2016 Election Forecast: Predict Which Candidate Will Win the Presidential Election
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Ahead of a Hillary Clinton speech which will attempt to link Donald Trump’s campaign to the "alt-right" -- the radical faction of the conservative movement -- the Republican nominee countered the suggestion that his supporters are bigoted today in New Hampshire. "The news reports are that Hillary Clinton is going to try and accuse this campaign, and all of you, and the millions of decent Americans ... who support this campaign, your campaign, of being racists," Trump said at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, "which we’re not." Trump dismissed Clinton’s accusation as a "tired, disgusting argument." http://abcn.ws/2bjIl3h
Hillary Clinton hit back at Donald Trump and his campaign tactics relating to race the day after he called her "a bigot," saying his real message is, "Make America hate again." "From the start, Donald Trump has built his campaign on prejudice and paranoia," she said at an event in Reno, Nevada, today. "Everywhere I go, people tell me how concerned they are by the divisive rhetoric coming from my opponent in this election. I understand that concern because it’s like nothing we’ve heard before from a nominee for president of the United States from one of our two major parties," she said. She added: "He’s taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties."http://abcn.ws/2bmiKn1
Hillary Clinton garnered a majority of the support in a new poll released today, passing 50 percent in a head-to-head matchup with Donald Trump and solidifying a lead built up after the party conventions a month ago. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, shows Clinton receiving 51 percent support from likely voters, giving her a 10 point margin over Donald Trump. The GOP nominee was backed by 41 percent of those surveyed, with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 points. http://abcn.ws/2blwZxv
Analysis -- ABC's Rick Klein
Donald Trump took his old immigration proposal into the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot it. It's still not clear how Donald Trump will replace it, but where he's heading is stunning to anyone who watched Trump move to the hardest of hard lines – a giant wall and a deportation force – during the primaries where this was no small issue. The proposal he poll-tested with Sean Hannity's audience is a near-total reversal from the concept of rounding up all undocumented immigrants. He may insist it's "no amnesty, as such," but a path to legalization for a large number people in the US illegally has been derided as just that to defeat previous proposals. (Does anyone doubt how Ted Cruz would have responded to this in the primaries? Or Trump himself, had this proposal come from Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio?) It may be that Trump never thought through the implications of his proposals until now, when the polls have made that task urgent. But this is no small reversal, at no small time in the campaign. The candidate who tells it like it is, is rewriting how he thinks things should be.
Wednesday, Bill Clinton made his first public comments about the would-be Clinton Foundation changes if Hillary Clinton is elected president, ABC's MATTHEW CLAIBORNE notes. His remarks come after a string of attacks from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has called for the foundation to be shut down. "We're trying to do good things," said Bill Clinton in response to recent criticism. "If there's something wrong with creating jobs and saving lives, I don't know what it is. The people who gave the money knew exactly what they were doing. I have nothing to say about it except I'm really proud." http://abcn.ws/2bGVeEf
Before President Bill Clinton left office, he started planning for his transition out of the White House by doing what many before him did -- starting a public charitable organization with the primary function of building the Clinton Presidential Library. He originally named it the William J. Clinton Foundation. But by the time he left office in 2001, his foundation was starting to grow rapidly, pioneering HIV/AIDS initiatives and attempting to combat global health crises with the help of governments, nonprofit groups and influential people. And in 2005, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) was started by former White House aide to Bill Clinton, Doug Band. Now, the various iterations of the Clinton Foundation are coming under scrutiny as part of the 2016 presidential campaign as Hillary Clinton runs for the White House. ABC's MATTHEW CLAIBORNE gives a breakdown of the various branches of the famous family's foundation. http://abcn.ws/2bxi9CT
Bernie Sanders last night helped formally launch a new, much-anticipated organization, dedicated to continuing the legacy of his presidential campaign, writes ABC's MARYALICE PARKS. But even before it gets off the ground, the organization has already been plagued by major internal turmoil, a number of last minute resignations and lingering questions about the size and scope of the donations the group will solicit. The senator addressed fans and volunteers via live-stream at 9 p.m. ET from a local studio in Vermont. The group, dubbed "Our Revolution," will function as a 501(c)(4), according to its website. http://abcn.ws/2bk3Eyy