the same Monmouth poll, 38 percent of Democrats said that they would be more likely to vote for Clinton if Warren were her running mate. Only 11 percent of Democrats said such a choice would make them less likely to vote for the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Only Bernie Sanders fared better than Warren in a potential pairing, with 53 percent of Democrats saying they would be more likely to vote for Clinton if she selected Sanders as her running mate. Such a pairing is highly unlikely, however, leaving Warren as the next best choice.

Other options in the poll included Senators Tim Kaine, Cory Booker, and Al Franken, as well as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro. Each of these options left a negative impression, with respondents saying they would be less likely to vote for Clinton if she chose any of these men as her VP.

4. Picking two women won’t make much of a difference

If Clinton chose the Massachusetts senator as her vice president, Clinton would make history again – this time headlining a major party’s presidential ticket alongside another woman.

But just how much of a difference would that make? According to a CNN/ORC poll released on June 22, not much.

When asked how Clinton choosing a woman as her running mate would impact votes, a mere 4 percent said they would be more likely to vote for the pair, 10 percent would be less likely to vote for them, and a whopping 86 percent said it would not make a difference.

5. More than a quarter of registered voters have never heard of Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren is still an unfamiliar face to many people across the country. Four in 10 registered voters say they either haven’t heard of Warren or don’t know enough to have an opinion of her, according to a recent CNN/ORC poll.

That number spikes at 48 percent of people in the Midwest, where Clinton needs to hold states like Michigan and Wisconsin, while scooping up states like Iowa and Ohio.

Warren’s favorability rating is just barely above water, with 31 percent seeing her as favorable and 29 percent seeing her as unfavorable.

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Elizabeth Warren as Big of a Draw in Ohio as Hillary Clinton

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(CINCINNATI) — There’s no doubt Hillary Clinton is a huge draw for Ohio Democrats when she comes to the state, but it was a surrogate who joined her Monday in Cincinnati who had many voters cheering their hearts out.

Elizabeth Warren, the progressive champion and possible vice presidential pick for Clinton, showed she has the ability to bring out voters who normally would have stayed home or out of the process altogether.

“I’m here as a newbie. I’ve been a Republican all my life and I’m making the switch,” said Jennifer Richardson, a speech pathologist from Cincinnati who now lives right across the border in Kentucky.

“She’s the reason why I came down today,” Richardson, 48, said, referring to Warren. “There’s no mystery about where Elizabeth Warren stands. She’s very straightforward in her beliefs.”

Richardson called Trump’s candidacy “ugly” and said it forced her to look around. Now, the possibility of a Warren/Clinton ticket is “magnifying” to former Republican.

Sprinkled in the crowd of 1,500 at the Union Terminal at the Cincinnati Museum were Bernie Sanders supporters who were hesitant to make the switch to Clinton, but Warren put them over the edge, some said.

“I love Elizabeth Warren. Elizabeth Warren speaks for the common person more than anybody else in today’s political climate,” said Greg Smith, of Cincinnati, a United States Postal Service worker who voted for Sanders in the primary. Smith said he’s going to be disappointed if Clinton doesn’t pick Warren for her VP.

.@elizabethforma goes to find @HillaryClinton after their speeches in OH to give her a hug goodbye @ABCPolitics pic.twitter.com/6Y7nZoWT6o

— Josh Haskell (@joshbhaskell) June 27, 2016

“She helps define the progressive side,” Smith. “A lot of Bernie voters are going to come over just because Elizabeth Warren is here too.”

For financial adviser Michele Bertaux, of Cincinnati, her support of Sanders is what attracted her to Warren and was the reason why she came to the Clinton campaign event.

“I continue to support his policies,” said the 62-year-old. “My goal will be to continue to support those getting into the platform and holding Hillary to the extent that she started to move more progressive, to see that that maintains. And that’s why I’m happy Elizabeth is here because that to me is a good sign. I adore Elizabeth warren as much as I adore Bernie!”

Warren is being formally vetted as a possible Vice President pick for Clinton, a source familiar with the process told ABC News Monday. Clinton was asked repeatedly about the prospect of putting Warren on the ticket while greeting supporters on the rope line after her remarks, but declined to respond.

“I’m not making any news today,” she said with a smile.

Try try and try again…
.@HillaryClinton tells me "I'm not making any news today" re: @SenWarren as VP pick pic.twitter.com/anrSnEuhgM

— Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVegaABC) June 27, 2016

During her remarks, Clinton called Warren “my friend” and a “great leader” as the two stood side-by-side raising their hands together at one point, similar to what one would see at a party convention. This marked Clinton’s third visit to Ohio since becoming the presumptive nominee and although Warren’s attacks on Trump received much fanfare from the crowd, supporters were heard chanting “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary” even before Clinton had said a word.

“I wanted to see Hillary Clinton in person. I think history is being made,” said Kate O’Donnell, who wasn’t aware Elizabeth Warren was going to speak at the event until she arrived.

O’Donnell’s husband, Tom Goth, said he was feeling the chemistry between the two women on stage and was hoping “an announcement” would have come at the rally. Goth will have to wait as Clinton is not expected to make a formal announcement regarding her vice presidential choice until closer to the Democratic Convention at the end of July.

