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Mitch Perry Report for 2.5.16 – “An artful smear”

Good morning from Nashua, New Hampshire.

I have to admit that my first thoughts this morning are not what happened at last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but will I make it safely to Manchester this morning to see Sanders.

Folks, it’s snowing pretty hard in southern New Hampshire this morning (7:10 a.m.). I ran around in a parking lot about an hour ago to get a workout in, but the snowflakes are piling up.

This California native and Florida resident for the past 16 years has never driven in snow.

OK, enough of my angst. How about last night’s debate? Clinton took the gloves off, saying she was tired of the “attacks by insinuation and innuendo” against her integrity by Sanders, along with his questioning her credentials with the progressive community because of the financial contributions she’s received from Wall Street.

Clinton made $275,000 in some individual speeches over the past couple of years from Wall Street banks, but she called it a “very artful smear” to insinuate that meant she was beholden to those institutions.

Sanders thought that was a rather harsh assessment. MSNBC used the split screen throughout to show Bernie’s various facial expressions throughout the debate, something that will no doubt be used by the other networks for the remaining three debates scheduled.

Speaking of debates, only Jim Gilmore and Carly Fiorina won’t be at Saturday night’s GOP debate to be televised by ABC. What gives with that? Gilmore has barely registered this entire cycle, but Fiorina actually received more votes than both Chris Christie and John Kasich in Iowa.

Yet Christie and Kasich will be on the big stage tomorrow night, while Carly will be watching with the rest of us.

Meanwhile, Ben Carson will once again be absent from the campaign trail today. Although Ted Cruz has had to apologize for having his staff pass the word (based on a CNN report) that Carson was quitting the race after Iowa.

Gentle Ben is apparently still in the contest, but trust me – for all intents and purposes, he might as well be out. This is prime time, and he’s been MIA all week.

OK, wish me luck on my commute!

In other news …

Jeb Bush said there’s been too much anger in this GOP presidential race, saying, “We need someone who has a proven record, who has a servant’s heart.”

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In Keane, New Hampshire, on Thursday Chris Christie told a small crowd how he’d go about selecting Supreme Court justices – just in case he gets that opportunity.

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Will Marco Rubio‘s conflicting stances on immigration ultimately hurt his candidacy? One guy who a lot of reporters spoke to on Wednesday thinks so.

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Ben Carson downsizing his campaign staff

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson is downsizing his campaign staff amid following his fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, a spokesman confirms.

Larry Ross gave no details on how many staffers are being laid off or how many will remain, but said the personnel cuts “were made to wisely and prudently position the campaign for the coming months.”

Carson last month accepted the resignation of his finance chairman, Dean Parker, who had been criticized for his spending on salaries and consultants.

Carson’s campaign paid about two dozen staffers during the last three months of 2015, newly released campaign finance records show. Those salaries totaled about $250,000, among the lower end of what campaigns had spent on payroll in recent months.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Carly Fiorina calls debate process “broken” after learning she’s shut out of Saturday night forum

With Rand Paul dropping out of the GOP presidential race, the field is winnowing out.

That doesn’t mean that the rest of the 10-person field gets to stand on one debate stage this Saturday night.

Although ABC, the debate sponsor, says they haven’t yet announced the lineup of candidates, Carly Fiorina says she has learned she won’t be invited – and she’s not pleased about that.

“Our debate process is broken,” the only female Republican candidate writes to Party Chair Reince Priebus and other members of the Republican National Committee. “Networks are making up these debate rules as they go along–not to be able to fit candidates on the stage–but arbitrarily to decide which candidates make for the best TV in their opinion. Now it is time for the RNC to act in the best interest of the Party that it represents.”

Fiorina says she will be the only candidate still in the race not invited on to the stage this Saturday night at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Fiorina says it’s ridiculous that while she did better in Iowa than some of the other candidates on Monday night, they’ve been invited to the debate, while she has been shunned off the stage.

“To review, we beat Governors Christie and Kasich in Iowa this week when voters actually had their say. This campaign has the same number of delegates as Governors Bush and Kasich while Governor Christie has zero. We’re ahead of Dr. Carson in New Hampshire polling. We are 6th in hard dollars raised and have twice the cash on hand as either Governors Christie or Kasich. We are already on the ballot in 32 states, and there is a ground game with paid staff in 12 states.

