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Trump and Clinton Vice President Choices on the Table Pre-Convention

Written by Juliana Simone

Update:  “Indiana Governor Mike Pence, with no baggage behind him, is considered a safe choice who will appeal to social conservatives.”

There are many variables as to who a presidential candidate should pick for their Vice President on their ticket for the highest office in America. High paid campaign managers, political directors and analysts all spend hours/days/weeks determining just what the right fitting puzzle piece is to make sure they win on Election Day. Discussion over fine dinners and cocktails for those who imbibe, with rolled up sleeves on expensive dress shirts, and high heels eventually dropped to the floor, campaign staff will argue whether a gender, race, heritage, religion or political disposition will make the difference as to how voters decide to fill in their ballots.

Historically, that choice has rarely made a difference. This hotly contested election year may be different. With two candidates who can be considered as polarizing in views that they represent the far left and right, maybe the Vice President choice could make a difference with voters. The heavily saddled democrat presumptive nominee, former First Lady/U.S. New York State Senator/Secretary of State, has zero following with republicans, naturally, little among independents, and even scores low with the moderate democrats within her own party.

Scandal after scandal has plagued her career from the beginning and continues to be front stage on the day of this post. A sad day for America, where five fine Dallas policeman were gunned down unexpectedly by a former enlisted soldier who said his choice to shoot police in the back with no warning was in retribution to the recent kills of two black men while being arrested, has taken the glaring spotlight off of the Hillary Clinton email scandal for now. This topic was being largely discussed and dissected the day before – not only on conservative talk radio or blogs, but even in some of the most liberally considered mainstream media publications such as the associated press, Reuters, the New York Times and cable’s CNN.

In the background for the moment, Mrs. Clinton’s email scandal is still simmering on the stove. There is no get out of jail free card, just yet. She may hide behind the skirts of FBI’s James B. Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, but the holes that still exist in terms of the many damaging details in the story, allow further investigation into this serious national security breach, which shows at best, she is too incompetent and reckless to ever even potentially be conceived as President of the United States.

Further, more information will continue to expose how the preceding Secretary of State lied to the people, American citizens who she now asks for their vote to make her executive-in-chief; lied on the tarmac about some unknown video no one in terms of volume had seen that instigated this attack on the embassy in Libya; lied to the family of the people killed in Benghazi under her watch despite the numerous cries from Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, who were both formerly Navy Seals, before being murdered; and has lied a multitude of times since her initial entry into politics from Washington to Arkansas.

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Hillary Clinton at the Benghazi hearings {photo: Breitbart}

More notably at this time, she will also be under scrutiny for how the Clinton Foundation has received millions of dollars from questionable donors over the years, since her first failed attempt to win the nomination as the democrat candidate for President. It is presumed by analysts that she has received these donations by telling these VIP’s she will be the next President of the United States, and therefore, if they want to do business with her going forward, they’ll need to pay to play.

Mrs. Clinton, who claims to be an advocate for women on her campaign stump, might have to explain during the debates or to any media not in her pocket, how she makes this assertion, when she allegedly took part in destroying the many fancies of her husband’s personal life once discovered. The former President, William Jefferson Clinton, is an awkward spouse to have as someone who is seeking this esteemed office, however delusional but ambitious. Long before the famed sex scandal that involved his young intern, Monica Lewinsky, there was quite a list of women who allegedly claimed to have had affairs with the former President and had non-consensual sex with him.

His old ways according to news agencies, have not changed, and he allegedly has frequented a private island owned by Jeffrey Epstein, where reportedly underage prostitutes service any visitors seeking this activity. There is no actual proof of what the 42nd President did if and when he was on the island, or in the air on the private jet taking men to the Caribbean getaway, however. There are several accounts of these activities both in and out of the court rooms and many respectable publications for those inclined to form their own judgment.

For the many who don’t want to see Hillary Clinton ever elected, who wants to see her husband, if you will, as who knows how many years it was they last lived together as husband and wife, back in the White House, as well? One can’t even ponder the perspective scandals that would come from that potential situation. Good news for the tabloids, though, definitely, as the mainstream media will do their best to cover none of it.

