Jake Sullivan, who served Hillary Clinton at the Department of State and now works as a top policy advisor in her presidential campaign, is used to debating the pros and cons of various approaches to foreign policy.
He views the approaching general election battle with Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, as something very different.
“This is not your typical foreign policy debate,” Sullivan said in an interview. “He is fundamentally unfit for the job of keeping Americans safe.”
Faced with the prospect of what would be a demoralizing loss in California that would end the Democratic primary season on a low note for her, Hillary Clinton is launching a barnstorming tour of the state in an effort to stop her rival’s momentum.
She and former President Bill Clinton plan to hold more than 30 campaign events starting Thursday in a scramble to eke out victory in a state she once was projected to win handily.
The two arrive in California as polls show a dramatically tightened race. Clinton has much deeper ties to California than does Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, as well as the backing of almost the entire state Democratic establishment. Yet the latest poll released Wednesday, a Marist College survey for NBC and the Wall Street Journal, shows her leading just 49% to 47% among likely Democratic primary voters, a statistical tie considering the poll’s margin of error.
Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that he intended to wage a summer and fall campaign against both Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, a one-two attack that drew cheers from a boisterous crowd here.
“These are crooked people,” said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “They’ve been crooked from the beginning.”
Trump, who stepped off his private jet to a podium staged inside a hangar on the grounds of Sacramento International Airport, laid out a narrative of alleged mistakes both personal and professional by the Democratic front-runner and the former president.