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House Democrats Release Their Own Preemptive Benghazi Report

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Frustrated Democrats on the House special committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi, Libya terror attack released separate findings Monday, preempting the long-awaited results expected to be announced by the committee Republicans as early as Tuesday.

Committee Democrats, led by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., say it was necessary to release their own report because the Republicans, led by Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., refused to issue a joint report that would incorporate opinions of the minority group.

The Benghazi Select Committee was established over two years ago even after numerous official investigations had already occurred, paving the way for a highly contentious process that Democrats say is aimed at attacking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and derailing her presidential bid.

The Democrats’ 339-page report makes 21 findings it says “debunks many conspiracy theories about the attacks.” Some of the findings have been shared in previous reports, such as the conclusion that “the State Department’s security measures in Benghazi were woefully inadequate,” as this report puts it, and that the Defense Department could not have done anything differently that night to save lives.

It also seeks to counter an argument often made by Republicans: that the Obama administration lied about the attackers’ motivations, blaming an anti-Muslim video for inspiring a spontaneous attack, rather than concluding it was a coordinated action by terrorist militants.

“Administration officials did not make intentionally misleading statements about the attacks, but instead relied on information they were provided at the time under fast-moving circumstances,” the report reads.

The report quotes March testimony from Gen. David Petraeus, who was the CIA director at the time of the attack.

“I’m still not absolutely certain what absolutely took place, whether it was a mix of people that are demonstrating with attackers in there, whether this is an organized demonstration to launch an attack, whether … there was a protest and it grew out of the protest,” Petraeus told the committee.

Petraeus said the video of the attack also makes it unclear if there were protesters mixed in with attackers.

The Democrats’ report also concludes that the committee found no evidence that Clinton personally denied any security requests from personnel in Benghazi.

The report also includes a 45-page indictment of Republicans’ management of the committee and investigation, and claims the majority wasted time and resources for political purposes, while excluding Democrats from several witness meetings and interviews.

Aides to Gowdy and the majority staff did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Republicans have also leveled criticism at Democrats throughout the process, and have accused them of coordinating with Clinton’s campaign and refusing to help press the administration to fulfill document requests.

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Elizabeth Warren Unleashes on Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton Campaign Event

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

John Sommers II/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — Hillary Clinton on Monday brought a champion of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing, Elizabeth Warren, to the campaign trail in Ohio, where the Massachusetts senator slammed Donald Trump more like Clinton’s running mate than an opening act.

“Now, I’m here today because I’m with her. Yes, her. We’re all here today because we’re with her,” Warren said. “And we’re going to work our hearts out to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States. Yes. I’m ready. Are you ready for this?”

Clinton and Warren took the stage together at Union Terminal at the Cincinnati Museum and raised their hands in the air as a team united, similar to what one would see at a party convention. Clinton called Warren her friend and a great leader, saying, “you just saw why she is considered so terrific, so formidable because she tells it like it is.”

As she has the past two months, Warren continued attacking Trump on everything from his appearance, noting his “goofy hat,” to his business practices.

“The guy who wants it all for himself. And watch out because he will crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants. That’s who he is,” Warren said as cheers drowned out her words line after line. “Donald Trump cheered on Britain’s current crisis, which has sucked billions of dollars out of your retirement accounts, because he said, ‘Hey, it might bring more rich people to his new golf course.”

Warren said Trump’s “a nasty man who will never become president” and, at one point, paused as cheers of “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary” echoed through the Union Terminal at the Cincinnati Museum.

But Warren wasn’t in the battleground state just to slam Trump. She praised Clinton’s record of “fighting for working families” and her plans to raise the minimum wage.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Being Vetted for Hillary Clinton Vice President Pick

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is being formally vetted as a possible Vice President pick for Hillary Clinton, according to a source familiar with the process.

The Massachusetts Senator, considered a leader among progressives, is campaigning with Clinton Monday for the first time since endorsing her June 9 in an interview on MSNBC.

Warren has been a vocal opponent of Trump in recent weeks, openly engaging in debates with the presumptive Republican nominee over social media.

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Hillary Clinton’s Lead Among Non-White Voters Surges

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hillary Clinton’s double-digit lead over Donald Trump in the latest national poll is significant, but her standing among minority voters is even more dramatic.

The ABC News-Washington Post poll released Sunday has Clinton leading among non-white voters with the biggest gap yet: 77 percent of non-white voters side with the presumptive Democratic nominee, compared with 15 percent who prefer her Republican counterpart.

“It is an election that is totally driven by the divisions in the country,” ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd said today on Good Morning America.

“It is white voters overwhelmingly for Donald Trump; non-white voters overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton. Older voters for Donald Trump, younger voters for Hillary Clinton. The educated voters for Hillary Clinton, high school voters for Donald Trump,” he said.

While Trump has maintained a lead among white voters, the gap there is shrinking. In a March ABC News-Washington Post poll, Trump had a 9-point lead among white voters, which then went up to 24 points in May but is now back to a 10-point lead.

