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This Week on the Campaign Trail

Overview

Last night, the GOP debate had a new tone, but the same out-of-touch policies. Without all of the yelling and name calling, the candidates actually told the voters what they would do in office, and it was terrifying. It’s likely that it’s too little too late for the GOP to stop Trump’s steamroll to the nomination. Take a lesson from Trump University and learn how to run for president:

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In contrast, at the Democratic debates in Flint and Miami, we saw our two candidates debate with the seriousness and depth of knowledge that voters deserve. One thing has become increasingly clear – there is an enormous substance gap between the two political parties. From immigration to health care and job creation, the Democratic candidates discussed the issues that matter most to the American people. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have shown they have priorities that match the values of the electorate and stand to drive our country forward.

Supreme Court vacancy

Although Senate Republicans threatened to turn the prospective Supreme Court nominee into a piñata, the public disagrees. The people have spoken and believe Senate Republicans should #DoYourJob. A new poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly want President Obama to appoint Antonin Scalia’s replacement – not one of the top three candidates running for the Republican nomination. Take a look at the results for yourself:

  • 62% of voters don’t trust Donald Trump to nominate the next Supreme Court justice
  • 57% of voters don’t trust Ted Cruz to nominate the next Supreme Court justice
  • 61% of voters don’t trust Marco Rubio to nominate the next Supreme Court justice

2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Donald Trump

As if there was still a question, Donald Trump is getting closer to clinching the Republican nomination. For the third time in weeks, violence erupted at a Donald Trump rally. This time – an African-American protester was punched by a rally attendee and then detained by security. Earlier this week, a Breitbart reporter was attacked by Trump’s campaign manager. The week before, a Time photographer was choke-slammed to the ground by security personnel. The violence isn’t happening in a vacuum. Trump frequently calls the media “among the most dishonest groups of people I’ve ever met” and encourages his audiences to mistreat protesters.

Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio’s collapse in his home state of Florida and beyond is stunning. After repeating himself robotically over and over again on the debate stage, the only thing he seems capable of doing now is repeating election night failures. His promise to support Trump when he officially becomes their nominee has only weakened his case further.

Important Polls

  • According to a poll conducted by NBC News/Wall Street Journal, six in 10 Republicans believe that Trump is harming the Republican party, and nearly two thirds have a negative opinion of him.
  • According to a poll conducted by PPP, 56% of voters want President Obama to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, and nearly two thirds of voters do not trust any of the potential Republican nominees to fill the seat.
  • According to a poll conducted by Quinnipiac, Donald Trump is leading ahead of Marco Rubio in his home state of Florida by nearly 2 to 1.

What people are writing in the states

On Thursday, the Iowa Democratic Party released a statement regarding Senator Grassley’s refusal to consider a Supreme Court nominee, especially considering Donald Trump is the current Republican frontrunner. “Senator Grassley validated Donald Trump and his hateful policies back in January with his warm introduction at a rally before the Caucuses,” said IDP Press Secretary Josh Levitt. “Now, Grassley is holding a Supreme Court seat open for Donald Trump to fill. Instead of endorsing Senator Grassley’s partisan obstructionism, Iowans have a different message for their Senator: make judicial confirmations great again.” Read the full statement here.

On Thursday, the Missouri Democratic Party released a statement comparing Senator Blunt’s product endorsements to that of Republican nominee Donald Trump. “The country has come to understand that Mr. Trump is going to use his platform to hawk his companies and products when he’s on the national stage, but it’s amusing and surprising to watch Senator Blunt follow his lead,” said Will Baskin-Gerwitz, Missouri Democratic Party Spokesman. “And while Mr. Trump uses his personal Twitter account to advertise his products, Senator Blunt used his official account instead. Hopefully next time, Senator Blunt uses his official resources to promote Missouri companies that he doesn’t have financial ties to – there are numerous great coffee companies throughout our state.” Read the full statement here.

On Monday the Nevada Democratic Party released a statement on Senator Michael Roberson’s support of potential Republican nominee Donald Trump. “Nevadans deserve to know if GOP Senate boss Michael Roberson will embrace the Republican Party’s divisive frontrunner and presumptive presidential nominee,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Press Secretary Stewart Boss. “We understand that jumping on board with a down-ballot apocalypse for your own party as you seek a political promotion requires a little messaging finesse, but Roberson and Trump are already in lock-step when it comes to demonizing immigrants and making life harder for working families. Roberson’s thirst for power can only be satiated by more power, so I guess we’ll just have to wait to see how exactly he’s going to jump on Trump’s Republican Rocket just like Major Kong. Ride that bomb Michael, it’ll be your ultimate power play!” Read the full statement here.

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