Wednesday News: Former Sen. John Warner (R) to Endorse Hillary Clinton; Suburban...

Wednesday News: Former Sen. John Warner (R) to Endorse Hillary Clinton; Suburban Women “Repelled” by Trump


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, September 28. Also, check out the awesome Michelle Obama’s new TV ad for Hillary Clinton.

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    Great news from the Clinton campaign:

    Former Republican Senator John Warner to Announce His Support for Clinton-Kaine at Northern Virginia Event

    Warner, Tim Kaine to Hold Joint Event in Alexandria

    At an event in Alexandria on Wednesday morning, Senator Tim Kaine will be joined by five-term Republican Senator John Warner of Virginia, former Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and former Secretary of the U.S. Navy. The event will highlight how Hillary Clinton is by far the strongest and most experienced candidate on a full range of national security issues, and that she has the knowledge, steadiness and temperament to be Commander in Chief. Senator Warner served on the Senate Armed Services Committee for 30 years and for 20 of those years as either Chairman or Ranking Member. As Senator, Warner worked with Clinton on the Armed Services Committee to support the men and women of the military and their families.

    At the event with Kaine and members of the defense community, Warner will signal for the first time in his long and distinguished career his intention to vote for a Democratic presidential ticket: Clinton-Kaine. The leaders will highlight how, if elected, Clinton and Kaine will provide service members with the respect, support and dedicated leadership they deserve and work with our allies around the world to keep American families safe.

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    Video: Elon Musk on “Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species”

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    From CNU’s Wason Center for Public Policy:

    Virginia voters like Trump on jobs and veterans but prefer Clinton on temperament, experience, policies

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Hillary Clinton’s strong lead in Virginia over Donald Trump appears to be rooted solidly in voters’ opinions that she is more qualified to be president than Trump on temperament, experience, and key issues, including military and foreign policy issues, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

    Twice as many voters, 58-28 percent, say that Clinton, not Trump, has the right temperament to be president, and twice as many (60-26 percent) say that she, not Trump, has the right experience. By a close margin, voters say that Trump is more trustworthy and honest than Clinton, 35-32 percent.

    “Despite poor marks for honesty, Virginia voters are clear that Hillary Clinton is far more qualified to be president than is Donald Trump,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center.

    Voters see Clinton as being more qualified than Trump to handle North Korea and Iran (51-41 percent), having a better grasp of national security issues (62-29 percent), and being better able to handle terrorism threats (49-42 percent). However, they believe Trump would do more to promote job growth, reduce the budget deficit and help veterans. Aligning with Clinton, Virginia voters strongly oppose building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico (63-33 percent), establishing a deportation force (63-31 percent), or enacting a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country (65-31 percent).

    If Clinton wins the presidential election and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine becomes vice president, Virginia Democrats want to see Governor Terry McAuliffe appoint Congressman Bobby Scott to the Senate seat until a special election in 2017. Scott gets the support of 27 percent of Democrats. The nearest second choice is Congressman Don Beyer, at 9 percent, with 26 percent undecided.

    “Congressman Scott is really buoyed by his high name recognition and robust support in Richmond and in Hampton Roads,” said Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, Assistant Director of the Wason Center.

    The survey was conducted Sept. 15-23 among 1,003 likely Virginia voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9%. In Part 1, released Monday, voters preferred Clinton, 48-38 percent, in a head-to-head contest with Trump. Among the five candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, Clinton topped Trump, 39-33.

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    “I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Shimon Peres, and I send my condolences to his family and the entire nation of Israel. During his eight decades of service to his nation—which included roles as Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister and President—Peres embodied the devotion of Israel’s founding generation and played a critical role in forging the special relationship between the United States and Israel. His cooperation with Israel’s neighbors distinguished him as a man of peace, and I am grateful to have met him when he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 and two other times during my visits to Israel.

    “President Peres often stated that the concept of leadership is not to rule but to serve. Those words should inspire us to strive toward a better world, and I am certain that future generations will remember him as one of the great peacemakers of our time.”

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    Response from conservative Michael Gerson to any Trump supporter who (ridiculously) claims that Trump critics are “elitists”:

    Trump’s defenders will charge his critics with elitism. The great public, it is argued, gets Trump in a way that the commenting class does not. But this claim is now fully exposed. The expectation of rationality is not elitism. Coherence is not elitism. Knowledge is not elitism. Honoring character is not elitism. And those who claim this are debasing themselves, their party and their country.

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    Clintons’ statement on the death of Shimon Peres: “Hillary and I have lost a true and treasured friend.” Shalom, chaver.

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    Video: Trump – Misogynistic to the Core

  • Nobel Peace Prize

    David Farenthold of WaPo is obviously a shoo-in for a Pulitzer for his reporting on Trump’s bogus “charity”.
    Perhaps also a Nobel Peace Prize? the stakes are that high..