“Yet, all of these candidates will be invited to the ABC debate. I will not.”

No word yet from the RNC on her statement.

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Donald Trump calls for Iowa election do-over

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over.

On his official Twitter account Wednesday, Trump said: “Based on the fraud committed by Senator Ted Cruz during the Iowa Caucus, either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.” He based his claim of fraud largely on developments that had been known for days and had not stopped him from congratulating Cruz on his victory Monday night. The Cruz campaign had no immediate response.

Trump tweeted earlier: “Ted Cruz didn’t win Iowa, he stole it. That is why all of the polls were so wrong and why he got far more votes than anticipated.”

The inflammatory accusation marked a reversal for Trump, who on Monday night delivered a concession speech thanking Iowans for his second-place finish and congratulating Cruz. On Tuesday night in New Hampshire, he told reporters he was “very happy with what happened in Iowa.”

But by Wednesday, Trump was laying out a list of accusations. He said Cruz had told Iowans that “Trump was strongly in favor of ObamaCare and ‘choice’ – a total lie!” Trump says he would repeal President Obama’s health care law if he’s elected. He used to support abortion rights, but changed.

He pointed to a mailer sent by the Cruz campaign that was headlined “voting violation” and resembled an official notice. The mailer showed recipients their history of voting or not in past caucuses, along with the turnout record of their neighbors, and drew complaints from Iowa’s secretary of state.

And Trump called out Cruz backers for circulating a false rumor Monday night that Ben Carson was dropping out of the race as caucusing was underway.

“Many people voted for Cruz over Carson because of this Cruz fraud,” Trump wrote, suggesting the efforts may have given Cruz a winning edge.

Iowa Rep. Steve King, a national co-chairman of Cruz’s campaign, wrote on Twitter Monday evening: “Looks like (Carson) is out. … Skipping NH & SC is the equivalent of suspending. Too bad this information won’t get to all caucus goers.” Carson has called the comments “dirty tricks.”

Cruz spokesman Rick Tyler told CNN on Wednesday that Cruz apologized personally to Carson for the mistake. He said the Cruz team “as a campaign” never alleged Carson was dropping out.

“It may be that some of the surrogates or some of our caucus precinct captains … went too far,” Tyler told CNN. If so, he added, “that was in error, that was wrong.”

Trump’s Twitter reaction to his Iowa showing strayed significantly from his public comments on several morning TV shows Wednesday and at a rally on Tuesday night.

Asked about Cruz at a press conference before the rally, Trump said Cruz had insulted Carson and Iowans but would not say whether he thought the Texas senator had run a dirty campaign.

“I don’t know, I can’t tell you yet,” he said.

But Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was pointed on the matter Wednesday.

“What Senator Cruz did to Ben Carson was a disgrace and an insult to Doctor Carson and the process,” he said. “What Senator Cruz did to the voters of Iowa was also a disgrace in regard to their phony voter violation form. Additionally, they misrepresented Mr. Trump and unfortunately this happens all the time with crooked politicians.”

Asked whether the campaign planned to file a formal complaint, he said: “Wait and see.” Officials from the Iowa Republican Party did not respond immediately to questions about their process for handling complaints like Trump’s.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Donald Trump says Ted Cruz’s Iowa victory based on fraud

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking issue with the results of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, accusing contest winner Ted Cruz of fraud.

In attacks posted on his official Twitter account Wednesday, Trump says “either a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.”

A previous tweet posted by the billionaire businessman accused the Cruz campaign of telling Iowa voters that Ben Carson was quitting the race so he could steal Carson votes.

Trump came in second behind Cruz in Monday’s leadoff Iowa caucuses — which he had previously described on Twitter as a “long-shot great finish.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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Donald Trump bashes Ted Cruz as “dishonest” in speech in Milford, N.H.

Milford, New Hampshire –

Because of the sheer ubiquitous cable news coverage he’s enjoyed over the past half-year, there are parts of a Donald Trump speech that are familiar territory, even if their new rants, such as his description about why he boycotted last week’s Fox News debate.

