Top aides to Donald Trump's presidential campaign made their pitch to the party establishment Thursday evening, telling Republican National Committee members that the GOP front-runner's brash persona will soften as he nears the general election.
Paul Manafort, the veteran operative who has assumed a leadership role in the Trump campaign, started the briefing with an olive branch to the party elite, saying that Trump was not running against the RNC, despite the businessman's repeated charges that the GOP establishment is aiming to block his path to the nomination.
Rather, Trump was raising concerns about the transparency of the nomination process, Manafort said. The briefing was captured on an audio recording The Times obtained.
Apr. 21, 2016, 3:41 p.m.
You think of him as being almost eternal. He was a bigger than life personality.
Hillary Clinton speaking on a Philadelphia radio station about Prince, who died on Thursday.
Amid all the uncertainty over whether Republicans will nominate Donald Trump for president, the GOP front-runner is pivoting more and more overtly to a presumed general election contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
In both tone and substance, the shift was clear in Trump’s appearance Thursday morning on NBC’s “Today” show before a town hall audience on the plaza of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.
Trump’s hard line on illegal immigration has been one of his strongest appeals to Republicans in the party nomination race. But when a Long Island woman in the crowd asked how he would handle her relatives who have lived in the U.S. illegally for 25 years, Trump played down his plan to deport millions of such immigrants.
For members of a Republican Party establishment that finds itself under attack from Donald Trump for running a "rigged" nominating system, the unsaid theme of their Florida confab this week is the old truism: No news is good news.
The 56-member committee rebuffed all the proposed rule changes before it, including one dealing with the parliamentary guidelines governing the convention. Many members said they were afraid that taking any action at all would hurt their credibility.
The panel at Hillary Clinton’s gun-control event Thursday was grim — one woman lost her 6-year-old daughter in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School; a man’s brother was murdered by his former gang; another woman’s 20-year-old son was shot in the back as he defended his girlfriend’s honor.
Clinton used the roundtable to highlight how her record on gun control differed from that of her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders.
On Thursday, the Democratic front-runner noted she voted against a law that gave gun manufacturers and sellers broad legal immunity, a measure that Sanders supported and became law.
Apr. 21, 2016, 9:55 a.m.
I would love to leave Andrew Jackson and see if we can maybe come up with another denomination. Maybe we do the $2 bill or we do another bill. I don't like seeing it. Yes, I think it's pure political correctness.
Donald Trump, speaking on NBC’s “Today" show about the replacement of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
In the wake of Hillary Clinton's expansive win in the New York primary, both she and challenger Bernie Sanders face a freighted decision: whether, and how, to pull back on rhetoric that has grown sharper and nastier in recent weeks as they battle for the Democratic nomination.
The choices, whether to lay down arms or continue strafing, would seem to be simple. But the stakes are so high that the strategic imperatives are complicated.
Both candidates are seeking delegates in Pennsylvania and in four other states Tuesday. But neither wants to risk alienating voters by coming off as too negative. Both candidates — particularly Clinton, the leader in delegates with a far better shot at the nomination — are looking at the difficulties inherent in unifying a fractured party in November.
Bernie Sanders’ campaign spent $45.7 million during the month of March, about double what rival Hillary Clinton spent, according to Federal Election Commission reports released Wednesday.
The Vermont senator won primaries in Michigan and elsewhere in the month, with a sweep of Alaska, Hawaii and Washington state over one weekend. But Clinton still bested him in bigger states with more delegates at stake, including Georgia, Texas and Florida, helping build her delegate lead in the Democratic race.
Though he raised about $46 million to offset his costs, Sanders spent more than a third of his total campaign spending as of February — $122.6 million.
The U.S. Treasury last issued a $2 bill in 2003, though. Carson, a former GOP presidential candidate and supporter of Donald Trump, argued that President Andrew Jackson deserves to stay on the $20 because he balanced the federal budget.