Meanwhile, the deficit among non-white voters has been larger throughout. Clinton has consistently held a lead in that group.

In the March poll, she received 73 percent of the vote preference among non-white voters, compared with Trump’s 19 percent.

That gap decreased slightly in late May, even when the overall poll was effectively a dead heat as Trump had 46 percent of the vote preference to Clinton’s 44 percent. In that poll, Clinton led among non-white voters with 69 percent to Trump’s 21 percent.

This latest ABC News-Washington Post poll shows that she has gone back up among non-white voters, creating the biggest gap yet.

Clinton’s lead is clearest among black voters, with her holding 90 percent to Trump’s 8 percent of the vote among that demographic, though it’s also significant among Hispanic voters.

The poll, which has Clinton leading 69 percent to Trump’s 20 percent among Hispanics, came in the wake of Trump’s allegations that a judge from Indiana could not be impartial in a case involving the now-defunct Trump University because of his family’s Mexican heritage.

That controversy, coupled with Trump’s regular calls to build a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, has Latino voters uneasy about the unwelcome spotlight.

J. Santos Trejo is one such voter in Texas. He is a 42-year-old landscaper in Houston who became a U.S. citizen in recent years after arriving from Mexico more than two decades ago.

Trump “is talking too much about Latinos,” he told ABC News.

Trejo said he doesn’t know whether Trump “really means” what he’s saying “or if he’s just talking like that to be famous. I don’t know what he’s thinking in his heart.”

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Clinton Praises SCOTUS Texas Law Decision as a ‘Victory for Women’

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is praising the Supreme Court’s ruling on a 2013 Texas law that would have greatly reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state.

Just minutes before taking the stage with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Ohio, Clinton voiced satisfaction with the decision on Twitter.

“SCOTUS’s decision is a victory for women in Texas and across America. Safe abortion should be a right—not just on paper, but in reality,” Clinton wrote.

The Supreme Court decision, 5-3, is a major win for pro-choice advocates.

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Maine Governor’s Wife Slinging Chowder

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images(BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine) — The First Lady of Maine, Ann LePage, wife of Governor Paul LePage, has taken a job as a waitress at a restaurant in Boothbay Harbor. The restaurant, located on the water on Pier 1, is called McSeagulls and specializes in seafood. Despite having no prior experience, LePage said she’d always wanted to waitress but didn’t have the spare time.

The Boothbay Register reports that the first lady may be working for tips because Paul LePage is currently the lowest paid governor in the country with a salary of $70,000. Mrs. LePage says, “It’s about the money. I want to buy a car this year. It also gives me a chance to meet people and understand the community better,” she said. “To me the coast of Maine is paradise.”

Her husband is one of the most polarizing public figures in the country -– Politco called him “America’s Craziest Governor” — so she anticipates some feedback.

“My motto is kill them with kindness,” Mrs. LePage said. “I’m just a regular person who happens to be married to the governor.”

“I’m having a ball,” said LePage. “You’ve got to be a people person. It’s hard work.”

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Clinton Hits Trump for ‘Bombastic’ Reaction to Brexit

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(INDIANAPOLIS) — Hillary Clinton cautioned Sunday that the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” decision to leave the European Union serves as a “reminder that what happens around the world has consequences that can hit home quickly and affects our lives and our livelihoods.”

Without mentioning his name, the Democratic presidential candidate went on to hit Donald Trump for his “bombastic” reaction to the vote, which many world leaders and economists had warned against.

“We need leaders like yourselves, at the local and state and federal level, who understand how to work with other leaders to manage risks, who understand that bombastic comments in turbulent times can actually cause more turbulence, and who put the interests of the American people ahead of their personal business interests,” Clinton told a group of mayors at the annual U.S. Mayors Conference in Indianapolis.

In April, Clinton’s senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan released a statement on behalf of the former secretary of state staying that she was in favor of the UK remaining in the EU.

During her remarks Sunday, Clinton also acknowledged what may be similarities between some parts of the electorate in the United Kingdom and the United States –- but didn’t seem fazed.

“Just as we have seen, there are many frustrated people in Britain. We know there are frustrated people here at home, too. I’ve seen it, I’ve heard it, I know it,” she said. “That’s why I’ve worked hard to find solutions to the economic challenges we face. It’s why I’ve put forward real plans to create good paying jobs, raise wages, reduce student debt. Bring down prescription drugs and so much else.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Declines to Say if Trump Is Qualified to Be POTUS

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) —  Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined Sunday to say if Donald Trump, his party’s presumptive presidential candidate, is qualified to be president.

“Well, look, I think it’s no question that he’s made a number of mistakes over the last few weeks. I think they’re beginning to right the ship. It’s a long time until November. And the burden obviously will be on him to convince people that he can handle this job,” McConnell said on ABC’s This Week.

Pressed by ABC Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on whether he thinks Trump is qualified, McConnell replied, “I leave it up to the American people to decide.”

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday shows 64 percent of Americans, a new high, say Trump is unqualified to serve as president.

