Win McNamee/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE) -- After criticizing Hillary Clinton’s Iraq War vote at Thursday's presidential Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bernie Sanders turned to attacking Clinton’s relationship with Henry Kissinger, whom Sanders called “one of the most destructive secretaries of state.”
“In her book and in this last debate, she talked about getting the approval or the support or the mentoring of Henry Kissinger,” Sanders said. “Now I find it rather amazing because I happen to believe that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country."
Sanders continued: "I'm proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.”
“Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton responded.
“Well, it ain't Henry Kissinger, that's for sure,” Sanders shot back.
Kissinger, now 92, served under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
He also received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize.
Speaking to reporters after the debate, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver still wouldn’t say who advises the candidate on foreign policy but said, "we'll get you a list soon."
Win McNamee/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE ) -- In the final Democratic debate before the Nevada caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders faced off at a pivotal moment in the race for the Democratic nomination.
After a sweeping loss in the New Hampshire primary earlier this week, the former Secretary of State aimed to stop the bleeding. Meanwhile, Sanders needed to generate more momentum and support from non-white voters as he heads to more moderate, diverse states.
The Democratic presidential candidates turn to Nevada next Saturday, where each candidate needs to take a stand.
Here are five moments that mattered from the Democratic debate:
1. Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Over and over Bernie Sanders hammers home his one message: The economy is rigged and money corrupts politics. And tonight, Clinton stole it from him.
"There aren't enough good paying jobs, especially for young people. And yes, the economy is rigged in favor of those at the top,” she said during her opening remarks, echoing the Vermont Senator almost word-for-word from his stump speech.
Clinton also dropped the “R” word during her concession speech in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
While imitation is the biggest form of flattery, it might also be the biggest sign that the once-presumed Democratic frontrunner is scrambling to find a new message.
2. History on the Stage
Hillary Clinton was asked tonight about the 55 percent of female voters supporting Bernie Sanders over the former Secretary of State in New Hampshire and what women are "missing" about her. She answered that she has "spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me."
She then took the opportunity to note some history on the stage:
"I would note just for an historic aside, somebody told me earlier today we've had like 200 presidential primary debates. And this is the first time there have been a majority of women on the stage," she said referring to herself and moderators PBS's Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. "So you know, we'll take our progress wherever we can find it."
Woodruff quipped: "Senator Sanders, you're in the minority but we still want to hear from you."
The Vermont Senator -- who would be the first Jewish president -- noted, "I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well." 3. Sanders Takes On Race Relations
Bernie Sanders made two unequivocal statements on race tonight. First, this -- “We are looking at institutional racism,” the Vermont Senator declared, citing incarceration rates, youth unemployment, and systemic poverty along racial lines.
Sanders, who desperately needs to close the gap and improve his name recognition with African American and other minority voters as he race for the party’s nomination moves beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, then went further.
Asked point blank if race relations would be better under a Sanders administration, he did not hesitate, “Yes.”
“What we will do is say instead of giving tax breaks to billionaires, we are going to create millions of jobs for low income kids so they're not hanging out on street corners. We're going to make sure that those kids stay in school or are able to get a college education,” he continued.
4. Bernie’s Fight Over Fundraising
It’s no surprise that Sanders brought up “a corrupt campaign finance system” where “extraordinarily wealthy people make very large contributions to super PACs.“
After he implied Clinton’s super PAC does not allow her to remain independent from corporations who donate large sums of money to her campaign, Clinton said, “We are mixing apples and oranges. My 750,000 donors have contributed more than a million and a half donations. I'm very proud.”
Clinton then reminisced about how President Obama was able to stand up to Wall Street even though “he was the recipient of the largest number of Wall Street donations of anybody running on the democratic side ever.” That did not settle well with Sanders.
“Let's not insult the intelligence of the American people,” Sanders said. “People aren't dumb. Why in god's name does Wall Street make huge campaign contributions? I guess just for the fun of it.”
5. Kissing Off Kissinger
After criticizing Clinton’s Iraq War vote, Sanders turned to attacking Clinton’s relationship with Henry Kissinger, whom Sanders called “one of the most destructive secretaries of state.”
