Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is heading to Michigan Saturday “to address the state GOP’s 30th Biennial Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Michigan is a key Republican primary state,” and a June PPP poll showed Paul leading the potential GOP field in the state with 18%. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
#WINNING. Paul “said on Thursday that Republicans have been ‘winning’ recent Washington battles and laid out a roadmap for how the party can use the victories to appeal to key voting blocks that fueled” President Obama’s reelection. Paul “said Obama’s decision to seek Congressional approval for military strikes on Syria and public outrage over wide-ranging government surveillance programs have made for a great few months for the GOP. And those victories give tremendous insight into how Republicans can retake the White House in 2016, he said.”
Paul, at the Liberty Political Action Conference: “I think we are winning in the sense that the public is with us, it’s just not us, the remnants or the hard core, but I think the public is, in general, with us on these issues. … I think also that from a partisan point of view as a Republican, theses are ways we grow the Republican Party.”
Paul: “Who is probably the least likely to protect your privacy among Democrats? Hillary Clinton.” He “did not specify why he thought the former secretary of state would be so vulnerable on this issue.”
Paul: “Does anybody remember Charlie Sheen when he was kind of going crazy… And he was going around, jumping around saying ‘Winning, winning, we’re winning.’ … Well I kind of feel like that, we are winning. And I’m not on any drugs.” (MSNBC)
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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.”
"It's about time for unity," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We're endorsing Hillary Clinton. She's gotten 3 million more votes than Bernie, a million more votes than Donald Trump. She's our nominee." He called Sanders "a great friend of the UAW" while saying Trump "does not support the economic security of UAW families." Some 28 percent of UAW members indicated their support for Trump in an internal survey.
"Donald Trump on Thursday reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president, completing an unlikely rise that has upended the political landscape and sets the stage for a bitter fall campaign. Trump was put over the top in the Associated Press delegate count by a small number of the party's unbound delegates who told the AP they would support him at the convention."
"Clinton and Bernie Sanders "are now devoting additional money to television advertising. A day after Sanders announced a new ad buy of less than $2 million in the state, Clinton announced her own television campaign. Ads featuring actor Morgan Freeman as well as labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will air beginning on Fridayin Fresno, Sacramento, and Los Angeles media markets. Some ads will also target Latino voters and Asian American voters. The total value of the buy is about six figures according to the Clinton campaign." Meanwhile, a new poll shows Sanders within the margin of error, trailing Clinton 44%-46%.