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Clinton’s Wealth Becomes Issue

O’Malley emabrked on his first trek to Iowa over the weekend.

Adam Wollner
June 23, 2014, 7 a.m.

As former Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s (D) book tour rolls on, a “po­ten­tially ser­i­ous polit­ic­al prob­lem” for her as been re­vealed “as she con­siders a 2016 pres­id­en­tial run: She and her hus­band are es­tab­lished mem­bers of the 1 per­cent, lead­ing lives far re­moved from the mil­lions of middle-class voters who swing elec­tions. Clin­ton has un­der­scored the con­trast with a series of stumbles in dis­cuss­ing her fin­ances — the latest in an in­ter­view with Bri­tain’s Guard­i­an news­pa­per pub­lished Sunday, in which she com­pared her­self with oth­er mul­ti­mil­lion­aires. Un­like the ‘truly well off,’ Clin­ton said, she and former pres­id­ent Bill Clin­ton ‘pay or­din­ary in­come tax’ and have amassed their for­tune ‘through dint of hard work.’ Some in­flu­en­tial Demo­crats — in­clud­ing former ad­visers to Pres­id­ent Obama — said in in­ter­views last week they fear that Clin­ton’s per­son­al wealth and rar­efied, cloistered life­style could jeop­ard­ize the Demo­crat­ic Party’s his­tor­ic edge with the middle class that powered Obama’s wins.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

DNC chair­wo­man Debbie Wasser­man Schultz “said Fri­day she ex­pects … Clin­ton to help Demo­crats head­ing in­to the midterm elec­tions and raise money for the na­tion­al party.” Wasser­man Schultz, in an in­ter­view with C-SPAN: “I’m con­fid­ent that she’s go­ing to be (in­volved), and I’ve spoken to her. … She’s go­ing to be in­volved in help­ing Demo­crats across the coun­try to get elec­ted, in­clud­ing the DNC.” (AP)

O’MAL­LEY: MAKES FIRST IOWA TRIP. “[I]n a care­fully writ­ten speech orated with the aid of tele­prompt­ers,” Mary­land Gov. Mar­tin O’Mal­ley (D) “reeled out lines meant to talk up his achieve­ments and meant to in­spire” at the Iowa Demo­crat­ic Party con­ven­tion. “O’Mal­ley was pressed for time, but he didn’t leave the ven­ue without shak­ing hands with every­one he could reach.” (Des Moines Re­gister)

O’Mal­ley also “paid trib­ute to” re­tir­ing Sen. Tom Har­kin (D) at a fun­drais­ing din­ner, telling him he was “very, very blessed and for­tu­nate to call you my friend.” Clin­ton and Vice Pres­id­ent Biden “ap­peared by video … with pre-taped mes­sages hon­or­ing Har­kin.” (Des Moines Re­gister)

“After Sat­urday’s con­ven­tion, O’Mal­ley ac­com­pan­ied” IA GOV can­did­ate Jack Hatch (D) “to cam­paign events in Ce­dar Rap­ids, Iowa City and Dubuque — help that Demo­crats … said was genu­inely ap­pre­ci­ated. … Some close to the gov­ernor say they’re con­vinced he will make it clear that he’s a can­did­ate soon after leav­ing of­fice in Janu­ary, re­gard­less of wheth­er Clin­ton has de­cided. Oth­ers are more skep­tic­al, sug­gest­ing that he wants to be ready to go if it turns out Clin­ton isn’t.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