That could spell trouble for the presumptive Republican nominee in November, but the Majority Leader insists Trump won the Republican nomination fairly and that Republican primary voters have made their decision.

“He won the Republican nomination fair and square,” McConnell said. “He got more votes than anybody else, against a whole lot of well-qualified candidates, and so our primary voters have made their decision as to who they want to be the nominee,” he said. “The American people will be able to make that decision in the fall.”

Conservative commentator and columnist George Will said Friday that he’s leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump, and he urged other conservatives to do the same.

McConnell offered reassurance to Will, whom he called a friend: “The Republican Party is still going to be America’s conservative party,” McConnell told Stephanopoulos, adding that the party’s platform will include basic principles Republicans believe in.

That means that proposals Trump has been touting throughout his campaign will not be included in the platform, including his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country.

“Our nominee may not agree with every single one of those, but the Republican Party, it will remain America’s conservative party,” he said. “The platform will be a traditional Republican platform…and I don’t expect it to differ that much from the platform we had four years ago.

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Clinton Opens 12-Point Lead on Trump as Two-Thirds See Him as Biased (POLL)

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) —  Hillary Clinton surged to a broad advantage against Donald Trump in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, capitalizing on Trump’s recent campaign missteps. Two-thirds of Americans see him as biased against groups such as women, minorities or Muslims, and a new high, 64 percent, call Trump unqualified to serve as president.

These and other doubts about Trump have produced a sharp 14-point swing in preferences among registered voters, from +2 points for Trump in mid-May, after he clinched the GOP nomination, to +12 points for Clinton now, 51-39 percent. That snaps the race essentially back to where it was in March.

See PDF for full results.

Adding third-party candidates Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green) to the mix makes no substantive difference: a 10-point Clinton advantage, 47-37-7-3 percent among registered voters. Looking at those who say they’re certain to vote in November likewise produces a very similar result: +11 Clinton in the two-way matchup, +9 in the four-way.

The national poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds another apparent impact of Trump’s problems: Perhaps benefitting from comparison, Barack Obama’s job approval rating has gained 5 points, to 56 percent, matching its high since the early days of his presidency. That includes 55 percent approval specifically on handling the economy.

Underlying Views

Trial heats are hypothetical; they ask which candidate people would support if the election were today – which it isn’t. At least as important are the underlying sentiments informing current preferences, and they show the extent of Trump’s troubles given his recent controversial comments. Among them:

• The public by 66-29 percent think he’s unfairly biased against groups such as women, minorities or Muslims.

• Americans by 68-28 percent think his comment about Judge Gonzalo Curiel was racist. Regardless of whether or not it was racist, 85 percent say it was inappropriate.

• While most Americans disapprove of Clinton’s handling of her email while secretary of state (34-56 percent, approve-disapprove), they’re equally disenchanted with Trump’s handling of questions about Trump University (19-59 percent, with more undecided).

• Most generally, the public by 56-36 percent, a 20-point margin, says Trump is standing against their beliefs as opposed to standing up for their beliefs.

Clinton, further, receives substantially better marks than Trump’s for her response to the lone-wolf terrorist attack June 12 in Orlando, Florida: Americans by an 18-point margin, 46-28 percent, say Clinton did a better job than Trump overall in responding to the attack.

Another result marks a rebuke to Trump in his own party. On June 15, referring to Republican leaders, he said, “Just please be quiet. Don’t talk.” In this survey, however, Republicans and GOP-leaning independents by a wide 62-35 percent say party leaders should speak out when they disagree with Trump, rather than avoid criticizing their likely nominee.

Indeed, Trump is supported by just 77 percent of Republican registered voters in the two-way test in this survey, compared with 85 percent in this group last month and, again, essentially back to his in-party support in March. In the four-way trial he’s at 74 percent among Republicans.

Results of this poll temper the notion that last week’s Brexit vote in the United Kingdom marks a broader dissatisfaction with the status quo that advantages Trump on this side of the Atlantic. On one hand, nativist sentiment, populism and economic anxiety clearly benefitted Trump in the race for the Republican nomination. On the other, his general election campaign requires broader support – and he’s had a dreadful few weeks.

Qualifications, Temperament and Anxiety

Doubts about Trump are reflected in yet-sharper questions about his qualifications for office – perhaps the most basic hurdle for a candidate to clear – and continued widespread anxiety about a potential Trump presidency.

Sixty-four percent of Americans now see Trump as unqualified to serve as president, up 6 points from an already-high 58 percent last month. Thirty-four percent see him as qualified.

Clinton’s numbers are essentially the opposite, and unchanged: Sixty-one percent see her as qualified for the office, 37 percent as not qualified. Moreover, while 33 percent feel strongly that Clinton is not qualified, many more – 56 percent – feel strongly that Trump doesn’t pass this test.

Clinton also continues to surpass Trump easily in views of which candidate has the better personality and temperament to serve effectively. Clinton’s vast 61-28 percent lead on this question is essentially unchanged from last month’s 61-31 percent.

