THE CLOCK: 429 days until Election Day 2016 …THE DEBATE CLOCK: 6 days until the next Republican debate … 32 days until the first Democratic debate.
DONORS TO CLINTON: STOP IGNORING SANDERS: POLITICO’s Gabriel Debenedetti reports: HILLARY CLINTON seems to think that if she just ignores BERNIE SANDERS, maybe he’ll go away. The Democratic front-runner, so weakened that the two are basically even in Iowa and New Hampshire, is marching ahead with planned attacks against Republican contenders, man by man, making no explicit criticism of her main primary opponent.
The aim, according to strategists and fundraisers close to her campaign, is to make Clinton look like she is already the party’s standard-bearer, and to convince voters that she, not that self-identified socialist Vermonter, is the Democrat best positioned to take on any of the GOP contenders. But some donors and backers are beginning to doubt her approach. As more and more polling rolls in showing Sanders matching or topping Clinton in both of the early voting states — and Democratic power brokers are beginning to acknowledge that she could lose there — Clinton’s campaign is coming under pressure to not just talk about taking the primary seriously but to start acting like it, too.
In private conference calls and closed fundraisers, some donors are telling Clinton’s brain trust something it certainly already knows: that Sanders’ rally shows no signs of slowing. He’s thrown some roadblocks into what was once seen as her glide path to the nomination. And now it’s time, they say, for a strategy shift. Read more at POLITICO http://politi.co/1i1XUMY
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TRAIL MIX: Here’s what’s popping on the campaign trail
In today’s campaign news, BERNIE SANDERS chases down HILLARY CLINTON in Iowa. MARTIN O’MALLEY jams out. DONALD TRUMP offends women. Stop us if you’ve heard this before — TED CRUZ is agitating his colleagues amid talk of a potential government shutdown. MIKE HUCKABEE has a take on the Dred Scott case, MARCO RUBIO is channeling Tom Petty, and BOBBY JINDAL unloads.
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