FAITH & FREE­DOM: MORE 2016ER SPEECHES. New Jer­sey Gov. Chris Christie (R) “ar­gued Fri­day for re­forms in edu­ca­tion and the treat­ment of non-vi­ol­ent drug of­fend­ers as part of a ‘pro-life’ philo­sophy that ex­tends bey­ond abor­tion” in an ad­dress at the Faith & Free­dom Coal­tion’s “Road to Ma­jor­ity” con­fer­ence. “He re­ceived a warm re­cep­tion, and in­dic­ated he has no plans to leave the polit­ic­al stage any­time soon.” (Politico)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “served up con­ser­vat­ive red meat dur­ing a well-re­ceived speech at the … con­fer­ence. … He called for an end to aid to ‘any coun­try that per­se­cutes Chris­ti­ans,’ al­low­ing ‘the ac­know­ledg­ment of a su­preme be­ing in the classroom’ and an end to the ‘war be­ing waged … against the un­born,’ draw­ing cheers from the crowd each time. And Paul warned, ‘Amer­ica’s not ex­per­i­en­cing grow­ing pains, Amer­ica’s in a full-blown spir­itu­al crisis.’” (The Hill)

Former Sen. Rick San­tor­um (R-PA) “urged the Re­pub­lic­an Party to pri­or­it­ize its com­mit­ment to every­day people over the in­terests of cor­por­ate Amer­ica, hit­ting on a pop­u­list theme he has been high­light­ing over the past year.” San­tor­um: “We need to be the party of the work­er, not just the party of busi­ness.” (Wash­ing­ton Post)

IOWA: CLIN­TON AHEAD. Ac­cord­ing to a new Quin­nipi­ac Uni­versity poll of RVs, con­duc­ted June 12-16, Clin­ton has an edge over each of the po­ten­tial GOP op­pon­ents tested against her in Iowa. She leads Christie 44-36%, Paul 46-40%, Rep. Paul Ry­an (R-WI) 47-41%, former Arkan­sas Gov. Mike Hucka­bee (R) 46-39% and former Flor­ida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) 49-36%. (re­lease)

PAUL: OUT­REACH, CONT. Paul “is in­tro­du­cing this week a bill that re­stores vot­ing rights to non­vi­ol­ent felons in fed­er­al elec­tions. Paul is also pur­su­ing drug sen­ten­cing re­form in the Sen­ate and is mulling ef­forts aimed at eas­ing non­vi­ol­ent crim­in­als back in­to the job mar­ket. He even wants to re­define some drug of­fenses cur­rently clas­si­fied as felon­ies to mis­de­mean­ors. To­geth­er, the moves add up to a con­cer­ted ef­fort to get minor­it­ies, young people and civil liber­tari­ans ex­cited about Re­pub­lic­ans — groups that much of the party ad­mits it needs.” Paul: “I be­lieve in these is­sues. But I’m a politi­cian, and we want more votes. Even if Re­pub­lic­ans don’t get more votes, we feel like we’ve done the right thing.” (Politico)

CRUZ: NEW YORK­ER TREAT­MENT. Jef­frey Toobin pro­files Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the New York­er: “Cruz’s as­cend­ancy re­flects the di­lemma of the mod­ern Re­pub­lic­an Party, be­cause his pop­ular­ity with­in the party is based largely on an act that was re­viled in the broad­er na­tion­al com­munity. Last fall, Cruz’s strident op­pos­i­tion to Obama­care led in a sig­ni­fic­ant way to the shut­down of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. … As he travels the coun­try, he has hardened his po­s­i­tions, de­light­ing the base of his party but mov­ing farther from the po­s­i­tions of most Amer­ic­ans on most is­sues.” (New York­er)

HUCKA­BEE: PAL­METTO STATE STOP. Former Arkan­sas Gov. Mike Hucka­bee (R) “made a brief stop in Spartan­burg County (S.C) on Sat­urday to cam­paign for” busi­ness­man Mike Camp­bell (R), who is run­ning in Tues­day’s run­off elec­tion for lieu­ten­ant gov­ernor. (Spartan­burg Her­ald Journ­al)

“Hucka­bee will host evan­gel­ic­al pas­tors from … Iowa, New Hamp­shire, South Car­o­lina and Nevada as he leads them over to Europe in an event called, ‘Re­agan, Thatch­er, Pope John Paul II Tour: God Rais­ing Ex­traordin­ary Lead­ers for Ex­traordin­ary Times.’” (Chris­ti­an Broad­cast­ing Net­work)

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