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Coming Book Tour a Major Step for Clinton

Paul makes big summer plans; Texas takes steps to increase GOP primary influence.

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June 9, 2014, 7 a.m.

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)

TIME: “Re­pub­lic­ans Seek Re­venge Against Ted Cruz”

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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