For all this, Clinton is hardly beloved. Fifty percent of Americans say they’re anxious about the idea of her as president (vs. 47 percent who are comfortable with it). When it comes to a Trump presidency, however, anxiety rises to 70 percent, with just 27 percent comfortable with the idea. These are about the same as when last asked in January, and the 70 percent anxiety number matches Trump’s unfavorability rating in an ABC/Post poll last week.

Someone Else?

Dissatisfaction with Trump and Clinton alike raises the question of a third way – but partisanship is a strong anchor, and this poll indicates little traction to date for an alternative party. Just 18 percent of registered voters say there’s a third-party candidate they’re seriously considering – and when asked to name that candidate, a mere 2 percent offer Johnson’s name, and 1 percent mention Stein, a very low level of unaided recall.

When presented directly with Johnson and Stein as alternatives, they receive 7 and 3 percent support, respectively, as noted – drawing similarly from both major-party candidates. Johnson’s selected by 6 percent of Trump’s supporters and 5 percent of Clinton’s in a two-way matchup; Stein, by 4 percent of Clinton’s and 1 percent of Trump’s.

Obama

The president’s resurgent approval rating is particularly welcome for Clinton, given his reported eagerness to campaign for her.

His advance is broadly based, and political divisions remain high – 88 percent approval for Obama among Democrats, 50 percent among independents and just 18 percent among Republicans. Tellingly, 85 percent of Obama approvers support Clinton, vs. just 8 percent of Obama disapprovers.

Obama’s approval rating is similar to both Bill Clinton’s 57 percent and Ronald Reagan’s 56 percent at about this point in their presidencies, and far better than George W. Bush’s 29 percent.

That said, discontent with the status quo does remain, and poses some risk for Clinton as the incumbent party’s nominee. Registered voters by 56-39 percent say they’d rather see the next president set the nation in a new direction from Obama’s rather than continuing his course. “New direction” voters favor Trump over Clinton by a wide margin, 64-26 percent – but those who want to stay Obama’s course back Clinton even more widely, 87-6 percent.

It’s notable, too, that the number of Americans who prefer a new direction is about the same now as it was at this stage of Reagan’s presidency – when the nation went on, nonetheless, to elect Reagan’s vice president George H.W. Bush, to the top job.

Groups

Partisanship can follow political preferences, and in this poll Democrats account for 36 percent of all adults and 37 percent of registered voters – a non-significant (+3) difference from last month. (The former is numerically its highest since 2009, the latter, since 2012.) Republicans account for 24 percent of all adults and 27 percent of registered voters, about their average in recent years, with the rest independents.

This accounts for little of the shift in voter preferences, however. Even using the same party divisions from last month’s ABC/Post survey, in which Trump was +2, he’d now be -8. The reason, mentioned above, is his comparatively weak performance among Republicans – 77 percent support – compared with Clinton’s support among Democrats, 90 percent.

Obama’s gain in approval, similarly, is not fundamentally based on any change in partisanship – last month’s partisan divisions would put him at 54-42 percent now, vs. his actual 56-41 percent in this poll.

There are notable shifts among groups in the latest vote preference results. Largest is a 16-point loss for Trump, and 17-point advance for Clinton, among white Catholics, a potentially key group that accounts for one in seven registered voters.

Clinton, further, is now leading among young adults, a group in which Trump was surprisingly competitive last month. Trump is -11, and Clinton +11, among registered voters who don’t have a college degree, as well as among liberals and conservatives alike. And Trump is -10, Clinton +11, among white men.

Clinton continues to prevail mightily among nonwhites – by 77-15 percent now, vs. 69-21 percent last month; that includes 90-8 percent among blacks and 69-20 percent among Hispanics. (For an adequate sample size, this combines results among blacks, and separately among Hispanics, from May and June.) Trump leads Clinton by 50-40 percent among whites, down from 57-33 percent last month.

In another division of potential interest, Clinton leads Trump by 57-33 percent in the states that Obama won in 2012 (+24 points), while Trump leads more narrowly, by 51-41 percent (+10), in the states Mitt Romney won four years ago.

Methodology

This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cellular telephone June 20-23, 2016, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,001 adults, including 836 registered voters. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points, including the design effect, for the full sample, and 4 points for registered voters. Partisan divisions are 36-24-33 percent, Democrats-Republicans-independents, in the full sample, 37-27-30 among registered voters.

The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by Abt-SRBI of New York, N.Y. See details on the survey’s methodology here.

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‘Hamilton’ Musical Teams Up With Hillary Clinton for July Fundraiser

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) —   Hillary Clinton is heading to Broadway.

The Hillary Victory Fund — a joint fundraising committee between the DNC and the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign — will host a special matinee performance on July 12 of the Tony award-winning (and perpetually sold-out) musical Hamilton.

You’ll tell the story of your night at @HamiltonMusical with Hillary. Enter to win here: https://t.co/MO6hkcxf8A pic.twitter.com/whfzT5tdfv

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 25, 2016

According to a Clinton aide, the campaign has rented out the Richard Rodgers Theatre and purchased every seat in the 1,300-seat venue. The campaign did not disclose the cost of such endevour.

