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Early Iowa poll has O’Malley ahead of Booker for 2020 Democrat’s….

It’s way tooooo early…..

But my money is on NJ US Senator Cory Booker actually being the front runner RIGHT NOW of Democratic  Presidential sweepstakes players……..

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Donald Trump is only in his second month in the White House, but already one Democrat is polling his party’s Iowa caucus-goers ahead of a possible 2020 run for the presidency.

The leadership PAC of former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley commissioned a Public Policy Polling survey of the first-in-the-nation caucus state earlier this month, according to a copy of the results obtained by POLITICO.

The poll, which shows O’Malley at 18 percent of Democratic caucus-goers in a field of nine potential candidates if the contest were held today, also asked the Iowans about New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “Not sure” got 32 percent of the vote.

O’Malley — who ran against Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the 2016 nomination before dropping out on caucus night after earning less than 1 percent of the vote — was joined at the top of the poll by Booker, who was at 17 percent. Klobuchar, who represents a neighboring state and who’s been a frequent visitor to Iowa over the years, got 11 percent. All other candidates were under 10 percent.

A number of high-profile potential 2020 candidates were left out of the poll, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sanders…..


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There could be more Democratic Presidential nomination Debates….

Democartic Natioanal Committee Chair Debbie Wasserm-Shulz said no a couple of months ago….

That WAS fine for the Clinton campaign…..Then

But things change…..

Clinton has done well in the sessions…

She always does….(She bested Obama back in 2008 in most of the debates)….

Bernie Sanders  up to now didn’t really much debate….

He DID get his message out to his supporters….

Hillary Clinton now  seems to be taking a page from Donald Trump…..

She has moved to get herself in the media more and MORE…

So why not do more?

The debates won’t mean anything if she wins big in South Carolina as expected….

The race will be over….

And Sanders will be able to still get his message out….

And THAT was what he thought he was doing by running anyways….

So more debates have become a win-win for both Democratic contenders….

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed in principle to contest four more Democratic presidential primary debates.

Should the Democratic national committee sanction the move, the new schedule would begin with a proposed “unsanctioned” debate on 4 February in New Hampshire, hosted by the New Hampshire Union Leader and MSNBC.

Three more debates would then follow this spring, in a development that was first reported on Saturday by Buzzfeed…..



On the Last Democratic Debate before Iowa….

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidates former Maryland Gov. Martin OMalley, Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders before the start of the NBC, YouTube Democratic presidential debate at the Gaillard Center on Jan. 17, 2016, in Charleston, S.C.

Hillary Clinton arrived on the debate stage Sunday night well-prepped for a real fight with Bernie Sanders — a surging candidate her campaign virtually ignored for the first eight months of her campaign — on the issues of bankers, guns and money.

With less than two weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses and polls showing a too-close-to-call race in Iowa, Clinton operatives have been launching intensifying and increasingly personal attacks against the surging progressive. But the debate stage, which throughout the campaign has provided Clinton with some of her strongest moments, was the first time over the past week that she was able to launch an offensive without her remarks seeming to boomerang….


Bernie Sanders repeated Sunday that Bill Clinton’s past infidelities are “deplorable,” but sent the signal that he isn’t interested in talking about them.

“That question annoys me,” Sanders said at the debate in South Carolina after he was asked if he regretted calling Bill Clinton’s past infidelities “totally disgraceful and unacceptable.”

“I cannot walk down the street — Sec. Clinton knows this -— without being told how much I have to attack Sec. Clinton,” Sanders said….


“I don’t take money from big banks,” Sanders said, aiming his barb at Clinton. “I don’t get personal speaking fees from Goldman Sachs.”

Clinton shot back, insisting that there was “no daylight on the basic premise that there should be no bank too big to fail, and no individual too powerful to jail,” and then took Sanders to task over perceived slights on President Barack Obama.

“The comments that Senator Sanders has made that don’t just affect me, I can take that, but he’s criticized President Obama for taking donations from Wall Street, and President Obama has led our country out of the Great Recession,” she said. “Senator Sanders called him weak, disappointing; he in 2011 publicly sought someone to run in a primary against President Obama.”

Sanders objected, noting that despite his “differences of opinion” with Obama, he helped him win re-election in 2012. He then turned it back on Clinton…..


With Mr. Sanders gaining ground on Mrs. Clinton ahead of the Iowa caucuses, just two weeks away, Mrs. Clinton charged that Mr. Sanders’s new universal health care plan and its high tax increases would play into the hands of Republicans who want to repeal President Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

“We’ve accomplished so much already,” Mrs. Clinton said, painting Mr. Sanders as a threat to universal health insurance. “I don’t want to see the Republicans repeal it.”

