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Will Bush’s endorsement help Clinton?

George H. W. Bush





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores




Bush’s announcement to vote for Clinton is appreciated. But will it help her? Former President George H.W. Bush said  he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November.

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Multiple Sources

The comments came during a receiving line for board members of the bipartisan Points of Light Foundation when Bush was speaking to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, Robert F. Kennedy’s daughter and the former Maryland lieutenant governor. There were around 40 people in the room. It’s not clear how many people heard him. Multiple sources did.
The Republican former president’s supporting the Democratic nominee marks the dramatic chapter in the complicated  relationship between the two most prominent families in American politics.



Trump Respects Bush

It’s a brilliant political move happening just 49 days from the election. Clinton and Donald Trump are also scheduled for their first debate in less than a week.
Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told CNN’s Erin Burnett  that she and Trump respect “the 92-year-old former president’s announcement”




“It is ironic that he would vote for the wife of the man who knocked him out of the race,” she added on “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “But look, this was a bruising primary … so I know there are a lot of hurt feelings there.”
News of his support for Clinton came first on Facebook, when Kennedy Townsend posted a photo of herself with George H.W. Bush, along with the caption: “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
Kennedy Townsend sits on the advisory board of the Points of Light Foundation.

No comment from the Bush Family

Bush family representatives declined to respond publicly.
“The vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim,” Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
But sources with knowledge of the conversation told CNN they were surprised and disappointed that Kennedy Townsend had publicly shared a private conversation with the former president.

Kennedy Townsend declined to comment through a spokesman at the Rock Creek Group, where she works as managing director. She later took down the Facebook post.

GOP’s Trump divide

Trump’s controversial candidacy has split the group of former Republican nominees. Mitt Romney has hammered Trump in speeches and on Twitter, calling him unfit for office. But former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has endorsed Trump, as has Arizona Sen. John McCain — though somewhat reluctantly, often referring to “the Republican nominee” rather than Trump by name.
Neither George H.W. Bush nor George W. Bush had weighed in on the general election — even as Trump savaged George W. Bush’s decision to go to war in Iraq. However, many of the 41st and 43rd presidents’ Cabinet secretaries and national security officials have backed Clinton.
George H.W. Bush national security adviser Brent Scowcroft endorsed Clinton in June, saying she “has the wisdom and experience to lead our country at this critical time.” George W. Bush Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said on CNN in August that he “would have preferred Jeb Bush, but I think Hillary is a great choice. I am afraid of what Donald Trump would do to this country.”
And Louis Wade Sullivan, the Health and Human Services secretary under George H.W. Bush and the only African-American in his Cabinet, said this month that “though my enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton is somewhat tempered, I certainly believe she is an infinitely better choice for president than Donald Trump.”
But George H.W. Bush isn’t speaking for his entire family. Marvin Bush, the former president’s youngest son, has said he would vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson. George P. Bush, George H.W. Bush’s grandson, has backed Trump.
And Jeb Bush, Trump’s former primary rival, has said he won’t vote for Trump or Clinton.
A representative for George W. Bush wouldn’t comment on Kennedy Townsend’s Facebook post or how George H.W. Bush would vote. The representative simply said George W. Bush is “spending his time working to keep the Senate in Republican hands and is not commenting on the presidential campaign.”

The Bush-Clinton relationship

The evolving relationship between the Bush and Clinton families began in 1992, when Bill Clinton ran against — and defeated — incumbent President George H.W. Bush. Eight years later, with Clinton term-limited out of office, Bush’s son, then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush, succeeded Clinton on a pledge to “restore honor and dignity” to the White House — a not-so-subtle knock on Clinton’s marital infidelity.

But Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush have also spent their post-presidencies teaming up for philanthropic endeavors. And in recent years, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have increasingly appeared together.
The two grew so close that George W. Bush has referred to Clinton as his “brother from another mother,” and Clinton has said the two bonded over becoming grandfathers.

A Bush-Clinton matchup

Early in the 2016 campaign cycle, it appeared the two families could be headed for another showdown with the presidency on the line: Hillary Clinton was seeking the Democratic nomination, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — the 41st president’s son and the 43rd president’s brother — was a Republican candidate and a fundraising powerhouse.
Even if George H.W. Bush hadn’t endorsed Hillary Clinton, it was hard to envision him backing Trump.

Reference: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/20/politics/george-hw-bush-hillary-clinton/

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US Election: Clinton’s pneumonia not a big deal

Clinton





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

As U.S. election day is fast approaching, there’s no stopping Hillary Clinton. She has not rested after being diagnosed with pneumonia. She’s back on the campaign trail – thus showing signs of weakness. Is it worth it? Here’s CNN’s coverage:

Pneumonia not a big deal

Hillary Clinton said Monday night she’s “met a high standard of transparency” about her health and didn’t think the pneumonia was “going to be that big a deal.”

Clinton said she felt dizzy and lost her balance Sunday, but did not lose consciousness, and is now “feeling so much better.”
“I was supposed to rest five days — that’s what they told me on Friday — and I didn’t follow that very wise advice,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a phone interview.