Back to V.P. picks – any consultant could only objectively ask who would want to affiliate themselves with Hillary Clinton? It certainly doesn’t appear to be a foot up in one’s career. It would most likely be a tarnishing title that would lead one to ruin along with the upper tier they tied themselves to for whatever potential promotion.

The only other way to skew this as a democrat being considered by Clinton as the vice presidential nomination on her ticket, would be that in a larger scheme, as the continued scandals Clinton is involved with emerge, one could then assume office on default, or if Hillary once again remains above the law, and runs for a second term with even more public disgrace, the V.P. appears as the solution and not the problem – thus, a savior to a wart ridden POTUS to be schluffed off, and could oppose her for the presidential nomination and win.

For now, of course the man no one thought would have a chance since the day he announced, Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, has to have been promised something for him to sort of kind of endorse Clinton today, after basically humiliating her by winning so many states throughout the primaries, when he was supposed to not even show a beat in his pulse. Perhaps the pass given to her from FBI’s Comey the other day was what he finally needed to hear, before deciding to actually call it quits.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator, Elizabeth Warren, has also been said to have meetings with the former Secretary of State. Known to many as the woman who claimed to have a Native Indian Cherokee heritage, and reportedly has been found to have no such documented lineage, it’s now perceived she was actually related to the government soldiers who marched the Cherokee’s on the Trail of Tears from their homeland.

With polls today showing Trump gaining or tying Clinton in key states, her campaign will have to make an important choice to get this riddled candidate anywhere near electability beyond the female check mark on her paperwork.

 

As for Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican Party nominee, who certainly earned this status, but with the whisper campaign of overthrowing his nomination at the national convention in Ohio next week still at work, a few names are holding firm on the potential list of his VP choices:

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie {photo:freedomslighthouse}
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie {photo:freedomslighthouse}

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, who assumed office in January 2010, and was appointed by President George W. Bush as the U.S. Attorney of the District of New Jersey in 2001, quickly became known for his brazen and outspoken style with the liberal media and their agenda, at each of his press conferences with his dismissal of their questions and forthright answers. Like Trump, he is a man who does not mince words, and makes it clear what his agenda for the future of America is as a true patriot.

For those who dismiss his party allegiance to a walk on the beach with current President Barack Obama, after Hurricane Sandy devastated much of the New Jersey shoreline and property, people should recognize he was truly concerned about his constituent’s losses, and thankful for any federal help he could bring them through his talks with Obama. This is a Governor’s job. If not Trump’s pick for Vice President, many believe Christie would be a great choice for U.S. Attorney General.

Former House Speaker and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich
Former House Speaker and Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich

Fiftieth Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich, for those who love him, he is intelligent, clever, learned, and experienced. For those who don’t, they see him as someone from the past whose previous associations with former administrations that won’t bring a new voice to the Trump ticket. Both are arguable. Voters should remember his record, in that he was the only House Leader to actually shut down the government, not once but twice, something conservatives and liberals always pine for and say is not done commonly enough in today’s politics. Time magazine voted him to be their choice for “Man of the Year” in 1995, for ending forty-years of democrat rule in the federal House. In 1998, he also passed the first balanced budget since 1969 and passed a capital gains tax cut.

“…the possession of great power necessarily implies great responsibility…” which was said in regards to the press, and the media still likes to bring up Gingrich’s failures in his personal life and with his ethics violation due to tax exemption violations and false information given to the House Ethics Committee in 1997. Does this matter today? When half of American’s marriages end in divorce or when his tax exemption issues are minuscule next to the magnitude of irregularities the Clinton’s will be facing with the donations made to their foundation among other things? It’s hard to say with voters in these times.

