U.S. ELECTION WRAP: Trump and Clinton Bombast Reaches New Heights in Campaign ’16

Clinton, Trump Spar Over the Economy

According to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton is “maybe the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency.” According to a Clinton aide, Trump is full of “nutty conspiracy theories.”

Welcome to the general election, folks. It won’t be a polite affair. Get used to more venom-filled days like this one.

  • Trump, in a major speech in N.Y. targeting Clinton’s record and character, says she ran State Dept. like “her own personal hedge fund, doing favors for oppressive regimes, and many others, in exchange for cash,” Bloomberg’s Kim Chipman and Kevin Cirilli report.
    • Calls funds Clinton has raised for presidential bid "blood money"
    • Says e-mail cloud hanging over her "disqualifies’’ her from presidency
    • Terms Clinton "a world-class liar''
    • Scoffs at Clinton for refusing “to acknowledge the threat posed by radical Islam”
  • Clinton aide shoots back, saying the speech was full of “nutty conspiracy theories”
    • Clinton spokesman Glen Caplin: “The only thing Donald Trump offered today was more hypocritical lies”

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  • Clinton began day meeting at Capitol with House Democrats
    • First words out of her mouth were “This is not about me, this is about the Democratic House and Democratic Senate working together,” according to Rep. Steve Israel of N.Y.
    • Clinton also told her party colleagues it’s not enough to attack or “villify” Trump, but that they need to press their own ideas and plans, according to Israel
  • Clinton, in speech later in the day in Raleigh, N.C., highlighted her economic proposals and said her goal is an economy that works for everyone, not just the rich or well-connected
    • Said she would act within first 100 days to create the “next generation” of jobs for Americans.
    • Criticizes record of N.C. GOP Gov. Pat McCrory record; says it shows the need to elect Democrats up and down the ticket
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, in interview to air on C-SPAN, says “It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to determine the scope” of next month’s Democratic Natl’ Convention



  • During Clinton’s meeting with House Democrats, Calif. Rep. Xavier Becerra gave her a glass of water, prompting Rep. Joe Crowley of N.Y. to shout out that the lawmaker was “working it,” according to two people in the room
    • Room erupted in laughter
  • Former Interior Sec. Ken Salazar says Becerra would be good VP pick for Clinton
    • Also praises Sens. Tim Kaine of Va., Cory Booker of N.J., HUD Sec. Julian Castro, Labor Sec. Tom Perez
  • Perez, in remarks at Natl Press Club today, declined to comment on possible VP selection



  • Clinton leads Trump nationally 43%-39%, with Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4%, in Economist/YouGov survey
    • RealClearPolitics average of recent national polls shows Clinton leading by 5.4 points; Johnson averaging 8.5% in surveys, per RCP
  • Trump beats Clinton for investor confidence in Bloomberg/Morning Consult national poll
    • Voters with money in market pick Trump over Clinton 50-33% as better for their portfolio
  • Nearly half of Sanders supporters won’t support Clinton, according to Bloomberg Politics national poll



  • Brent Scowcroft, who served as national security adviser under former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, endorses Clinton for president



  • Trump campaign says it raised $2m in 12 hours, Politico reports
    • Fundraising follows first fundraising e-mail from Trump, sent Tuesday, in which he pledged to match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $2m
  • Michael Cohen, executive VP of Trump Organization and adviser to the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, says Trump “doesn’t want a super-PAC” and “I don’t think he’ll sanction a super-PAC”
  • Cruz supporter Robert Mercer repurposes Keep the Promise PAC as anti-Clinton super-PAC Make American Number One
  • Clinton to tap into Obama’s e-mail list, which could aid in fundraising initiatives, according to the Hill


  • Dallas, which lost to Cleveland for GOP convention hosting rights, advertising in Ohio city’s airport with signs reading “Join us for a Grand Old After Party": Dallas Morning News
  • Democrats staged sit-in on the House floor to press their demand for a vote on ‘‘no fly-no buy’’ gun measure
    • Cameras in chamber, which the GOP-led House controls and C-SPAN uses to broadcast, were shut off when House recessed around noon; C-SPAN eventually broadcast Periscope feeds of protest on floor



