The Note: Hillary Clinton Fighting a Two-Front War

ByABC News
April 11, 2016, 9:35 AM


--CLINTON SHIFTS FOCUS TO DONALD TRUMP IN NEW ATTACK AD: Ahead of the New York primary, Hillary Clinton's campaign has released a new attack ad against Donald Trump that overtly blasts him for his policies on Muslims and abortion, ABCs LIZ KREUTZ reports. The 30-second spot, titled "Stronger Together," will begin airing in New York City early this week and is part of an existing, high six-figure ad buy in the city, according to a campaign aide. During the ad, a voiceover shows footage of Donald Trump while mentioning his proposed ban on Muslims from entering the United States, his recent comments about punishment for women who have abortions, and his remarks about Mexicans. It then cuts to footage of Clinton at a recent campaign event criticizing Trump. "Donald Trump says we can solve America's problems by turning against each other. It's wrong, and it goes against everything New York and America stand for," she says.

--SANDERS SAYS CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHANGED TONE AFTER STRING OF LOSSES: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks Clinton's campaign is done playing nice, ABCs NICKI ROSSOLL notes. After one of the nastiest weeks in the Democratic race where the candidates sparred over who was qualified to be commander in chief, Sanders told ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" the Clinton campaign has shifted its tone towards his campaign since his recent wins. "There was a change in tone on the part of the Clinton people," he said. "They said we're not going to be nice to Bernie Sanders anymore, we're getting beaten every week. We're going to start beating him up when we go to New York City."

--CLINTON CAMPAIGN CHAIR -- SANDERS AIRBRUSHING HISTORY OVER CRIME BILL: Clintons campaign chair accused Sanders of airbrushing history by criticizing the 1994 crime bill, legislation enacted by former President Bill Clinton, who engaged in a heated exchange with protesters over its impact on the African-American community last week. Sanders called on the former president to apologize after the incident, which took place earlier this week at a Clinton campaign event in Philadelphia. Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta shot back at Sanders on Sunday, citing that the senator voted in favor of the bill, ABCs LIZ KREUTZ reports. "In 2006, he campaigned for the Senate saying, 'Im tough on crime.' What was his evidence? I voted for the '94 crime bill, Podesta said on ABCs "This Week With George Stephanopoulos." "I think hes airbrushing history."

--ANALYSIS -- ABCs RICK KLEIN: Does Donald Trump now want voters pity, because he still has to work for the nomination? His Tweet over the weekend, asking isnt a shame that a candidate with the most delegates and votes still must fight, betrays either a lack of self-awareness of a lack of understanding of the rules of the game, if not both. Complaining now about delegate selection rules is a little like arguing with the league in the fourth quarter because you didnt know there were such things as two-point conversions. As Trump is apparently learning quite belatedly, you need to win elections and then also work to make sure the delegates youre awarded actually support your candidacy. If Trump or anyone else needs lessons on that subject, they can start paying attention to what Ted Cruz is doing, as he sweeps delegate slates in places including North Dakota and Colorado, amid confusion in the Trump ranks. This stretch of time with Cruz accruing delegates and lining up supporters, and Trump only now bringing in reinforcements to help him navigate the process could be the one that determines the GOP nomination, even more than the early states, Super Tuesday, or even California.



TRUMP'S KIDS ERIC AND IVANKA MISS DEADLINE TO VOTE IN NY GOP PRIMARY. Donald Trump may be favored to win big in New York next week, but it looks like he'll be missing out on two votes, from his own kids. Eric and Ivanka Trump won't be eligible to vote for their father in the closed Republican Party primary after missing the deadline to register with a political party, according to their dad, ABCs RYAN STRUYK notes. "They were unaware of the rules and they didn't register in time," Trump said this morning on Fox and Friends. "So Eric and Ivanka, I guess, won't be voting."