“In her book and in this last debate, she talked about getting the approval or the support or the mentoring of Henry Kissinger,” Sanders said. “...I'm proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger.”
“Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton pointed out.
“Well, it ain't Henry Kissinger, that's for sure,” Sanders fired back.
ABC News(Milwaukee) -- The Democratic debate took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Here are the best lines of the PBS debate:
ON BERNIE SANDERS’ Health Care Proposal
HILLARY CLINTON: “Because especially with health care, this is not about math. This is about people's lives. And we should level with the American people about what we can do to make sure they get quality, affordable health care.”
“Let's level with the American people. Secretary Clinton has been going around the country saying Bernie Sanders wants to dismantle the affordable care act,” Sanders shot back. “I have fought my entire life to make sure that health care is a right for all people. We're not going to dismantle anything.”
ON HILLARY CLINTON'S PROPOSAL
HILLARY CLINTON: “We have a special obligation to make clear what we stand for, which is why I think we should not make promises we can't keep.”
“My price tag is about $100 billion a year,” she added.
“Well, Secretary Clinton, you’re not in the White House yet,” Sanders fired back.
ON WOMEN SUPPORTING SANDERS IN NH HILLARY CLINTON: “I have spent my entire adult life working toward making sure that women are empowered to make their own choices, even if that choice is not to vote for me. I believe that it's most important that we unleash the full potential of women and girls in our society.”
“And this is the first time there have been a majority of women on the stage. So you know, we'll take our progress wherever we can find it,” the former secretary of state added.
BERNIE SANDERS: “Well, you know, I think from a historical point of view, somebody with my background, somebody with my views, somebody who has spent his entire life taking on the big money interests, I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment as well.” ON REPUBLICANS
BERNIE SANDERS: “When it comes to a woman having to make a very personal choice, in that case, my Republican colleagues love the government and want the government to make that choice for every woman in America. If that's not hypocrisy, I don't know what hypocrisy is.”
ON SOLVING RACIAL DIVISIONS BERNIE SANDERS: “What we have got to do is make it clear that any police officer who breaks the law will, in fact, be held accountable.
“When you give low-income kids, African-American, white, Latino kids the opportunities to get their lives together, they are not going to end up in jail,” Sanders continued. “They're going to end up in the productive economy which is where we want them.”
When asked about solving the needs of the working-class white Americans, Clinton said: “I do think it would be a terrible oversight not to try to address the very real problems that white Americans, particularly those without a lot of education, whose jobs have, you know, no longer provided them or even no longer present in their communities.”
BERNIE SANDERS: “What we have to do right now is bring our people together and understand that we must provide a path towards citizenship for 11 million undocumented people.”
“I strongly support the president's executive actions,” Clinton argued. “I am against the raids. I'm against the kind of inhumane treatment that is now being visited upon families, waking them up in the middle of the night, rounding them up. We should be deporting criminals, not hard-working immigrant families.”
“We have got to stand up to the Trumps of the world, who are trying to divide us up,” the Vermont senator fired off.
ON WALL STREET
BERNIE SANDERS: “Let's not insult the intelligence of the American people. People aren't dumb. Why in God's name does Wall Street make huge campaign contributions? I guess just for the fun of it.”
ON TERRORISM PREPAREDNESS
HILLARY CLINTON: “When somebody like Donald Trump and others stir up the demagoguery against Muslims, that hurts us at home; it is not only offensive but dangerous.”
“Senator Obama, when he ran against me was against the war in Iraq. And yet when he won, he turned to me trusting my judgment, my experience, to become secretary of state,” Clinton quipped.
“Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy and we have yet to know who that is,” Clinton told Sanders.
Sanders responded, “Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger, that’s for sure.”
Clinton has a close relationship with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A new ad set to be released online by the Bernie Sanders campaign features Eric Garner’s daughter, Erica Garner, explaining why she is backing the Vermont senator.
Eric Garner died in the summer of 2014 when police tried to arrest him in Staten Island, New York. A video of the arrest, in which he could be heard repeatedly saying "I can't breathe," ignited a firestorm of criticism of the NYPD's actions.