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    Video: Michelle Obama denounces Trump’s promotion of “birtherism”

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    Video: Bernie Sanders Speech at Hillary Clinton Rally in Durham, NH

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    A sampling of the nasty, loony, factually-challenged “questions” the Trump campaign’s polling its supporters about for Debate #2.

    “On the subject of Hillary’s emails, should Trump have brought up the fact that Hillary jeopardized our national security?” – FALSE

    “Should Trump have brought up the Clinton Foundation’s pay-to-play schemes?” – FALSE (also, can we say “psychological projection” and “misdirection” by Trump, who is all about pay-to-play for which he should be prosecuted)

    “Should Trump have brought up Hillary’s failure in Benghazi as a disqualification for the presidency?” – OK, now we’re into Alex Jones conspiracy theory fever-swamp territory…

    “Should Trump call out Hillary for flip-flopping on NAFTA and TPP in an attempt to gain votes from Bernie’s supporters?” – Yeah, if he calls out Mike Pence first! LOL

    “Should Trump address Hillary’s failure to take the threat of radical Islamic terrorism seriously?’ – Utter bull****, Hillary has a plan to fight ISIS (which is in the process of being demolished thanks to President Obama and the US military), and also to protect America from terrorism. Trump does not, other than pissing off 1+ billion Muslims in the world…

    “Should Trump continue to promote his tax plan that will cut taxes in order to stimulate the economy for ALL Americans?” – Big Lie; Trump’s tax plan would overwhelmingly benefit the top 0.1% while exploding the deficit/debt

    “Should Trump hammer Hillary on wanting to enact more of Obama’s regulations that have stunted the economy and prevented small businesses from growing or even starting up?” – Wildly false; in fact, the economy has almost fully recovered from the “Great Recession,” which started under Bush/Cheney, under President Obama!

    “Should Trump focus on Hillary’s proud claim to put a lot of coal miners out of business?” – That’s not at all what she said, also ignores the existential threat of global warming, but whatever…

    “Should Trump emphasize the importance of harnessing American energy in order to grow our economy and reduce the cost of gas at the pump?” – This is bonkers on multiple levels, including the fact that we need to slash CO2 emissions and also that the “cost of gas at the pump” is super low right now.

    “Should Trump spend more time articulating plans to rein in corruption in D.C.?” – Sure, but first tell us about Trump’s own massive corruption.

    “Should Trump speak directly to the American voters at home and defend our positive message for America?” – Hahahahaha, Trump has trashed America – not to mention engaged in a campaign of bigotry, viciousness and demagoguery – for over a year now and suddenly he has a “positive message?” LOL

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    Sen. Warner Statement on Passage of Interim Proposal to Fund the Government

    “I welcome the Senate’s efforts to avert a government shutdown on October 1, and expect the House to quickly pass this compromise spending proposal. Subsequently, I expect House Republicans to abide by their promise to advance emergency funding for the residents of Flint, Michigan. This legislation contains essential funding not just to keep the federal government operating – something crucial to the Virginia economy – but also to support critical, and overdue, response to the Zika epidemic, support our military operations in Afghanistan, and take steps to combat the opioid epidemic plaguing communities across the U.S. Nonetheless, it’s unfortunate that political dysfunction has brought us to the point where we celebrate Congress doing the barest minimum of its obligations. As I’ve long-maintained, this is not a responsible way to conduct our nation’s business. Nor is it appropriate for must-pass legislation to be exploited for political advantage, such as with the inclusion of a prohibition on the SEC adopting important transparency requirements on political contributions.”

  • True Blue

    Scientific polls say Hillary won debate –
    62-27 CNN/ORC, 51-40 PPP, 57-30 YOU GOV, and 49-26 Morning Consult

    So this, from Business Insider:

    “A Fox News executive sent a memo Tuesday afternoon reminding television producers and the politics team that unscientific online polls “do not meet our editorial standards.””

    “Dana Blanton, the vice president of public-opinion research at Fox News, explained in the memo obtained by Business Insider that “online ‘polls’ like the one on Drudge, Time, etc. where people can opt-in or self-select … are really just for fun.””

    “As most of the publications themselves clearly state, the sample obviously can’t be representative of the electorate because they only reflect the views of those Internet users who have chosen to participate,” Blanton wrote.”

    “News networks and other organizations go to great effort and rigor to conduct scientific polls — for good reason,” Blanton wrote in the memo. “They know quick vote items posted on the web are nonsense, not true measures of public opinion.”

    • lowkell

      Trump and his (paid) lackeys have no standards, on this or anything else.

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    How the Virginia delegation voted on the “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” veto override:

    “Aye” (to override President Obama’s veto): All Republicans plus Gerry Connolly (D)
    “Nay” (to sustain President Obama’s veto): Don Beyer (D) and Bobby Scott (D)

    Personally, I’m with Beyer and Scott on this one…meaningless bill at best, dangerous to U.S. interests at worst.