Texas U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate 2016 Ted Cruz
Texas U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate 2016 Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), one of the only original seventeen candidates for the Republican nomination for President who gave him any competition during the primaries and state caucuses, is also on the short list. Conservatives and libertarians should love this news. Cross over unaffiliated voters, or independents, maybe not so much. If not the Vice President Choice, many admirers or even objective constitutionalists, agree Cruz would be the perfect choice for the United States Supreme Court. Cruz, is best known for his diligence in upholding The Constitution despite being born in Canada to an American mother and Cuban father. The Princeton University and Harvard Law School grad is well known for his excellent debate team skills.

This choice would also fend off the rumored “Never Trump” republicans who eschew his background as someone never previously elected to office and perhaps disapprove of how he made his money, his former off and on registration as a voter and contributor to the democrats over the decades, and any policies he upholds which are not conservative enough for them, or on the opposing end, too extreme.  This group still hopes to somehow stop his nomination as the party nominee in Ohio through the rules committee, bound delegate counts, and ballot rounds.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence
Indiana Governor Mike Pence

Indiana Governor Mike Pence, with no baggage behind him, is considered a safe choice who will appeal to social conservatives. Originally a Cruz supporter, he now stands behind Donald Trump as the people’s choice and presumptive party nominee. Said to be the favorite choice with Donald’s children, it remains to be seen if Trump will pick a Governor who does not represent a battleground state. Pence also served in the Congress from 2001 to 2012.

Retired Lieutenant Governor Mike Flynn {photo: NBC News}
Retired Lieutenant Governor Mike Flynn {photo: NBC News}

A retired Lieutenant General, Michael Flynn, is also on the short list. An advisor to the Trump campaign for months, the 57 year old does not get accolades from conservative republicans like Mike Huckabee. Pro-choice, Flynn does not pass the test of party colleagues who do not share his position.

Some analysts have even suggested Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama could be a possible pick, as well as Dr. Ben Carson, who was one of the original candidates seeking the nomination in fall of 2015. Most absurdly among the names being brandished about, is his brilliant and elegant daughter Ivanka, who like all of his children, is an impressive offspring, but who is there to support her father not to run with him.

Whoever Trump picks as his vice presidential candidate, they will be an asset to Trump. If Trump put all of the original seventeen candidates for the republican nomination for the President of the United States 2016 into cabinet positions, this country would be humming. It might take a term to undo so much damage done by the current administration after almost eight years, but sooner rather than later, we’d see America become great once again.

Donald Trump after Indiana: Two Hundred to Go; Cruz Suspends Campaign

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Bernie Sanders Wins Indiana over Clinton

Written by Juliana Simone

With tonight’s primary win in Indiana over challenger’s Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, Trump is the projected winner with 52.9% to Ted Cruz at 36.7% with 60% reporting. Kasich is coming in with around 7.8%.  This win with 57 delegates, will bring the delegate count for Trump to 1,041, ­less than two hundred from the 1,237 total needed to get the Republican Party nomination at the Ohio convention in July on the first ballot.

Kasich is saying he is going to stay in despite winning one state, Ohio, and with nothing else to bring to the table except maybe his moderate position. In a statement released tonight, Kasich’s campaign said their goal is to win the nomination in an open convention. Cruz always maintains he will stay in the race.

Tonight in Indiana, numbers are tight between the Vermont Sanders who has a large following of his own, and Mrs. Clinton. Reporters on the mainstream media are saying they have to keep refreshing the pages showing results to find out who is ahead by mere numbers. With Sanders appearing to be the winner at just after 8PM, with Sanders at 53.1% to Clinton’s 46.9%, with 55% reporting, he is appearing to be the projected winner.

But with any frontrunner of a political party, when the numbers separating two candidates aren’t far enough apart, changes can be made to switch the results, whether its “missing” ballot boxes found, or late reporting large districts, or last hour votes from who knows who, the end result isn’t called until its called. Regardless, this Indiana win is important for Bernie Sanders, and continues to illustrate many democrats are not finding Mrs. Clinton too likable.

Earlier on the democrat front, MSNBC this evening had an interview with Jeff Weaver, Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sander’s campaign manager, as results still stream in. He was asked about the drop off in contributions between March and April, citing Sanders donations dropped 20 million from previous months. Weaver replied their average has been 17 million a month but numbers like this are not sustainable.

