Boston Globe Political Newsletter - Ground Game August 10


Two of New Hampshire’s top Republicans, both of them women with significant political experience, sharply criticized New York businessman Donald Trump on Friday for his words about women, in the aftermath of the first Republican presidential debate.

Their criticism stemmed from Trump’s comments in the first few minutes of Thursday’s program during an exchange with Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly over his past statements about women. ...

"I don’t think women in New Hampshire will appreciate them,” said US Senator Kelly Ayotte.

“Megyn Kelly is an intelligent, educated, successful professional woman, and Donald Trump’s comments were out of line and unacceptable,” said the New Hampshire Republican Party’s chairwoman, Jennifer Horn. “There is a big difference between not being politically correct and being disrespectful, and [Thursday] night Donald Trump was being disrespectful to women.” ...
I reported these comments late Friday evening in the Globe. Since then, Trump has continued to defend himself in a series of television interviews throughout the weekend. It seems to have only fanned the flames of his candidacy -- or at least his desire to run for president. The Summer of Trump continues. 
New Hampshire
Here today: Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee
Crowded GOP field? Historically New Hampshire primaries have been even larger says Gardner in the N.H. Union Leader: "Bill Gardner chuckles at all this talk about the size of the 2016 field of Republican presidential hopefuls being unprecedented. 'Typically, we have 35 to 65 for both parties,' says Gardner, New Hampshire's Secretary of State since 1977. 'Having 50 candidates is not unusual.'"

Raised eyebrow: The N.H. Union Leader editorial page writes: Fiorina’s breakthrough: She has earned a look: "[Carly] Fiorina has a surprising grasp of the issues for a non-politician, and her ability to speak with precision, clarity and wit, even under great pressure, is a skill shared by few people in any line of work. Fiorina has earned a seat at the adults' table. How she handles herself there will determine whether voters consider her truly presidential material."

Bush uses Barrington town hall event as second act in the Concord Monitor: "After the town hall, answering a handful of questions from reporters before departing for the night, [Jeb] Bush shrugged off the suggestion that he might have adjusted his tone to be more 'forceful' in response to criticisms of his debate performance, which some described as too subdued.

'I’m Jeb. I am who I am. I don’t think it central to tear up my fellow Republicans. I don’t really feel compelled to do that. I kind of tried to abide by the doctrine Ronald Reagan applied quite effectively,' Bush said, referring to the late president’s rule of not speaking ill of fellow Republicans. 'That’s the way we’re going to win. We need to win with a more hopeful, optimistic message. There are a lot of differences amongst ourselves, but the differences pale by comparison to the differences I have with Hillary Clinton, for crying out loud.'"
Here today: Bobby Jindal
Perry, Jindal emphasize values, upbringings in the Des Moines Register: "Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Bobby Jindal spoke Sunday at the Black Hawk County GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Waterloo. It was the second time they were at the same GOP event in the last two days. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal continued his vocal opposition to President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran while emphasizing his socially conservative values."

Iowa Democrats plan to rename Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in the Cedar Rapids Gazette: "The Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee voted Saturday to begin the process to change the name because Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson were slave owners and Jackson conducted a prolonged, violent campaign against Cherokee Indians that some call genocide. 'This was not a decision that was made lightly,' according to IDP Chairwoman Andy McGuire."

Carson: End-of-debate moment was improvised in the Sioux City Journal: "[Ben] Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, joked during his closing statement at Thursday night’s Republican presidential candidate debate in Cleveland that what separates him from the rest of the crowded GOP field is he has separated Siamese twins, operated on children still in the womb and removed half a person’s brain.  The next day in Iowa, Carson said the jovial moment was unplanned."

Issue-advocacy groups seek share of Iowa voters' attention in the Des Moines Register: " A slew of issue-advocacy groups also view Iowa as fertile ground to reach voters, influence the national debate and get face time with the 2016 hopefuls. The issues being pushed through ad campaigns and grassroots efforts run the gamut from early childhood education, campaign finance reform, environmental policy and the national debt. While advocacy groups have circulated during other caucus seasons, veteran political strategist Doug Gross can't recall another year with this many groups jockeying for Iowa voters' attention."
South Carolina
Here today: Lindsey Graham
Bidens to vacation in South Carolina in the The Hill: "Vice President Joe Biden will vacation with his family in South Carolina over the next week, going to an early-voting state amid continued speculation regarding his 2016 White House plans. Biden and wife Jill Biden depart for Kiawah Island, S.C., on Saturday and will remain in the area through Thursday, with no public events on the schedule, according to the White House."

Republicans pack Greenville restaurant to see Fiorina in The State: "The crowd grew quiet at Tommy's Country Ham House Sunday afternoon when a member of the audience asked Carly Fiorina if she'd allow abortion in cases of rape or incest.  The Republican presidential candidate acknowledged that she would — a position some social conservatives won't like — then turned to attack Planned Parenthood and had the audience applauding again before completing her answer. It was an awkward moment in an otherwise triumphal stop in Greenville three days after the former Hewlett-Packard CEO ignited her back-of-the-pack campaign with a widely hailed debate performance on Fox News."

Hillary Clinton goes full Southern drawl in the Charleston Post and Courier: "S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison tried something new this year by getting leading Democrats to sit for a short videotaped interview to post on the party website. But it’s a recent installment of 'Chair Chat' with presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton that’s getting legs.  Sitting in a rocking chair and drinking lemonade, Clinton seems to have easily fallen back into some of her former Arkansas lilt. 'Bill and I are having the best time, I have to tell ya,' she says of being a new grandparent. 'He is just putty already.'"

South Carolina anti-tax groups step up opposition to road-funding bill in the Associated Press: "Opponents of raising the state’s gas tax to fund roadwork are stepping up their efforts while the Legislature’s not in session in an attempt to shift the debate from funding to reform.  Debate on the issue lawmakers called their top priority for 2015 – fixing South Carolina’s deteriorating roads – will resume in January.  Anti-tax activists are working the phones to secure GOP senators’ opposition in 2016, when every legislator is up for re-election."
National Headlines
The Boston Globe's Annie Linskey: Clinton to unveil student debt plan
Washington Post: Donald Trump struggles to turn political fling into a durable campaign
Politico: Jeb Bush role in Michael Bloomberg charity gets attention
NY Times: Clinton’s e-mails followed long path to campaign issue
Bloomberg: Bernie Sanders Draws Crowd of 15,000 in Seattle Following Black Lives Matter Protest
Bloomberg: How Obama Hurts Clinton (and Helps Sanders) With Unions
NY Times: Similarities Aside, Bernie Sanders Isn’t Rerunning Howard Dean’s 2004 Race
Buzzfeed: Breitbart Staffers Believe Trump Has Given Money To Site For Favorable Coverage
CNN: How will Donald Trump's campaign survive this one, strategists wonder
National Journal: John Kasich Dismisses Climate Change As 'Some Theory That’s Not Proven'
National Journal: Trump-Free Scenarios for 2016
Buzzfeed: Trump Iowa Co-Chair: Attacks On Megyn Kelly Are “Fair Game”
Red State: What Happens When You Rescind an Invitation to Trump?
Yahoo! News Fiorina Bet on Talent Over TV Ads, & It Paid Off 
Politico Magazine: Can Bernie Sanders Win the Love of a Party He Scorns?
NY Times: Donald Trump Remains Defiant on News Programs Amid G.O.P. Backlash
Wall Street Journal: Amid Trump Flap, GOP Candidates Make Appeal to Women
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