“This is what mommy is, she is an activist,” Erica Garner -- who endorsed Sanders -- says in the ad as she walks through her home and neighborhood with her daughter. “I was able to see my dad die on national TV...They don’t know who they took from us...he was loved daily."
Garner says in the ad that her goal is to tell her father's story: that he was “murdered.”
“I never want the world to forget what happened to my dad,” Erica Garner adds in the video.
The campaign says it is working on developing a shorter version of the ad for cable TV, but that they have yet to buy television ad time for the ad.
“I am behind anyone who is going to listen and speak to for us,” she says, adding that Sanders is not afraid to stand up to the criminal justice system.
“I think we need to believe in a leader like Bernie Sanders," she says. "There is no other person that is speaking about this.”
Sanders' primary challenger, Hillary Clinton, has spoken extensively about issues of criminal justice reform too, but the battle for the African American vote is in full force now as campaigns switch attention to South Carolina and other more racially diverse primary voting states.
The Sanders campaign and some its backers were clearly rattled by the Congressional Black Caucuses PAC decision today to back Clinton. Sanders today picked up one high profile endorsement from the civil rights community —- Harry Belafonte.
Sanders is pictured briefly in the 4-minute ad, speaking at one of his rallies: "It is not acceptable to me that we have seen young black men walk down streets in this country be beaten and be killed in this country,” he says.
A state grand jury declined to indict the officer who put Garner in an apparent chokehold, but a federal grand jury is reportedly hearing evidence in the case.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush got help from his mom and now he’s enlisting the help of his older brother.
George W. Bush joins Jeb Monday night in North Charleston, South Carolina for the pair’s first public campaign event together. The former president has fundraised for Jeb before, notably appearing with their father at a major Houston event last fall.
Honored to have my brother joining me on the trail this week. Join us Monday in Charleston. https://t.co/HETjKZiZZJ
“President Bush has been incredibly supportive of his brother’s campaign and Governor Bush is excited to have him out on the trail,” Bush’s spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, wrote in a statement provided to ABC News.
”With the threats facing our nation and our allies, we need a steady hand. Few people understand that better than President Bush who knows that we need a tested, strong leader as our next Commander-in-Chief."
The former president has lent a hand in advertising. He appeared in a campaign radio ad earlier this week in South Carolina and was seen in an advertisement during the Super Bowl in New Hampshire sponsored by Right to Rise, the Super PAC supporting Bush.
Though a Gallup poll showed his approval ratings upon leaving office were a mere 34 percent, according to a Bloomberg national poll, former President Bush’s approval rate among Republicans is at 77 percent.
Jeb Bush was joined by his 90-year-old mother, Barbara Bush, on the campaign trail earlier this month ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The political arm of the Congressional Black Caucus formally endorsed Hillary Clinton Thursday, a move that quickly came under fire from one of the few lawmakers on Capitol Hill supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., one of two members of Congress to endorse Sanders, claimed today that leaders of the CBC's political action committee made the decision to back Clinton without the input of the larger Congressional Black Caucus.
Cong'l Black Caucus (CBC) has NOT endorsed in presidential. Separate CBCPAC endorsed withOUT input from CBC membership, including me.
A spokesman for the CBC declined to respond to Ellison's comments about the endorsement process and input, but said the decision to endorse Clinton was not made hastily, pointing to Clinton's support among the majority of caucus members.
Lawmakers said the decision to back Clinton was decided in a near-unanimous vote by the PAC's 19-member executive board. (No members of the board voted for Sanders. Two members -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and political consultant Angela Rye -- abstained from voting.)
In their endorsement, the black Democrats pledged to help Clinton campaign in South Carolina before that state’s crucial Democratic primary later this month. In 2008, more than half of the Democratic primary voters in South Carolina were African-American.
“You judge a person by their results, and there’s no question that the person who has obtained the most results is Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., said.
The endorsement comes as Clinton's campaign looks to regain its footing after the former secretary of state's devastating loss to Sen. Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus and its political action committee praised Clinton’s record, calling her the best-positioned advocate for African-Americans while questioning Sanders’ record in Congress on the issues of gun control and civil rights.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., dismissed Sanders’ civil rights record when asked about his work organizing for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Chicago.