It’s worthwhile to point out small grassroots donations, as Sanders has achieved in much larger numbers than presumed nominee Hillary Clinton, hold a lot of weight on Election Day. Others would argue it’s more important to get the large donations from lobbyists and PAC’s, as former First Lady and SOS Clinton does regularly. Liberal Hollywood, who has never understood where they fit on an economic map in terms of individual earnings and capitalism, and the vitriol agenda they promote as if they were have-nots, also holds incredibly high ticketed fundraising dinners for Clinton. Recently, actor George Clooney and his new wife had to pay 353K to Hillary for her to appear at their event.

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Any voter who thinks this woman, is in touch with their lives or needs, or even cares if she does know, better take another look. This is a woman who has lived off of taxpayer money  and flown only on private jets for decades, has lived a life of a bon vivant, which was something in olden days that only attractive and entertaining people could pull off. Would she even know how to board a commercial jet? Does she even know how to drive?

Mrs. Clinton told the mainstream media in interviews looking for sympathy, she went from being so poor when moving out of the White House, she and the former President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, didn’t know how they would prevail, to an amazing achievement of an accrued nest egg of thirty-one million dollars. Her husband, in name only, as the two have not lived together, for…? Fifteen years? Is worth eighty-million. Perhaps they can afford to return the White House furniture they took with them when leaving for the chosen exit strategy location of New York, for Mrs. Clinton to run for the U.S. Senate, if she actually gets elected.

With Sanders a presumed winner, Clinton pundits are quickly noting how unimportant this win is for Sanders, and how it means nothing in terms of Hillary’s outcome with upcoming primaries and the ultimate nominee. The narrative is always so blatant. Of more concern to Sanders supporters, the fix was in a long time ago, and no matter how well he continues to perform, Clinton will get the nomination both due to super-delegates pledged even before the first primary, and the large funding behind her whatever the source.

Going forward, all Americans can hope for a more positive arena that talks about the important issues today. The below the belt comments made by Senator Cruz in regards to Trump, and the abstract comments made by Trump today in regard to Cruz’s father really need to stop. These exchanges would make fine former President Ronald Reagan not only cringe, but be truly dispirited.

Cruz, in his comments after his loss tonight in Indiana, referred to Reagan and spoke at length about what the former beloved Republican President believed. To do so, after completely ignoring Ronald Reagan’s well-observed eleventh commandment, “though shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican” which he did not follow today or in days earlier. His pronounced would-be running mate, former businesswoman Carly Fiorina, followed suit, and spent much of her stump speeches insulting the frontrunner.

Trump, has not abided by this Reagan commandment either. Perhaps he gets a bit more of a pass in that one, he’s from New York, where New Yorkers speak frankly and loudly, and two, he has not always proclaimed to be a conservative and has not always been a registered Republican. For the record, he has been registered as a Republican for more years than a Democrat.

Still, the mudslinging needs to stop. Perhaps Senator Cruz realized this, too, as he just announced he was suspending his campaign.

Texas U.S. Senator suspends campaign for President in Indiana May 3, 2016
Texas U.S. Senator suspends campaign for President in Indiana May 3, 2016

An admirable man, his run and patriotism should be admired. More amazing to many, is Kasich’s staying in, who has won only one state compared to Cruz. There is a method to every campaign. Perhaps Kasich feels he can enough anti-Trump votes at the convention to somehow someway become the nominee.

As for Clinton and Sanders, to the Democrat leadership, they once again have to face another evening that shows them the man they considered no challenge at all, is still beating the anointed woman they believe will aside from all scandal and lack of achievement regardless of title, become the first female President of the United States.

On to Nebraska and West Virginia.

Analysis: Five State Primary Day Sweep for Trump; Four States for Clinton

Cruz Announces VP Pick Businesswoman Carly Fiorina and Looks West for Wins

Written by Juliana Simone

Donald Trump, Republican Candidate for President of the United States in CT 2016
Donald Trump, Republican Candidate for President of the United States in CT 2016

Winning projections for both frontrunners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were validated on Tuesday, April 26th, with Trump winning all five states up for grabs, and Clinton winning four out of five states with final totals reported over their opponents.