While Broadway ticket prices have skyrocketed in recent years, the tickets for the fundraiser are high, even by Broadway standards: On sale now at HillaryClinton.com/Hamilton, tickets range from $2,700 to $100,000. Perks of the priciest tickets include premium seats, and a “wrap party” and photo session with Clinton.

Hamilton, a hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton, won 11 Tony Awards earlier this month, including best musical.

In conjunction with the fundraiser, the campaign has kicked off a contest where winners will snag tickets to the performance, and a chance to meet Clinton, who will also be attending the show. Travel and accommodations will also be covered.

HRC texts supporters about chance to join her at @HamiltonMusical (in, what no doubt, will be a successful effort) pic.twitter.com/f7Sg7CK7pL

— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) June 25, 2016

Clinton texted supporters about the contest on Saturday. In a fundraising email sent to supporters, Clinton said her favorite song in the musical — which she saw at the Off-Broadway Public Theater last year before it moved to Broadway — is “Non-Stop.”

“We should have more songs about the Federalist papers,” Clinton wrote.

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Hillary Clinton Takes Aim at Donald Trump’s Position on Brexit in New TV Ad

Posted on: June 26th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) —  A new week, a new Hillary Clinton TV spot taking aim at Donald Trump.

Titled “Tested,” the 30-second spot focuses on the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s response to Britons voting last week in favor of leaving the European Union.

 “Every president is tested by world events, but Donald Trump thinks about how his golf resort can profit from them,” says a monotone voiceover, referring to Trump visiting Trump Turnberry in Scotland a day after the Brexit vote, and expressing how an EU-free United Kingdom may benefit his businesses.

A clip from Trump’s press conference at the luxury property follows, where he says, “When the pound goes down, more people are going to Turnberry.”

The spot, which airs nationally this week, ends with an ominous-sounding voiceover: “In a volatile world, the last thing we need is a volatile president.”

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Trump Shifts Muslim Ban to Only Focus on ‘Terrorist’ Nations

Posted on: June 25th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(ABERDEEN, Scotland) — Donald Trump said Saturday it “wouldn’t bother me” if Scottish Muslims came to the United States, seeming to move away from the temporary ban on all Muslims coming to the United States that he has called for throughout his presidential campaign.

In interviews at his golf course in Aberdeen, Scotland, Trump went further, saying that the ban would be focused on “terrorist” countries, shifting from his previous proposal of “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

The campaign says his comments are consistent with his foreign policy speech after the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. However, in the speech the campaign is referring to, Trump did not indicate he was shifting away from his blanket ban, nor did he specifically say his ban would only apply to Muslims in terrorist countries.

In that speech Trump also said he would “suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States.”

“Although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on,” he said. “We have to do it. It will be lifted, this ban, when and as a nation we’re in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country.”

ABC News has requested specifics regarding whether Trump still supports a blanket ban on all Muslims, and how he plans to distinguish “terrorist” countries from safer locales.

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Trump Slams Clinton, Downplays Brexit’s Potential Effect on the US

Posted on: June 25th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(ABERDEEN, Scotland) — Speaking from Aberdeen, Scotland, one day after England voted to leave the European Union, Donald Trump chastised Hillary Clinton for failing to appear on camera to talk about the vote.

Trump had tweeted similar sentiments Saturday morning:

So funny, Crooked Hillary called BREXIT so incorrectly, and now she says that she is the one to deal with the U.K. All talk, no action!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton released a statement after the vote stating that she respects the choices of the UK and wants to protect both American families from potential economic turmoil and the United States’ special relationship with Britain.

After the British vote to leave the European Union, the stock market had its biggest tumble in 10 months.

Trump, however, said there is always turmoil in the markets and that there are ways to protect the American people from such effects from the Brexit vote.

“This shouldn’t even affect Americans if done properly,” he said of the economic implications of Britain’s decision to secede.

When asked how he would react if a state in the U.S., such as Texas, decided to secede, Trump waved away such an idea. “Texas will never do that because Texas loves me,” he said.

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House Members Introduce Unlikely Gun Control Compromise After Democrats’ Sit-In

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Hoping to cut through the gridlock around gun control, a bipartisan group of House members introduced a gun control compromise Friday identical to the measure proposed by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, after the Orlando nightclub shooting.

The proposal from Reps. Seth Moulton, D-Massachusetts, Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, Scott Rigell, R-Virginia, and Bob Dold, R-Illinois, would prevent people on the federal government’s no-fly and Selectee lists from buying guns, and provide a mechanism to appeal a denial.

“Simple reforms like this are demanded by the American people,” Moulton said in a news conference.

But the lawmakers started working on the proposal before Democrats waged a 25-hour sit-in on the House floor for gun control votes, a tactic that exasperated Republicans and emboldened Democrats.

Now, both sides appear further apart on guns than ever before. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, called the protest a “political stunt,” and recessed the House two days early. Democrats left town promising more brazen disruptions when they return on July 5th.

The House members admitted Friday that they don’t have the buy-in from leadership to bring the compromise to the floor — one day after a vote in the Senate effectively left Collins’ proposal in legislative purgatory.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office did not return a request to comment on the measure.

