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Clinton ignores primary opponents

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Ignoring her primary challengers, Hillary Rodham Clinton focused instead on the expanding field of Republican contenders as she and her fellow Democrats tried to impress influential party activists in Iowa.

The fundraising face-off for the benefit of the state party came Friday night as the Democratic primary fight — long assumed to be just short of a coronation for Clinton — appeared to be heating up into a slightly more serious contest. In recent weeks, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has risen in the polls and packed arenas with voters eager to hear the message of the self-described socialist who’s become Clinton’s chief rival.

But rather than confront her most immediate political obstacle in a crucial primary state, Clinton took aim at the other party, vowing to never let Republicans “rip away the progress” made during the Obama administration.

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

Sanders, too, refused to criticize his primary opponent directly. Earlier in the day he edged closer to an attack when he questioned whether Clinton would back the kinds of tough regulations for Wall Street that’s become a rallying call for liberal Democrats.

“You’ll have to ask Hillary Clinton her views on whether we should break up these large financial institutions,” he said during an afternoon appearance in Cedar Rapids.

At the evening forum, Sanders called for a “political revolution” fueled by a “mass movement from coast to coast” that would end the influx of money into politics and take the country off “the path to oligarchy.”

“The greed of the billionaire class has got to end and we are going to end it for them,” he said. He added: “Please don’t think small. Think big.”

The Clinton campaign has signaled that it considers Sanders to be a legitimate challenger who will be running for the long haul, noting the $15.2 million he’s raised — largely from small donors — in the first three months of the race.

They believe he will find a measure of support in Iowa, where the caucus system typically turns out the most passionate voters, and in New Hampshire, given Sanders’ many decades representing neighboring Vermont in Congress.

On Friday, Clinton’s campaign said it bought $7.7 million worth of television advertising time in early voting states, its first ad buy for the 2016 contest. In Iowa, the campaign paid $3.6 million for time in all eight media markets that serve the state. An additional $4.1 million of airtime was purchased in New Hampshire, which holds the nation’s first primary.

Unlike her rivals, Clinton has already built a vast campaign infrastructure, run from a multistory headquarters in New York City, with hundreds of staffers across the country. But so far the Clinton team has resisted any direct engagement with Sanders, fearing such an exchange might alienate the activists and small-dollar donors who will form the base of support in the general election if Clinton should win the nomination.

“You can see that Democrats are united, we are energized, and we are ready to win this election,” Clinton said Friday night.

In a fiery address, she slammed the economic policy of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, joked that businessman and TV star Donald Trump is “finally a candidate whose hair gets more attention than mine,” and criticized Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for targeting union power.

Besides Sanders and Clinton, the forum featured former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

O’Malley introduced himself as a can-do former chief executive who tackled a series of problems in Maryland by promoting public education, freezing college tuition, passing a “Dream Act” for young immigrants and expanding family leave policies.

But like Sanders, he got some of his biggest applause when he talked about regulating and punishing Wall Street — underscoring the populist mood of the most active Democratic voters.

“Main Street struggles while Wall Street soars,” he said. “If a bank is too big to fail, too big to jail and too big to manage, then it’s too damn big.”


Associated Press writer Ken Thomas in Phoenix contributed to this report.


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2 thoughts on “Clinton ignores primary opponents”

  1. Hill was also quoted as saying, “I am the nominee you aszwholes! Get it? I ain’t answering to sh!t about my, I mean Bill’s Foundation or my Emails, until the hemorrhaging of my donors stops! “Now, since her big donors and bundlers have headed for the exits, & the Money, the Cli*ts keep whining about, ” Not a shred of evidence to support these accusations of impropriety.” Well, what the phu*k do you call refiling your tax returns for 5 years? Just tidying up the accounting for Al Capone, Bill & Hill? Get REAL! This is causing big $$$$ problems for Hill’s campaign because now even the big Democrat donors are holding back their checks from this Keg Legged turd!!! With the revelations from “Clinton Cash” the Left is now hedging their bets because of, “Nothing to see here, it is a Right Wing conspiracy about my finance$” & the increasing scrutiny by the press & doubts about No HillNo, the Dems have come up with Plan “B.” But, because sadly for 2016, with this book Clinton Cash, Emailgate, Foreign Donations, etc. Hillary fatigue has beset the Dems. So in order to get her more Yahoo mug shots than the Jenners & Kardashians combined, Elizabeth Warren has just been placed in charge of leading the 2016 Democratic Fund Raising as a plan B. The idea is simple, all those hottie Liberal Democrats are putting out a Bikini Swim Suit Calendar to try and raise a total of $1.57 apiece. The calendar will feature, Our little porker Mary, “Miss Piggy” Landrieu, Little Debbie Wax-her-man’s-Swartz displaying her also “corded couchie pubes,” along with Frog-Eye Pelosi aimlessly flailing her arms to help explain, Keg Leg Hillary as the centerfold with an optional scratch and sniff camel toe (only on the $2.00 limited edition), Ruth Beta Ginsberg as a wino & her new thumper scar, Feinstein as the Crypt Keeper, Elena Kagan in a thong, Sandra Pluff with a neon condom demo, & including Elizabeth Warren, AKA “Princess-Two-Dogs-Phu*king,” dressed in $26 worth of glass beads, Barry’s “Go-to-Titty” Valerie the Iranian, Jarrett, Squealia Jackson Lee in one of her ever stupid Hat and Garb posed full frontal, Maxine Watters doing a double jaw jut and an eye roll, and last but not least, for the final month of December it will feature Brother Barry’s main squeeze, “Snuff Lip Meechele Obama” holding her can of Skoll Bandits snuff pouches, firmly between her knees, in her Omar the Tent Maker, designer camo bikini bottom & topless only out of necessity, so we will be having a sh!tty ending to our year.” OB☭M☭C☭RE ● to HILL☭RYC☭RE? I just don’t think so! This is what a Democrat vote will get you!
    “My accomplishments as Secretary of State? Well, I’m glad you asked! My proudest accomplishment in which I take the most pride, mostly because of the opposition it faced early on, you know, the remnants of prior situations and mindsets that were too narrowly focused in a manner whereby they may have overlooked the bigger picture and we didn’t do that and I’m proud of that. Very proud. I would say that’s a major accomplishment.”
    – Hillary Clinton 11 March 2014

    • Here’s one for

      While campaigning, Hillary Clinton and her driver were cruising home along a country road one evening when an aged cow loomed in front of the car. The driver tried to avoid it but couldn’t. The aged cow was struck and killed. Hillary told her driver to go up to the farmhouse and explain to the owners what had happened and pay them for the cow. She stayed in the car making phone calls.

      About an hour later the driver staggered back to the car with his clothes in disarray. He was holding a half-empty bottle of expensive wine in one hand, a huge Cuban cigar in the other, and was smiling happily, smeared with lipstick.

      “What happened to you,” asked Hillary?

      “Well,” the driver replied, “the farmer gave me the cigar, his wife gave me the wine, and their beautiful twin daughters made passionate love to me.”

      “What did you tell them?” asked Hillary.

      The driver replied: “I just stepped inside the door and said, ‘I’m Hillary Clinton’s driver and I’ve just killed the old cow.’ The rest happened so fast I couldn’t stop it.”
      you folks to enjoy.

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