It was clear before 1AM the numbers for Rhode Island still seemed too close to call. News the next day showed with the final count, Vermont U.S. Senator Sanders beat the 2008 democrat presidential candidate Clinton in Rhode Island, 55% to 43.3%. As a result, the former Arkansas and U.S. First Lady did not have the same five state sweep Republican opponent Trump achieved, nor were her numbers as good as the ones Trump won overall.

Too early to project except for the temptation of the sensational news headline, the media reported Tuesday evening Hillary had a huge night and easily won all five states in this late April primary in the northeast. Mrs. Clinton, naturally, quick to embrace the moment in a campaign that has surprised supporters how difficult it has been for her to compete with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, happily chose this moment in the sun to pan to voters and the cameras that she is a popular candidate, despite the unexpected success of her challenger.

In terms of the Rhode Island results, a difference of 12% is considerable, and it should make voters wary of what the agenda driven mainstream media reports. Numbers like that are way too large to call for any election. Messaging must have prioritized the iffy statistics that those who chose to call Rhode Island for the former Secretary of State, believed would go their way, and rushed to embellish Clinton’s win as equal to those of Trump’s.

What’s clear to those who have followed this race from the beginning, is she is not a popular candidate, and polls continue to show she has a high percentage rate as someone who is not likable. According to polls, for whatever they’re worth, Republican opponent Trump has the same. The difference is in the numbers.

Holding true to the pattern that began early on with the beginning of state primaries, the turnout for Trump and the Republican Party far exceeds the turnout for Clinton and the Democrat Party.

The Republican Party is seeing a record high turnout on primary days and in terms of people registering to the party to be able to vote for their preferred candidate in these primaries. Most of the unaffiliated and moderate democrats are making this switch to vote for Trump in states whose election laws do not allow open voting where any registered party member can vote for whomever they choose on the ballot.

The Democrat Party has seen its voters very unenthusiastic about getting to vote for either of their two candidates. Records show four million less democrats have cared to cast a ballot this election year in their primaries. The only candidate motivating any new group in droves who often don’t care to vote, is Sanders with the millennial group made up of young adults between twenty and thirty.

Statistics and analysis show the Trump campaign even outperformed the estimates polls provided going into this latest Super Tuesday.  What the mainstream media chose not to emphasize was that Donald Trump, not only won all five states in the Tuesday primary, but he won every county of all five states. Neither of his Republican opponents were able to win one county in this primary. Clinton could not say she also won every country of the four states she was declared the winner.

How the five candidates performed on the 26th:

Connecticut: Trump @ 57.86% (votes cast: 123,367) to Kasich @ 28.37% (votes cast: 60,481) and Cruz @ 11.71% (votes cast: 24,969); Clinton @ 51.8% (votes cast: 170,075) to Sanders @ 46.42% (votes cast: 152,410). Trump took all 28 delegates; Clinton took 28 delegates to Sanders 27.

Delaware: Trump @ 60.8% (votes cast: 42,472) to Kasich @ 20.4% (votes cast: 14, 225) and Cruz @ 15.9% (votes cast: 11,110); Clinton @ 59.8% (votes cast: 55,950) to Sanders @ 39.2% (votes cast: 36,659). Trump took all 16 delegates; Clinton took 12 delegates to Sanders 9.

Maryland: Trump @ 54.4% (votes cast: 236, 623) to Kasich @ 23.0% (votes cast: 100, 089) and Cruz @ 18.9% (votes cast: 82,038); Clinton @ 63.0% (votes cast: 533,247) to Sanders @ 33.2% (votes cast: 281,275). Trump took all 38 delegates; Clinton took 61 delegates to Sanders 33.

Pennsylvania: Trump @ 56.7% (votes cast: 892,702) to Cruz @ 21.6% (votes cast: 340,20) and Kasich @ 19.4% (votes cast: 304,793); Clinton @ 55.6% (votes cast: 918, 689) to Sanders @ 43.6% (votes cast: 719, 955). Trump won all 17 delegates; Clinton took 105 delegates to Sanders 83.