“I never saw him, I never met him,” Lewis said.
Asked about the appeal of Sanders’ message to young voters, Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., said they need to do their homework.
“You can't just listen to what someone is telling you, because most of the time when it's too good to be true, it's too good to be true,” Richmond said. “When you start saying free college and free health care, the only thing you're leaving out is free car and a free home.”
Before South Carolina's primary, Sanders has gained some notable black supporters, including singer Harry Belafonte, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and former NAACP chairman Ben Jealous. On Wednesday, he met with the Rev. Al Sharpton in New York City.
Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., the third-ranking House Democrat, is reconsidering his pledge to remain neutral in the presidential primary. He said he will discuss an endorsement with close family and friends. He told reporters on Wednesday the Congressional Black Caucus PAC's endorsement wouldn't influence his decision on an endorsement.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to finish releasing former Secretary Hillary Clinton's private emails in four installments between this Saturday and the end of the month. The order comes as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation between the State Department and a news organization.
The State Department announced late last month it would fail to comply with the court's original order to release all 55,000 pages of documents by the end of January, claiming it had overlooked 7,000 pages of email that needed further review.
In a court filing Wednesday, the State Department suggested it could release 550 of the remaining 7,600 pages of emails this Saturday to effectively appease the court. Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled today that in addition to the proposed Saturday production, the State Department will have to continue to produce documents as they become available through the remainder of February.
The next production dates have been set as Feb. 13, 19, 26 and 29. The judge also ordered that the final three productions occur before the close of business. The State Department published a set of Clinton documents in early-January at 2:30 a.m. ET.
Clinton has long maintained that she wants her emails to be made public as soon as possible. She is also accusing government officials of unnecessarily upgrading some of her emails to the "top secret" level, making them unavailable for the public to view.
The classification and investigations of her email practices have dogged her campaign since the summer.
The State Department says it does not expect to find any more “top secret” emails.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Rep. Duncan Hunter really likes his vaporizer.
The California Republican busted out his vaporizer pen in a House Transportation Committee hearing Thursday while debating an amendment from Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton that would formally ban the use of vaporizers and e-cigarettes on airplanes.
Hunter, in an effort to demonstrate the devices are safe to use, pulled his own vaporizer out and took a drag, blowing out a cloud of vaporized liquid. “This is called a vaporizer,” he explained, as his neighbor, Rep. Candace Miller waved the smoke away.
"There's no combustion, there's no carcinogens," Hunter added, saying that the device helped him quit smoking.
However, his efforts were for naught: The amendment ended up being passed by the committee.
“Despite the best efforts of Rep. Hunter, who came equipped with his vaping device and demonstrated its use, Members were not impressed enough to defeat my amendment,” Norton said in a statement. “The Member sitting next to Rep. Hunter even fanned away the smoke emitted from the vaporizer, illustrating my point about secondhand smoke.”
According to the Food and Drug Administration, the devices have not been fully studied, and it is not known how many harmful chemicals are being inhaled or whether there are any benefits to using the devices.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton by 22 points in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the largest victory in the state's history for a non-incumbent in the Democratic party.
But when the dust settled, the delegate count was roughly equal, with ABC estimating that each candidate picked up 15 delegates. So what is going on?
To win the Democratic nomination, a candidate must obtain a certain number of delegates -- individuals who will cast votes at the DNC convention this summer. But there are two types of delegates in the Democratic party: pledged delegates, which are generally based on vote count, and unpledged delegates, or superdelegates. The latter include former and current Democratic leaders and elected officials, including presidents, vice presidents, governors and senators. They can select the candidate of their choosing, wherever they want and whenever they want - and can switch at any time.
Sanders leads in pledged delegates; he has 36 while Clinton has 32, according to ABC News estimates. But Clinton has a huge lead in superdelegates, with 362 to Sanders' 8. (There are a total of 712 superdelegates). In New Hampshire for instance, Clinton currently has the support of 6 of the state's 8 superdelegates, which accounts for her total win of 15 delegates. Sanders picked up none (two have yet to decide).