The presumptive GOP front-runner was in Milford, New Hampshire on Tuesday night, giving his second speech since being humbled on Monday evening, when he lost out to Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses, despite polls that said that he was the favorite going into the first election of the 2016 presidential cycle.

Trump would get around to Cruz in due time, but he seemed exasperated by what he felt was excessive coverage of the man who finished behind him in Iowa, Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

“The headlines said, ‘Trump Comes In Second. He’s humiliated!’ There were 17 people when we started. Now you have 11. I come in second. I’m not humiliated,” he said, as the sympathetic crowd cheered.

“Trump: no good. Rubio: unbelievable night!” he said, mocking the press coverage. “They said, ‘he’s very, very close,’ before noting the actual distance between second and third was over 2,000 votes.

“How come the person that comes in third on many of the networks, is being covered like one of the great victories in the history of politics in this country?” he asked.

Trump later trashed his top rival for the moment — Ted Cruz.

On Tuesday, Cruz issued an apology to Ben Carson after his staff falsely told Iowa caucus goers that Carson planned to quit the race, calling it a “mistake.” Cruz had also been criticized by the Iowa Secretary of State because of a mailer sent out to potential Iowa voters that seemed designed to look like an official notice warning recipients about “low voter turnout in your area.”

Trump trashed Cruz for those actions.

“These are truly dishonest people,” Trump said. “What kind of people do we have running for office?” he asked.

“I think I know why. You know why? Because he’s born in Canada!,” Trump said with expert timing, adding that if the Texas Senator gets the GOP nomination, the Democrats are going to “sue his ass.”

The New York City real estate magnate also couldn’t resist bashing “the legendary”Jeb Bush for his rather pathetic showing on Monday, a sixth-place finish that broke down into paying $2,884 for every vote. Trump said Bush should have just promised every voter a thousand dollars if they voted for him. “He would have won,” he mused.

Introducing Trump was former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who formally endorsed him in his brief speech.

Organizers opened up a second room with a video screen because of the size of the crowd, though there was still plenty of space inside the hall in Milford.

Before the speech, Trump supporters said they weren’t surprised or upset about his loss in Iowa.

“Nobody thought he had a chance, ever,” said Robert Ferry, a resident of Worcester, Massachusetts. “He got into it and fought and fought, and he came in a very respectful second, for a guy who people said he’d never make it and self-destruct, he didn’t.”

Rich Peters, also from Worcester, said if Trump doesn’t get elected this year, “we’re screwed.”

Peters agreed when I asked if he thought that Trump was lacking details in his policy prescriptions. Then he said he read his recently published book, and no longer thinks that.

“His book explains everything,” he said, adding that “it’s probably the finest political book I’ve ever read.”

Peters also likes Ted Cruz, but said even Mike Huckabee (who quit the race after Iowa), saying, “He’d be better than Hillary.”

“We can’t go socialist,” Peters added. “It’s never worked in the world in history,” before saying again how screwed up the country would be if Trump doesn’t win the election.

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Des Moines Register poll: Donald Trump captures top spot in Iowa

With two days before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump leads among likely Republican caucus-goers, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Saturday.

Trump leads Ted Cruz in Iowa 28 percent to 23 percent. Marco Rubio is in third with 15 percent, followed by Ben Carson with 10 percent and Rand Paul with 5 percent.

Fifty-five percent of likely Republican caucus-goers polled said their minds were made up; 45 percent of respondents said they could still be persuaded.

When asked who their second choice of candidates would be, 20 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers said Rubio, while 17 percent said Cruz.

The poll found 71 percent of Trump supporters said their minds were made up. According to Bloomberg Politics, in the final Iowa Poll before the 2012 GOP caucus, 51 percent said their minds were made up.

Trump’s lead is a reversal from a Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll in early January. That poll showed Cruz leading Trump, 25 percent to 22 percent.

Seventy percent of likely Republican caucus-goers said they had a favorable opinion of Rubio; while Jeb Bush was among the most disliked candidates. The survey found 53 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of the former Florida governor.

