Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.
* As Rachel noted on the show last night, the DNC has reached an agreement with Bernie Sanders campaign over the party’s platform committee. Instead of the DNC choosing each of the panel’s 15 members, Hillary Clinton’s campaign will have six selections, Team Sanders will have five, and the party will have four. This has been a top priority for the senator for weeks.
* Despite getting much of what he wants, Sanders said yesterday the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia could be “messy” but that “democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle.” What’s unclear is how or why Sanders would benefit from convention strife.
* After nine televised debates and 13 forums, the Clinton campaign has no interest in adding to the list: it formally turned down Fox News’ request yesterday for yet another Democratic debate.
* In California, which will host its primary two weeks from today, a SurveyUSA poll shows Clinton leading Sanders by 18 points. This is actually an improvement for Clinton over her 14-point lead in the same poll a month ago.
* Speaking to the SEIU yesterday about Trump, Clinton warned, “He could bankrupt America like he’s bankrupted his companies. I mean, ask yourself, how can anybody lose money running a casino?”
* On a related note, the Clinton campaign released an interesting new video overnight mocking Trump for celebrating the housing-market crash that helped create the Great Recession.
* Newt Gingrich, still hoping to get on Trump’s good side, called Mitt Romney’s drive to find a third-party candidate “pathetic.” The former Speaker added, “I don’t know what happened to Mitt, but it is weird; it is bizarre…. Having a guy like that go berserk in public makes you wonder what his problems are.”
* And in New York yesterday, a dozen or so U.S. military veterans protested outside Trump Tower, complaining about the Republican candidate’s lack of follow through when directing resources to veterans’ charities.