“We are going to be pressing the Speaker’s office when we get back in session. The pressure will be continuous but respectful,” said Rigell, an NRA member who owns several guns, including an AR-15.

Curbelo said it was incumbent on the members to sell the measure to colleagues — a tall task for a highly-charged issue in an election year.

“If we do nothing, I think we have failed,” Rigell said. “It will be a moral failure of this institution.”

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Trump Greeted by Swastika Golf Balls in Scotland

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(TURNBERRY, Scotland) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is on his two-day business trip to Scotland and so far has spent his time getting in touch with his Scottish roots, giving his two-cents on Brexit, and celebrating the reopening of his luxury resort and golf course Trump Turnberry.

But the trip, which is turning out to be something of an infomercial for the real estate mogul’s properties overseas, has not been without controversy.

Trump’s news conference on the golf course in Ayrshire, with the lighthouse and green hills in the backdrop, got off to a slightly rocky start. Just as Trump positioned himself at the podium, he was interrupted by British comedian, Lee Nelson, who pretended to work at the golf course.

“Sorry Donald, these are the new balls you ordered. Here for you sir, these are the new balls available from the clubhouse as part of the new Trump Turnberry range,” Nelson said joking, and holding up red golf balls with a swastika on them.

Trump gave most of his press conference in Scotland surrounded by these Nazi golf balls pic.twitter.com/UsUoVK3nkW

— Naomi O'Leary ⚡️ (@NaomiOhReally) June 24, 2016

“Please forgive me. If you want you can hand them out,” Nelson said, only to be cut short by U.S. Secret Service and escorted out.

Trump then continued his press conference without another interruption, and later held a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Trump clearly did not find the joke funny, and has defended himself repeatedly against accusations that he’s bigot.

Other protesters greeted Trump when he landed in Scotland, however they were roped off.

Protesters outside Donald Trump's golf resort in Turnberry are waving a few flags today, including a Mexican one. pic.twitter.com/q8QGrtYmy4

— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) June 24, 2016

The real estate mogul has also angered some locals for suggesting a ban to Muslim immigrants traveling to the U.S. and for trying to expand his Aberdeen golf course, which he plans on visiting tomorrow, by attempting to force the neighbors from their homes.

As reported by the Washington Post, Trump failed to deliver on jobs he promised to bring to the area with the building of his golf course. Trump also fought to stop a wind farm for being built — even going as far as to sue the government — because he didn’t want it to block the view from his golf course.

But both properties have special sentiment to Trump, because his mother was born in Scotland.

“She would come to Turnberry with her friends and they’d have dinner at Turnberry. She didn’t play golf, but they’d have dinner at Turnberry. So having taken this hotel and done the job that we’ve done with it is just an honor that I was given the opportunity,” Trump said Thursday.

Trump and his children, along with their families, were able to enjoy Trump Turnberry with a stroll to the 9th tee of the iconic Ailsa course, where he held the news conference, followed by bagpipers.

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Trump Uses Brexit ‘Shockwave’ in Fundraising Pitch

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hours after praising Britain’s vote to leave the European Union as “purely historic,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is fundraising off the vote.

“The voters stood up for their nation – they put the United Kingdom first, and they took their country back,” Trump wrote in an email to supporters praising the United Kingdom referendum vote, dubbed “Brexit.” “Let’s send another shockwave around the world. Let’s take back our country from the corrupt career politicians and put Americans first. Let’s re-declare our independence.”

Trump sent his first fundraising email on Tuesday and told ABC News in Scotland that he doesn’t like asking supporters for money.

“I don’t like doing it. I don’t like doing it Tom. I’m an honest politician, probably one of the few,” Trump said Friday. “I’m raising money for the Republican Party, something I have never done. I have always contributed money to lots of people. A lot of campaign contributions over the years.”

Trump, who is in Scotland for a two-day business trip celebrating the grand reopening of his recently renovated Trump Turnberry resort, hammered President Obama, Hillary Clinton and outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron, accusing them all of “misreading” the electorate amid the push toward Brexit.

Trump even suggested that Obama doomed the pro-Remain camp with his vocal support of Britain’s staying in the European Union.

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President Obama Reaffirms Ties to United Kingdom After Brexit Vote

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama on Friday reaffirmed the ties between the U.S and the United Kingdom, after its vote to leave the European Union, stressing “one thing that will not change is the special relationship between our two nations — that will endure.”

Obama said that earlier Friday morning he spoke with British Prime Minister David Cameron, who has announced his resignation in the wake of the referendum, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“David has been an outstanding friend and partner on the global stage and based on our conversation I’m confident that the U.K.’s committed to an orderly transition out of the E.U.,” Obama said. “We agreed that our economic and financial teams will remain in close contact as we stay focused on ensuring economic growth and financial stability.”

The president said he and Merkel “agreed that the United States and our European allies will work closely together in the weeks and months ahead.”

Obama said the U.K.’s vote to leave the E.U. “speaks to the ongoing changes and challenges that are raised by globalization.

“The EU will remain one of our indispensable partners,” Obama promised. “The NATO alliance will remain a cornerstone of global security.”