The Iowa Poll is considered one of the most respected polls. The Iowa-based firm of Selzer & Company was awarded an A-plus rating from the FiveThirtyEight blog.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 45 percent to 42 percent.

The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll was conducted from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29 and has a margin of error 4 percent.

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Gravis poll: Donald Trump maintains lead over Ted Cruz in Iowa

With just two days before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump remains in the top spot among Iowa Republicans.

According to a Gravis Marketing poll, Trump leads in Iowa with 31 percent, followed by Ted Cruz at 27 percent. Among likely Republican primary voters, Marco Rubio is in third with 13 percent, followed by Ben Carson and Jeb Bush at 7 percent and 6 percent respectively.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 53 percent to 42 percent.

Of those polled, 88 percent said they were likely or very likely to participate in either the Republican or Democratic caucus on Monday.

The poll, done for One America News, was conducted on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27. The poll surveyed 1,827 likely primary voters — 724 Republicans and 810 Democrats, the remainder of which were independents. It has a sampling margin of error of 2 percent.

The HuffPost Pollster averages currently show Trump leading Cruz in Iowa, 32.1 percent to 24.7 percent. The polling averages place Rubio in third with 13.5 percent, Carson at 8.1 percent and Bush at 4.1 percent.

The Iowa caucuses are Monday.

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NBC Poll: Donald Trump leads in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina

With four days before the Iowa caucuses, Donald Trump has pulled ahead of Ted Cruz in the Hawkeye State and holds commanding leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Among likely GOP caucus-goers, Trump leads Cruz in Iowa, 32 percent to 25 percent, according to NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll. Marco Rubio is in third with 18 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 8 percent. Jeb Bush is at 4 percent in the Iowa poll.

The results mark a shift in opinions from just a few weeks ago, when Cruz held a 4-point lead over Trump.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are neck-in-neck in Iowa. Clinton leads Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent, well within the margin of error of 4.7 percent for likely Democratic caucus goers.

The Iowa caucuses are Monday.

In New Hampshire, the survey found Trump holds a double-digit lead over Cruz. Among likely Republican primary voters, Trump leads Cruz 31 percent to 12 percent. Rubio is tied with John Kasich for third with 11 percent, followed by Bush at 8 percent.

Sanders has an overwhelming lead over Clinton in the Granite State, the poll found. Among likely Democratic primary voters, Sanders is at 57 percent, followed by Clinton at 38 percent.

The New Hampshire primary is Feb. 9.

In South Carolina, where voters head to the polls in late February, Trump leads Cruz, 36 percent to 20 percent. Rubio is in third with 14 percent among likely Republican primary voters, followed by Bush at 9 percent. Carson is at 8 percent.

Clinton has a commanding lead over Sanders in South Carolina, where she leads 64 percent to 27 percent.

The South Carolina Republican primary is Feb. 20; the Democratic primary is on Feb. 27.

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Poll: Support for Donald Trump remains strong

Donald Trump may have the best chance of getting elected president, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The poll found 56 percent of Republican-leaning voters said Trump had the best chance of getting elected in November 2016, followed by  Ted Cruz with 17 percent. No other candidate cracked double digits when asked which Republican candidate had the best chance of winning in November.

The poll, released Tuesday, shows Trump leads the Republican field with 37 percent support. Cruz is at 21 percent, while Rubio is in third with 11 percent. The poll shows Ben Carson is at 7 percent, following by Jeb Bush at 5 percent.

Republicans said Trump was the candidate they most trusted to handle a variety of issues facing the country, including the economy (55 percent), immigration (44 percent) and terrorism threats (45 percent).

The poll found 64 percent of Republican-leaning voters thought Trump was most likely to win the Republican nomination. Cruz followed with 12 percent while Rubio was at 5 percent and Bush and Carson were at 2 percent.

Among Republican voters, 65 percent said they would accept Trump as the nominee.

The Washington Post-ABC News national poll was conducted between Jan. 21 and Jan. 24. The poll surveyed 356 Republican-leaning registered voters and has a margin of error of 5.5 percent.

The first nominating contest of 2016 is Monday, when Iowans voice their opinions in the Iowa caucuses. The New Hampshire primary is Feb. 9.

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