This count has angered Sanders’ supporters, who are claiming the establishment is rigged against their candidate of choice. MoveOn.org, which endorsed Sanders earlier this year, started a petition to tell the superdelegates to honor the will of the voters. As of today, the petition has over 130,000 signatures.
“In a close race, Superdelegates can snatch that victory away,” the petition reads. “Only by pushing back against this possibility can we ensure that the candidate WE vote for becomes the nominee.”
As stated above, these superdelegates can switch their allegiance at any time. Just because they are supporting Clinton now doesn't mean they have to do so in July. And in 2008, that scenario materialized. Clinton originally had a large superdelegate lead over then-Senator Barack Obama. When it became clear that Obama had a stronger likelihood of becoming the nominee, superdelegates who had originally pledged their support for Clinton switched to Obama. By May 2008, Obama had narrowed that lead to 1, according to a CNN report.
In a statement to ABC News, the Democratic National Committee emphasized that the only delegates awarded in Tuesday night's primary were the pledged ones.
"Let's be clear, the only delegates at stake on Tuesday in New Hampshire's First in the Nation primaries were 24 pledged delegates," DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach wrote in an email to ABC.
US Congress(NEW YORK) -- Bernie Sanders met with Rev. Al Sharpton Wednesday in New York in an apparent move to diversify his voting base, which may become crucial as the campaign moves into South Carolina.
"Sanders very much needs to up his game among blacks and Hispanics if he's going to win in the more diverse states ahead," said ABC News Polling Director Gary Langer. "And for Clinton these groups are an important bulwark - if she can retain their broad support."
Even in New Hampshire, where Sanders won handily in counties across the state, Hillary Clinton received 52 percent of the non-white vote, while Sanders received 48 percent, according to ABC News exit polling.
Right after Sanders won New Hampshire, he headed to New York City with his wife Jane, where he met Sharpton at Sylvia’s restaurant in Harlem, the same place where then Sen. Barack Obama met with Sharpton in 2008.
In remarks after the meeting, Sharpton said he “bluntly” asked Sanders about the water crisis in Flint, affirmative action and police brutality, which he described as “issues that affect our communities around the country.”
Sharpton praised Sanders for coming to Harlem the day after his victory in New Hampshire, explaining that it sends a “signal” of the community’s importance.
“Sen. Sanders coming here this morning further makes it clear we will not be ignored. Our votes must be earned,” said Sharpton.
Sharpton did not make an endorsement, but said one would likely come after Clinton meets with civil rights leaders, which is scheduled to happen on Feb. 18. Sharpton said Sanders has also agreed to meet with civil rights leaders.
Sanders has received endorsements from some African-American leaders, including former NAACP head Ben Jealous and Harlem State Sen. Bill Perkins. However, the Congressional Black Caucus’ political action committee is set to endorse Clinton on Thursday.
According to a clip of their conversation posted on MSNBC, Sharpton asked Sanders how he was planning on succeeding with more diverse electorates after Iowa and New Hampshire, which are mostly white.
"We have the issues, we have the agenda, we have the ground troops to rally the people of South Carolina and Nevada," Sanders replied.
Sharpton told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that the campaign wanted to meet with him.
Despite Clinton’s advantages with minority voters, her campaign held a conference call just hours after the Sanders/Sharpton meeting to stress their candidate’s superior record in supporting the African-American community.
The call, featuring Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, President of the NAACP's New York State Conference Dr. Hazel Dukes and South Carolina Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford, claimed Sanders is only starting to express interest in issues affecting African-Americans now because he needs the votes.
“Until recently, Sen. Sanders has been absent from the African community,” said Dukes.
Jeffries said that for the last 40 years, Sanders has been “missing in action” in support of issues important to the African community. The surrogates claimed that Sanders’ stances on guns and healthcare would be harmful to the African-American community and questioned his commitment to criminal justice.
“He may be for us now that he’s campaigning outside of Vermont but what is his evidence of reform for people of color?” said Rutherford.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- For years, commercial flyers have complained about the shrinking size of their seats.
And at least one congressman is pushing the federal government to get involved to protect these consumers.