“Our shared values including our commitment to democracy and pluralism, and opportunity for all people in a globalized world — that will continue to unite all of us,” he added.

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Sanders Says He’ll Vote for Clinton But Still Remain in the Race

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Bernie Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC Friday morning that he will vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November.

“Yes. Yeah, I think the issue right here is, I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said. “I think Trump in so many ways will be a disaster for this country, if he were to be elected president.”

Still, Sanders said he is not dropping out of the race.

“I haven’t heard her say the things I think should be said,” he told CBS Friday morning when asked why he isn’t endorsing her. “To my mind, she has not brought forth the proposals that I think the American people need to hear.”

Sanders explained that he has been in touch with the Clinton campaign about an endorsement, but he’s not clear on a timeline.

“I would hope that that would happen, or it may not happen,” he said when asked if he would endorse Clinton before the Democratic National Convention in July.
 
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Clinton’s First Spanish Language TV Ad Will Air During Copa America’s Final Match

Posted on: June 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Just one day after a decision by the Supreme Court that would halt President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, Hillary Clinton’s campaign today debuted its first Spanish-language TV ad — targeting Donald Trump.

The 60-second spot — titled “Nuestra Historia” (Our History) — will air nationally on Sunday during Copa America’s final match between Chile and Argentina. The soccer match, which will be held in New Jersey, is expected to draw huge viewership totals on Univision.

The ad features five Latin Americans of Colombian, Mexican, Salvadoran and Puerto Rican descent talking about their American and immigrant roots.

“In our stories there is a spirit, a fight, that is stronger than hate. Stronger than Trump,” one woman says.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted to uphold a lower court’s ruling to halt the president’s executive action on immigration. The Court’s 4-4 deadlock blocked the Obama administration policy that would have offered more than 4 million undocumented immigrants a chance to remain in the country without fear of deportation.

Clinton — who has pledged throughout her campaign to take on immigration reform in her first 100 days as president — called the decision “heartbreaking” and “unacceptable.”

“We must do better,” she tweeted.

Trump, on the other hand, responded to the decision in a statement saying President Obama’s executive action “the one of the most unconstitutional actions ever undertaken by a President.”

Clinton’s campaign did not say the cost of this new Spanish TV ad. They have, however, already been on the airwaves in multiple swing-states across the country.

Last week, her campaign launched an 8-figure, six-week television buy and began airing three new television ads in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

BELOW A TRANSCRIPT/TRANSLATION OF THE AD:


Script of ” Nuestra Historia” in English

Trump: “We have to do what we have to do.”

Mika Brzezinski: “Are you going to have a massive deportation force?”

Trump: “You’re going to have a deportation force.”

Armandina Sifuentes:
“My family has been here since 1731, before this was the United States.”

Lawrence Ramos: “My dad didn’t want me to go to the second war… in that time there was so much discrimination. I wanted to serve because I was born in the United States, and it was my right.”

Luisa Santos:
“At 8 years old we moved to the United States. My mom left everything behind to give my sister and I a new opportunity.”

HRC VO: “As I look at American history, I see that this has always been a country of we, not me. We stand together because we are stronger together.”

Arelis Hernandez-Cruz: “In our stories there is a spirit, a fight, that is stronger than hate. Stronger than Trump.”

Rosa Beltrán: “And the next chapters will be written with our voice, with our vote.”

HRC VO: “Soy Hillary Clinton and I approve this message.”

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Clinton IT Staffer Pleads Fifth 130 Times, Transcript Shows

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton’s former IT staffer, once responsible for maintaining her private computer server, refused to answer questions from lawyers about her email setup and invoked his Fifth Amendment right 130 times during a deposition this week, according to a transcript of the deposition.

Bryan Pagliano was deposed Wednesday as part of a lawsuit concerning Clinton’s email account brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch. The transcript of that deposition was posted online Thursday.

A total of 14 lawyers were present during the deposition. The sniping began immediately, with one of Pagliano’s attorneys objecting to the first question — claiming it was outside the scope of discovery to inquire whether or not Mr. Pagliano could answer questions truthfully.

As for Pagliano, aside from stating his full name and answering “yes” to a few procedural questions (such as whether or not his name had been pronounced correctly), everything else he uttered was the same: “On the advice of counsel, I will decline to answer your question in reliance on my rights under the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.”

Judicial Watch has a long history of waging legal battles with the Clinton family. In this case, it seeks to show that one of Clinton top staffers, Huma Abedin, broke rules relating to her government employment status and work with outside groups.

Clinton has said that Adebin’s employment status with both the State Department and an outside group was approved under State Department rules at the time.

The federal judge overseeing the case has sought to learn more about Clinton’s use of that controversial private email account as part of the discovery process, and has approved plans for the plaintiff to depose a number of Clinton’s former and current staffers.

Pagliano had previously struck an immunity deal with the Justice Department in exchange for his cooperation with the FBI’s security investigation into Clinton’s email server, which is separate from this litigation.

Pagliano also refused to answer questions to the House Select Committee on Benghazi when he was called to testify behind closed doors late last year.

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