As Donald Trump goes for a decisive win in the March 15 Florida primary, voters there will see commercials denouncing him as a “fraud.”
“America, don’t make the same mistake I did with Donald Trump,” says a man in one ad, part of trio of testimonials from people who say they were scammed by the magnate's Trump University real estate course.
The group responsible for the ad, the American Future Fund, hasn’t focused on Trump for long but has targeted other GOP presidential candidates. Before the South Carolina primary, the group spent $1.5 million on ads calling Texas Sen. Ted Cruz weak on defense. Ahead of the New Hampshire primary, it trained its fire on Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Days before a Michigan primary in which trade has emerged as a key presidential campaign issue, Hillary Clinton acknowledged Friday the failings of trade policies she supported during her husband’s administration. But she also pushed back at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ attempts to impugn her past positions.
Clinton did not mention by name the North American Free Trade Agreement, a signature accomplishment of Bill Clinton’s tenure but one that has soured relations with some facets of organized labor ever since. But she did acknowledge the merits of complaints by unions that the trade deal hurt workers in this country.
“Looking back over the past decades, as globalization picked up steam, there’s no doubt that the benefits of trade have not been as widely enjoyed as many predicted,” she said.
After hinting earlier in the week about his likely exit from the presidential race, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson made it official Friday, telling a major gathering for political conservatives outside Washington that he is leaving the campaign trail.
"There’s a lot of people who love me, but just won't vote for me," he said.
Carson, who perched briefly near the top of the polls last fall thanks to voters drawn to his Christian faith and status as an outsider, failed to win any early nominating contests and battled staff shake-ups within his campaign. He sat out Thursday night's debate, a day after saying he did not see how he could win the GOP nomination.
Thursday night’s Republican debate played not so much as a cage fight as an episode of “The Real Housewives.” Which may be an insult to all those women involved in the Bravo franchise — they are, after all, paid to provide the public with the petty squabbles and diva moments that so many viewers find entertaining.
I kept waiting for someone to overturn their podium, to haul out the B-word and flounce off the stage in a maelstrom of ripped-off mics and “I’m done with this ‘bleep’ ” invective.
The raucous Republican primary debate gave Fox News its second largest audience ever on Thursday.
Nielsen data show an average of 16.9 million viewers tuned into the 11th meeting of the contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination held at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Only the first Republican debate of the 2016 presidential campaign — watched by 24 million viewers on Aug. 6 — delivered a larger audience for Fox News.
If Canadians weren’t paying attention to the U.S. presidential campaign before, it may be time to tune in.
Google Trends prompted some online buzz this week when it reported that the search query “how can I move to Canada” had shot through the roof on the evening of the Super Tuesday primaries — a phenomenon that was widely attributed to Donald Trump’s string of victories.