“So I just want to get this over and done with and get back on the trail as soon as possible,” she said.

Clinton appeared wobbly and stumbled Sunday as she left a 9/11 commemoration ceremony in New York. Her campaign later revealed she’d been diagnosed Friday with pneumonia — a disclosure that fueled arguments that the Democratic nominee isn’t sufficiently forthcoming about important details. But during her interview Monday, Clinton sought to turn criticism of her secrecy over her illness into an attack on Republican rival Donald Trump.
“Compare everything you know about me with my opponent. I think it’s time he met the same level of disclosure that I have for years,” Clinton told Cooper.

“It’s really past time for him to be held to the same standards, not just as me, but as anybody else who has sought this job,” she said.
Clinton had a cough last week, and chalked it up to allergies — joking at an event that she was allergic to Trump.

She said Monday night she’d thought at the time it was allergies, because she experienced a similar cough in the spring and fall due to seasonal allergies.

“What happened this time, though, was it didn’t dissipate, and that’s why when I got off the road on Friday, I did go to see my doctor, and that’s when I was diagnosed with pneumonia,” Clinton said.
She said her campaign didn’t publicly reveal her diagnosis because “I just didn’t think it was going to be that big of a deal.”

“Obviously I should have gotten some rest sooner — I probably would have been better off if I just pulled down my schedule on Friday, but like a lot of people, I thought that I could just keep going forward and power through it. And obviously that didn’t work out so well,” she said.

Reference: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/12/politics/hillary-clinton-health-transparency/index.html

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US Election Campaign: Pastor gave chance to Trump to be heard

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Opinion:
Bishop Wayne Jackson’s inviting Donald Trump to speak at his church’s congregation did not mean that he is for Trump. He just do not want to be bias between politicians. The church’s teaching is not to isolate sinners but to pray for them. Read the full story below:

Trump’s Invitation

Bishop Wayne Jackson adhered to one of the most important principles of the African-American church by inviting Donald Trump to speak before his congregation. He also illustrated how faith is almost always diminished when it is used for crass political purposes.

Jackson had spent the days before Trump’s visit defending his decision to embrace a man reviled by most of the black community because of his decades-long track record of bigotry.
Jesus did not shun sinners, Jackson argued, and neither should the church. We all are imperfect and need prayer, and everyone deserves a chance to be heard.

In Line with Principles

That thinking is perfectly aligned with the church’s long history. Christ left room for all to redeem themselves and we should extend the same courtesy, even when it’s difficult — in fact, especially when it’s difficult. The already redeemed don’t need us to remind them about God’s grace, an unearned, unqualified favor available to everyone.

It’s in line with the families of Dylann Roof’s victims forgiving the young white supremacist who perpetrated a massacre in a Charleston, South Carolina, church last summer. That’s why Marion Barry could be caught on FBI video smoking crack with a prostitute and regain stature in his community, and why the most hardened young black men who’ve committed horrific crimes will be offered refuge.

Open to All

The black church, at its best, opens its doors to all no matter what they’ve done. It’s the only way the black community could have survived slavery, the de facto slavery that followed, the lynchings and Jim Crow and the everyday institutional discrimination that persists in the criminal justice and educational systems.

That’s what Jackson was trying to tap into — and that’s what Trump exploited. Trump is a man who was sued twice by the Justice Department for discriminating against black people; a man that a former business associate said believes black people have a lazy trait; the man who helped vilify and send five innocent young men to prison in New York; the man who demeaned the nation’s first black president by pushing a fringe birther movement into the mainstream — and neither apologized nor acknowledged any of it.

Hatred to be dealt with

He then kicked off his presidential campaign by painting Mexicans as rapists and murderers, proposed a complete ban on Muslims entering the country, made racist allegations against a federal judge, attacked a Muslim-American Gold Star family and gave one of his most hate-filled speeches about undocumented people just a few days ago.

Source: CNN

Reference: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/04/opinions/black-pastor-shouldnt-have-invited-trump-to-church-bailey/index.html?iid=ob_lockedrail_topeditorial

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Trump’s deporting immigrants made US election center of the world’s attention

US election





welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The US election has become the world’s center of attention when presidential candidate Donald Trump aggressively campaigned for mass deportation as his measure in stopping terrorism. Many people worldwide found this bizarre – and if Trump wins, there will be many American relations that will be severed.

Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway clarified that the mechanics of Trump’s massive deportation are still yet “to be determined”.
Speaking among Hispanic advisers, they denied Trump’s “flip-flopping” and reasoned out that they were trying to come up with a fair plan.

Mr Trump has been battling and blaming immigrants since starting his campaign, and determined to install a “deportation force” and oblige Mexico to pay the anticipated US-Mexico border to prevent illegal migrants and drug syndicates to enter into the country, thereby stopping the drug addiction and terrorism problems, according to him but not agreed upon by many.

His rival Hillary Clinton is now surging in the US electiopolls especially when it comes to foreign relations. This is why Trump has to woe black and Hispanic voters but it will be very difficult for him to change people’s impression on him as anti-immigrants no matter how he will convince them.

Reference: http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37157469

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