Maria Murray knew her chance of winning a coveted slot as a delegate to the Republican National Convention was a long shot, but she dusted off her political resume and put on a crisp business suit, accented with a glitter "Trump" brooch and badges, and strode onto stage Saturday to make her case.
Her one-minute speech at a district GOP convention didn't mention that it's been decades since Murray, 82, last worked professionally on a political campaign. Instead, she focused her message on the fact that her preferred candidate, Donald Trump, won not only the state of Georgia, but also this exurban district that sprawls far from Atlanta, and he deserved delegates to the national convention in Cleveland in July.
What she and the other Trump enthusiasts weren't quite expecting, though, was just how organized the forces behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz would be at shutting them out, keeping their names off the slate of delegates who may very likely decide the GOP presidential nomination.
Hillary Clinton spends a lot of time on the campaign trail praising a particular occupant of the White House, and it is almost always President Obama.
But on Staten Island on Sunday, Clinton took a surprising detour. She gave props to … George W. Bush.
“I publicly say thank you to President George Bush,” Clinton said, after sharing the story of her and New York Sen. Charles E. Schumer lobbying for $20 billion to help rebuild New York in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. “He asked us what we needed. … We said, ‘We need $20 billion.' He said, ‘You got it.’ Despite intense Republican pressure to back down, he never did.”
Senior officials in Donald Trump's campaign defended his complaints about a "rigged" process to choose the GOP nominee, while insisting Sunday that he would yet win enough delegates to avoid a convention fight anyway.
Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski asserted on "Fox News Sunday" that rival Ted Cruz's path to clinching the nomination would be cut off after Tuesday's New York primary, which Trump is expected to win overwhelmingly.
"By the end of this month and the next two weeks, Donald Trump will add an additional 200 delegates to his total. He is the presumptive front-runner right now. He is the presumptive nominee going forward," Lewandowski said.
The five remaining candidates have skipped around the state for the last few weeks ahead of Tuesday's presidential primary, showing their kinship with the locals by eating an enormous amount of food. Preferably, definitively New York food.
Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, showed up at Nathan’s Famous to chow down a hot dog with mustard and sauerkraut, in full view of the cameras, bracketed by his wife, Jane, and Michael Stipe, the bearded former lead singer of R.E.M. and one of Sanders’ celebrity endorsers.
George Clooney said Sunday that he actually agrees with Bernie Sanders and his supporters that there is "an obscene amount of money" in politics.
But Clooney is helping Hillary Clinton raise millions of dollars anyway.
Speaking on NBC's "Meet The Press," the film star said he doesn't enjoy doing the kind of fundraisers he did for Clinton in San Francisco and Los Angeles this weekend but called them necessary for Democrats to compete in November's elections.
Despite the increasingly negative tone in the Democratic primary race, Hillary Clinton said Sunday she was confident the party would come together in November.
But in an appearance on ABC's "This Week," she also suggested that rival Bernie Sanders undercut the goal of party unity by dismissing her lead as dependent on overwhelming victories in the South.
"The last time I looked at a map of the United States, the South was a part of our country," she said. "I want to be the president for all of America. And I particularly want to support Democrats in states that have been voting against Democratic candidates for a while now to rebuild the Democratic Party."
Hillary Clinton defended her approach to raising the minimum wage Sunday while accusing rival Bernie Sanders of exaggerating their differences on the issue when the real contrast is with Republicans.
"Donald Trump has said that American workers are paid too much," Clinton said on ABC's "This Week." "At the end of a campaign that is certainly hard-fought, there are going to be a lot of charges and all kinds of misrepresentations. But I don't think voters are confused by that."
Clinton has spoken in favor of a $12 national minimum wage before but said this week that she would sign legislation setting a $15 rate, one supported by labor activists and the Vermont senator.