Hillary Clinton will enter the presidential race this weekend, according to multiple recent news stories citing anonymous sources. She’s reportedly using social media before heading on a road trip to Iowa. But that still leaves a lot of questions about how (and where) she’ll plan her first interactions with voters.
Here’s one way she could do it:
Shaking hands in Mason City: The Clintons have never been as strong in Iowa as other early nominating states. One reason? Bill Clinton didn’t campaign in the Hawkeye State in 1992 because US senator Tom Harkin of Iowa made the caucuses irrelevant that year. Another reason: Hillary Clinton is not beloved among the party’s liberal base there, especially when they have other options on caucus night.
This is why it makes sense for Clinton to slip into this blue-collar city away from Des Moines and show up at the Suzie-Q Cafe. As she shakes hands with the locals, someone asks her, and she answers, “Yes, I am running.” It’s all on video, ready to make the rounds on social media. This approach is fresh, understated, and begins with the branding that she is on the ground answering questions from people.
First in Ground Game: Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will kick off the presidential circle series at Rivier University in Nashua next month. The forum will take place on May 26.
Popping this morning
Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 bid Sunday with video from CNN: “Her first stop will likely be to the early caucus state of Iowa, according to the source. Observers see the likely visit to Iowa as a show of humility by Clinton, who came in third in the 2008 caucuses and who, so far, has dominated the likely Democratic field for 2016.”
Chelsea Clinton mum on mom during Harvard visit by Akilah Johnson in The Boston Globe: “Chelsea Clinton made the rounds at Harvard University on Thursday, talking about the status of women and girls across the world and global health — but keeping mum on her mother’s presumptive presidential run.”
2016 Ambitions Turn Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Protégé, Into Rival in the New York Times: “Mr. [Marco] Rubio’s plan to enter the presidential campaign here on Monday, upstaging Mr. [Jeb] Bush in his own backyard, signals a decisive, Shakespearean turn in a 15-year relationship so close, personal and enduring that friends describe the two men as almost family.”
Rand Paul Campaign Sends Cease-And-Desist To Stations Running Iran Attack Adin Buzzfeed: “A lawyer for the Rand Paul campaign has sent a legal notice to TV stations that ran a hawkish attack ad based on Paul’s views on Iran, calling the ad defamatory and asking stations to stop showing it.”
Social Security Cliff Could Force Issue To Forefront Of 2016 GOP Primary in The National Journal: “The problem: Social Security’s disability fund is set to start running out of money in late 2016, which would require a 20 percent cut in benefits, a looming cliff that Republicans have pointed to as evidence of the program’s uncertain solvency. The House passed a rule in January that would block transferring revenue from the retirement fund to the disability fund to prevent the cuts, as has been done in the past and Democrats want to do, unless Congress approves other changes that would improve Social Security’s finances in the long term.”
Scott Walker’s Steep Learning Curve in Politico Magazine: “The original plan was a slow build up. Get state lawmakers to knock out of his budget earlier than they usually do, dip his toes in places like Iowa along the way and then fully engage once he signs the document in early summer. But [Scott] Walker’s speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit in late January changed all that.”
Why I can’t count out Chris Christie just yet in the Washington Post: “Natural ability and a talent for communicating matter more in a presidential race than in any other contest. People are deciding, at some level, whether they trust and like you, whether they feel like you understand what their lives are like and will take that understanding to the highest office in the country.”
Ben Carson on selfies: Please stop an op-ed in The Washington Post: “Selfies have already survived several waves of criticism, but 2014 saw the invention of the selfie stick, a monopod to which a photographer can attach a smartphone or a camera to provide deeper range for the photograph. The selfie stick ushers in a new, even worse and more dangerous era for the form. The stick doesn’t just validate selfies by building a cottage industry around them. It also says, ‘Snap them everywhere!’ Please stop.”
New Hampshire Primary Memories (a weekly Globe series).
A young reporter trusts a friendly but faulty source in 1964 by former Wall Street Journal Reporter James Perry: “Every ambitious young reporter dreams on each assignment of finding an expert who knows everything. I thought I had found such a source in covering my first presidential primary — New Hampshire’s — in 1964. His name was William L. Dunfey, one of a dozen Dunfey kids and a walking encyclopedia of Granite State political lore.”
New Hampshire chatter
Rand Paul’s tough task in N.H.: expanding on father’s appeal in the Boston Globe: “In New Hampshire, some Ron Paul supporters don’t see Rand as politically pure. In Iowa, key Ron Paul staffers have signed up with other candidates like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. In South Carolina, Ron Paul’s 2012 state campaign chairman said he is likely to sign up for Rand — but with reservations.”
Rand Paul’s impressive Granite State start by columnist Scot Lehigh in The Boston Globe: “Rand Paul, however, is taking pains to avoid the collisions with common sense that occur when libertarianism is pursued to its logical ends.”
Dixville Notch: Financing plan could revive resort with storied political historyby Carol Robidoux in The Boston Globe: “You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t believe the $145 million proposal to revive the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel is pivotal to the economic recovery of New Hampshire’s North Country. How to keep the project moving on schedule for a grand reopening in 2016 is the focus of intense political debate.”
At political summit, an evening of storytelling about God in The Des Moines Register: “The biggest round of applause from an audience of about 600 at a gathering of Christian conservatives in Mount Pleasant on Thursday night was awarded to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Four Republicans on a quest for support for a presidential bid spoke at the Family Leader’s regional summit: Jindal, Texas Gov.Rick Perry, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.”
Veteran S.C. GOP operative to run Rubio PAC in The State: “Veteran S.C. political strategist Warren Tompkins has been tapped to run the political organization that will back U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio if the Florida Republican decides to run for president. Media consultant and pollster Jon Lerner, a top adviser to the campaigns of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley and former Gov. Mark Sanford, also will join the Conservative Solutions PAC, the organization said Thursday.”
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