Congressman Steve Cohen, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is asking that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) establish minimum seat sizes on airplanes.
The Democrat from Tennessee says this regulation would be in the best interest of both passenger safety and health.
“The Federal Aviation Administration requires that planes be capable of rapid evacuation in case of emergency, yet they haven’t conducted emergency evacuation tests on all of today’s smaller seats,” said Cohen in his announcement. “Doctors have also warned that deep vein thrombosis can afflict passengers who can’t move their legs during longer flights.”
Cohen claims flyers have been robbed of 4 inches of legroom and an inch and a half of width in their seat since the 1970s.
Airlines for America, an airline industry trade group, noted that the Department of Transportation's (DOT) own Advisory Committee for Aviation Consumer Protection chose not to make a recommendation on the size of airplane seats.
“We also believe that government should not regulate (passenger seats),” a spokesperson from Airlines for America told ABC News. “As with any commercial product or service, customers vote every day with their wallet.”
A Super Bowl 50 commercial ran on Sunday referring to airline seats as "a 21st-century torture device." The spot advertised Avocados from Mexico.
Cohen plans to propose the “Seat Egress in Air Travel Act” -- or SEAT Act -- as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization bill, which is scheduled for a Thursday markup on Capitol Hill.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — It may be onward to South Carolina, but Thursday night is another Democratic face off for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Milwaukee. The PBS Debate will kick off at 9 p.m.
It’s the first debate since Sanders’ historic win in the New Hampshire primary, and it’s expected to be feisty. Sanders will likely push Clinton on giving speeches and taking money from Wall Street, while the moderators, Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, may try to get specifics out of Sanders on foreign policy and keep him off his stump speech and talking points.
After her stinging loss, Clinton is expected to fight aggressively.
The Republicans are all in South Carolina and most with busy schedules. That is except for Donald Trump, who, as we know, always does it differently. Trump will hold an evening rally Thursday night at 8 p.m. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He touted his big New Hampshire win Wednesday night and said if he does it again in the Palmetto State, his competition will disappear.
Marco Rubio is holding three town halls, which began Thursday morning in Okatie, followed by Myrtle Beach and Simpsonville stops in the afternoon.
John Kasich also has three town halls Thursday, starting in Pawley’s Island in the morning, and then stops in North Myrtle Beach and Florence in the evening. He continued his “happy warrior” campaigning Wednesday, and appears to have gotten a boost in crowd size, thanks to placing second in New Hampshire.
Jeb Bush has two meet-and-greets Thursday afternoon in Florence and Sumter before holding a rally Thursday night in Columbia. Last night he got more introspective than he usually does on the campaign trail and got larger crowds on his first day in South Carolina since his fourth place finish in New Hampshire. He also has confirmed now a few times that brother and former president George W. Bush will hit the Palmetto State campaign trail.
Ted Cruz, who knows he really has to beat Donald Trump in South Carolina or at least come close, has said this is essentially a two-man race. He has two evening events Thursday night. He’ll attend the Carolina Values Summit in Rock Hill and then hold a rally with Glenn Beck in Fort Mill.
Ben Carson, who placed last in New Hampshire, is still in the race and has promised to continue stumping in South Carolina. On Thursday afternoon he’ll attend a foreign policy summit in Gaffney before attending the Reconciled Church 2016 Presidential Forum in Rock Hill.
Bill Clinton is attending an organizing event Thursday night in Memphis, Tennessee, while Chelsea Clinton has a packed schedule in Michigan. In the morning she attended a fundraiser in Birmingham before visiting Flint, the place that now has become a frequent topic on the trail for her mother. She’ll visit a children’s center in the afternoon before visiting with union members in Flushing. She will also stop in Detroit and visit a youth center with the mayor.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Fresh off his victory in the Granite State, Donald Trump told a crowd at Clemson University in South Carolina it’s now their turn to deliver the billionaire another win.
“Believe me if you vote for Trump, and again I don't want your money, I want your vote,” the real estate mogul said, predicting a win here would eliminate his competition for the GOP nomination.
"You vote for Trump, we win here, we’re going to run the table.”