“That is nonsense,” said Mr. Sanders, who pushed back sharply throughout the night. “What a ‘Medicare for all’ program does is finally provide health care for every man, woman and child as a right.” He noted that 29 million people still have no health insurance.

But Mrs. Clinton refused to stand down. “You know, I have to say I’m not sure we’re talking about the plan you just introduced tonight or the plan you introduced nine times in the Congress,” she said. “To tear it up and start over again, pushing our country back into that kind of a contentious debate, I think is the wrong direction.”

“No one is tearing it up — we’re going forward,” Mr. Sanders said.

If Mrs. Clinton was trying to make Mr. Sanders look less than qualified for the presidency, Mr. Sanders repeatedly tried to address doubts about his electability, which a new Clinton television ad has questioned. At one point, he rattled off some of his strong poll numbers, not unlike the leading Republican candidate, Donald J. Trump….


Transcript of the Debate….


Who won?

Almost ALL of the snap debate polls will show Bernie Sanders ahead….

The pundits seem to have Hillary Clinton as the winner…..

But we’ll have have to wait for a few to get how it plays….

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MSNBC Forum…Hillary Takes the high road….

Last night the three 2016 Democratic Presidential peopel got together with Rachel Maddow of MSNBC for a forum in South Carolina….

It wasn’t a debate….

And Hillary Clinton did NOT handle it as such….

While the opther two guys sought to distance themselves from eventual nominee…

She just glided thru the session….

Maddow pledged to ask questions that would move the candidates away from their talking points, and highlighted the differences among them without stoking petty controversy.

And so, at the onset, she and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley bandied about for a few minutes about Democratic political struggles in the South. Then O’Malley, when given the opportunity to attack Clinton for her delay in opposing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, came out swinging.

“Secretary Clinton got here just last week, and I was against it a year ago,” O’Malley said. “I think it’s important, because I think leadership isn’t about following the polls.”

During his session, Sanders joined in: “Unlike some other unnamed candidates” he said, “the issue of Keystone was kind of a no-brainer. It never made sense to me from day one.”

By the time Clinton appeared before the warmed-up audience, she delivered an at-ease performance focused heavily on bread-and-butter Democratic issues such as gun control and criminal justice reform. She spoke at length and in some of her most stark language, about concerns — particularly among African Americans — about excessive and racially skewed policing…..



While the other two guys boasted about their support for left leaning stuff that runs well today for Democratic  primary voters….

Hillary, in the style of her husband…Has embraced most of their postions in the last few months…Thus stealling their talking points with Democrats NOW….

She is smart enough to leave herself wiggle room on the issues , which would enable her to move back to the middle right after she is tectnically assured of the Democratic Presidential nomination  and has to deal with less progressive general election voters…..

Hillary wins and has 3% climb in post debate poll….Update*

While Bernie Sanders’ people tries to spin his debate performance as better than Hillary Clinton….Pundits and THIS Dog felt from the jump that Hillary Clinton bested Bernie Sanders in the first Democratic 2016 Primary debate….

To be fair…..

Hillary Clinton was on the stage to show her ability to lead and to put the email and Benghazi stories behind her….

Bernie Sanders was on stage to get exposure and explain HIS dream for America…Not Policy….

The debate is certain to help BOTH Clinton and Sanders …..

But Clinton remains well ahead of Sanders in polling across the board and in every state except New Hampshire.  Hillary is even or only slightly behind Bernie in Iowa…

A majority believe Hillary Clinton won her party’s first debate on Tuesday, but the Democratic frontrunner received just a small bump in a poll from the perceived victory.

Fifty-six percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents saw Clinton as the winner, compared to 33 percent who thought Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won, according to the NBC News/Survey Monkey survey released on Friday.

Only 3 percent, it added, believe the former secretary of State gave the worst showing during Tuesday night’s event.

Overall, the poll found Clinton with 45 percent support compared to 31 percent support for Sanders. That’s a three-percentage-point climb for Clinton, and a two-percent uptick for her main rival.

NBC News/Survey Monkey found that Sanders is making in-roads with young voters, nabbing 54 percent of those below age 30. Clinton, in contrast, receives 24 percent among that same voting bloc…..



The poll has a very large sample of 4,898 persons and very low MOE of 2%….


A 55 percent majority of registered Democratic voters who watched the debate said Clinton won. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who saw a surge in online interest and fundraising, was a distant second, with only 22 percent saying he was the best of the night.

Clinton also saw an uptick in the proportion of Democrats who say they want her to be the party’s presidential nominee. Before the debate, 44 percent of registered Democrats said they wanted Clinton to be the nominee. After the debate, the figure had risen to 52 percent.

