Bill and Hillary Clinton endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) on Wednesday. The Clintons “did not exactly offer a shout-to-the-heavens style of endorsement: they announced their support in a 48-word, single-paragraph statement attributed to their respective spokesmen and released in a no-frills e-mail by the de Blasio campaign.” The statement said: “Bill de Blasio has been a friend to both President Clinton and Secretary Clinton for many years. They were proud to see him run a thoughtful, creative campaign about the issues, and they are behind him as he moves on to the general election.”
There are “no current plans” for either Clinton to appear with de Blasio during the campaign. (New York Times)
TEACHERS BACK A NEW BILL: The powerful The United Federation of Teachers, which backed former Comptroller Bill Thompson (D) during the primary, endorsed de Blasio Wednesday, “continuing the slightly awkward coalescing of the party establishment around the presumptive Democratic nominee.” (Wall Street Journal)
MOVING ON UP: De Blasio’s aides “are telling donors they can’t guarantee he’ll appear at fund-raising events unless it will bring in at least $75,000 for his campaign.” Before his primary win, that figure was $5,000. One source: “That’s a lot of money. I can get [Gov.] Cuomo at a house party for $50,000.” (New York Daily News)
PROPS FOR de BLASIO’S DIGITAL TEAM: De Blasio’s digital staff, led by Obama campaign veteran Jessica Singleton, “are credited with playing a central role in engineering de Blasio’s stunning rise from fourth place in July to Democratic nominee today.” (New York Daily News)
LHOTA NOT WORRIED ABOUT MARIST POLL: MTA chairman Joe Lhota (R) “brushed off brutal early polling numbers” that show him badly trailing de Blasio. Lhota: “Look, I have always known right from the beginning that I was going to be the underdog. Nothing’s insurmountable “¦ you’ll see my numbers rise. I have no doubt about it. … I’ll do everything I can to flip their opinion of me and who I am. Most of them don’t know who I am and that’s even more significant. I’ve gotta go out there, get my name out there, get my history out there “¦ And I know it’ll resonate.” (Politicker.com)
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With three days until the first debate, the polls are coming fast and furious. The latest round:
- An Associated Press/Gfk poll of registered voters found very few voters committed, with Clinton leading Trump, 37% to 29%, and Gary Johnson at 7%.
- A McClatchy-Marist poll gave Clinton a six-point edge, 45% to 39%, in a four-way ballot test. Johnson pulls 10% support, with Jill Stein at 4%.
- Rasmussen, which has drawn criticism for continually showing Donald Trump doing much better than he does in other polls, is at it again. A new survey gives Trump a five-point lead, 44%-39%.
In contrast to Hillary Clinton's meticulous debate practice sessions, Donald Trump "is largely shunning traditional debate preparations, but has been watching video of…Clinton’s best and worst debate moments, looking for her vulnerabilities.” Trump “has paid only cursory attention to briefing materials. He has refused to use lecterns in mock debate sessions despite the urging of his advisers. He prefers spitballing ideas with his team rather than honing them into crisp, two-minute answers.”
Donald Trump "is on the precipice of becoming the only major-party presidential candidate this century not to reach out to millions of American voters whose dominant, first or just preferred language is Spanish. Trump has not only failed to buy any Spanish-language television or radio ads, he so far has avoided even offering a translation of his website into Spanish, breaking with two decades of bipartisan tradition."
Bill and Hillary Clinton have purchased the home next door to their primary residence in tony Chappaqua, New York, for $1.16 million. "By purchasing the new home, the Clinton's now own the entire cul-de-sac at the end of the road in the leafy New York suburb. The purchase makes it easier for the United States Secret Service to protect the former president and possible future commander in chief."