Rhode Island – Trump @ 63.8% (votes cast: 39,059) to Kasich @ 24.4% (votes cast: 14, 929) and Cruz @10.4% (votes cast: 6,393); Sanders @ 55% (votes cast: 66, 720) to Clinton @ 43.3% (votes cast: 52, 493). Trump took 12 delegates, Kasich 5 and Cruz 2; Sanders took 13 delegates to Clinton’s 11.

Connecticut was the state most analysts and polls believed could go to Sanders. He was well in the lead through much of the day, then a slim lead through the evening, but final tallies pushed Clinton over the edge to win. Connecticut has a history of funny math on ballot mishaps on Election Days, so it’s tough to say if Sanders didn’t actually win this state.

Sanders, who wanted to speak at UCONN, on one of his campaign speeches, couldn’t meet their terms and had to go the New Haven green and Hartford the next morning. It is of note that UCONN presented an award to former President Bill Clinton for human rights in October, and the UCONN Foundation paid Hillary Clinton $251,250. As a resident, I see Sanders lawn signs and bumper stickers on cars a lot and have yet to see anything for Clinton.

Trumps biggest wins were in Rhode Island and Delaware in the low sixties percentage wise. The other three states he still performed well in, with two in the high fifty percentiles and Maryland, his lowest at still just under 55%. Clinton has one state that gave her a return in the low sixties – Maryland. Delaware had her second best returns at almost sixty percent, and her two wins put her in the low to mid-fifties. Rhode Island, which she lost put her in the low forties.

Sanders highest percentage was his winning state, Rhode Island, of course, at 55%. Kasich’s highest return was in Connecticut, known for its large group of moderate Republicans, at 28%, and Cruz’s best state was Delaware at just under 16%.

Of all the candidates the winner of who won their home state by the largest percentage goes to Bernie Sanders, where the Vermont U.S. Senator won by a whopping 86.1%, faring much better than fellow colleagues in the Senate, Cruz and Marco Rubio, who failed to win over challenger Donald Trump, who considers Florida to be his second home. Trump won his home state of New York with a respectable 60.4%, Cruz won Texas with 43.8%, and Kasich won Ohio as sitting Governor, with 46.8%.

It’s tough to say what Hillary Clinton’s home state is and she claims a few to hold that distinction. Born and raised in Illinois, she attended Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Yale Law School in Connecticut. She met her future husband on this Ivy League campus, the 42nd President of the United States, William J. Clinton, who proposed marriage, but a staff opportunity in Washington D.C. that made her future there a bright one, was her preference at this given time.

But failing to pass the District of Columbia bar exam to become an attorney there, she took the bar in Arkansas where her boyfriend Bill Clinton was returning. Passing that exam, she agreed to marry Clinton, where they lived and worked for almost twenty years.

Winning the White House in 1992, put Mrs. Clinton in Washington, D.C. for eight years. When her husband’s two terms ended, she did not want her spot in the political limelight to end, so she cherry picked New York as her choice to run for the U.S. Senate. Plunking down money on a 1.7 million dollar home in Chappaqua, to qualify her for the run as a resident, she eventually won over the New Yorker’s who recognized her as a carpetbagger, with the general consensus that maybe more state money would come to them with someone as powerful as a former First Lady as their U.S. Senator.

Though New York is actually listed as her home residence, she has spent little time in that home since its purchase in 1999. Its former President Bill Clinton who has lived in the house since the Clinton’s bought into the Empire State. Once Hillary won her Senate seat through New Yorker’s votes, the Clinton’s purchased a home for 2.85 million in what is known as the upscale area of northwest Washington as “Observatory Circle.” The brick colonial is located on a dead end street.

Whichever home she designates at the moment, in Illinois she won with 50.5% of the vote, just slightly over opponent Sanders who came in with 48.7%. In Arkansas, the home of her husband who was the Governor there and a former President, she faired the best at 66.3%. In New York, the blue state she’s spent a fraction of the time, she won with 58%. In Massachusetts, where she attended college, she just beat Sanders 50.1% to 48.7%.

