By staying in Democratic primary despite the odds, Bernie Sanders is following in the footsteps of an unlikely role model: Hillary Clinton.Just like Sanders is pledging to do now, Clinton in 2008 hung on until June, long after the delegate math showed her locked in a trajectory that fell short of the nomination. As Barack Obama’s patience wore... read more
In the span of two days, Donald Trump has suggested that abortion be outlawed and women punished for violating such a ban and forcefully defended his campaign manager, who has been charged with assaulting a woman journalist.For a candidate and a party that struggles among women voters on election days, this week provided more fodder his critics... read more
GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — Donald Trump believes that there should be punishment for women who undergo abortions if the procedure was outlawed, but indicated he has yet to determine what that punishment should be.
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A new Wisconsin poll shows that Ted Cruz now leads Donald Trump in advance of the state's primary next Tuesday.The poll by the highly respected Marquette University Law School shows Cruz with the support of 40 percent of likely Republican voters in the state, compared to 30 percent for Trump and 21 percent for John Kasich.That's a... read more
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday that he would have fired Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after video emerged of his altercation with a reporter."Now I heard there is a video I would have gotten rid of him. Period," Kasich told NBC News' Chuck Todd during a town hall conversation airing Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET... read more
A clearly agitated Donald Trump continued to defend his campaign manager over accusations he grabbed a reporter, telling TODAY in a heated phone conversation "the incident was so minor" his chief staffer probably didn't remember it. read more
First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.Broken promisesBack in September, when Donald Trump signed that loyalty pledge to the Republican Party with great fanfare, how many people really thought the promise would hold? Last night marked... read more
It's difficult to glean a platform from Trump's powerfully incoherent rhetoric while navigating the quicksand-like task of separating fact from Trump's many exaggerations and outright falsehoods in thousands of interviews. It's perhaps harder still to get the GOP front-runner to address policy questions directly: the... read more
Despite suspending his campaign, Sen. Marco Rubio is attempting to keep every delegate he won while running for President.The unusual move reflects preparations for a contested convention this summer — and comes as Donald Trump backed away from an earlier pledge to support the Republican party's nominee if he is treated unfairly after... read more
Vigorous Civility as a Model for Debate We are witnessing an impoverished notion of debate in our society. On a daily basis we see the two ways in which our ability to debate important issues is breaking down. First, America’s public square has seen a coarsening of our collective discourse. Presidential debates and campaigns should be great... read more
Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski turned himself in to Florida police Tuesday after being charged with assaulting a reporter at a campaign event earlier this month, according to the Jupiter Police Department.Michelle Fields, a reporter for Breitbart, filed charges alleging that Lewandowski pulled her arm while she attempted to ask... read more
MADISON, Wisc. – In her lengthiest comments on the Supreme Court vacancy yet, Hillary Clinton slammed Republicans for vowing to block the president’s nominee and called the standstill a “make or break moment” that is “revealing the worst of our politics.”With this “obstructionism,” Clinton argued, Republicans are showing “the same disregard for... read more
Donald Trump defended his treatment of women and the tenor of his campaign on Monday in a radio interview with a conservative committed to derailing his White House bid.Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes pushed Trump about his increasingly personal jabs at Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz, before revealing to the GOP frontrunner that he is a ... read more
Wisconsin was one of the first places the Bernie Sanders phenomenon took root this year, and the underdog is hoping the state will deliver him another upset victory and some much-needed delegates in its primary next week.
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