That movement, however, is thanks to a lower percentage of undecided voters….


Hillary Clinton IS the Democratic leader for 2016…Poll

In todays new National poll for Democrats who are or could be running for President by Public Policy Polling (PPP)?

Hillary Clinton polls as the clear leader for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nominee….

Sanders onl yties with Clinton with younger voters….

Her strength is in seniors, women and black voters…..

There is NO Barcak Obama type out there for her to worry about this time….

There has been seemingly endless discussion over the last few months about potential big name Democratic primary challengers entering the race to take out Hillary Clinton. So on our newest national poll we tested Clinton not just against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, but also against Al Gore and Elizabeth Warren and John Kerry and to make sure we were covering all our bases even Michael Dukakis.

Clinton leads the Democratic race with 42% to 24% for Sanders, 20% for Biden, 2% for Jim Webb, and 1% each for Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley. Among Biden voters, 44% say Clinton would be their second choice to only 21% who say Sanders would be. If Biden doesn’t get in and you reallocate his backers to their second choice, Clinton leads Sanders 51 to 28….


Hillary Clinton gets it…She MOVES to the left…

Some of us have maintained that Hillary Clinton was more a moderate Democrat than a progressive…

Others have said she was Liberal/Progressive….

Up until before Bernie Sanders started showing up to crowds in the tens of thousands it didn’t really matter, it seemed to the Clinton campaign….

But NOW it apparently does….

Hillary Clinton is NO danger of losing the 2016 Democratic nomination….

But the memory of 2008 is fresh in her and others minds…..

Watching the ground swell for Donald Trump and the crowds for Bernie as he crips up the polls has done what the left of the Democratic party wanted Hillary Clinton do….

Move to the Left….

Cautuous because she is currently the most expereinced highlevel politican in the seriuous running….(She watched Obama play to the left early in 2008 and now that same left quietly complanins about him…So much for keeping everyone happy, eh?)

She has tried to remain vague and yet grab as many progressives and lefties in her party by copying as much of the Eliazabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders talking points as she can….

But even with most of that?

She remains center or even with shades of the right still on several issues…..

Some liberals are looking the other way on trade and Keystone, saying her work as Obama’s secretary of state puts her in a uniquely awkward position to oppose those projects while the president is still in office. They’re encouraged by her strategic decision not to endorse either.

And Democrats out there are gonna have to live with that…..

(Some now cloak her movement as independence )

Cause right after March of next year one couls see her pivot back to the middle, a place she will need to be come next November…..

Clinton, perhaps influenced by pressure from Sanders, has largely heeded the calls by adopting liberal positions on a host of issues. She’s pushing for a higher (though yet unspecified) minimum wage; she’s calling for universal voter registration; she’s endorsed Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran; and she’s floated the idea of adopting a constitutional amendment to limit the influence of money in political campaigns.

Equally as important, liberals say, she’s framing her campaign with the tone of an economic populist, declining to join the effort –– supported by even some moderate Democrats —for lower corporate tax rates and an elimination of certain provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.

Grijalva said Clinton’s shift is simply “common sense.” Not only has she embraced positions that are popular with voters, he argued, but she’s also sending the message that she’s an independent thinker who would lead differently from her husband, President Bill Clinton, whose legacy on issues like trade and Wall Street reform have long been panned by the left.

“Asserting that independence … distinguishes her,” Grijalva said. “I think she’s done the smart thing.”


And THAT is what a Sanders campaign from the left IS supposted to do ….

Democrats announce primary debate schedule….

On stage won’t be anywhere near as many people as the Republicans, who will actually hold TWO debate’s….(should be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Licoln Chafe….)

One for the top 10….

The second one for the bottom 8 or so ‘Name’ candidates….

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) set its presidential debate schedule on Thursday, announcing six debates spanning from October to March.

The first debate will take place in Nevada on Oct. 13 in partnership with CNN.

Following that, the DNC has scheduled debates for November in Iowa, December in New Hampshire, and January in South Carolina. The final two debates will take place in Florida and Wisconsin in either February or March.

“We are thrilled to announce the schedule and locations for our Democratic primary debates,” DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “These six debates will not only give caucus goers and primary voters ample opportunity to hear from our candidates about their vision for our country’s future, they will highlight the clear contrast between the values of the Democratic Party which is focused on strengthening the middle class versus Republicans who want to pursue out of touch and out of date policies.”

The announcement comes on the day Republicans are holding their first presidential debate, and a day after Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley ripped the national party for seeking to limit the number of debates held….


Daily Kos leader questions the Democratic field….