CLINTON POKES FUN AT HER NYC SUBWAY SNAFU AT CHARITY EVENT. Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearanceSaturday night at the Inner Circle charity event in New York City, where she joked about her notorious MetroCard difficulties in the city's subway, according to ABCs LIZ KREUTZ and DAVID CAPLAN. She also gave mayor Bill de Blasio a ribbing about his delay in endorsing her Democratic presidential bid. The Inner Circle is a parody group consisting of local journalists who poke fun at City Hall. Elected officials, in turn, poke fun at the local media. This year, the journalists performed a production of "Shamilton," a nod to the popular Broadway production "Hamilton."

BOSTON GLOBE PUBLISHES SATIRICAL FRONT PAGE IMAGINING A TRUMP PRESIDENCY. The Boston Globe published on Sundaya satirical front page -- dated Sunday, April 9, 2017 -- for its Ideas section that imagines what a Donald Trump presidency would look like, ABCs DAVID CAPLAN notes. The main fictitious front page story screams, "DEPORTATIONS TO BEGIN: President Trump calls for tripling of ICE force; riots continue," while additional stories include "Markets sink as trade war looms," "US soldiers refuse orders to kill ISIS families," and "Trump on Nobel prize short list."

TED CRUZ COMPLETES SWEEP OF COLORADO DELEGATES. Ted Cruz won all 13 delegates at stake at the Colorado state convention on Saturday, swiftly navigating its complex multilevel process to sweep the state's 34 available delegate slots and shut out his rivals. The statewide meeting, which came after Cruz won 21 delegates in congressional district level meetings over the last week, were also marked by missteps and lackluster organizations by rival campaigns. ABCs RYAN STRUYK and KATHERINE FAULDERS report, the Trump campaign's slate of preferred delegates included several incorrect ballot numbers, including one belonging to a delegate who was actually bound to Cruz.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN CONSIDERING CHALLENGING COLORADO DELEGATES. Donald Trump's campaign says they are "of course" thinking about challenging the seating of the Colorado delegation at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after several ballot irregularities and delegate number mix-ups at state meetings this weekend. A senior Trump aide said in a text message the campaign is "documenting everything" on the ground in Colorado and considering trying to block the Colorado delegation from participating at the national convention, where the ultimate Republican nominee will be picked. The Trump campaign also blames the Colorado Republican Party for several ballot numbers that did not match the correct names on the Trump preferred delegate slate. If the Trump campaign were to contest the delegates, the challenge would go first to a standing RNC panel for disputes, then to the conventions credentialing committee and finally to the full GOP convention in July. ABCs KATHERINE FAULDERS and RYAN STRUYK  has more.

REP. CUMMINGS ENDORSES CLINTON, ADVISES HER TO EMBRACE SANDERS ISSUES. Rep. Elijah Cummings made it "abundantly clear" Sunday that he is putting his full support behind Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, even if he thinks she ought to talk a bit more like Bernie Sanders. "I will be voting for Hillary Rodham Clinton as president of the United States of America," Cummings said. "I'm asking every one of you along with Lottie, Dottie and everybody to vote for Hillary Clinton, so it will be abundantly clear I am endorsing Hillary Clinton for president." However, according to ABCs MATTHEW CLAIBORNE, to a small group of reporters following the event, Cummings advised Clinton to embrace some of the issues that Sen. Bernie Sanders has been stumping about since his campaign began, especially income inequality and college tuition.



SANDERS WINS WYOMING DEMOCRATIC CAUCUSES:  Bernie Sanders won Saturday's Democratic caucuses in Wyoming. Sanders has been gaining momentum the past few weeks as he's won seven of the last eight states, all in the west -- Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Wisconsin and now Wyoming, ABCs EMILY SHAPIRO notes. Despite winning the caucus vote by a margin of 55.7 percent to 44.3 percent, Sanders wound up receiving the same number of delegates as Clinton, both receiving seven. The Clinton campaign congratulated Sanders on the "spirited campaign" in Wyoming, but pointed out that both sides came out of the race with the same number of delegates.



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