In caucuses, Cruz won in Wyoming with his highest percentage achieved at 66.3% with 644 votes cast, while Trump in this state caucus gave Trump his lowest figure to date at 7.2%. Idaho went to Cruz with 45.4% to Trump’s 28.1%. Trump did not visit Idaho unlike Cruz. Idaho also chose Sanders over Clinton by a large margin: 78% Sanders to 21.2% Clinton. In Alaska, both Cruz and Sanders one. Cruz, by almost three points, but Sanders ran away with it beating Hillary 81.6% to 18.4%.

On a larger scale in terms of the numbers, as noted in an earlier post, Trump has already received 2.1 million more votes before this five state primary, than Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. This is an amazing figure.

On the Democrat Party side, the party has seen four million less people care to cast a vote in the primary process. Whether Democrats don’t care for either choice enough to go vote, or will just pull the lever for whoever becomes the nominee, remains to be seen. People can only wonder what the turnout would be with Clinton on this second try versus any other opponent than Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, in challenging her.

The candidate who has ignited the Democrat Party, as Trump has lit up not only Republican Party supporters, but democrats and unaffiliated, is Sanders. Sanders is the politician who has brought out masses of followers to his rallies, has won ten states over the media’s anointed Clinton the Party did not believe perceivable, as well as  nearly tying her in states like Missouri.

He’s received more private grassroots donations, has kept Clinton’s winning margins in many primaries and caucuses far from solid leads, and could arguably be the frontrunner if not for the Democrat Party’s super-delegate system. Professionals and voters have speculated over whether or not Sanders knew Clinton had all these super-delegates in the bag, before he even began his campaign. Did he know he would never have the opportunity to become the party nominee, no matter how popular his campaign became? Certainly his voters did not.

An interesting local news highlight here in New England, reported on Tuesday’s five state primary, which illustrated how popular Sanders is among his party’s voters and devotees, on a small but impressive note for those of who know the area, ” Democrat turnout was so high on Block Island that a ferry had to ship extra Democratic ballots to the remote community Tuesday evening.”

For those not familiar with this region, Block Island is part of Rhode Island – an island off of the shore of Rhode Island which is a local tourist attraction for both sailors and visitors who take the ferry there and stay in hotels as a summer getaway destination.

Despite his large following, mostly with the youth vote, as pointed out earlier, this is not his sole demographic. A pronounced Socialist, Sanders appeals to disenfranchised Americans, big government fans and most likely Democrats who don’t care for Hillary, or maybe even both Clinton’s.

Still, with the northeast four state sweep on Tuesday, Sanders said Wednesday with last night’s returns, he would now be laying off hundreds of staff employees around the country and focus on California, which he considers to be a state he can win. He explained in regards to the campaign layoffs, that in states whose primaries already have passed, he did not need staff their anymore and needed to focus on the remaining 14 states whose delegates and voters were still important going forward.  The Vermont U.S. Senator also said he will remain in the race until the convention.

Trump, has his own possible battle awaiting him in Ohio at the Republican National Convention with many party candidates, leadership and advisers not hiding the fact they are doing everything they can to keep him from becoming the nominee. Whether it’s Cruz and Kasich with their news announcement this week on teaming up to not campaign or advertise in states that favored either over the other, to keep more delegates from Trump acquiring the 1,237 needed to not go to a second ballot at the convention, when bound delegates can then vote for whomever they choose, or if its reputable long-serving Republican’s whether elected into office or not, saying they’ll vote for Hillary before Donald, Trump and his millions of supporters have to prepare themselves for a showdown on in July.

If Trump continues to win the remaining primaries, and falls just short of the total delegates needed only to have the national convention delegates award the nomination to someone else, leaves supporters wondering if Trump should run as an independent. On the democrat side, Sanders is wondering this, too, with his large following and earned primary and caucus wins, why should he bow out because the party already had given the nomination to Hillary through their super-delegates despite his hard work and positive response?