It’s a bit late….

And Democrats really don’t have much of a choice….The field IS the current field…Primary season is less than 6 months away…

Todays Washington Post poll also plays more to Clinton and O’Malley’s less liberal side if it actually a reading of the American voters….

It shouldn’t be hard running an appealing Democratic presidential campaign this year. The formula is quite simple, actually: Run on an economic populist platform seeking to reverse decades of increased income inequality, alongside a socially progressive agenda seeking to redress systemic injustices among people of color, gays and women.

Not only is this formula right on the policy and morally justified, it is popular with the American public. We are not Republicans, forced to appease a primary electorate clinging to unpopular, reactionary policies like marriage inequality, more war and increasing the ranks of the uninsured. The Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party is on firm polling ground, from the issue of student debt relief to higher taxes on the richest among us. It’s never been a better time to be a true Democrat.

So why are the Democratic contenders blowing it?

The prohibitive front-runner, Hillary Clinton, has been on solid footing on immigration and has been OK on the issues of importance to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, but she just can’t seem to get it together on economic issues. Her refusal to join her party’s grassroots in fighting against the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal didn’t just place her out of step with the economic populists that animate much of the Democratic Party base today, it gave opponent Bernie Sanders the gift of an opening — one the Vermont senator exploited masterfully.
We have a party electorate that objectively likes Clinton but isn’t sold on her economic bona fides….


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Iowa Democratic get together…

Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley and Licoln Chaffe all shared the stage….



Hillary IS gonnan be the nominee….

They all know it…

So there attacks where at the Republicans…

Not the lady on the stage …..

Democratic presidential candidates shared the stage at a party event in Iowa on Friday night, but rather than take aim at each other, they took turns attacking Republicans.

The Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame dinner was a shared platform for five 2016 contenders — Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Sen. Jim Webb, according to the Associated Press.

Clinton, the primary’s leader in the polls, also led the way in GOP attacks, accusing Republicans of trying to “rip away the progress we have made” and bring back Reagan-era policies.

“Trickle-down economics has to be one of the worst ideas of the 1980s,” she said. “It is right up there with New Coke, shoulder pads and big hair.”

Clinton took particular aim at businessman Donald Trump, who has rocketed to the top of many Republican presidential polls.

“Finally, a candidate whose hair gets more attention than mine,” she joked.

“But there’s nothing funny about the hate he is spewing about immigrants and their families,” Clinton added. “It really is shameful.”

She also called out by name Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for his battles to declaw labor unions, as well as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for his economic policy.

Sanders used his speech to evoke populist messages, saying “the greed of the billionaire class has got to end — and we are going to end it for them.”



Maryland Democratic Gov O’Malley tussling with the White House over housing Central American migrant Children in his state…

O’ Malley has clarified his remarked to point to a specific location in his state that he would like the Government to NOT send the migrants to and he goes on the boast that Maryland has accompanied  other Central American migrant children and family members , something he will need to be on record  about if he decided to run for President….

Speaking with Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos on Tuesday evening, O’Malley said the White House was putting political “spin” on his comments.

“I think, sadly, that was a spin and misrepresentation that some at the White House tried to put out in order to discredit the larger point I was making,” he told Ramos.

Last month, the governor broke from the White House and potential Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by taking a strong stance against fast-tracking the deportation process for the children who have arrived along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“It is contrary to everything we stand for to try to summarily send children back to death,” he said. After his comments, White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz called O’Malley to criticize him for the statement, which was made shortly after the White House said most of the children would be deported. Administration officials also said the governor’s refusal to house children at the Westminster facility — while sticking to his tough talk on the issue — was hypocritical.

On Tuesday, O’Malley said he was warning the White House against that specific location because it had some “hateful graffiti” outside and that there were “more hospitable settings” available. He also added that Maryland has emerged as a leader on the issue in terms of housing the children.


Maryland Gov O’Malley says no border children should be sent to his state for processing…

Displaying the complexity (and the politics) of the border children issue, the Maryland Democratic Governor has come publicly saying he’s for the humanitarian side of the issue ….He’s not in the ‘just send them back group’….

But in a talk with the White House he made sure to suggest that NO MORE of the illegals that have to be held for check-ups and paper work processing be sent his way….


Martin O’Malley says that deporting the children detained at the border would be sending them to “certain death” — but he also urged the White House not to send them to a facility in his own state.
Hours after the Maryland governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate became the most prominent Democrat to criticize the White House on the issue, Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz called O’Malley to complain.

But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned. The children were at risk of getting harassed, or worse, he said.

This only inflamed tensions between the White House and the Democratic governor who’s been trying to stake out room on the left for a possible presidential run.