Hillary Clinton plans to crisscross Southern California on Thursday, discussing national security after the bombings in Belgium, raising money and taping a late-night television appearance in Hollywood.
Thursday is the second day of the Democratic front-runner’s California trip. On Wednesday, she gave a national security address at Stanford University and headlined fundraisers in the Bay Area.
Calling California the "exclamation point" of the presidential primary race, Hillary Clinton said Thursday that she planned to campaign heavily in the state before its June 7 primary.
“California will be the final word on the nominating process for both sides and I’m going to work as hard as I possibly can to do well here, reaching out to every part of the state, every voter in it," Clinton said. "It’s important to get ready and organized for the fall election."
Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, made the remarks after holding a homeland security town hall at USC with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. She spent almost all of the nearly hourlong session listening to leaders of the local Muslim community and other groups discuss efforts to bring people together and combat radicalization.
While Bernie Sanders expresses disdain for big banks and other corporate lenders, some of the most valuable field lieutenants in the Vermonter’s political “revolution” are a band of techies here who have proven masterful at persuading Americans to make credit-card payments.
In a barely marked storefront location down the street from Tufts University, this team heavy with millennials operating under the name ActBlue mills around an office space with the usual tech firm quirks -- bean-bag chairs, a ping-pong table, a massive net for dropping party balloons – doing work that is not particularly sexy. But it is turning big-money politics upside down.
ActBlue is a decade-old nonprofit that creates fundraising software to help Democrats build networks of donors, instead of leaving them isolated on the various databases controlled by individual campaigns. The system enables donors who might tap into it to give to one particular candidate or cause to broaden their participation, and send money to any other ActBlue client by punching a button on their phone.
The Democratic presidential campaign arrived in California this week with a dynamic unaltered by the long battle through the South and Midwest: Bernie Sanders wins states that are predominantly white, and Hillary Clinton’s odds of victory escalate as states grow more diverse.
That suggests a difficult road ahead for Sanders in the nation’s most populous state, where women and minorities — the groups among which Clinton is most powerful — dominate Democratic contests.
Both candidates were in California on Wednesday. Clinton, with an eye to the terrorist attacks that riveted the world Tuesday, delivered a speech at Stanford University on combating the Islamic State militant group. Sanders held a giant rally in San Diego on Tuesday night before traveling to Los Angeles for campaign events Wednesday that included another large gathering at the Wiltern Theater.