Tuesday, October 13, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 8:27 AM

The Draft Biden super PAC has launched an emotional ad aimed at convincing Vice President Biden to jump into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, highlighting his struggles to try to overcome family tragedies to find personal “redemption.”

 It is part of a growing effort to demonstrate that there is a reservoir of support for the vice president among Democratic voters and donors for him to make a late entry into the campaign. Biden has been considering a bid for the past two months as he continues to mourn the death of his son, Beau, 46, after a battle with brain cancer.

 The 90-second spot displays images from the vice president’s life as his hushed voice, from a recent speech to Yale students, provides the narration. It begins with Biden’s election to the U.S. Senate, in 1972, and a motor-vehicle accident six weeks later that killed his first wife and his daughter and left his two sons with serious injuries.

POSTED: Monday, October 5, 2015, 10:53 AM
Dr. Ben Carson and businessman Donald Trump talk. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

Like their counterparts elsewhere, Pennsylvania Republicans prefer that the party’s 2016 presidential nominee be a political outsider, according to a new poll released Monday by Mercyhurst College in Erie.

Fifty-seven percent say it is “important” that the next nominee come from outside the normal political pipeline, the poll finds.

“Republicans in the state are expressing a great deal of dissatisfaction with Washington,’ said Joseph Morris, director of the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics.

POSTED: Monday, September 28, 2015, 5:39 PM

KEOSAUQUA, Iowa – Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican presidential candidate, insists he’s not taking Scott Walker’s advice.

As he dropped out last week, Walker urged his lower-polling colleagues to consider doing the same so GOP voters can coalesce around a “positive, conservative alternative” and stop front-runner Donald Trump.

“That sounds like a speech written by the RNC,” Jindal said in a brief interview after a town-hall meeting with employees here at Phoenix Hill, a manufacturer of refrigerated display cases and other products for the food industry.

POSTED: Thursday, September 24, 2015, 8:05 AM
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump listens to a question during a town hall event at Rochester Recreational Arena September 17, 2015 in Rochester, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Donald Trump continues to lead the pack in the Republican presidential race, a new national Quinnipiac University poll said Thursday, though the megamouth mogul has slipped three percentage points since the school’s August survey.

Trump has the support of 25 percent of voters registered with the GOP or leaning to the party, compared to 17 percent for Dr. Ben Carson, 12 percent for businesswoman Carly Fiorina, 10 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 9 percent for Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has 7 percent. New Jersey Gov. Christie has 2 percent in the poll.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 8:53 PM
Gov. Chris Christie (left) and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s public campaign schedule for Wednesday just said he’d be at an evening fundraising reception somewhere in Dallas: CLOSED PRESS.

Perhaps the GOP presidential contender did not want to draw attention to the fact the event was to be hosted by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. After all, when Christie was outed as a Cowboys fan-boy last year, things got a little rocky for him - especially in Philadelphia and South Jersey, where hating that team from that place is practically a civic religion. (Come to think of it, the ‘boys are not too popular in North Jersey either; right Giants fans?)

The Cowboys are an extra touchy topic following their decisive win over the Eagles Sunday, 20-10.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 22, 2015, 11:46 AM

Though greater Philadelphia is in the grip of Pope-mania at the moment, the pieces of the Democratic National Convention coming to  town next July continue to be assembled apace.

The convention committee announced Tuesday it had hired Lee Whack, a veteran communicator on the Hill and in Illinois state politics, to be press secretary for the 2016 DNC.

Whack, 31, moves over from the office of Rep. Jan Schakowski (D.,Ill.), where he was communications director. Previously he worked as public-relations manager for the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency, a spokesman for several members of the Illinois state Senate, and on the 2010 campaign for state treasurer.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 12:28 PM
FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson speaks in St. Louis. Carson has moved into the top tier of the 2016 presidential race as quietly as Donald Trump crashed the party with bombast, and he'll join the billionaire real-estate mogul as a focus of attention at the GOP's second debate. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings, File)

Soft-spoken Dr. Ben Carson is closing in on the bombastic Donald Trump in New Hampshire, according to a new WBUR poll that the Boston NPR station released Wednesday.

Trump leads 22 percent to 18 percent among voters who say they are likely to cast ballots in the Republican primary early next year, the survey says. New Hampshire hosts the first primaries in the nation.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has staked his candidacy on doing well in New Hampshire, is supported by 2 percent of likely voters, the poll finds.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 5:40 PM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign rally at the American Airlines Center on Sept. 14, 2015, in Dallas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

The national conservative advocacy group Club for Growth announced a $1 million Iowa television ad campaign against Donald Trump Tuesday, the most direct and expensive assault from inside the Republican Party aimed at knocking down its presidential frontrunner.

Club for Growth President David McIntosh unveiled two ads; one accuses Trump of being a closet liberal, flashing pictures of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “He’s playing us for chumps,” a narrator says. The other accuses Trump of backing “eminent domain abuse.”

The 30-second spots, produced and paid for by Club for Growth Action, the group’s super PAC, are slated for broadcast, cable, satellite TV and digital platforms in Iowa beginning later this week.

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