Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) said in an interview with Diane Sawyer that she plans to make a decision on whether to run for president by the end of the year and then make an announcement sometime in 2015. (ABC News)
A new ABC/Washington Post poll, conducted by Langer Research Associates (May 29-June 1, 851 RVs, +/- 4%) finds Clinton leading the Democratic primary field 69% to 12% over Vice President Joe Biden (D), her nearest competitor, with other Democrats in single-digits. (ABC News)
Clinton’s upcoming book tour “will give Clinton a fresh taste of life on the trail, and help her team hone her message and operations.” For “Clinton herself, the tour promoting Hard Choices will offer something more personal: a gut check.” (National Journal)
“Clinton’s book … is a methodical march through the challenges she encountered as the nation’s top diplomat. Beyond the diplomacy, it includes lighter moments and self-deprecating asides as she seeks to project both a deep understanding of the world and a warm, human side to her personality.” (Washington Post) The New York Times reviewed the book here.
The DSCC sent a fundraising email featuring Clinton (and written by executive director Guy Cecil, a Clinton 2008 veteran) over the weekend pegged to Clinton’s book launch. It’s the first time Senate Democrats have used Clinton’s name in a fundraising appeal this year. (Hotline reporting)
Another Clinton 2008 veteran, former DCCC executive director and Terry McAuliffe campaign manager Robby Mook, “has been meeting with top aides to Mrs. Clinton and discussing strategies to win enough states to clinch the White House, two people familiar with the matter said.” (Wall Street Journal)
REPUBLICANS: ROMNEY RETREAT AHEAD. “Top donors to Mitt Romney’s two presidential campaigns are gathering this week for the former Massachusetts governor’s annual retreat in Park City, where they will get a fresh look at many of the top potential 2016 contenders,” including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). (Los Angeles Times)
PAUL: SUMMER PLANS. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has planned “a frenetic summer schedule aimed at reaching beyond the party’s traditional base, with explicit appeals to minorities and young people. In late summer or early fall, Paul plans a major foreign policy address that will give him a prime chance to close a gap with establishment Republicans that has been perhaps the biggest hurdle to acceptance of Paul by party elites.” (Politico)
Paul, in remarks to the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas: “Chamber of Commerce is fine, I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, but a Chamber of Commerce Republican is not going to win a national election.” (Politico)
JINDAL: PALMETTO STATE SPEECH. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) “spoke Friday before hundreds of S.C. Republicans of a growing rebellion against personal and religious intrusions by the Obama administration.” (Columbia State)
Jindal “stepped up his criticism” of the Common Core standards at the end of last week “when he said flatly that he wants the state out of Common Core.” Whether he does so “is clearly linked with his national political calculations, election watchers say.” (Baton Rouge Advocate)
CRUZ: STRAW WINNER. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) won the straw poll at the state GOP convention, taking 43% to best Ben Carson (R), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), and Paul with about 12% each. Christie finished in 11th place. (AP)
IOWA: DMR POLL. A new Des Moines Register poll conducted by Selzer & Co. (May 27-30, 400 LVs, +/- 4.9%) showed Ryan with the highest favorable ratings (56%) among Iowa Republicans, while Christie has the highest unfavorables (40%). But Christie scores comparatively well on an electability question. Overall, little separates the large potential GOP field. (Des Moines Register)
PERRY: ‘WORKING IT.’ Perry “has a lot of ground to make up after his gaffe-filled race for the 2012 GOP nomination, but at least some reviews indicate that his work is starting to pay off.” (Houston Chronicle)
TEXAS: PRIMARY INFLUENCE GROWING? “Texas Republicans want to make a difference in the 2016 presidential race. So they changed their party rules Friday to create a process similar to what Texas Democrats have used. It’s known as the ‘Texas Two-Step,’ a two-tiered system that awards delegates through both a popular vote on election night and also through post-election caucuses. … Texas Republicans could gain double the influence in 2016, first by being the first large state to head to the polls on March 1. And second, by pinning some of the delegates on a convention vote, they could draw presidential candidates back to Texas for a second time.” (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram)
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"Two Republicans intimately familiar with Bill Kristol’s efforts to recruit an independent presidential candidate to challenge Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have told Bloomberg Politics that the person Kristol has in mind is David French -- whose name the editor of the Weekly Standard floated in the current issue of the magazine.
French is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. According to the website of National Review, where French is a staff writer, he is a constitutional lawyer, a recipient of the Bronze Star, and an author of several books who lives in Columbia, Tenn., with his wife Nancy and three children."
California Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Hillary Clinton today, calling her "the only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump." While praising Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign, Brown said "Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown – by millions of votes – that they want her as their nominee. ... This is no time for Democrats to keep fighting each other. The general election has already begun."
In a New York Magazine profile, Hillary Clinton said she still encounters misogyny at her own events: “‘I really admire you, I really like you, I just don’t know if I can vote for a woman to be president.’ I mean, they come to my events and then they say that to me.”
Trump, in a statement: “Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. ... I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”