With nine days left until voters in the Palmetto state go to the polls, the Trump campaign has staff and volunteers hitting the phones and the streets to get out the vote – even driving around several RVs with Trump’s face and his “Make America Great Again!” slogan pasted all over.
“People are tired of stupidity,” Trump said of his victory Tuesday night. “We’re not gonna have it anymore!.”
In his speech, Trump took a harder hit than usual at former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
“He’s a schlepper,” Trump said about Bush. “Spent 38-39 million in New Hampshire. I spent 3 and a half, I’m number one. He’s at the bottom. Think of it!”
Bush finished fourth in the field, ahead of Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and Ben Carson.
The billionaire earlier in his remarks said “the last thing we need is another Bush” to which is crowd booed.
Trump is set to campaign Thursday in Baton Rouge, LA.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A 4-year-old boy experienced his first political disappointment when he realized he couldn't vote for Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, and it was all caught on video.
Aiden Gerety, of Manchester, New Hampshire, went to the polls with his mother and, when he overheard his mom had not voted for the Democratic candidate, he started crying because he couldn't vote for her himself.
"I want to vote for Hillary Clinton," Aiden is heard saying in a video his mother, Amanda Gerety, took of the moment.
"I think he must have seen a commercial, one of her ads. I don’t know where it came from, it was very random," Gerety told ABC News, declining to share who she voted for. "He got very upset and said 'No, I want to vote for Hillary Clinton' ... and he got more and more upset about it."
Clinton ended up losing the country's first primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by about 20 percentage points after a close victory in the Iowa caucuses.
Gerety recorded the video of the heartbroken Aiden for her husband and family members, and then decided to post it online. In mere hours, the video has gotten more than 2,000 views on Facebook, plus hundreds more on YouTube.
"I thought it’d be funny to show my family and people started sharing and sharing," the 39-year-old nurse said.
So how did she calm young Aiden down? "I literally had to pretend to call the place to tell them I wanted to change my vote to get the tears to stop!" Gerety wrote in the Facebook post.
BernieSanders.com(NEW YORK) -- Sen. Bernie Sanders believes Bill Clinton’s attacks on him have been inaccurate, he told ABC News Wednesday.
And when asked whether Clinton has hit below the belt, Sanders said, "I think so."
“Look, I know he’s going to be out there defending his wife; trust me, my wife will be out there defending me,” Sanders said.
Sanders also pointed out that he has defended Hillary Clinton “against some unfair attacks” in the past, “but I felt that President Clinton said things that were just not accurate and I hope we get" beyond that, he said.
But the Vermont independent said he will not change his tactics on stage as Thursday’s Democratic debate approaches.
“I hope we can debate the issues and how we propose to bring about the changes that America needs,” he said. “That’s the kind of debate I think American people would like to hear, not nasty.”
Sanders comments come after Bill Clinton attacked his supporters who he alleges aim sexist comments at Hillary Clinton supporters.
Sanders won the New Hampshire primary by 22 points Tuesday, the largest margin in the state since 1960 when John F. Kennedy won 85.2 percent of the vote.
Coming off the landmark win in the New Hampshire primary, Sanders is gearing up for the next big tests in the presidential race later this month: South Carolina and Nevada.
But if the elections were held tomorrow in those states, Sanders said, he would lose.
"No. Fortunately for us the election is not tomorrow," Sanders told ABC News' Cecilia Vega. "Fortunately for us, we have now ended the campaign in New Hampshire. We can now devote our resources to Nevada and South Carolina. And when Election Day comes there, I do think that we can win."
He went on to discuss his meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton while in New York City today.
Sanders said the two discussed the needs of the African-American community, and while his rallies may lack diversity in the crowd, he said, he expressed confidence in “see[ing] more diversity.”
“I think what the polling is showing is that we are doing better and better with the African-American community and with the Latino community," Sanders said.
South Carolina is prominently African-American and, according to a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Jan. 28, Clinton had 74 percent of the black vote compared to Sanders’ 17 percent.
But Sanders says he confident his message will reach the black community.
“I think we are especially focusing now on a broken criminal justice system and the need for real police reform,” he said, “which I think will result in a lot of African-Americans and Latinos paying increased attention to our campaign."