On May 5, 2015, a DNC press release set the number of debate at 6.
The last line of the release said:
In July, DWS said Itll be a threshold thatll be expansive and allows for the maximum inclusion of our major party candidates," bu that the DNC hasnt quite finished formulating the details for the debates.
Has the criteria for participation been released? If so, what is the criteria?
These days, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her senior campaign staff sound like old-school investment advisers when the market has a stomach-lurching drop: Remain calm, they say. Dont panic. And stick to the plan.
Faced with her worst poll ratings since she was losing badly to Barack Obama in 2008, Clinton is doubling down on a strategy laid out months ago. As drawn up by campaign manager Robby Mook and others when Clinton was seemingly invincible, the prospectus is a detailed month-by-month, state-by-state strategy to roll out serious policy proposals, raise a prohibitive amount of money, lock up Democratic delegates and woo members of her partys disaffected left.
It was designed to win what had been presumed to be a somewhat dull primary without looking too presumptuous. Now Clinton has a full-on fight on her hands against a surging Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and faces the possibility that Vice President Biden will make a late entrance. Biden sits at roughly 20 percent in recent polls, and most of that support appears to come from erstwhile Clinton voters.
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Top campaign aides have told nervous supporters in recent days that none of the bad news is an argument to veer from the plan or lose heart. Mook does some of the hand-holding himself, telling donors that as the 2016 race gels this fall and winter, the fundamentals he has set in place will be a bedrock no other candidate on either side of the race can match.
Press secretary Brian Fallon describes the campaigns approach as heads down, marching forward, onward and upward.
If that does not sound very cheerful, Fallon and other Clinton aides and associates suggest patience and a deep breath.
There is always going to be second-guessing of any strategy, and the test is whether the strategy falls apart under that scrutiny, Fallon said, that when adversity arises, that you not deviate from the plan, that you stick it out, remain confident and ride out whatever turbulence you may encounter.
The original plan assumed that Clinton would easily dispatch a challenge from her left before moving on to the general-election contest, where her center-left views, long résumé and hawkish national security credentials would have broad appeal.
Advisers did not seriously contemplate that Clinton could lose to the dark-horse Sanders in New Hampshire or Iowa, as current polling suggests she could, or that her perceived weakness would be an invitation to Biden.
Good read on what is going wrong ans how HIllary's Camp is not fixing it (even if they could).
The big policy headline today comes from the Wall Street Journal, which delivers this alarming message:
Price Tag of Bernie Sanders Proposals: $18 Trillion
Holy cow! He must be advocating for some crazy stuff that will bankrupt America! But is that really an accurate picture of what Sanders is proposing? And is this the kind of number we should be frightened of?
The answer isnt quite so dramatic: while Sanders does want to spend significant amounts of money, almost all of it is on things were already paying for; he just wants to change how we pay for them. In some ways its by spreading out a cost currently borne by a limited number of people to all taxpayers. His plan for free public college would do this: right now, its paid for by students and their families, while under Sanders plan wed all pay for it in the same way we all pay for parks or the military or food safety.
But the bulk of what Sanders wants to do is in the first category: to have us pay through taxes for things were already paying for in other ways. Depending on your perspective on government, you may think thats a bad idea. But we shouldnt treat his proposals as though theyre going to cost us $18 trillion on top of what were already paying.
And theres another problem with that scary $18 trillion figure, which is what the Journal says is the 10-year cost of Sanders ideas: fully $15 trillion of it comes not from an analysis of anything Sanders has proposed, but from the fact that Sanders has said hed like to see a single-payer health insurance system, and theres a single-payer plan in Congress that has been estimated to cost $15 trillion. Sanders hasnt actually released any health care plan, so we have no idea what his might cost.
But health care is nevertheless a good place to examine why these big numbers can be so misleading. At the moment, total health care spending in the United States runs over $3 trillion a year; according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, over the next decade (from 2015-2024), America will spend a total of $42 trillion on health care. This is money that you and I and everyone else spends. We spend it in a variety of ways: through our health-insurance premiums, through the reduced salaries we get if our employers pick up part or all of the cost of those premiums, through our co-pays and deductibles, and through our taxes that fund Medicare, Medicaid, ACA subsidies, and the VA health care system. Were already paying about $10,000 a year per capita for health care.
Thank you and welcome to Sen. Sanders.
We have ourselves a Democratic Primary.
Why apologize for it?
It was stupid, it was poor judgment and lacked foresight, but what is the apology?
And to whom is she apologizing? The American people? For what? Creating a story that the republicans can make into a year long story?
Generally, don't you apologize for doing something wrong that you knew was wrong at the time? I'm sorry I hit my brother. I'm sorry I lied. I'm sorry I cheated on you.
I'm sorry I set up an email account on a server on my property and paid a State staffer to do it and co-mingled personal and State business on the account and then scrubbed the metadata after producing the self-selected State-business emails? Sorry about that.
Does she hope the apology will put it to rest. That is doubtful, even with the roll-out of Humorous Hillary.
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