Trump, a businessman who’s made billions of dollars in real estate investments and other ventures, is the only self-funded candidate out of the remaining five, and also out of the original seventeen Republicans. This is something conservatives in the Republican Party usually laud, as it means the candidate won’t be prone to backroom deals and secret handshakes with lobbyists, special interest groups and politicians across the aisle, since no money had to exchange hands between them in the form or campaign contributions or PAC money.

This advantage Trump has and also gives voters, now is hardly ever mentioned in the media and the Republican Party seems mute on this positive. The argument stands that this is because the insiders in D.C. want everyone to have the same strings tied to them as are tied to everyone else there. A man with no strings is free and clear and does not need to respond on demand. Clearly a dangerous concept to the establishment.

Carly Fiorina with Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as she becomes Cruz's running mate as VP if he gets the nomination
Carly Fiorina with Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as she becomes Cruz’s running mate as VP if he gets the nomination

An interesting turning point that followed Tuesday’s results, was Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, exiting the northeast and leaving his losses behind to announce he had picked his running mate for Vice President, if he can somehow achieve the nomination at this time. He chose the only female Republican who sought the nomination for President of the United States in 2016, former business executive Carly Fiorina.

A good choice in that it brings a female on to his ticket for those voting for Hillary simply on gender alone. She is not a party insider, as Cruz wrestles with the constant argument between those who claim he himself is one as an elected Senator, and those who maintain he is anything but, as someone who’s always bucked the system and stood alone on some important issues his colleagues would not join him on.

She also must have appealed to Cruz as she was born in Texas to a father who was an attorney, law professor, deputy U.S. attorney general and judge on the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In the debates, one prime time and the others in the pre-prime time broadcasts for lower polling candidates, she made it clear she was very sharp on policy and could run circles around Hillary if they’d ever have the opportunity to debate. This, of course, is the reason the media never gave her much airtime. Yes, they want a woman to become President, but, no, not a Republican one.

Pundits saw both negatives and positives in his decision. Negatives cited were her inability to win a primary or caucus and poll numbers that kept her off the prime time debate stage except for once.  Positives were her college and business connections to California and again, the fact she is a female.

Personally, for those who listened to the debates, one has to wonder if her accepting the invitation to be Cruz’s running mate was because as she stressed in every opening or closing statement, she’d been told no her whole life, and she found a way to get what she wanted anyway. Perhaps this is her drive in that she’s turned a public and party no into a yes.

Additionally, it gives her more on-camera time to say negative things about Donald Trump. The two had their moments on national television during the debates, and it’s clear there is no love between the two of them. If her coming back into the spotlight means she’ll be spending her time criticizing Trump with snarky remarks, (she’s already said “Trump will be a disaster for this nation” if elected) instead of being at her best and highlighting Clinton’s many weaknesses and troubles, then perhaps she should have passed on a possible run with Cruz.

The etiquette of Reagan’s eleventh commandment is perhaps now off the table as her own election is at hand along with Senator Cruz. So for now, the campaign speech will be its Trump who is the projected disaster, not Clinton. For his part on Cruz teaming up with Fiorina, Trump has said the Cruz-Fiorina announcement was a waste of time.

Polls in Indiana, which is holding its primary this Tuesday, May 3rd, show an uptick for the Texas Senator since announcing Fiorina as his VP choice. With what little polling has been done, there, however, polls currently show Trump still leads by around 5%.

Total delegate counts going into this Tuesday stand with Trump at just under one thousand at 996; Cruz with 565 and Kasich with 153. Florida U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, who suspended his campaign after his loss in Florida to Trump, with 164 still holds more delegates than Kasich, but with Kasich staying in until the end, despite only winning his state of Ohio, should pick up enough by the end of the primaries to exceed Rubio. Unbound delegates for Rubio, most after the first ballot will be up for grabs.

With the primaries coming to a close, ten remaining states for the Republican candidates, including California, will have the final say if Donald Trump can go to the Ohio convention with the needed delegate count to become the nominee with no second, or possibly more, ballots, and the potential to become the 45th President of the United States.