  • SENATE CONTROL: GOP prospects of retaining chamber’s majority received a big boost when, as expected, Fla. Sen. Marco Rubio reversed his decision to leave office and said he would seek re-election
    • Rubio said in statement that ‘‘control of the Senate may well come down to the race’’ in Fla., and ‘‘the stakes for our nation could not be higher”
    • Rubio’s move “breathed new life into the GOP’s chances of holding the seat,” Cook Political Report Senior Editor Jennifer Duffy said in website post while cautioning it “does not mean that Rubio will glide to victory in the general election”
    • Race remains a “toss up,” according to Cook report ratings
  • Rubio leads Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy 47%-40%, Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson 48%-40% in Quinnipiac University poll conducted June 8-19
    • Murphy, Grayson face off in Aug. 30 primary
  • Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Rep. Ron DeSantis joined Rep. David Jolly in exiting GOP primary and supporting Rubio; homebuilder Carlos Beruff and businessman Todd Wilcox remain in Aug. 30 contest
    • Beruff released statement describing Rubio as “Washington’s candidate” and among “career politicians” who “worry more about keeping the job than doing the job”
    • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who like Rubio unsuccessfully sought GOP presidential nomination, said in statement he’s “glad to support” his colleague, calling him a “tremendous communicator and a powerful voice for the American Dream”
  • Murphy, in conference call with reporters, says Rubio puts his “own ambition and political career above representing” voters in Congress
    • Accuses Rubio of using Orlando shooting to further his political goals
  • AZ-SEN: Arizona Public Media profiled GOP Sen. John McCain’s re-election campaign, including how Trump’s candidacy “may influence the outcome”
    • “I’ve thought for quite a while that I have a very tough race,” said McCain, who’s opposed by Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick but first faces Aug. 30 primary vs. ex-state Sen. Kelli Ward
  • CO-SEN: Sierra Club endorsed Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet for re-election, environmental group said in statement
    • Ex-state Rep. Jon Keyser, among five Republicans running in June 28 primary to oppose Bennet, in TV ad highlighted his military service and opposition to closing U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • OH-SEN: One Nation, conservative issue-advocacy group, said in TV ad that GOP Sen. Rob Portman has “pushed tough new laws against trade cheaters,” urged viewers to call and tell Portman to “keep fighting” for S. 433, China currency legislation
    • End Citizens United organization released TV ad calling Portman “a Washington insider” and prodding him to support campaign-finance legislation that would implement new disclosure/transparency requirements
    • Portman, Democrat Ted Strickland tied 42%-42% in Quinnipiac survey
  • PA-SEN: Republican Sen. Pat Toomey led Democrat Katie McGinty 49%-40% in Quinnipiac survey
  • WI-SEN: GOP Sen. Ron Johnson in TV ad says he washed dishes for $1.45 per hour as 15-year-old in 1970 before helping found plastic manufacturing company Pacur
    • “I’m working hard to keep Wisconsin prosperous -- and America safe,” said Johnson, who’s in rematch with ex-Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold
    • Ad is part of $1.3 million media buy, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
    • Feingold campaign spokesman Michael Tyler says the “only things Sen. Johnson has manufactured during his last six years in Washington are tax loopholes and bad trade deals while Wisconsin jobs get shipped overseas”
  • HOUSE CONTROL: House Liberty Project is a new super-PAC that will “focus on re-electing heroes of liberty in the House who face threats” in Nov. election, Will Adams, ex-political director of Freedom Partners, said in e-mail
    • Super-PAC, which filed FEC organizing papers yday, will also “identify and back the next generation of liberty all-stars,” said Adams
    • Adams co-founded group with Don Goris, who’s done political consulting work for Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul
  • NY-22: The three Republican candidates in June 28 primary held debate yday sponsored by Time Warner Cable News; watch it here
    • Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, businessman Steve Wells, or history teacher George Phillips will face Democrat Kim Myers for seat of retiring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna

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